Definitely, the climate dictates how much land one can be stewart of and how
much land is required to sustain in food or food to sustain and to
Think 3/4 of the land in forest (you will want to maintain somewhat of a
trail through this part. 1/8 in orchard 1/16 in garden and 1/16 in pond. If
you can afford that much land etc go for it.
For books my preference is for Robert Hart's book "Forest Gardening" He had
lots of experience before he wrote it and made some good but hard decisions
along the way.
And Gene Logsdon's "Pond Lovers"
Other considerations are toboggan/mountain bike trail, hydroelectric pond,
wind mills etc., growing timber, a green fence, distance from a toxic
farming/neighbors.... my neighbors swear to my face that they do not use
chemicals but too many times I have walked on my property into a toxic cloud
of their doing... I heard of one 400 acre organic / no chemical farm that
had to be evacuated each year because of toxic aerial spraying by corporate
neighbors. The law ought to be enforced!
What a great adventure you are entering!
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