George Lafayette wrote:
Your requirements seem reasonable to me. I don't understand about the acreage, but, if that's what you want, sure. Why that is important to you? If you are planning to make a living off working five acres I hope you are very enthusiastic about a large quantity of hard work. As far as I know, very few communities (if any) support themselves completely by working the land.
George: I would love to know how to search for the intentional communities that seem to be working well, any suggestions? The reason for the land is that we would like to do a large garden and raise animals both to sell and to eat ourselves. In order for us to do that we would need the space. I wouldn't mind sharing these things with others but to do so we would need to increase the amount of production which would mean more land needed. Our final goal is to be producing 80% of our own food and then offsetting the other 20% with the income we would be making from the sale of our produce/animals. If we could make enough that my husband could work freelance outside the home occationally that would be a dream come true! I will definitely look into getting that book!!
J.D. Ray wrote:I've been chewing on the idea of a framework for implementing communities, and writing some bits down. Along the way, I discovered three Israeli models, the kibbutz, the moshav ovdim (commonly shortened to just moshav), and the moshav shitufi. They vary primarily by level of Communism, from a kibbutz, where everyone shares everything, to a moshav ovdim where it's really a collection of individual productive households (e.g. they have their own land, livestock, and infrastructure) that share resource acquisition (buyers groups) and marketing. In the middle is the moshav shitufi, where production is shared, both in feeding the community and producing things for sale, and resources are shared, but things like consumption management are left to individual households.