Our aim is to stay a year (or so) to help my sister and her family create a fully functioning food paradise and business venture on their 19acre property. I also plan on making good use of all that spare land to do some serious chilli growing.
We'll be living in tents like this one (cast eyes over to the left of screen).
Luckily for us, my daughter will have a friend move in to help pay the rent so we only need to pack the essentials for a year of tent living and farm working... esky, boots, wife-beater & shorts. But seriously... we're packing things like: composting toilet system, wind turbine, solar powered lights, gardening tools and hot water tank (found on the side of the road) to house hot water from the soon to be built rocket stove hot water system. We're using Milkwood Permaculture's design.
I've read quite a bit about people who do the lifestyle change thing and generally they have a house to sell, buy something heaps cheaper and are able to live off what's left. Not us....NOOOOOO!
We have zero money and no guarantee of any income, but you know what? It's going to be great! First thing is to get some quick growing veges into the ground, buy a big bag of rice and kick off a home brew. Second thing is to build a dam and stock it with redclaw crays (yabbies) YUMMO!. The chooks should be laying not long after we get there too.
A handy little website: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/28_15762.htm
Books I can't live without:
A Year in a Bottle; Sally Wise
The Humanure Handbook; Joseph Jenkins
The Art of Natural Building; Kennedy, Smith & Wanek
Wild Food Plants of Australia; Tim Low