It is hard to know where to begin this story. I will spend some time in the coming months putting to words the process of arriving at the decision to buy 25 acres of vacant land and live off-grid, because there is one thing I can promise you, it was a real process. One that took many years filled with lots of self doubt and fear but also of tremendous discovery, connection and support. It is a story of baby steps, of making incremental improvements and constantly challenging myself to learn new things.
The dream is to build on the community that we are creating here in the city with Assembly. To transform the property into a playground of permaculture gardens, hardwood forest trails, and integrated food forests which we will use to create alternative off-grid experiences, host a series of homesteading and traditional craft-based workshops and provide artist residencies for those that are interested in exploring the intersection of art, farming and rural life.
The property had nothing when I bought it, no services (electricity, water) and not even an entrance.
The climb up the steep learning curve started with the need to put in a driveway. Who to use, what permits are required, how much was this going to cost and where on earth should I put it? With each and every thing that has been done to the land, there have been so many factors to consider, research to be done and things to learn. Did I mention that I have absolutely no previous experience with any of this? I am saying all of this because navigating the new is always associated with elevated anxiety for me but my advice to you is don’t use that as an excuse, just do it, find your dreams, follow them, stumble along the way and then just make sure to laugh your ass off as it all plays out.
For now, here are some pics of the initial steps and structures that have been built. There is so much more I will share about this journey and I am so excited for when I get to see your beautiful faces up on the land.