Occasionally I'll get emails seeking help in relocating to more rural areas. I try my best to offer what advice I can, but naturally I'm limited in what I can say.
Recently I received this email (posted with permission):
Patrice, I have been reading survival and prepping type blogs for several years now. Your blog and others have been distributing a wealth of needful information. One thing I feel that is missing are large groups or communities that are actually WILLING to work together in un-plugging from this current "system." If I'm not mistaken, it is the current system of economics, politics, geo-politics etc. that we are all prepping for in case of its collapse. If you know of any communities in the mountain west that promote trade and barter and a more agrarian lifestyle, would you please pass that information on. My family believes in the importance of living apart from the current system (living for ourselves and others instead of just existing as a cog in the system) and are more than willing to move to be in such a community.
Thanks so much for all that you contribute,
Jack in New Mexico
Here is my reply:
I honestly have not heard about any communities like this, beyond the attempts at hippie communes or whatever. That said, there are various places that seem more "survival minded" as a whole, and those tend to be in rural places out west - Montana, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, NE Washington, etc. But that simply means there are more individuals with a prepper mindset in these areas - not whole communities (at least, none that I've heard of). I suspect there may be groups coming together that are of one particular religious persuasion, but I wouldn't know where to find them.
May I post your email on my blog and open it up for reader input? Can't hurt might help.
So, dear readers, if you can offer Jack some concrete advice, please post it here!