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Friday, December 16, 2011

Interesting - West Virginia farm/retreat for sale.

As some of you know, my interests are varied. I love to read about cooking, baking, farming, gardening, livestock husbandry, herpetology, and a whole mess of other topics as well as firearms and hunting. At one point I started looking for blogs written by lady farmers/women who live on ranches to get an idea of what it's actually like. Call it mental preparation for the future.

Anyway, a few years back I came across this blog and I was immediately hooked. It's written by a woman who grew up in the DC area, traveled a bit as a military wife, wrote romance novels for awhile, and eventually decided to settle in a part of West Virginia where her family had lived for over 200 years. Seems perfectly normal, right? Well, this crazy woman decided to jump head-first into farming, and hasn't looked back since.

I'm kindof fascinated by her. I applaud her tenacity and willingness to struggle through the tough stuff to become a better farmer. Over the past few years of living on her farm, she's gone through gardening, livestock ownership and the struggles one faces when one's power goes out in the middle of winter in West Virginia. She's come through all the tough stuff and seems to have found herself in a place where she's truly happy.

She's also found herself in the possession of two farms, and cannot reasonably own both. So, she's selling one of them.

The listing is here, if you're interested. I know there are a lot of us out there who talk about TEOTWAWKI ("the end of the world as we know it") and how they plan on heading west, but is that truly reasonable? Why not simply hit a state like West Virginia? It's firearm friendly, has some of the prettiest scenery this side of the Mississippi, is chock full of wildlife, and is pretty darn green - makes for growing one's food a bit easier than it would be here, closer to the coast.

To be honest, if my plans didn't already have me heading West in the nebulous future, I'd seriously consider talking to her about it. At that price point, I'd consider it worth it.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

If your looking for a farm great. If you are looking for a end of the world retreat I would go on survivalblog.com and read about places in the country that are best. Rawles also has maps about where in the U.S. it is safer or safest to buy a survival retreat. He has also written a couple of books on the subject of survival.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Not a bad place. But if the SHTF, and the Gooberment needs to evacuate Balt-Wash, they plan on sending everyone into West By God, and place it under Martial Law. Also, they would be a lot of people heading South from the Great Lakes.

But it is Tempting...

Old NFO said...

That would be outstanding, but I'm going back to Texas...

Laura said...

Anonymous and Les - I've read his blog, as well as his books, and while his suggestions of heading west are good, it isn't necessarily the best option for everyone. Not everyone out here can drop their lives on the east coast and head where there are no jobs. Besides, what happens if *everyone* goes out there? Kinda defeats the purpose of heading out west, you know?

NFO - I don't blame you.

Anonymous said...

If your going to relocate in W. Va your relocating anyway. West Va. is where tha goverment has a complex where all the key goverment people are supposed to go. If there is a problem all of Washington is going to W.Va and other close by states. What I said was as a farm its a good deal, as a retreat you may want to investigate further. If you look at population maps of the U.S. you will see where all the masses are concentrated.and you will be able to make a more informative decision.