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Artist looking to join a small farm/homestead

 
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Hello Everyone,

So happy to have found this site in hopes of finding the right spot to exit cities/towns indefinitely... Unfortunately, this had been what I was searching for before the onset of Corona, and now, more than ever, I know why I was being called out into the country and away from society/the over culture, and hoping your community isn't being overwhelmed by those of us that were headed that direction but not quite there. I feel deeply that the right opportunity will either be here, or it won't, and my search will continue..but at least had to post and see what comes of it!

My passion and life path the last ten years has been travel and exploration; from Ashland, OR to San Francisco, CA to France, Portugal, Spain, to Africa and the list goes on.
I was schooled in Art History, and after doing a brief internship at the Portland Art Museum just out of school, I quickly and very decisively decided that a life in chasing a 'career' was not for me. I began to travel solo; moving to cities that called to me, and digging into a deeper understanding of both myself and the world around me. I met many like minded people throughout my travels, experienced many ways of life I felt were more authentic than that of which I was raised, and kept moving until this past year in which I knew it was time to begin looking into making the permanent move out of the norm and off of the grid.

I traveled abroad for five months via workaday, and worked on several small family farms / permaculture projects / intentional communities, but do not have these skills in a way that I am by any means an expert. However, I was always able to be a helping hand, eager to learn and happy to be of highest use. In many circumstances, I tended the garden, kept the household in order or most frequently, cooked meals. Being innately artistic gears me most easily toward any project that allows me to exercise this, but I also know that out in the country there is much tough, physical work to be done as well. I am always looking to ways in which to be more sustainable in terms of health / self care / etc.. and try to limit the amount of 'products' used. I am also very interested in different healing modalities such as Reiki, Meditation, Breathwork, Yoga. I feel that mental and emotional health is one of the most important things we have in this life, and unfortunately something more and more of us struggle with in these times.

The important basics: I don't smoke cigarettes or marijuana, drink alcohol all that often, or use any drugs. Of course within my life I have experimented with all of these things but find my mind, body and spirit is happiest and healthiest without any of them. I am vegan for health reasons, but most importantly animal advocacy, and being a part of a household or community that is also Vegan is probably one of the most important things to me. I have found in all of my travels that I most easily connect and enjoy time with those that also hold and understand these beliefs.

I am originally from Boise, Idaho, born and raised, love and enjoy the mountains, but was hoping to find a spot that has a good amount of sunshine and warmth. Growing up in Boise we did have the four seasons, but always with a high amount of days of sun, and this I have also found in my travels is something that my soul needs.

I realize I am not your typical 'permie' or even homesteader, but am hoping that my combination of life experiences, and skills / beliefs may resonate with someone or a community. As I mentioned, I am happy to be outside working, but am also able to engage in small business duties, writing, anything artistic.

Looking back at this I feel there is so much more to say - but if this happens to find the right person/people please feel free to reach out and ask me anything... In these instances, with the life I have lived thus far it is difficult to choose the words and what to write, but there it is.

In the very least, good on you all for what you do, what you have accomplished, and I am sure for showing many the way to living a more fulfilling, authentic, peaceful and joyful life. Lets hope this movement continues to grow and outdated systems are forced into extinction. If only we could all step away from materialism / consumerism and be happier with less, more content with the simple pleasures of living on what is left of this beautiful planet.

Warmly,
Megan
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Location: Bought the farm and moved from Maine to western tip of Virginia.
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Try checking www.ic.org which lists a number of Intentional Communities around the world.  Many of them are vegan/vegetarian, spiritual, and art-oriented.
 
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Greetings...check out.... https://www.habitablespaces.org/

I visited there a few days ago...like-minded folks...probably open to long-term residents/community members....
 
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Also....Lightning Ranch outside Abilene, TX is a LOVELY health/spiritual intentional community ....also recently visited there....

https://lightningranchhealing.weebly.com/

I’m seeking my tribe...doing work trades on my search....

Interested in Alaska??...I’ve visited both....

Established: https://ionia.org/

Forming: https://m.facebook.com/Kim-Corner-Farm-Club-1204307726308511/

 
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...and another very spiritual community...great infrastructures already in place...and more underway...Visited recently....

https://www.workaway.info/en/host/975315177228
 
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Sorry if it seems like I’m spamming you!!

Just got this information on my permies.com singles posting...I’ve not visited the farm... but a work trader works there and said they need help...year long interns...etc...Outside Dallas, TX.

http://edensorganicgardencenter.com/farm_opportunities.htm
 
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Cimarron & MD,

I greatly appreciate all of the resources for intentional community and other options. Will be checking into various but still hoping a fit may be right here.

All the best to both of you!

Warmly,
Megan
 
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...wishing you the best!!
 
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Hi Megan! I have found some property I would like to buy to create both a small farm/homestead and ideally, an intentional community of people interested in both veganism and permaculture. I'm semi-retired, so I have been able to do a considerable amount of research on viability of a CSA, hemp or similar operation here, but while beautiful and very affordable by any standards, the location is far off the beaten path, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and I find most folks I've met interested in permaculture want to raise animals for consumption, so I may also have a hard time finding people to partner with, and while strong for my size, I can't do this by myself. I am also open to finding another location if I meet the right person/people, but this location wouldn't work for them. If you'd like more information, please feel free to message me at reynacrow@gmail.com. Thanks and good luck!
 
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Hi Megan,

I'm creating a unique camping/gardening/sustainable living situation in Texas.
Currently, I am in need of people who have carpentry skills, , permaculture experience, cob building, gardening skills, blogging, art, and musical
skills.  I have primitive campsites for tent camping and a shared area for running water, cooking, etc.  I respect all diet choices.  
My son and I are making the most of family land and enjoy nature, animals, permaculture, art, and kind people.  It's been a solo effort
getting this going up to this point, and I have had to overcome some hurdles along the way to make sure the land is not mistreated.
However, I feel it is the right time to start making new friends who might want to come camp and help out in exchange for a camping site
and basic vegan meals....(beans and rice and garden vegetables).  We live on a fixed modest income but we know how to live happy.  We
were boots at Wheaton Labs for a brief time back in May and love all things permie.  There are a few beautiful creeks within 10 miles from our
site as well as a nice large lake for driftwood and petrified wood hunting.  It's never boring around here to say the least!  

Best Wishes,
Amy
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