Homesteading/ Survivalist

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#1 Dec 9, 2009
Am looking to relocate to Republic in the near future. I would like to know if there are any like-minded indiviuals who are interested in homesteading, prepping and survivalism in the area. I am not a hippie or a tin hatter, but run kinda in the middle. I am a 40's female looking for a change. I currently live in Oregon

Okanogan, WA

#2 Dec 16, 2009
There's some great property around here if you are looking to go off the grid. There's quite a few people around here who live that way. My husband and I have looked into it (homesteading*), but can't afford our own land yet. My husband also wants to go on 'survival' outing, but I'm not too interested in that.


#3 Dec 21, 2009
How is the growing season up there? It is really difficult here to have a decent garden or fruit trees because of the random hard frosts we get in May and June. Also, how are folks there about having chickens, goats and such?

Okanogan, WA

#4 Dec 22, 2009
The growing season is probably short compared to other places, but that doesn't mean you can't have a great garden or trees. My kids and I always plant a small garden, usually pumpkins, sunflowers, and zucchini.It does help to start seeds indoors. As for chickens, goats, etc., you shouldn't find a problem, especially if you are living out in the woods. We have chickens, my neighbors have chickens, but in town you won't find as many with them or livestock. We have a great feed store in town for all your animal needs.


#5 Dec 23, 2009
You say you plant pumpkins, but do you get any?lol. I can start'em, but the biggest they get is gourd size. Do you see folks around there planting things like corn or tomatoes? Also what kind of fruit trees do you see around there? I am looking mainly to plant apples, plums and cherry.

How are the vets in your area? I have a couple older large dogs. We have a great gal here, very practical in her ways. Not the 'hmmmm, lets see what we can milk ya for' kind.
putt putt

United States

#6 Dec 23, 2009
we grow / raise all of that but with long winters we then to wind up with lots of country bumpkins have seen them as large as 350 lbs and have been able to teach a few to play guitars but they tend to eat the chickens

Okanogan, WA

#7 Dec 23, 2009
We have two very good vets in the area. I take our dogs to June Konz. She is very practical and has probably been everyone's vet at one time or another. Her and her husband also own the K<>K ranch, which also is a dude ranch/lodge.

Yes people here do plant corn and tomatoes. My mother's garden was terrific this yr and she did tomatoes in a green house for the first time. She had so much in her garden she shared with us.She had zucchini, peas, potatoes, jalepenos, green pepers, tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, some herbs, and almost 20ft tall sunflowers. I dont have any fruit trees myself, but my parents have apples, cherry, and apricot. I swear just about everyone in town has an apple tree in their yard or close by. The town deer love to visit those with the most fruit or flowers!

and ignore the comment from putt putt there. He's just one of those people who rather make fun of this town than promote it, even though he lives here himself(I assume he is here anyhow). I think we should encourage people to move here and make our community bigger and stronger, not belittle it. It's true this town is not for everyone. Not everyone can handle the distance to the nearest big city, not everyone likes that we dont have fast food here, or big shopping centers, but we have peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, good schools for our children, little to no crime, and people help one another when a tragedy does happen. I don't mind the travelling to other cities for big shopping. I'm not afraid of Sherman pass or Wauconda. The hwy's are plowed great in winter and with minium traffic on the roads the chances of hitting another vehicle is low. anyhow, rambling on.

just trying to say, I LOVE REPUBLIC, WASHINGTON!
putt putt

United States

#8 Dec 24, 2009
{He's just one of those people who rather make fun of this town than promote it, even though he lives here himself(I assume he is here anyhow). Just to set the record straight I do believe this is Gods Country if that's not promoting it I don't know a higher complement some peoples religion makes them not have a sense of humor others live a life of drudgery putt putt lives loves and laugh's but I could never figure out why some people leave the city's and move into a house looking right at some one else,s house. But too each his own Dad used to say if it grows on trees we could use it if we had to buy it we might not get to use it I come from a long line of hillbilly's and if your one come on over. If your going to want me to change don't move here that's the way the squirrel bounces no misleading facts there dont throw out the baby with the bath water


#9 Dec 26, 2009
I didn't think you were rambling :) Sounds like you are proud of the town you live in. My town Sisters, has changed drastically from what it was when I first move here. It was a pop. of about 400. Small with nice farmy type folks. Now its a DESTINATION spot and all the prices have risen accordingly. It has become a yuppie paradise and truly if I see one more spotless Hummer I will scream!!! lol

The nearest large city for us (Portland) is three hours away, and a good half of the drive is over Santiam Pass which can be very nasty in the winter. Tho' truly if folks would just slow down, there would be far fewer accidents. We have a decent size town about 25 miles from us, so that is where we do most of our food shopping.

I am hoping to visit Republic in the late spring. Would that be enough time for most of the snow to leave? I planned on camping around Curlew for a few days.
putt putt

Condon, OR

#10 Dec 26, 2009
mid april the grass starts to turn green again . well its hard to stop progress they say . we used to have a lot of people here that shared but lately there's a lot of lets see if we can get the money / grant money first before some one else gets it even if the some one else could use it more. we are get thing so were not weaned from tit of government any more. But its nice to walk into a local store and they know your name . and we still have that here we just had a big fire and the people are really pitching in to help


#11 Dec 26, 2009
I can't want to see green grass again. We have had little snow here, so not much is green, however it is mostly sage and juniper to the east of us so thats not a real shocker. Can you tell me if most folks with pasture irrigate or do you get enough rainfall to get by with out it?

Sisters has lost that small town pull together-ness. Now everyone is so worried about being sued, or not getting paid we don't have the large get togethers they used to have. I miss the grange I used to go to in CDA. We always had a blast and really got to know our neighbors. You know they would pitch in an emergency. I was living there when St Helens went off and was that an adventure!

Can you tell me if there is a college nearby? I know there are plenty in Spokane, but what about locally? Also, I was looking to see if you had a local newspaper, but cant find much info on line.

I read about that terrible fire. It was very sad. Those kind of losses never make sense. Especially if it was a preventable kind.

Okanogan, WA

#12 Dec 29, 2009
Our local paper is called the 'News Miner'.There's also has been a new paper in the mail lately. sorry can't remember it's name but it's nice to read stories not covered by the other paper.

The local college is a branch of Spokane Fall Community College. It is located right on Main st.(Clark Ave).

Snow is typically gone by mid March, although it did snow on my b-day (the 24th) this yr which was a first in 20 some years. The snow was melted by the end of the day though. Snow may be gone in March,but green doesn't appear till closer to April. As of right now we barely have any snow. Maybe 3 inches in my front yard.

I'm not sure how much pasture you are wanting or where you'll be located exactly, but we don't get much rainfall here and people do irrigate their fields.


#13 Jan 7, 2010
I will be mainly on a fact finding trip first. I have not been up that way, but it was highly recommended for what I am looking for. I would like something that has pasture, preferably with 2-3 acres to keep a couple of horses. A stream or pond would be great. How are your hay prices there? They have been getting around 160-180 for a ton of hay here. Do you have MDs in town? Do you have a hospital nearby? I really appreciate all the info I have gotten from everybody!

Okanogan, WA

#14 Jan 7, 2010 local events calendar. info on the Government of Ferry County. County fair info. everything you need to know about our local hospital, which is located just north of town.

Raymond, WA

#15 Jun 12, 2010
I too have been looking at republic to buy land and homestead. Republic looks like a great place! We are planning a vacation up there to look at properties and have fun. We live in ritzville right now.

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