I doubt that this will actually work but I figure it can't hurt to try...
For the past couple of years my wife, two kids and I have been setting up a homestead in the Outaouais region of Quebec. We were living and working on a farm owned by a family member and were led to believe that this was a long-term project, that the farm would never be sold and would be kept in the family. However, when the land owner passed away almost two months ago, the succession decided to sell, meaning we have to move on.
So now we're looking to set up again somewhere else, again hoping for a place to call home for the long-haul. We have a small amount of savings but nowhere near enough. We're being told that once the land is officially sold we will be given some cash but it all depends on how much they can get for this land. Our deal here was to work directly for the landowner in return for house rental and use of the land/buildings, which means we haven't had official jobs for over two years, meaning we have no chance of being approved for a mortgage. For the past two months I have scoured kijiji, craigslist, google, farmlink, etc. on the lookout for anything from rentals, farmshares, or lease-to-owns. There are a couple of farm rentals we're going to view in the next couple of weeks but they're not looking too promising right now. They don't seem like long-term options and seem to be more focused on conventional farming rather then permie-farming. We've even debated buying a patch of empty land and building our own home, and if I didn't have kids then I would probably go for it, but we just can't take that route and all the risks associated with it on our own.
So, I'm turning to permies to see if there is anyone out there interested in partnering up. Whether you have an extra house we could rent while working on your land, a patch of land you'd be willing to let us build on, or we pool resources and try to set up together, I'm open to discuss almost anything right now. On-grid, off-grid, working together or staying out of each other's way. We still have our livestock, equipment and tools that we could move if it's not too far, but we're open to options from Manitoba to PEI
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