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Hello all,
Mostly I lurk here but my partner and I have decided to escape the 6-month-long harsh winters of Upstate NY and move to a place that has 4 seasons, each containing approximately 3 months. So here I am, seeking the tribe or homestead that is seeking people like us.
We are both over 40 with no kids at home. I like kids, however, and have lots of experience raising and teaching them.
We have a travel trailer we are currently living in and will be bringing it with us since we're still paying it off. (How do we live in it in below-zero weather?? I'm a whiz with figuring out stuff.)

Here's a bit about me:

I have mad skills and an amazing work ethic.

   • degree in sustainable living From Pacific University in Oregon
   • experience teaching sustainability workshops to adults and kids
   • animal husbandry (horses, rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, swine, cattle)
   • basic carpentry (functional if not beautiful)
   • expert at McGyvering/reuse/recycle/repurpose
   • construction knowledge/natural building
   • plumbing/irrigation
   • basic electrical
   • basic auto mechanics
   • backhoe experience
   • small and large appliance troubleshooting and basic repair
   • packing and shipping items for sale (etsy, ebay, etc)
   • sewing, costume design & construction, home dec, upholstery
   • all kinds of crafting

What I don’t know, I'm willing and able to learn rapidly, unless it has to do with housework.

My partner is more of an intellectual who loves to garden and care for chickens. She has experience living in community. So do I, but only for a month as a visitor. I liked it, though.

We are both reflective, self-aware people with an emphasis on peaceful and productive communication. We've done a lot of inner work on ourselves over the years and are open to learning and growing in concert with others. Of course, we would seek similar souls.

We're looking, primarily, for a permie community or homestead in a place with 4 distinct seasons of approximately 3 months each (it bears repeating), where we can park our trailer and do all manner of permaculture projects. We'd ideally like to have chickens, a couple goats, potentially raise 2 pigs per year, plant some fruit trees if none are present.

We want to help you tend your animals, create the best and most efficient harvest and make good use of your land. We're not really seeking acres of crops to tend but would be interested in tending or establishing a large garden or food forest.

We are quite open as to location, as long as it's in the U.S.

If interested, let me know and we'll talk.
 
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Sound like your skills and abilities would be appreciated at Wheaton Labs!  There are two spots open now there. To see if people are a good fit, Paul asks everyone to go through the Boot Camp program first: check it out here: Wheaton Labs Boot Camp

There are four seasons there....with climate change, aka global warming, trying to get 3 months of every season is um, well.... anyways, good luck in your search!
 
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We live in the Okanagan valley in Washington state. Near omak with two acres on the river, we are just starting with community but I have a post up with more details. We live in a micro climate here, the winter so far has been great. Not too cold but with snow, and we have great fall. Definitely 4 seasons my wife has been thrilled with it so far.

See our post:
https://permies.com/t/131407/Okanagan-homestead-permaculture-opportunity

We loved having Paul out in August, and we may try to do something like deep roots here. We do have a space where there was a old mobile home. Wouldn't take much to hookup a trailer.

Thanks
Brian Hanford
3HR
 
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brian hanford wrote:We live in the Okanagan valley in Washington state. Near omak with two acres on the river, we are just starting with community but I have a post up with more details. We live in a micro climate here, the winter so far has been great. Not too cold but with snow, and we have great fall. Definitely 4 seasons my wife has been thrilled with it so far.

See our post:
https://permies.com/t/131407/Okanagan-homestead-permaculture-opportunity

We loved having Paul out in August, and we may try to do something like deep roots here. We do have a space where there was a old mobile home. Wouldn't take much to hookup a trailer.

3HR



Brian, thanks for telling us about it. It sounds great. I checked the climate and it looks like Omak only has about 13 inches of rain a year. Do you have any problems with having enough water for gardening? Do you have to irrigate? Is good well water plentiful? I originated in So Cal so availability of water is high on my list of wants.
Anyway, I'll get busy filling in the gaps in the prerequisites for being considered. That'll be fun! My wife just gave me Sepp Holzer's Permaculture for xmas and I've already dived in.
Merry xmas!
 
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We have two properties 2 acres and 40 acres, both have reliable water. On the 2 acres we have irrigation and a 8" well 80' deep don't know the exact gallons per minute. It's rated for a 100hp pump, and we can install multiple pumps. We also have water rights on the river. There is never a problem with water.
On the 40 acres we have 3 springs one runs almost year round. A large pond in need of work, when I calculated it was about 850,000 gallons. The neighbor has a well close by, 150-200' deep water at 75'. The 40 acres hasn't had any development yet, They are about 1 hour apart.

We plan to us the irrigation less each year till it's not needed. I lived in so cal and nor Cal, not near the water problems here there is a lot of agriculture in the area and we have started working with the county conservation district. There is also a USDA office right down the road.
The 40 acres gets quit a bit more rain than omak.

Thanks
If you want anymore information email me and we can exchange phone numbers.
Brian
drzensen@gmail.com


 
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Hi,
I live on 80 acres in southern Oregon with two of my adult children. We have been looking for others to join us. My property is Foxglove Farms in the projects forum. Let me know if you have any questions.

Stacy
 
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Stacy Witscher wrote:Hi,
I live on 80 acres in southern Oregon with two of my adult children. We have been looking for others to join us. My property is Foxglove Farms in the projects forum. Let me know if you have any questions.

Stacy



Thanks Stacy, I'll check it out.
 
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Hello! You'd be more than welcome to come visit our community here in NE Missouri, Bear Creek Community Land Trust.

We're in the planning stage for our 2020 workshops and programming, but we welcome visitors at any time!

Good luck with your search and travels, and feel free to ask any questions you might have.

-WY
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