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  1. Yes, it was a 6.3 earthquake. Quite bigger than usual. The epicenter was about 60 miles away from the property. Gladly we didn’t have a big impact at all. The house was shaking for about 30 seconds, but no things flying off the shelves or anything like that.
  2. Hello Karen, Yes, you are correct, it is currently wintertime here in Chile. And yes, I am glad to report that they do have farmers markets in Chile during winter. Here in Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, we have 3 farmers markets that I know of during the week. I would say that they are about the same size as in the summer time, but of course the veggies and fruits and the prices are different. Sometimes, when it rains on a farmers market day, you will find that about one third of the sellers do not show up. Currently we have lots of potatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots, radishes and still plenty of greens. I would say that I do not see a huge difference in the veggie department. Maybe a bit higher prices on bell peppers, no asparagus and the avocados do not taste as great as they did in summertime. The bigger difference is in the fruits. Of course we do not have strawberries or for that matter any other berries. But we have more apples,pears, oranges, lemons, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, kiwis and such. And of course, the prices are still lower than you would find them in the States or Europe in wintertime or even the summertime. Persimmons and pomegranates are 1,000 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.65/lb (at current exchange rate) Oranges and lemons are about 500 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.33/lb (at current exchange rate) Apples and pears are about 400 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.26/lb (at current exchange rate) I hope you will find this information helpful! I will attach a few pictures of this Saturdays farmers market!
  3. Hello Dylan66, Yes, we will do updates regularly soon. For now, we had more of paperwork to get done, and we put part of the roads in. Also, we imported the equipment for metal frame manufacturing from Australia and delivered it to the property. It is operational now. As soon as more of the active part will begin we will post updates regularly on the website.
  4. Hello Calvin, You have great reasons to be concerned. My advice is to start looking if the land someone is promoting does actually belong to them or if they do have the right to sell it. One should not blindly trust the seller's lawyer but should hire an own attorney in order to do all the due diligence. In our case, the property is fully paid for and has no encumbrances, but do not take my word for it! Do your own investigation or have an attorney do it for you!
  5. Hello Calvin, welcome to the forum!
  6. Hello Karen, YES! In fact, we do encourage planting trees, vineyards, and gardens. We do not want to micromanage your property as some other developments might do, but we do want every owner to plant trees or vineyards. After all, this is a sustainable community.
  7. Hello Elwez, Yes, the farmers market has changed somewhat in the spring. Some prices on products like the bell peppers started to go down and some, like the apples, started to climb up. And of course, with the new season, we see new produce. I think you guys left right before the great stuff started to appear. Right now we enjoy lots of great asparagus at a $1.45 a big bundle. About 4 weeks ago we started having strawberries. First, they were at 1,700 CLP/kg, which is $1.12/pound and today I bought some at 750 CLP/kg, which is $0.49/pound. Within the last week, we bought more than 50 lbs of strawberries. We love to eat them while they are fresh and in season and freeze a lot for smoothies as well. The watermelons are still by the slice and I think that will change only in a month or so....
  8. Hello Elwez, it's a bit strange to call you that, when I know your real name😉! It was a pleasure to have you and your beautiful family close by and to get to know you better! We really enjoyed spending time with you guys and completely fell in love with your cute baby! It's great to see you here, on the forum....and to read your thoughts! We will try to keep you posted on the progress of your house construction in this forum, so other people also may get to know the process.
  9. Currently, we have found a few people for construction work (and we are looking for more) but we are still looking for someone with permaculture experience. If you have a background in permacultural gardening and you are interested to work in a sustainable community, please contact us. We know you are out there. 🙂
  10. ABSOLUTELY!!! We would love to have people like you in our neighborhood. I think working together is a great way to get to know your neighbors and build relationships. In my opinion, this is what a community is about!
  11. Hi Peter, we do not have our email address listed on the website to avoid automated spam. Please sign up for the info newsletter and you will receive an email from us. This way you can reply to our email. And if you do not want to receive our newsletter, you can always unsubscribe at any time.
  12. Yes, we will have a restriction on the minimum size of a house that you can build in this subdivision. We really don't want people to live in mobile homes or RVs. This is a more upscale neighborhood and the absolute minimum house should not be smaller than 500 sqft.
  13. Hello Peter! Yes, we still have jobs available. We are looking for people that have experience in construction and also for people who have experience in permaculture gardening.
  14. Hello Dylan and welcome to the forum!