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tl;dr: The wife and I run an increasingly sustainable, 5 acre homestead, eventually open to a intentional community of artists and hermits, but also campers and events. My brother, tired of succeeding in corporate culture, wants to join us but wants to greatly expand the scope of the project. Looking for proof-of-concept testimonials, social contract must-have's, warnings in regards to scalability or hints that we might take advantage of. Eventually, come Spring, we'll be looking for on-site, long term assistance.
For the last 8 years, my wife and I (30's) has been working to convert our 5 acres into a sustainable homestead, centered around a pavilion available to rent for the multitudes of peoples who purchase our goats. We will eventually open it to homeschool groups, birthday party rentals, and nerd nights, dotted with tiny homes available to rent, and worked by us and whatever hermit or permie that needs a place to get away that season. But now, my brother, a structural engineer thats been living in the heart of the city for the last couple years, wants to get back to the country. He is in the process of acquiring 350 acres, including some mountain hollers, running creeks, a pair of peaks with great views and a back slope perfect for livestock. He wants to convert a couple dozen acres to campsites, maybe a couple treehouses, all around a new mountain reservoir. He wants to put the homestead and a solar farm on the back end while putting the rest in a timber rotation or divided up for hunting leasing. I'm here to find the benefits of opening such a property up to a landshare and/or intentional community from the get-go, and to find those that would be interested in helping us make that happen.
At this acreage and with this many potential partners, we're out of our element and any direction would be welcome. We're re-scrolling over past posts but any particulars or outside material would be greatly appreciated. Also, we're going to be large enough to qualify for grants and tax breaks if we do this right. How do we do this right? haha
Finally, if this comes together, we would need workers to help build the community, those with practice tending homesteads and relationships, but also those with the passion and open-mindedness of youth. This would be perfect for someone active in the lifestyle who wants to branch out and shape their retirement home based on experience, or a young person who wants to build a new kind of future, and something to return to when they find a family. We have enough land to build a central village and/or to partition off small plots along the ridge, so there are plenty of option. However, an expanded homestead cuts into the timbering revenue and eliminates the hunting stream so we will also need investors and/or outside income. We are open to a purchase/rent/lease/barter, again, there are plenty of options. This is also where that experience comes into play as this is beyond our original plan and our research is ongoing.
Good Morning! This will be a beautiful opportunity for someone. Our family may be interested, do you have an email I can communicate through? Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to talking, Melonie C.
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I'm interested in visiting. I lived in a community for three years. Here are some free e-books about creating a community from the same website mentioned in the intentional community link in your post.
We’d love to learn more and chat about your vision. We’re a family of 3 (2 adults, 1 9-yr old) looking to establish a permaculture homestead, ideally with other families. You can email Corissa at: corissastl (at) protonmail (dot) com
Thanks! Excited to hear more!
Corissa, Mark, and Sam
Hello from Missouri 👋🏻
My name is Joseph,
This is an amazing time for you and very excited to follow. I'd love to talk some more about my interest in your project and my experience. I'll leave my email below
Well, first wow. Your brother and you are in for an adventure. In a way, what you are proposing is a project that I have on my radar, just sooner than expected. I am not far away and am interested in discussing the project at length with you. I currently am developing 7.5 acres for a homestead school on which I will have various structures to people and choose what works for them and take classes in how to build them...ie, prefab metal hut, up in a weekend, strawbale house, tree house, hobbit house, geodesic dome, etc. I am also using permaculture techniques like food forest, swales and huglekulture. One of my goals is to advice a development that is off/ or on grid of independent minded people that still want a community, but have similar goals of caring for the environment while still developing the land in a respectable manner. If more than enough power is generated with solar, wind and micro-hydro then selling it back to the power companies would be great. Also, using the lay of the land to capture rain water and create small or larger pond/ lakes to generate a water source and power. To build using green methods and manage the use of negative building materials and toxic materials, keeping them to a minimum. I am currently studying air-crete as an alternative to concrete.
The very first thing I would do in your shoes is meet with the local building authority and department of natural resources for their input, especially zoning. That one issue has changed many of my goals over the last few years and can greatly limit you if people do not see you dreams or goals as "compatible" to the same as the county. Urrgghhh, if they do not like your plans. Also, find any neighbors close to you property and seek their input. If they do not like it and have pull in the county....oh, boy, will it be an up hill battle...as I experienced.
All that said, your project seems like a valid one and good one. It is doable with dedicated people. Do your research, talk to locals about property and insure there are no legal issue...past mining issues, garbage dumping anything that might cause delays or legal issues with development. So, much to discuss.
Feel free to contact me, Richard at 770-480-3048 or email at email@example.com. I do not check that email every day, so give me a little time if you email.
Hello, I posted this in a few forums but I would love for you to contact us. I see that you are looking for people who are experienced, and although we are not in any way experienced in permaculture, we are looking for something very similar to what you are. We just got back to Florida after traveling for a few months and ready to stay in one spot and begin to learn the skills we need to have our own homestead one day. We are both artistic and spiritual people and we would love to talk with you about Anthony’s recent spiritual awakening. We are really looking forward to meeting people that can offer us knowledge, skills, and life guidance that we did not have family to pass on to us.
Beginner couple looking for a mentor and labor needed to barter for land.
We are a 22 and 25 year old couple (Anthony & Michayla) who is looking for land to live on in exchange for labor around the property, or any other work you may have for us. Anthony (25) has experience in pest control & some handy-man skills, but other than that we only have blue collar experience. We are hoping that through mentorship we can gain knowledge and eventually take on more responsibilities in exchange for a place on your property to build a tiny home or if not possible, just park a camper van. We are hoping that through this symbiotic relationship we can gain the hands on experience to begin our own homestead one day. We are quiet, humble, artistic, free minded people with a sweet dog named Harper, who has more farm experience than we do (:
We look forward to connecting with all! We are new to this website and still getting used to the platform so please reply by email so I can make sure we get in touch! Mndeane1@gmail.com
I love to hear more details about your ideas moving forward I ready and searching for a big change and commitment. My dream is to build a small homestead and run a small farm. If you can offer this I'm more than happy to help you to build your community. Look forward to hearing from you thanks.