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Live communally and sustainably in beautiful Nova Scotia - Canada's Ocean Playground

 
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This opportunity is for people aspiring to go back to nature, live communally and *sustainably* in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, and learn about the alpaca fibre business. You do not need to be an experienced farmer.

Eventually, I would love 6 individuals/couples to be part of this, but I know it will take time to find people who share my goals and outlook and who have good chemistry with me personally. I’m a quiet, middle-aged guy who mostly keeps to himself, but I also love good conversation around the dinner table or the woodstove. Currently, about 4 people seem serious about this, from posting it earlier on FB, but I’m certain they won’t all go ahead with it.

Rather than asking for a lot of rent or asking you to work 40 hours a week, I just want 10 hours per week of your help and a $500 monthly contribution to the household expenses (which covers your shelter, meals, and wifi). At the end of each calendar year, I will give you 10% of the farm profits (which currently come primarily from alpaca fibre products, airbnb, and a small biennial blueberry harvest). By pulling together on the activities listed below, we can increase the farm revenues so that your profit-share at the end of the year is a few thousand, instead of a few hundred.

I have a pair of beautiful riverfront hobby farms, each with a large 4-bedroom house. There are 3 acres of wild blueberries, 6 acres of pasture, and about 8 acres of woods that provide more than enough firewood to heat both homes without having to clear-cut any areas.

Over the last 4 years, my partner and I raised a good herd of alpacas and developed a thriving fibre business around them. She and the alpacas are gone; so, I will rebuild the alpaca herd and continue to grow the diversity of products we derive from the fibre. A small portion of my food comes from the property, and my vision is to increase that slowly and steadily every year.

Some of the new areas of activity that I want to undertake (once the right long-term cohabitants are found) are:
-bee-keeping (which will also help pollinate the blueberry field)
-developing blueberry condiments and other blueberry products
-permaculture
-large vegetable and herb gardens
-poultry (for both meat and eggs)
-farm store for the alpaca products and blueberry products
-fishing our 1500 feet of river
-alternative, renewable energy to reduce our dependence on the grid
-art studio, as there are a lot of tourists here in the summer

If you have a family, the rooms won’t work you, but I am amenable to you building a tiny home on the property and then I would forego the room and board contribution, obviously.

Send me a private message if you are interested in living and working together. :-)
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Hi Art;   Big Welcome to Permies!
You sound like our kind of guy. Please keep us posted on your project.
Your offering a super opportunity for a few folks in a beautiful location!
If I was a young man I would beat feet to the border and come check things out!
I hope you find the right people to expand your dream.
 
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Thank you for that warm welcome, Thomas. :)
 
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