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I'll stay out of the ZFS argument other than to note that I know folks that are using ZFS with OS X though I've never bothered to find out how they were doing it.
Probably this: http://downloads.maczfs.org/current
I use it too but this is a very different thing than having an OS built around the FS like OS X does with HFS+ or windows does with NTFS. Remember a FS isn't just some logical arrangement of data across a drive platter. It's how links are handled, when and how mounting and unmounting works, partitioning, shadowing schemes for automated system restoration, encryption, compression, Journaling, system boot schemes, metafiles, data streaming, virtual devices, even the Trashcan, etc etc. are all part of the file system and AFAIK most of those things can only be taken advantage of if the OS tools are in place. Just adding the ability to read and write ZFS or NTFS on OS X for example isn't the same thing. I guess you can see? You can get an idea of how it's used and the problems people sometimes have with it on OS X by going here: ZFSonMacOS - Google Groups. There are two others that I know of too but they're all about the same IMO. None of them will get you OS integration anything close to HFS+ on OS X and the same is true the various ZFS incarnations on Windows versus NTFS.
As far as where to store off-line backups I read a lot folks who don't have an office or relative near by saying they use safety deposit boxes - although I see you said there's no banks near you. But anything will work. You could for example make a mini time-capsule like container and pour a nice little cement housing in a hole in the backyard to keep it in. A fireproof/flood-proof safe kept in a garage. etc. The idea is just fire and flood protection mostly.
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