star_tyger t1_jdtlzck wrote

You could see if anyone around you is looking for roosters. If you're near Wardsboro, we're looking for Easter Eggers, Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas, and buff or dark Brahmas. We're planning on breeding for meat and eggs, and as luck would have it, we have too few roosters.


star_tyger OP t1_jbgwbo8 wrote

I don't need to be off grid, but I do want to off-the-grid-able. If power goes out, I want to be able to produce our own. Reduced power bills are nice, but I'm more concerned having power when we need it, especially as we're considering going all electric. So I guess I'll have to look into solar and wind, and see what other options there are.

As for the greenhouse, I'm going to have to look into active heat options. Solar power may still work for fans and lighting, though I'll see about hooking into the house system if needed. I don;t see how a climate battery or geothermal is an option, unless the greenhouse heats up enough during the day to have enough heat to store. I also don't know yet if we'll hit rock when we start digging.

Thank you all for your advice/information/experience. You've confirmed my suspicions. Now I need to start thinking of options.


star_tyger OP t1_j64h1gu wrote

Thank you. My parents are in the Poconos, in Monroe County.

I don't know if we can find a caregiver to do that.

I thought of premaking frozen meals. Between myself, my daughter and my niece, one of us will be here once a month to take care of whatever we can, to touch base and make sure they know they're loved and supported. We could get them a freezer and make meals ourselves. My father is fighting me over the idea. "I don't need you to do that!" Sigh. I'm also concerned that we may only be able to be here for a day or two and that's a lot to do. My husband and I can also help with the cost of delivered meals. If my father will let us. His stubbornness is getting worse.


star_tyger t1_j3unhs5 wrote

I don't agree that it's a short-term problem. Historical data doesn't mean much given climate change. I agree that burying power lines isn't a cheap or simple solution, and I'm not arguing for it. However, it would be reasonable to expect storms and power outages to get worse.