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Investment Committee for New Eco-Farm Community in Washington

 
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Yo! Ciao! Hola! Miremendjes! My name is DeeDee. I am a Native Californian, 37 yo Afro woman developing a business plan for a 10 acre eco farm in Lewis County, Washington State where I wish to create a community of world travelers who practice unconditional LOVE and wish to live consciously and sustainably, growing our own food, making our own products, and providing lodging and hospitality to travelers from around the world. It is my hope to provide safety and security, tourism and hospitality, great natural products and services, partner with farms and businesses that are like-minded, build strong community, fun retreats, lodging and camping, and promote bartering, exchange systems, and activism. Our primary products will be homemade beers, medical marijuana, fruits/vegetable production, and lodging, but I've also got lots of other ideas for revenue to funnel back into our causes. We will have livestock but solely for work and community, not for consumption or animal agriculture. I am not against eating meat, but respectful hunting and consuming responsibly. We will work with nature, not against it. We will construct with as much natural materials as possible, but "work smarter, not harder". Everything in life is about respecting the fragile balance in life, community, nature, and diplomacy. Nothing and no one is perfect. But we will strive to serve LOVE and deny our egos.

We hope to provide:
* Natural foods/drinks and herbs for purchase or exchange
* Lodging and tourist activities for purchase or work-exchange
* Community involvement, activism and outreach programs
* International network of exchange and bartering systems with farms, eco-businesses, hostels and agriturismos
* Animal boarding and storage

My story in a nutshell:

I am a single mom to an 18 yo son who is now in school and working, beginning his journey, doing his own thing. I was super depressed and had no direction or motivation to go on with life. I hated the city I lived in. I hated my job. I hated myself. I tried a lot of prescriptions to "change" but nothing seemed to work. So I devised a self-prescribed plan...an opportunity to rehabilitate myself. I devoted my whole life to my son and within the last 5 years I was holding on by the skin of my teeth just until he was able to support himself. So January 2019 I sold all of my belongings, left my job, and left on a 6 month backpacking trip through Europe to rediscover myself and find purpose as a traveling hippy bum. 😂 Early in my travels, I began volunteering with hotels, agriturismos and hostels and fell in love with the idea of permaculture, learning ways to give back and contribute to the environment and the creation of a loving eco-friendly community. And there have been countless others that I have met who want to join my mission. Lots of people who were lost and lonely and sad, looking for meaning and community and LOVE. So the idea for my farm was born and is developing into this massive collective idea shared by people from all over the world.  I can share more details with a signed NDA, if youd like to become involved.

I would like to develop a small committee of people who will invest time, money, resources, and loving energy to making this philosophy of love and community a reality. I wish to move away from sole reliance on monetary currency and base my farm on a cooperation of work-exchange and bartering systems. But of course, money is a tool, and is required for certain aspects of business so we'll also be accepting and funneling currency for products as a nonprofit, but I'm always open to more creative exchanges.

It is my hope to build a small investment team to help acquire the land and resources needed to start this thing, but also be a committee of people who can be the leaders for this community of people, occupying the seats to help me make the big decisions. So it's not enough that you have resources and skills. You MUST commit to love; mind, body, and spirit. This means you make a conscious daily effort and commitment, ie meditations/yoga, prayer and spirituality, therapies, community works, environmentally friendly, veganism and plant-based eating, etc. That means loving yourself and others unconditionally at any experience level and devoted to helping this planet, your community, and every shade of person within it. Religious doctrines and dogma takes no precedence here, only love and respect.

Positions available:
-- Hops Farmer for beer brewing and barkeeping
-- Hemp farmer for medical marijuana growing and hemp products
-- Carpenter/Engineer
-- Electrician/Plumber
-- Vegan Chef/Nutritionist
-- Permaculture Farmer/Food forestry
-- Landscaping/Groundskeeping
-- Lawyer/Recordskeeping
-- Accountant/Bookkeeping

These skills are not required to be involved with us. But these are essential skills that will be valuable to the early development of this idea and this community committee. If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the link below and complete the brief application.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpkdtak1aIF36Lh8WJZM1Dhw2U9Fa6IVwrrLg0cJsyqddNEw/viewform

We are also accepting donations.

 
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This looks so exciting! Thanks for sharing all the information. We just moved away from Washington (to Tennessee) so I guess I'm not your target audience, but I definitely wish you the best with this endeavor. Super cool!
 
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Erica Colmenares wrote:This looks so exciting! Thanks for sharing all the information. We just moved away from Washington (to Tennessee) so I guess I'm not your target audience, but I definitely wish you the best with this endeavor. Super cool!

 

Ciao Erica! Thanks for reading and giving me some positive feedback. Too bad you are moving away but maybe we can still partner. Tennessee is pretty cool! Will you be farming or working with bees there? Id love to have a network of friends from all over, working together and I see that you're a pollinator. I will begin working with/learning from a pollinator in September in Washington. I'm pretty excited about it! And who knows, maybe you'd like to arrange a future visit. 😊👍
 
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DeeDee Anderson wrote: Tennessee is pretty cool! Will you be farming or working with bees there? Id love to have a network of friends from all over, working together.



I sure hope to have bees, though I'm trying to take things bit by bit. Right now, we're in an apartment, 40 minutes from our land. One of our awesome rural neighbors has bees, though, and is starting to figuring out the market side of that. I'm sure I can learn a lot from her!

I'm with you on networking. I want both IRL community and online community - and if they overlap, that'll be a treat!
 
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Howdy DeeDee!  It looks like your goals and ethics line up with mine and my partner's.  And our skills might be in line with your needs.  I'd like to know more about your group.

Cheers
Kyle
 
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Erica Colmenares wrote:

DeeDee Anderson wrote: Tennessee is pretty cool! Will you be farming or working with bees there? Id love to have a network of friends from all over, working together.



I sure hope to have bees, though I'm trying to take things bit by bit. Right now, we're in an apartment, 40 minutes from our land. One of our awesome rural neighbors has bees, though, and is starting to figuring out the market side of that. I'm sure I can learn a lot from her!

I'm with you on networking. I want both IRL community and online community - and if they overlap, that'll be a treat!



Sounds like an adventure! Me too! I'm down for it. What are your goals/mission? When you're ready, please fill out the form at the link in the original post, that way I have your contact information.

I'm relatively new to a lot of these concepts. Though it was in my peripheral, I never was committed to participating. I'm learning so much this year! I have been backpacking/volunteering in Europe since March and am meeting so many incredible people I hope to partner with for the farm.

I've got a vision and I'm developing the business plan, but I'm hoping to connect with some good, loving souls and form a team of Eco-Avengers. Our weapon? LOVE. 😂 If we share in the costs and resources, we can realize an incredible opportunity here to link with other great partners and battle the degradation that continues to happen in our communities and our planet. I'm sure there are lots of wonderful communities out there doing great things also. What they're missing is ME! 😉😋😂

 
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Kyle Bob wrote:Howdy DeeDee!  It looks like your goals and ethics line up with mine and my partner's.  And our skills might be in line with your needs.  I'd like to know more about your group.

Cheers
Kyle



Howdy! 😋 Thank you for responding. I dont have a formal group yet. This ad was my first promotion and call to form such a group....testing the waters if you will. I have met many people who want to volunteer and visit and partner once the land is acquired and organized but what I'm looking for now is a team to help form the committee of investors. It is my hope that each committee member will invest a small deposit to go towards the acquisition of land and equipment, which is better than going in fully alone. I'm considering a package for each committee member: a seat on the committee managing your cohort, inclusive stay on the farm, and quarterly dividends after year 2. I can share more details with a signed NDA.
 
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