OSEC Land Selection Criteria
Choosing land for an OSE Community requires an understanding of what the land will be used for. The following use assumptions are made:
- Farming - Crops, animals, food forest, etc.
- Shelter - Housing for the people living and working in this community.
- Light Industry - Fabrication, workshops, small lot production, etc.
- Lay of the Land
- South facing in the northern hemisphere (north if in southern)
- Gentle slope with some flat places
- A simple plot outline is easier to deal with
- Good access from a county/state/federal highway
- Year-round, running water from stream or springs
- Bodies of water: pond/lake especially if spring-fed
- Good quality - potable - test before buying
- Test for bacteria, etc.
- Fertile top soil to good depth
- Get the soil analyzed for pH, minerals, etc.
- Existing prepared fields are a plus - are they organic?
- Good drainage - consider a perc test
- Organic Resources
- Mature trees, especially hardwood, are a plus
- Existing food sources such as fruit and nut trees
- Wild food sources such has herbs, berries, roots, etc.
- Mineral Resources
- Avoid "keyhole" plots with a long driveway to access the land
- Check up-slope and up-stream for sources of pollution
- Liens or other legal attachments
- Questionable ownership