Well hello!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EL-SKiN, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. Hell no! That's a crazy idea.

    5 vote(s)
  2. I'd consider it but joining an established community would be better

    4 vote(s)
  3. YES! Sign me up!

    1 vote(s)
  1. EL-SKiN

    EL-SKiN Monkey

    Hi all.

    I've just signed up and haven't had much of a chance to scope the place first.
    My plans for the future involve getting as far from the grid as I can. Growing up in London (England) and only ever having lived in cities, I guess would make me a total newbie.
    If been researching one and off for years but I'm finally getting around to making a start.

    What I'd love is to start an off the grid community of a handful of people all working together to sustain each other. Hard work doesn't scare me.

    I'm here to talk to like minded folk and learn. Maybe even teach but certainly share ideas. Perhaps even get chatting to future members of my community.

    For now. I'm just say hi.
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  2. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    You could always move to a Native Indian Reserve to see how well it works.

    Welcome aboard anyway - lots to learn here and more than a couple good people to make friends with.

    *hint* - don't try and sell anything until you have +2000 posts/likes and several years of service...
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Welcome aboard, El. The average monkey is very OPSEC conscious, but if they are interested in your thinking and to join you in your venture, they will get in touch. We recommend using PMs for that level of communications. In the meantime, there's a lot of information potentially useful to you and yours hiding in the threads.
  4. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Welcome to the monkey tree EL-SKiN.......I've declined to respond to the poll at the top of the thread....I'd be an eccentric fit in any community...even were I welcomed. ;) A casual reading of threads that I post to in this community, would be ample evidence of that. :D

    Check out the site's Code of Conduct, and have a wander through the various forums. We do have a very comprehensive library of resources on a wide range of topics...take some time to have a browse through them.(y)

    Be aware that most of the site membership tends towards conservatism, though I dare say that there are probably some crypto 'liberals' lurking subversively about, or masquerading under 'false colours'. :ROFLMAO:
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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Welcome to the Monkey @EL-SKiN. I would join an off-grid community but I would not pool my resources. I always wonder how people would define an off-grid community. If they all stay in the same housing, eat meals together then I have no interest but a community that leans towards off-grid life style gardens, wells, wind etc then I think it would be something I would consider.
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  6. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Welcome to the monkey... I think that many would not really be interested at this time... Most have a location and friends already in place... Some are not off grid but Survival is more an art than science with a few exceptions... ( what works for one may not work for another...)

    And if you have too have a resident contrarian Chell is not a bad sort.... ;)
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  7. EL-SKiN

    EL-SKiN Monkey

    Hi Motomom34. When I talk about an off the grid community I am certainly not picturing sharing meals or a living space. Everyone would have their own home and garden but there would be communal growing areas for producing larger amounts of the essentials. Power would be communal. Picture a self sufficient small town and you'll, more or less, be seeing what I see.

    Thanks. I'll keep the conservativism in mind. For me it would be most helpful if politics could just keep out of it. I have no political motivation in what I am planning. It all just stems from my desire to not "need" other people around. I want to want people, not need them.
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  8. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    An admirable sentiment, EL, I was just giving you a heads up....some folk here are so easily triggered. ;)
  9. EL-SKiN

    EL-SKiN Monkey

    And it's much appreciated. I can imagine they are. Seems to be the case everywhere.
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  10. GOG

    GOG Free American Monkey Site Supporter

    Welcome from the great State of Jefferson.
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  11. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome. Come on in.

    While your dream is admirable it is difficult to implement given the human condition, but I wish you the best of luck. Perhaps you will succeed where so many others have fallen short.
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  12. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I like the sound of his community but I believe it would be hard to find a state that gives people the freedom to build such a place. States seem to want to be involved and get their money. So do you have a place picked out @EL-SKiN?
  13. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I know of a place in Tenn that was well on it's way, but fell apart because of the aforementioned human condition..
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  14. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    El, it might be useful to start a thread specific to your community plan and thinking. You could address questions like this

    more directly.
  15. EL-SKiN

    EL-SKiN Monkey

    Property tax is an issue here in the UK too. I don't have a place picked out, no. Thought has gone into ideal locations but it's based, so far, mostly on climate and initial costs of property (land mostly, I intend to build my own home). I don't doubt that regulations will make things as difficult as possible but as long as they don't make it impossible I won't have to resort to plan b.
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  16. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Alaska does give those who choose the Bush Life that opportunity, if your land is outside of a Borough Boundary.. No Property Taxes, Not much in the way of Building Codes, and No Zoning Statutes.... Just Rough Wx, and plenty of work, involved....
    Welcome to our Monkey Tree... I voted for "Hell no! That's a crazy idea" because up here, you gots to be crazy to think about living out here, until you actually do it, for a winter, then you either LOVE IT, or LEAVE.....
  17. EL-SKiN

    EL-SKiN Monkey

    Yes, thanks ghrit. I'm intending starting a thread. Currently doing my usual 'put too much thought into it' thing. One will be started soon. Mostly I'm here to learn from the existing threads though. A lot of interesting and helpful stuff on here.
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  18. EL-SKiN

    EL-SKiN Monkey

    As I understand it sweden has very similar rules. Seems to be a recurring theme that the colder a place is the more freedom you are granted.

    I'll maybe have to look for/start a thread about cold weather farming. Guessing being off the grid somewhere like alaska pretty much means you only eat what the land has to offer.
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  19. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Not really, Alaska is a very BIG Place.... Some areas do very well, in the growing business, with the LONG summer sunlight, and with hydroponics.... I have two neighbors that setup Green Houses, one supplies the MessHall at the Cannery, with Greens all summer long, the other guy grows his Greens for his own consumption, and then cans the excess even fall... both do very well..
    Carrots, Tomatoes, Leafy Greens, Potatoes, Spinach, Squash, all do well around here.... and then there is the local Berry Crop, but you gots to learn to share with the Bear Population....
  20. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Welcome from the PNW!!
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