Hi my name is Jordan. I am from Arkansas and I need help finding people who can help me utilize my skills and deep motivation to make a sustainable living. I have experience building 100 tables, 60 chairs, 20 benches and 100 or more picture frames all out of reclaimed lumber from old houses and barns. I feel like I am in a desert with no one around that is interested in making a grassroots living. I have never met any “community gardening people” that are interested in homesteading and living debt free. I have been surrounded my whole life so far with people who either want to work a normal job and by people who think it’s a good business plan to get a huge loan and mortgage their house and who enjoy being in the consumer rat race. I have many means to help a group of people add sensible productivity to their community. I have a large van that I can live in very self contained. I have a brand new Stihl ms-880 chainsaw, 36” granberg Alaskan chainsaw mill, a professional hydraulic chain sharpener, a complete well drilling kit from drills well.com, 2 large “best nest boxes” for egg laying chickens, 70- 2 1/2 month old Rhodes island red hens, tent dragon cook stove with small oven from “silver fire” cook stoves, a “go-sun” sun oven, a 1000’ roll of “cal-earth” super adobe woven polyester that can be used for building a home or for making pizza ovens for customers, and enough lumber to build 2 solarwood kilns. I have all of these things and the only thing that I am asking for is a place to work and a group of like minded people to work with. I also have a laptop to find a job to work to support myself while we get some income streams started. I am interested in helping communities build solar wood kilns, green timber houses, barns, workshops, greenhouses, chicken coupes, worm farms, a micro greens business, egg laying business, super adobe/cob house building business, and or a business that sells wooden raised garden beds out of bug and rot resistant wood such as cedar or cypress. Please feel free to email me at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me on my cell phone: 501-690-3748 if you want to talk some business. I am very motivated to help provide income for myself and for whatever community I am a part of.
Hey Jordan, I'm Casey. I have 5-acres (mix of birch, spruce, fir woodlot) in New Brunswick. How far you willing to travel to pursue this venture? Up until recently I was a programmer, but I just could not stand it (sitting all day) anymore so over the past month or so since I quit I've been exploring all the different options for making a living from my homestead. I have a bandsaw mill so that's the first and probably most reliable way. My motivation for buying the land originally was to make concrete products, pavers, tile, countertops, sinks. And the final venture in the mix is tables, wood legs with concrete tops.
About the location, there is electricity and internet. It's about an hour drive north of Moncton, and 25-minutes from 3 different smaller communities, and one of those is Bouctouche on the Atlantic coast. There is no running water, so right now that's the biggest pain is doing dishes, no shower... I go into Moncton to a gym for a shower. Drilling a well is not in the budget yet. Right now what I have for buildings is just my 128 SQFT tiny home, and a camper that I use as a toolshed.
My biggest goal here really is to build up the business. Improving the living situation is important too, but it's all driven by having time and money to invest. And that will make or break it in terms of whether I stay here because I've realized the climate doesn't suit me (I'm originally from Vancouver). So if I stay it's because there is a good business operating, and somebody working with me agrees to stay most/all of the winter so I can travel through part of it.
I've thought about creating an ecovillage here, but nothing is set in stone. My main goal is to have a thriving business, and be able to travel in the winter knowing that the property, business and animals are all cared for by responsible people while I'm away.