Jason Mendes wrote:
Aloha, very interested in farms with a child focus too! That website mentions Internships, but how does one actually join the community?
Hola! We are seeking to build community.. We ask that those who are interested in joing as a community member first complete an internship, as a getting to know each other time, and to feel out this community... we dont want anyone to commit without knowing us some and wanting to be here... so we ask that potential members stay for a 3 month internship, then if they still wish to go forward, they stay for another 3 month trial community membership period... after the 3 month trial, if they still wish to partner up then they become a member and we go on sharing life together - including decision making, resources, funds, etc.
There is a community section on our website with more info.
Community Development, Creating a Global Network of positive change and sustainable solutions, Internships, Permaculture, Self-Discovery, Natural Healing, http://www.AbundantGlobalSolutions.org
We are a family with small children as well. I am friends with Kestral, one of the members of Abundant Dawn, and would *highly recommend* that group to anyone that has a tolerance for the southern summer, and possibly an outside income or potential to have one. Wonderful loving people on a great piece of land. Too far south for us tho. lol. Summer gets hot there.
My husband and I want to go north, though, and are interested in having families join us as well. We will be purchasing land in MA this year and hope to settle a few families with children. We'd like to Co-op parenting/childcare/education while growing food and other interests together. The land will have no mortgage, we plan to purchase it as an educational non-profit and maintain it with no property tax if possible, or minimum taxes based on agricultural income. Decision mostly by community discussion/concensus with a majority needed to *block* projects. We hope to get it set up as a permiculture farm/ forerunner of *best* agricultural practices moving forward. we want to hold seminars and summer programs to show people how to grow food effectively and efficiently on whatever land they have. We are looking for people that are interested in building small, simple homes (like the Simon dale style Hobbit-houses) and living mostly off-grid and low-tech. We want to have a large community building with all the amenities/tech and leave that all out of our little homes. Reality is that it will probably start out with a single home from which we all share/start in while building our homes.
If this sounds like a fun adventure, PM me? I'd love to hear what the rest of you are looking for/doing.
Wow, This was a long time ago. Anyone still looking?
We have settled at a place in NH called Dancing bones. The process of membership is easy, there are both homes available on the 40 acres, and once you are a member you can build your own (we are doing so now).
I'd love to hear if anyone ended up at Abundant Dawn, or anywhere else?
That's awesome Sage, how is it? My family and I are looking for something like this, we're still a couple years off with debt and some other things. How is it though? I'd love to hear any details you have. At present, we're fairly unfamiliar and very uncomfortable with the IC idea. I'd love to learn more as it's something we'd love to do, but just aren't comfortable with.