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We are off-gid on large-ish acreage (depends on your perspective I suppose) in Montana, USA.  We have a small farm and are learning, growing, and endeavoring to create a system and setup that will support us.  Very original, eh?  Nurturing the ecosystem and implementing a wide variety of practical permaculture concepts are all in the works and on the horizon.  We live in a cold climate and winter lasts a good 6 months.   Summers don't usually get above 80ยบ.  It's generally more mild than the lower elevations around us, except we get way more precipitation.  Greenhouses help us extend the growing season.  We have a plethora of livestock and are still working out which species and breeds are best suited for us.

Where do other people come into this?  Well, there's so much to do here and only two sets of hands to go 'round.  We feel that there could be great opportunity to share this with someone/others and really see the farm flourish and inch towards sustainability.  We don't need anyone to "buy in" or be able to contribute financially.  There is more than enough work trade could be done to contribute your share.  Working livestock, building structures and greenhouses, tending and establishing orchards, crops, and gardens, forestry/lumber/fire prevention work, digging and machinery work, firewood gathering and chopping, and even less physical help like domestic contribution helping keep the cabins clean, community meal prep, helping with laundry loads, running community errands, and other regular stuff.  There's so much to do!    Producing what we need is a HUGE task and there's so much room for help on that front as well; brewing and fermenting, canning and dehydrating, putting up foods, milking, butchering,  growing, watering, weeding, harvesting...! The point is that every contribution has its place and value!

We have no presuppositions about what an ideal candidate for this may look like.  It may end up being one or two people, some friends or or a family.  They may be local, or out of state, or from another country.  They may be rich or homeless.  College kids, refugees, retirees.   Temporary or long term... We have no idea who may come into the picture here...!

It is possible to park an RV, dry camp, or even build temporary or more permanent living structures; however comfortable living looks for you.  We have  non-luxury accommodations available as it is right now.  Like... an old camper with a stove, a bucket, and a bed :)    We  intend to build another cabin this year though, which will help the housing prospects.  Otherwise we'd just have to talk and see what we can all put together!
Seasonal living here is also a flexible option.  Hey, maybe you're just passing through and want to try it out for the summer!  We're pretty open to a variety of situations and setups!

We aren't an established, full-production self-sustained operation here.  ...Yet!  There's much to be done and the farm is young.  You will probably need a little bit of cash living up here as such; keep yourself clothed, fed, and what not!

So... yeah.  We're looking for friends, adventure, community, sharing, and  new experiences.  And we're in no rush.  Just puttin' some feelers out there to see what comes along :)  Feel free to message me if you feel excited or inspired- or if you know of someone who may be!   And tell us a bit about yourself!  I might take a few days to respond, heads up.
 
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Jen Fan, If I were not in the process of building my own homestead I might have taken you up on that. I just want to say be careful. I live here in mid Missouri and bought 60 acres of raw land in Southern Missouri 3 hours away. The problem I have now is I was too kind and let a friend move a shipping container to live in here in mid Mo., after a devorse. He is an older man, 81 yrs old and has kids with a younger Phillipino wife, so he wants to stay in the area. I let him add on a structure to the shipping container and let him plant an orchard too, so if I sell the place which I really need to do, how do I handle the situation. He also is far behind in rent that started out only $120 a month and I dropped it to $80 a month and hasn't been able to pay in months mainly because of mismanaged money. Still I can't throw out an old man and good luck finding a buyer who will let him stay.
  So I guess what I am trying to say is, be very careful of people and don't let things get too binding, as cool as it would be to share your place with good people, don't get into a bind where you can't say get on down the road. Not to say don't keep a good and caring heart, but think about later on if thing don't work out.

 Also, and only if you are interested I have a youtube channel if you would like to check it out. I'm not going to post a link but just copy and paste

      Little beaver Creek Homestead william e       Just the way its spelled, hope you enjoy and God bless. I wish you the best of luck.
 
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William Egan wrote:Jen Fan, If I were not in the process of building my own homestead I might have taken you up on that. I just want to say be careful. I live here in mid Missouri and bought 60 acres of raw land in Southern Missouri 3 hours away. The problem I have now is I was too kind and let a friend move a shipping container to live in here in mid Mo., after a devorse. He is an older man, 81 yrs old and has kids with a younger Phillipino wife, so he wants to stay in the area. I let him add on a structure to the shipping container and let him plant an orchard too, so if I sell the place which I really need to do, how do I handle the situation. He also is far behind in rent that started out only $120 a month and I dropped it to $80 a month and hasn't been able to pay in months mainly because of mismanaged money. Still I can't throw out an old man and good luck finding a buyer who will let him stay.
  So I guess what I am trying to say is, be very careful of people and don't let things get too binding, as cool as it would be to share your place with good people, don't get into a bind where you can't say get on down the road. Not to say don't keep a good and caring heart, but think about later on if thing don't work out.

 Also, and only if you are interested I have a youtube channel if you would like to check it out. I'm not going to post a link but just copy and paste

      Little beaver Creek Homestead william e       Just the way its spelled, hope you enjoy and God bless. I wish you the best of luck.



Thanks for the reply!  I appreciate you sharing your experience  That is a tough situation!  We definitely are not chomping at the bit to add folks up here.  We've both learned good lessons in life about setting boundaries and trying not to get into sticky situations.  Not to say there's not more to learn in the future

Honestly we'd prefer to leave money out of it.  We're not in need and frankly, it's tough to produce income living in this area, so it's tough to expect someone to be able to pay a rent.  We're fortunate that there's so much that needs to be done on the micro and macro scale that there's ample opportunity for contribution!

I'll check out your youtube tonight, after work is wrapped up for the day ^_^
 
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I would also love to share my place and would also have shared the place of others...

Planning what can go wrong is a need, with limits, but too much of a distance can also prevent deepening the link in the necessary way! If you take the other person's point of view, helping and beeing told good bye is not a good prospect either... When we are not from a tribe since birth, this is definitely a challenge... When selling, the owner gets money back, and the helper does not. Ideally, both persons should hope for a long term commitment, because motivation comes from this, at least commitment to be the tender of this piece of land!

I have made some intents too, and the main defect newcomers have is to want to bring their own stuff too quick. This is not about having competence or not, but first about asking the person to sink into the place and suck the energy, in order to become part of it. Initiatives must always be said before they are acted, until the person knows the place enough. So this is not even about being the owner, but how long people have been living in the place.

Good luck!
 
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Hi Jen, I'd be very interested in talking with you about what you're doing up there and possibly in visiting later this summer. I'm beginning to explore making a similar long term plan. Which part of the state are you in?
 
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