There are a few towns near me that are into sustainable living and supporting local mom & pops. I'm not sure if this is because of the close proximity of Amish communities or Midwest culture that has spilled over the border. It is so nice to be able to network and not deal with the concrete jungle and chain stores. I'm curious as to what is next door (I'm in NWPA). Is this a common trait of the Midwest? My long term goal is to get a little place, be off grid as much as possible, get out of the snowbelt, be near water, and have the same sustainable small town community/local networking as I do here. Hearth.com type questions would be: Are there burn bans in the Midwest? What about the possibilities of solar? Are the zoning codes and regulations strict? Are you over regulated?