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Unique Off-Grid Rental Opportunity!
Super-efficient home on 77 private wooded acres near Rossie, NY.
Hammond School District. 1332 square feet.
Two bedrooms, one bath. Open floor plan, wood flooring throughout. Screened porch, deck. Photovoltaic and passive solar. Wood heat. Propane cooking and hot water. Two sheds plus chicken coop. Wheelchair accessible. Partially furnished if desired. $700 per month plus $700 security deposit, one year lease. Available mid-August 2019.
Contact Melinda at

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FOR SALE  posted 2019 

 Off-Grid Home * For Sale * 3 acres + friendly neighbor access to much more
The Big Rock house at Ness
(former intentional community)
• Town of Hermon/Russell, but close to Canton … 10 miles to Canton, 15 miles to Potsdam.
• Fifteen year old comfortable 1+ bedroom home, hand-built with local timber/lumber, lived in continuously but not "finished" so set for renovations to suit your needs (though well-loved and lived in "as-is.")
For the the outdoor enthusiast / homesteader / wildlife lover
• 3 acres, small amount of meadow, mostly mixed woods with minimal land management intervention for ~50 years, small area of seasonal-only wetland (spring peepers!), previous meadow garden space can be revived.  Deer, turkey, birdlife, and all manner of small critters abound.
• "Star hut" 15' outdoor screened room, five-sided, semi-geodesic triangle-strong construction.
• Huge 12'x32' attached 1-1/2 story mudroom with tons of windows for light, enclosed on three sides for mondo storage/utility use, plus two small storage sheds.
• Wood storage cribs along driveway accommodate two Winter's worth of firewood, some materials available to build a drying shed if desired.
• Gravel 'parking lot' on road accommodates several vehicles, several hundred foot gravel driveway leads to house tucked in the woods but conveniently close to the road (inner driveway never plowed, so gravel fully intact.)
• Great neighbors!
For simple living lovers
• "Simple" or "primitive" living is the highlight here, for living within the rhythms of nature.  Can easily be "downgraded" LOL to conventional living standards.
• Built with locally-harvested and reclaimed materials; a refuge in the cool, shady woods.
Weather storms in style!
• Off-grid with 380W solar power system + 12 deep cycle 12V battery bank with charge controller, no inverter as it's currently run off of straight DC.
• Grid power available at top of driveway or solar array can be expanded for more conventional power usage.
• Household wired with both DC + optional AC plugs.  Wiring installed for expansion to outdoor areas.
• Landline installed, providing DSL internet, soon to be fiber-optic.
Household features
• Main floor is a comfortable 28'x32' open floor plan living space.
• Wood heating/cooking options include an Amish-style "plain" cookstove with water jacket, an incredible rocket mass heater with lounging/warming bench for the chilly times, and outdoor cooking at the big rock and star hut screened room in Summer!
• Kitchen serviceable but could be viewed as temporary; therefore, may easily be renovated to style of the new owners.
• Solar-powered Summer fridge (tiny freezer.though) and 11'x18' Winter root cellar with full staircase for cold storage (easily reaches fridge temps.)
• Currently employs "walking water" from a rainwater collection system instead of "running water" but a well could be added as needed.  A simple pumping mechanism to the root cellar could also utilize rain barrel water to avoid the expense of a well.
• Indoor bath area and Winter "on-house" materials available, but not finished.  Composting outhouse (no smell!) is a slate-covered A-frame with knotty pine interior and an open-air view of the woods that has been featured in a TAUNY exhibit of unique local construction.
• Water from the kitchen and unfinished bath area drains to clear air, holding tank(s) for gravity fed water system available.
• South-facing for solar gain, 10" blown cellulose insulated walls. Block wall 9' deep root cellar for partial foundation with 4-6' poured piers faced with block-bonded blue board insulation for the rest of the foundation.
Lovely home
• Unique charm, owner designed and built 15-year old home, "bones" of the (simple, not notched) timber frame structure designed and built by Erik Shulze Construction, nestled into a beautiful wooded environment near the edge of a meadow.
• Built to accomodate an exit door for an addition or deck on the West side of the building.
• Historic re-purposed knotty pine interior, three picture windows on the first floor with unique diagonal cut SE and SW windows and a 6' kitchen bay window giving a well-rounded view of the forest and meadow landscape.
• Rough cut flooring from a Pamellia, NY historic hops-drying house in upstairs bedroom, main level flooring is sub-flooring but 2/3 of the materials are on site for installation (cork flooring for 1/3+ and 1/3+/- hardwood strip flooring from St. Mary's gymnasium in Massena.)
• Picture window in south-facing 18'x22' (minus stairwell) 2nd floor bedroom imparts a panoramic view from the foot of the bed, where the constellation Orion will guide you through the seasons.  The one large bedroom could be partitioned to add a second bedroom.
• Interior staircase has a handmade Adirondack balustrade and balcony rail by noted local artisan builder Bryan Lee.
Wait, there's more! LOL
• Hundreds of acres of land behind the property accessible - with friendly-neighbor permission - great hiking, XC skiing, birding, hunting and more.  Downerville and other State Forests, Lampson's and Harper's Falls, and Tooley Pond Road a few miles away, access to the Little River possible with neighbor permission (20 minute walk from house.)
• Interesting and skillful neighbors can make for a well-rounded community and learning/sharing experience.  That said, seeking new owners who prefer less (not zero, but less) use of fossil fuel-powered noisy machinery,in order to fit in to the neighborhood - though the second nearest neighbor to you can be into them at times, so some small amount of tolerance on your end is needed (it's not overwhelming.)
• The perfect home for handy folks who want to customize the home to suit their needs.  Depending on how much contracting-out you do, it could run as much as another $25K to make the home more conventional, or much less if you DIY and like the appeal of simple living.
$75,000 sale by owner


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FOR SALE: posted 6/4/2018, updated 7/24/2018.
 Cabin / Tiny House * For Sale
16 x 22 adorable one room insulated cabin with porch.  Built in 2014, can be moved to your location.  Propane heater and wired for electric. Pine interior.
$14,000.  Call Sandy (315) 212-7143
(picture forthcoming)

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FOR SALE: posted 6/2/2018, updated 7/24/2018.
 Off-Grid Home * 80 acres * For Sale

Town of Hopkinton … near Parishville … P/H schools … several miles inside the Blue Line!!
For the outdoor enthusiast
65 acres of woods • County trail system runs by house • Woods border the Flower Hill club
For the homesteader / craft farmer / horse lover
10 acres of field, woods are mixed hard and soft • Barn/garage with water • Multiple fenced areas
For dog lovers
Large fenced-in yard • Additional high-fenced dog area with gates to house and yard • Pet doors
Weather storms in style!
Off-grid with solar power + battery bank + generator system • Wood heat (with attached
wood shed!) • Propane hot water, fridge, and supplemental heating
Lovely House
 Antique charm w/ many recent improvements
 Wood floors and detail throughout
 Woodstock Soapstone wood stove and modern chimney with large hearth area
 Picture window in south-facing 2nd floor room – great bedroom or sun room!
 2nd floor deck overlooking field
New Price: 135K. Located where Santamont meets Sylvan Falls. Drive by! If you like what
you see, check out the listing at,-Potsdam,-NY-13676_rb/
and contact our broker for a viewing:
Colleen Ayers
35 Main St., Potsdam
(315) 261-8134

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FOR SALE: posted 12/7/2016, updated 7/24/2018
Homestead For Sale * Copenhagen, NY
Comfortable off-grid living
Solar, rocket mass heater, outbuildings
Surrounded by State land!
1255 Pinckney Road, Copenhagen, NY
62.6 acres, mostly wooded, semi cleared around the two camps with a 5 year old year-round solar camp, overlooking a creek, 1100 sq ft., open floor plan, 1 bedroom, his and hers closets, knotty pine tongue and groove with solid cherry trim.
Front camp is sold as is, could be brought back to livable for rental or second family camp.
Located on four-wheeler road, groomed snowmobile road in winter.
No neighbors, state land all the way around. Deer, turkeys, lynx, grouse and bear all call this area home.  Hunt your own land, or the thousands of acres of state land that surround it.

2 creeks run through property, the main camp overlooks one of them.
3 wells on property, 1 drilled for primary home, 2 dug wells (not used)
900 gallons water storage, pressure tank and new jet pump
new pump in well
main camp is wired for 110 and runs on solar and back up generator
24 volt system with 4 batteries, generates plenty power
septic and flush toilet
on demand hot water heater
pebble style rocket mass heater keeps us nice and warm while using lots less firewood
propane cook stove
antique wood cook stove (not piped through roof yet)
kitchen has big pantry unit plus lots of storage space
refrigerator and freezer
dish TV service installed

This place has everything needed to make life comfortable for you. We lived year round there for 4 winters. We did all the work building the home and harvesting our firewood, lots of work for 2 senior citizens.
My vision for this place would have been to have a root cellar dug, have the creek widened to form a pond. I wanted to pump creek water to a 300 gallon tote on a stand to use that water to flush the toilet.
I wanted to finish clearing and seeding the front yard to encourage the deer, because we have water and lots of apple trees we can often see them, but with grazing in the front yard it would be even better.
See pictures here:
Asking price is $120,000 or best offer, motivated seller, could split closing costs to move a sale along.
Contact Brenda Andress
(315) 405-5315

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Unique Off-Grid Rental Opportunity!
Super-efficient home on 77 private wooded acres near Rossie, NY.
Hammond School District. 1332 square feet.
Two bedrooms, one bath. Open floor plan, wood flooring throughout. Screened porch, deck. Photovoltaic and passive solar. Wood heat. Propane cooking and hot water. Two sheds plus chicken coop. Wheelchair accessible. Partially furnished if desired. $700 per month plus $1000 security deposit, one year lease. Available August 2018.
Contact Melinda at
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FREE: posted 6/3/2018
Window - Free
In decent condition! 4 feet high and 6 feet wide. Fixed middle pane, crank open outer panes, with screens included.
Pick up in Hermon NY area.  Contact

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Beautiful hand made woodland botanical wreaths, to benefit the Local Living Venture!
Wreaths range from 5 inches to 25 inches and are priced from $10 - 45.
Choose the approximate size you'd like, figure roughly $2 per inch and contact us to order:
Local artist Carol Simpson creates these beautiful, natural wreaths from She says: "I love playing with natural materials. I find all of these seed heads so interesting and beautiful.  I hope that the wreaths exhibit the beauty and diversity of material that is usually overlooked and stimulate the appreciation of nature's beauty all around us, right down to the 'weeds'!"  6" - 12" wreaths.
Check out the upcoming workshop where you can create your own, on Oct. 22! 
Full Events Schedule

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ORGANIC TOMATOES!   Posted 2017, likely applicable in 2018 but prices may have changed.
Birdsfoot Farm Organic tomatoes are available now!
Organic tomatoes, 20 lb, $20,
Organic paste tomatoes, 20 lb, $25
Organic grade B, 20 lb, $10

Contact Dulli (leave a message if needed) at (315) 386 4852

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posted 8/27/2016, updated 9/12/2016

Waterford Stanley all cast iron cook stove
- in very good condition.

all cast iron, including oven. new in 1994. well cared for/ excellent condition. comes with factory side shelf on right, home-made one on left, fire box ...

'85 VW Jetta Diesel
with auxiliary veggie oil fuel system

in great condition
posted 8/27/2016

'85 VW Diesel Jetta
a great car with a long history of incarnations, most of which are lost from recorded history. as best as i can tell it spent most of it's life on the west coast, WA state...

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Furnished Off-Grid Home To Let

1400 sq ft house for rent: three bedrooms, a traditionally plumbed bathroom, plus a composting outhouse outside. Fully furnished. Rent negotiable.

 Off-grid solar electricity, passive solar and wood heat, propane hot water and cooking stove/oven, hand crafted of local materials.
 Located on 8 acres of woodland atop a south facing slope with wetland below, short walk from Grasse River, 9 miles from Canton (near Pyrites.) 1/3 mile long driveway which is not plowed in winter.
Available mid-August 2016 through June 2017. 
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