kim scheidt

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Sandy Ann wrote:So when you mention visitors are you referring to volunteers...?


Yes, every year we host people who are interested in learning about this way of life sometimes just for a few days, sometimes for a month or the whole season as work exchangers. We typically provide their meals in exchange for a few hours of work each day. Sometimes visitors donate a little money to offset the energy of hosting them, depending on their financial means. We've met a lot of nice people that way (some weirdos though so it's great to screen carefully, talk on the phone first, etc)
4 months ago
I'm currently going it alone in a lot of ways and have been for several years though we do often host visitors or work exchangers in the warm months, also have a 13 y.o daughter who isn't too involved in running the place, and we'll have a new resident arrive this month. But the idea is to eventually have more of a sub-community here like a family-style community of friends. I never intended to be doing this by myself but life throws curve balls as we all know. I've got some visitors lined up this year who might be a good personality fit, it just can be challenging to find suitable matches since we're pretty rustic which is a turn off for many and also with the pandemic we haven't been hosting folks much at all the past year. I'm not the solo homesteader by choice more by chance. And it's not my long-term plan, I'm introverted but really quite a people person and appreciate others who have complementary skills because really no one can easefully do it all alone on any sort of larger scale at least no one I've ever seen.
4 months ago
We like to make our own biodegradable pots from newspaper and I wanted to share my technique with others. This video is on FaceBook however I think it's public for anyone to view - https://www.facebook.com/DandelionREF/videos/233083254394655/
1 year ago
Looking for new friends who want to live with us who have an interest in permaculture, simple living close to nature, DIY, rustic (we’re off-grid, cook with wood and solar, have "walking" water as opposed to "running", etc), egalitarian, self-motivated, relatively fit individuals who don’t need someone to “manage” them however they also work well with others. We’ve been here for ~16 years but in many ways are still in the baby stages of the community because so much potential exists. We prefer non-tobacco users and folks who might only use other substances in small amounts or on occasion. We want a healthy atmosphere that supports personal growth and love for one another and the Earth. A great place to raise children. Super privileged/entitled people not a good fit. Folks who have had abuse history they've had to work through are welcome as well as single parents, folks with few money, so long as they have a desire to find a collection of people to live and work together with to mutually support and uplift one another. It can be challenging to live here because it’s so rustic and different than mainstream however me and my 12 y.o daughter have managed quite well to thrive so it’s obviously a good situation for some people. Might be good opportunity for a young family, LBGTQP welcome. We’ve got 12.7 acres, young permaculture food forest, 30x60 high tunnel hoop-house, pond, gardens, it’s too much for just us
Please contact kim@ic.org for more details/if you have a specific question or see our listing at https://www.ic.org/directory/dandelion/ , FB https://www.facebook.com/DandelionREF/
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not so much, I have a hard time putting myself and my image out on the internet so I appreciate visual distractions
2 years ago
Me and my daughter, we’re looking for nice people to come live with us as a family-style egalitarian sub-community on ~12 acres, begun 2006, homestead developed along values of human-scale, permaculture, feminism, simple living and open honest peaceful communication. We are people who appreciate frugality and living lightly on the earth. We have many systems in place yet there is ample space and opportunity for creative energy and new projects. Folks probably would need to be willing to camp however rustic indoor living space may be available. Especially interested in people who  might like to help manage gardening in 30x60 hoop-house, help maintain permaculture style food-forest orchard, scythe or are interested in learning and practicing this skill, stuff like that. rustic. We prefer people who "aren't too entitled". Please email kim(at)ic.org with inquiries.
2 years ago
guess I just wanted to let anyone out there on this forum who might have a connection with Chad to know -- he died this morning at 6:11am at his brother's house in Iowa with his mom and other loving family present. It was since April that he was diagnosed with some sort of rare cancer. Chad helped to co-found Red Earth Farms and Dandelion sub-community there in Northeast MO. He did programming a long time ago for PFAF database website. He was known as the scythe-master of the Midwest. He was a builder, a maker, a permaculture enthusiast, a lover of border collies and other animals..... pyg he often went by, anyway now you know and blessings to Chad on his way out of this life into whatever lies beyond.
2 years ago
some of the orchard trees I weave and prune into artsy figures or put little decorations. I think the trees like it well enough and often flower and fruit on the small woven branches that would otherwise have been pruned off due to poor location or something. I think it will be interesting to see how these evolve over time.
these three are European pears that were planted in 2007 and bud grafted in 2008 if I recall dates.....last year was the first year for them to begin flowering.
3 years ago
I'm so super excited to be doing this experiment: at the Fellowship for Intentional Community we are tweaking the business model of Communities magazine to be more in alignment with our mission as a 501(c)3 non-profit. Our mission is to support and promote the development of intentional communities and the evolution of cooperative culture.

As an experiment, starting with this Spring 2018 issue of Communities, and continuing indefinitely if it proves successful, we are offering the digital download of our quarterly journal on donation basis here: https://www.ic.org/class-race-and-privilege-178-free-issue-download-and-contents/
We recognize that charging money can be prohibitive, and we think the most important thing in this day and age is for the information to get out there. I for one am just thrilled to be operating in line with my own personal values pertaining to gift economy, buddhist economics, open source information, etc.

We’ll ask for financial support from those who can afford that - to keep our nonprofit afloat and fiscally solvent. However, we mostly ask for everyone to please spread digital Communities widely and freely to anyone on this planet who could benefit from it. Together we can further the ideas of cooperation, social justice, and sustainable living. We can counteract the epidemics of loneliness and isolation to reach a common goal of societal, individual, and environmental sufficiency. That's what I believe (p.s. I'm the accountant).
3 years ago
hey, I have a going on 13 year old 9+ acre food forest permaculture homestead in northeast Missouri at Red Earth Farms next door to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I am interested in forming a primarily female-focused (for now at least) egalitarian income-sharing sub-community. Simple living is important, rustic yet fulfilling lifestyle. Lots of potential for expansive growth depending on the energetics of new folks who come. over 800+ fruit and nut trees and shrubs (many are starting to bear, I got over 400 chestnuts last year), a 30'x60' high-tunnel, raised bed gardens, etc. We grow ~100% of our own vegetables and some dried beans. Right now it is just me and my 10 year old daughter every other week (her dad adjacent on 4 acres). We scythe and use deep mulch as well as cover crops, dig swales, slash and berm, etc. Cook and heat with sun and wood gathered with hand tools mostly. We're off-grid but have high-speed internet, rural but within a network of intentional communities. https://www.ic.org/directory/dandelion/ - kim[at]ic.org
3 years ago