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July 3, 2019

All That’s Left Behind – Selling The Farm – Part 6

Filed under: The Plan — Cota Farms @ 11:22 am
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Selling your farm is different than just selling your house because the farm is home to more than just you and your family. We have had a large variety of animals here on Cota Farms over the years mostly because we had the space and enjoyed their company. Often we were unable to maintain them here and my heart cracked with each one that died, went away or we had to remove them ourselves. Wildlife just showed up uninvited and we tried to make allowances for them to the point that they ate too much of our livestock. Even then, we used livestock dogs with the greatest success in controlling their advances instead of traps or hunting.

Just yesterday morning we caught and relocated a large snapping turtle that paused in our driveway. Perhaps he was going after the goslings and I certainly did not resent him for that as his efforts are appreciate in their population control. We don’t raise geese anymore and the few that were left on their own would overrun this farm in a few years without the harvest. Living with nature instead of against it can allow you to realize this world on a different level if you are able to open your mind to it. Unfortunately that would required overcoming a great deal of programing and conditioning that is designed to deceive us. I’ll give one of the most difficult examples I can thing of – violence. Yes, it’s true. Violence is as natural an occurrence as rain and just as vital to the life cycle of this planet we call home.

The important thing to comprehend here is that like so much in this world, natural, healthy and good things are perverted, including violence. I believe this debasement of natural law is part of an ancient and ongoing struggle or even a holy war. That doesn’t make me part of any group. It would be too easy to point to this practice or that political trend and make my argument but that is not the purpose of this positing, I have a book for that.

Selling the sheep has been more difficult for me than parting with any possessions I had left to sell or give away. What has surprised me the most is how much I hauled to the dump. It’s plain I’ve been doing something wrong. Our new home will be less than 140 square feet but that’s just a box and I don’t plan to send much time inside it.

Mature snapping turtles can be dangerous like water snakes. There was a strange joy in overcoming my natural fear of the turtle, as I have with the local water snakes, and replacing that fear with compassion, for lack of a better word, and deciding he did not need to die to make me feel more safe. Since the plan is to leave this small farm and relocate myself to a much larger, more natural environment, this was more than just and enlightening experience, but a necessary one.

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June 20, 2019

Going Homeless In Style

Filed under: The Plan — Cota Farms @ 6:16 pm
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I’m taking a little break from my ‘selling the farm’ series as progress has become painfully slow mostly because it won’t stop raining. The change in weather across the world is real and far more serious than the media in the States will admit to. When they do speak about it, we are pelted with politics and misinformation. Eventually the crop losses across the world will force even the distracted Americans to wake up and take notice.

I spend a lot of time considering what I want to happen if the farm sale goes my way. I began this line of thought long before I considered selling and moving on. In my heart I have already moved on. What I don’t want to happen is more of the same. I’m done with all that, really, seriously, completely. I’ve even convinced my wife and long time companion to give up the acceptable life of working, struggling, paying taxes, and struggling some more. It really wasn’t that hard. We have no retirement, no savings and can’t apply for social security for a few years yet but I can’t stand it anymore. Truth is, I dropped out of society years ago and became the stay at home part of the marriage. I busied myself with trying to make the farm work for us; I gave it my all but in the end it just wasn’t enough.

A couple of years ago I decided to up and run away to the desert. My poor health and better sense (at the time I was not prepared to live that way nor did I intend to) brought me back after only a few weeks but the seed had been planted. I learned that there is a surprising large number of people (tens of thousands) that live in not just recreational vehicles but converted vehicles of all kinds in the western part of the country, in the desert, national and state parks and land managed by the government. I did a quick estimate and perhaps 20% of the land within the 48 states is public.

I’ve done a lot of research on this since and have fully committed to spending the remaining days of my life living like so many others are already doing. God bless the internet! It is so easy now to see and understand how this is done. I’m sure most of these people do not consider themselves homeless, it seems that category is reserved for those who primarily live in the cities without traditional housing. Within that grouping people are divided into those that live in their cars while working yet not earning enough money to afford housing and the rest who are labeled addicts. Unfortunately, they are sometimes all just considered undesirable no matter their circumstances.

Those that live in their vehicles outside the cities fall into different groupings the most interesting of which are those that choose to live that way. I long to be one of them. The biggest difference between those in this category has to do with planning. Many people didn’t have the time, resources or inclination to plan ahead when they made the choice to move outdoors. I have an engineering degree that when coupled with cheap technology allows me to envision a more comfortable and graceful transition to this kind of life. I want to wake up in the desert or mountains but I also want a little refrigeration, be able to enjoy my music, book and video collection, access to the internet and a comfy bed. I also required a certain number of dogs and cats to be right there with me. Of course this would only be an improvement in living conditions from their point of view. I love all my other farm animals too but I will just have to settle for the wild variety.

Our Tiny Home

There are so many YouTube channels on this one subject that you must sort through them to find the specific information you want and get past those personalities that are just not for you. I haven’t had a question yet that there is not several people out there wanting to share their experience or expertise about it. Health care, no problem, concerns with pooping, I’ll even talk about that myself in subsequent posts, how much money do you need, I’ll share my budgeting plans.

My wife has zero spacial conceptual skills so I drew her a picture. This is how much space we will have and this is were everything will go. I naturally think my design is one of the best out there and I’ll explain how it works, about how much it will cost and why I chose the cargo trailer conversion.

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