Hi, MD. Thank you so much for your articles. They are quite informative. At this point, I’m trying to decide between buying land in the Cumberland Plateau towards Chattanooga or North Idaho near Sandpoint or Priest River. I’m currently in Nor Cal, but from the Midwest originally.
In a year or so, I’ll be finishing a Master’s in Oriental Medicine. Not only do I plan to homestead, but will be setting up a clinic, as well. The area would need to be open to alternative medicine and also have affordable land for being off grid. The crime, drugs and high unemployment in East TN does concern me. Also the violent storms the Plateau can get.
I read your blog re TN’s good, bad & the ugly, but based on my situation, do you have any further advice?
Thanks again for writing your blog. It’s been really helpful.
With gratitude, Natalie
M.D. Replies: It depends on what you need and want, because both have positive and negative factors to consider. I suggest that you buy Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places, it’s full of well researched information. A few of the factors for me choosing north-east TN was weather and growing conditions, plenty of water sources and rain fall, plenty of trees and cover where you can set up a hidden retreat – for example anyone passing by my place on the gravel road can not see anything that I’m doing, my garden, animals, buildings or anything even in winter.
- Strategic Relocation Briefing—Kentucky and the Daniel Boone National Forest
- Choosing a Country Homestead in Tennessee
- An Expanded Western Relocation Zone
- The East Coast Retreat Dilemma
Local news report : Survivalists deem TN Plateau prime prepper property