Hi all, my name is Daniel I'm a 36 year old guy who grew up on a farm an hour west of Minneapolis but moved to tasmania in 2001 where I met all kinds of permie folks and became a strawbale home builder, renewable energy installer, composting toilet builder and joined the permaculture guild of tasmania.
I came back to the farm 6 months ago to help my parents transition from farming and build the infrastructure needed to make the farm more attractive to csa / permie farmers. I love this land and its an amazing opportunity to be given a farm but as someone who is extremely unconventional, I'm finding the dominant culture here to be suffocating and am considering going back to tasmania where I may not have a beautiful farm but I have a community of critical thinking, like minded folks that pull me in the direction I want to go.
I am really glad to hear all you people exist in MN, thank you for being salmon swimming upstream in a very strong current. I personally need close community around me to be happy and was wondering if there were any other people on here that dont buy into the cultural norm of one nuclear family on one farm. I think I could stay here if I could find a small group of people who want to live a simple, honest life, creating and growing thing of quality and beauty, sharing land and infrastructure, tools etc. people who want to live with intention. Right now I feel like most people that have a similar mindset leave MN and go to the west coast or elsewhere and the few holdouts are dotted around the state like the handful of organic farms in the sea of corn and soybeans. It's nice to know they exist in theory but it doesn't make me feel less alone and isolated here. Are there any folks out there who like the idea of living closer together? Thanks for reading my long rant:-) Daniel