As one person wrote, I'm the idiot child. Yes, and the one economically disadvantaged, too. . That's hard at times. It definitely separates you from family. My husband and I are the only ones that do this work. We love it, it gives us purpose and is so satisfying. The bees, making maple syrup, gardens, high tunnel, chickens, eggs. I lay out the property the way I want and my husband helped plant it. The edge of the woods , my food forest is coming along.
Every one making comments now about coming here when SHTF. No, I don't think so. They didn't take the time to learn the skill sets needed and most like their couches too much. I've given them live plants, plans, canned foods, etc. They sure like the food! But none have lifted a finger in fifteen years.
Our neighbors are a different story, they all garden and raise different animals although not organically. When you talk to them about permaculture they don't know why we would do this. They just clear fields. We all help each other with projects and problems.
I hate to say this but aside from this group, the only time we have felt we had found our "village" was at mother earth news fair in Pennsylvania. It was affordable. We learned so much, talked to so many like minded people from every walk of life and circumstance. There are so many classes out there I would love to take but it seems everything is so expensive we just can't do it plus as another wrote, we can't leave the farm !
I want to thank everyone involved in permies.com and everyone that posts. You are all life lines in teaching and support. Thank you for letting me vent.