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Oh how things have shifted. After many months of self observation due to being stuck at home and doing 'the work', I have come to the conclusion that city life has played its part. I am seeking a more natural way of living and wanting to get back to my country roots. I am not afraid of hard work and getting my hands dirty. I do not fit into the typical city girl box. I am starting with the WWOOF program next month. I am not looking to marry anyone anytime soon but I would love to meet some people with the same ideas or passions. Anyone like writing letters? I miss that. I am open to chatting with ALL people. Also, it kills me when folks struggle with communication. Ask questions and talk people! In about 5 years, (when my daughter graduates) I plan (the future is fluid) to get out of TEXAS and live in the mountains. I enjoy hiking and want to be around farmers markets, nature and good people.

I would love to discuss farming communities. Do you live in or run one? Tell me what it is like! If you are single (which I hope you are if you are in the singles forum here) is it hard to find people if you live in a rural area?

I am a Libra, Type 2 enneagram. For those not familiar, that means I help. A lot. At a party, I'll do the dishes, hand out drinks and forget to relax. Or I'll carry all the things and help all the people. Do not ask me to pick the dinner location.  Libras are not known for their decision making abilities.

Talk to me people!

PS - I am not interested in dating dudes over 45 and unless you are super wise for your age, 25 is probably the youngest. I have never dating anyone younger so this would surprise me for sure. I love a good surprise though!
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Wow, nice to meet you.  My youngest (16) just went to live with her mom for the first time in 5 years, and my other is off to college (18), and I'm focusing on "minimizing" my life.  I started a garden 3 years ago, on a mountain side , in the forest of Oregon, near Cave Junction.  The red clay was not forthcoming with nutrients for my crops, so I have to bring in 6 truck loads of soil to mix with the clay, now its exploding with life and food.  My "shack" is more humble than anything I every thought I would love, but I have no bills, no pressure, and I create my own power with tree fort solar arrays and a couple wind turbines.  Life is simple, lovely.  My biggest struggle is combating all the "critters" wanting the fruits of my organic garden, and the occasional loneliness any parent feels when his/her kids grow up and move out.  So I created a youtube solar tutorial page 3 years back, in anticipation of no longer being "daddy".    Just saying it makes my eyes water.  But I poor my energy into healthy activities, exercise, gardening and teaching others how easy it is to create your own power.  This is me.   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl-G3EJMjjdCKJkJdPTvkgg/videos
 
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Hi Daniel. Thanks for sharing your story. Kiddos leaving can feel empty I'm sure. You have some great information to share.  Very wise man! I'll have to reference your channel when I get started one day.
 
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Hi Jenny,

Great post and kudos for ‘seeing the light’ and wanting to get out of the city and back to the basics. Im a few years out of your age range but if you’re considering Montana for your mountain life I’d be glad to give you some insight.

I moved to Montana (near Helena) when I was around your age and let me just say it’s frickin awesome out here - breathtakingly beautiful, unlimited recreation, and certainly less judgmental than city life. Do your research though and realize that wherever you end up the culture may be quite different than what you’re used to. I have no idea what you Texans are like as I’ve never been there but what I’ve noticed out here is that folks put a very high value on recreation (hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, biking, etc) and have a strong dislike for city folk that come in and bring their city thinking and habits with them. It takes awhile to adjust to the slower pace but once you do you’ll wonder how in the hell you ever lived anywhere else. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘farming community’ but farmers markets, hiking, nature and laid back good people (for the most part) are just part of life out here. As for finding a partner I wouldn't worry too much. You’re a beautiful gal and will likely be swarmed by dudes wherever you go.

Take care and good luck with your adventure.

~DJ
 
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DJ,

Thank you! I've actually thought about Montana. I hear it's beautiful.  I would never want to change or bring any city vibes. haha. I will have to explore for sure and see what happens.

I appreciate your sweet words. The problem is I don't want wants in the crowd. I'm looking for a genuine soul that gets it. That's harder than it sounds. haha. But I am also okay being alone and enjoy growing and learning all that I can.

 
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Jenny just follow where life leads you and you will be fine.  If I were a couple of decades younger I might try to pique your interest but you have a good outlook on life and when you do find what makes you happy share as much as you feel comfortable doing so.  Be good...
 
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Thank you Denny! 💚
 
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Hi Jenny, what a refreshing post! I’m on a small scale market farm in north eastern CT. Just back after being stuck in CA due to covid travel complications. I was especially interested in whether you’ve found any farming communities or anything similar? I’ve lived in intentional communities and co-ops in Hawaii, San Diego and
 
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Hi David. Thank you! Sorry to hear you were stuck and not able to get home. I'm sure you are grateful to be back.
Your message cut off and I'd love to hear more about the intentional farming communities you visited.

I am WWOOFING in June to give it a shot. I'd love to build a community but know there are always way too many restrictions and rules making it difficult.
 
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