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Starting new Ecovillage free for all

 
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Imagine an ecovillage available to everyone, where none are excluded. Not only for rich or middle class, not only for young or old, not only for able-bodied or Vegans or Christians. Imagine living in a community where people interact as equals. Where meals come from healthy food grown in our own backyard, and nature is just outside the door. Imagine children growing up playing together outside free and safe to learn together and express their creativity.

And what creative interest would you pursue if you did not have to worry about rent or mortgage, but were free to work doing what was most meaningful to you? The battle for our personal liberation, for social justice, and ecological sustainability are all intertwined and we can solve multiple problems at once through building intentional community.

Unlike trying to escape the rat-race alone, with the support of community you do not need as much money or expertise, because we can all pitch in together. Come as you are and bring what you have, even if you have nothing but love and desire for a better life.

We are looking for people interested in self-sufficient living who dream of moving out to the country and living as part of an eco-friendly community. Whether you are young and dreaming of farming, a family looking for a village to raise our children, or ready to retire and enjoy and peaceful life in the country, we can all become a community.

Whether you cannot afford to buy your own home with property, or you can or have but worry about being isolated and lonely living out on your own, lets work together to create a beautiful and thriving community. Never pay rent again! We aim to live sustainably on acreage rent free with no mortgage. We would live richly without making much money, practicing permaculture to provide the bulk of our food.

Although this may sound all utopian, we have many years experience in many skills and I feel my whole life has been leading up to this, and  I have a dedication to make it work. I have already aquired much of the resources, money, and knowledge needed to help get such an idealist project started and know there are others out there ready to share this experience.

The size of the project and location are still being determined, although we are currently on West coast of USA, we are looking at more affordable places like the Appalachia or Puerto Rico, where like 90% of food is currently imported. If you have the need, time, money, energy or love for this kind of project lets talk more about specifics!
 
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Helo Jesse, I'm interested in you're ecovillage. You may send me a message to ronaldodetera@gmail.com Good luck to your move.
 
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Good luck. Site founder Paul Wheaton has a bunch of podcasts about the nuts and bolts of starting and maintaining an intentional community.
 
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Hi Jesse,

I am absolutely interested in starting up an eco village/permaculture/off grid homestead and gathering in community to do so! Earth homes, food forests, free energy technologies, and more!!

Alex
 
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I'm a wildlife biologist and have been looking for an intentional community whose goal is a small carbon footprint (e.g., earth homes, alternative energy, food forest) while coexisting with nature. Please keep in touch as your plans unfold.

Paula
 
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hello from Southern California. Very interested in your vision.  I would like to learn more and possibly participate.  Please tell me more! camera-buzzingbee88@usa.net
 
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Interested and would like to know more. letthetaoflow@gmail.com. Thanks!
 
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I am also interested in your project! Its sounds very aligned with what my partner and I are planning. Would love to hear more of your ideas! Through here or my email: charleew777@gmail.com

Cheers!
 
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Greetings
I have been working to create a community for many years. I have found some great locations to create a sustainable farm and creative place of expression.
It would be a blessing if someone or many can contribute to the purchase and maintain the space. We can work towards a BRIGHTER FUTURE TOGETHER.
Jessie if you or others can email me spiritiam@tutanota.com
Thanks Blessings
 
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Hi there,  I already have formed a partnership with two other grown ups (each with a teen or two past time), to buy a property here in the Oakland/ Berkeley area.  This will be more of an urban/ suburban type fourplex with large garden.  We're will be paying a mortgage but that's better than paying rent,  at least.  One more partner who is able to qualify with the bank would get us into a very nice four plex. Let me know if you want to see our vision...it's basically a strong permaculture vibe, though they didn't do a course. (I did only part of one,  but have lived it a lot).
 
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Here's my email:
Julie.pastore@alumni.reed.edu

Julie Pastore wrote:Hi there,  I already have formed a partnership with two other grown ups (each with a teen or two past time), to buy a property here in the Oakland/ Berkeley area.  This will be more of an urban/ suburban type fourplex with large garden.  We're will be paying a mortgage but that's better than paying rent,  at least.  One more partner who is able to qualify with the bank would get us into a very nice four plex. Let me know if you want to see our vision...it's basically a strong permaculture vibe, though they didn't do a course. (I did only part of one,  but have lived it a lot).


Julie.pastore@alumni.reed.edu
 
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Hello,
I am very interested in what you wrote - actually searching the internet to find something exactly like that - so I am
happy to have stumbled on this.  Please contact me with more information.  Thanks!    seven2skip@aol.com
 
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Hi Jesse,
I just saw your post and am very interested in what you proposed. Have you gone forward with your idea?
 
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My wife has lived in the mountains of Puerto Rico her whole life her dad built their concrete block home with her mother on their own he is a coffee farmer.  We are looking for a place where we can enjoy the rest of our lives and although we are in our thirties already looking toward what early retirement would look like for us.  I am also a realtor well versed in particulars of land, as well as a medical assistant.  I think we can offer value to any community.  Have been started a fund for our goal to build a tiny home, small earth ship, or barn home.  We currently reside in Florida in the country away from traffic and dream about an unconventional life style where we can build our dream instead of waste timing in the rat race.  My mother who is now retired is also searching for a similar community and would like to build something of her own of course she has more means than we do as I have a son getting ready to join the service and we still have a 10 year old.

Message me @ mrs.santiago127@gmail.com
 
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Hey Jesse. I currently live in Central New Jersey. I'm a New York City raised Puerto Rican (Nuyorqueno). I'm retired, but still have a lot of life left in me! I'm bilingual and possess a variety of skillsets that I believe would be useful to an intentional community. I could also probably fill a 20 ft. container with all my tools and equipment. If you decide to start your project in Puerto Rico, I'd be down with that for SURE!!!
 
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Hello I hope I am not too late. I am extremely interested and I am willing to pitch in as much money as I can afford while also working remotely. Gosh I have looking so long for something like this, never though I would find a forum like this today.

Please email me at will306hart@hotmail.com if you are still offering this.
 
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Hi, Jesse, if you are still looking for a place for your community, I have 30 acres of south and west facing property in SW Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that I bought in Nov 2019.  I moved here from frigid Maine in Dec 2019.  There are at least 6 building sites for family homes.  I intended to do what you are planning to do, but at 74 I'm finding it more difficult than I thought it would be.  The land is currently in my name, but I planned to deed it over to a land trust (tentatively Liberty Farmland Trust).  I have one family of 4 currently living with me in a 3BR/2ba mobile home that I rehabbed last year.  Still some improvements needed but it is livable and well insulated.

Once Billy and his family moved in with all their stuff in May 2020, rehab pretty much stopped because there was no room to turn around, let alone work.  We gradually consolidated and moved our unneeded stuff up to the barn, but it is still crowded.  Billy and his family plan to start building their small home this year once they get their tax refund.  I have picked out a spot for my passive solar underground home with south-facing solarium and will start excavating as soon as I finish the road.  Thereafter the trailer will become the community center with 2 bedrooms and a bunk room for visitors, Woofers, or the next family for temporary housing while they are building.

Billy is big time into solar and brought about $10K of solar panels, controller, inverter, and lithium batteries with him from Massachusetts.  It is producing enough power for a couple of houses, but currently it is only powering the water pump, and a window AC via extension cords until we figure out how to hook it up to a grid-tied electric panel with auto-switching.

It was a horse farm at one time and has a 30 by 60 barn with 7 box stalls, a double box stall that I'm using as a woodworking shop, and a tack room.  Like most Appalachian farms, the barn had never been painted so the outer wood is weathered and warped.  The inside, however, is in great shape with concrete floors under the stalls and dirt floor in the breezeway between.  I would like to pour concrete there and reside with steel panels, but probably not this year unless I sell more shares.  I repaired one corner of the roof that had been torn off with new steel panels and clear polycarbonate for natural lighting in the workshop area.  There is an old log barn that has caved in.  We've been using the tin roof panels from it to build animal shelters and repair shed roofs, and we plan to salvage the logs for raised beds, terrace retaining walls, or a pole barn for equipment.  I have a tractor, loader, backhoe, bush hog, box grader, tiller, riding mower and other stuff I'd like to get under cover soon.

About 10 acres are cleared and the rest is mixed forest, mostly hardwoods and cedar, including black walnut and hickory.  Lots of wild herbs and berries.  We've built 4 raised beds and have room in the garden area for 16 more.  Plus the vining field where we grow pumpkins, squash, melons, and gourds.  Temperate climate, low taxes, zoned agricultural, sufficient rainfall year round that we seldom have to water the garden.  Natural spring water that flows into a cistern and then is pumped up to the house, a stock tank, and one (so far) frost proof outdoor hydrant.  We also have installed gutters and downspouts on two porches for rain catchment and are about to do the same off barn roof as soon as I find some cheap IBC totes to store the water.

I have completed my PDC from Tom Kendall and Permaculture Masterclass from Geoff Lawton.  The final assignment in the PDC was to lay out a design for swales and terraces, food forest and greenhouse, fish and duck pond, and other projects I've planned for the farm, but I was so busy in 2020 just clearing junk, rehabbing the trailer and barn, tilling, bush hogging, and excavating roads, that I haven't started on implementing the design plan yet. Well, the roads count, as "Access" is one of the prime attributes of Permaculture.  Ran out of money for building more infrastructure, but have managed to build chicken coop and brooder in the barn, movable Chickshaw (a la Justin Rhodes) and pig shelter.  Both pigs and chickens were moved around the pastures with Premier 1 solar electric fencing until just before Christmas when the temp was forecast to plummet.  So they were all moved up to the barn for the winter, including 3 piglets born Dec 1, and electric pens have been set up so they can get out on sunny days.  We plan to add dairy goats this spring.

If this sounds like it would work for your plans, drop me a PM with contact info and we can discuss it.  I'm open to selling the land to your trust and Billy and I leasing back our shares from you, or selling shares or leaseholds in my trust.  Compared to CA prices, this area is super inexpensive, neighbors are friendly and helpful, the town 4.5 miles north has Walmart and Farmers Co-op, building supply, livestock auction, etc.
 
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hi,im intrested if its in CA.email me katarinampierre@yahoo.com
 
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Hi, this sounds like a dream!

My husband and I presently live outside Harrisburg, Pa.  We are actually in the process of getting our house ready for market, target date mid-late summer.  Our dream has been some acreage, a huge garden, chickens, etc, but land + house+ septic system + well+utilities etc are a bit more expensive than anticipated, so a suburban lot may be what we get.  Unless....

We have to stay for a few more years in this general area (hubby works for the state and can retire in seven more years), but that doesn't mean we can't get involved with an intentional community now, on our way to being there full time later.

Btw, there is still a good amount of open land, including old farmland with barns in central Pennsylvania.  And we've got rivers and lots of streams and reasonable precipitation.  Just sayin'....

Please keep me posted on your plans.  Thanks!
 
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Jesse, I like what you write, and certainly I am interested. I believe in growing all the vegetation possible for what is needed, so I would practice simple natural farming, as in the One Straw Revolution, to live in simple ways for sustainability I think is of value, and an Eco community is desirable for this. I have further ideas for it but am limited from it unless I find the right community for it. I can be reached here, vegrox@aol.com. I hope for the communication, and this works.
 
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Hey Jesse, my name’s Adonis and my dog’s name is Navi and we are absolutely wanting to join

We currently live in Washington state. We are complete newbs to this community and I have very little money, I’m 18 and graduated during the first part of COVID so it’s been a nightmare.

We are very excited to learn and start our life.

Thanks
 
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