Hey, I'm from Modesto, CA and man oh man am I having trouble finding literally anything here in my immediate community that I can build on.
I've been googling stuff like "homesteaders Modesto" amongst a ton of keywords that are amounting to a whole lot of nothing. We have some nurseries here, and some like, commercial farming (monocultures be causing more harm than good) and that's really it. I feel honestly, very alone.
This is probably too personal and unnecessary information but my partner who claims to share interest in these things just likes the idea I think, because in reality, he brings nothing to the table. I'm the starter of all projects, always researching, planning out how I will get land and build the life I dream about, amongst so many other things. I'm craving any sort of relationship where I can share this interest with someone in the flesh. I want to surround myself with like minded people because I know my potential will be taken a step further, I'm like a small flame just waiting to catch full fire.
I'm doing a lot on my own, I feel proud and am not waiting around for others, but community is so important to me. As is sharing skills and problem solving/creative thinking, and just in general, the experience... How sad do I sound. Lol.
I am sad. I feel really out of place and this post in general is a jumbled mess of emotions and dreams.
I guess.. I'm just calling out into the void here to see who can actually hear me. How do I find others who want this lifestyle who are actually around me?
I've wwoofed on 4 different farms and had the time of my life. My immediate plans are to buy a truck this summer and do it again, sleeping in the truck bed with a camper shell. Once again, my partner was supposed to save and split for this vehicle, but I'm the only one who has managed to follow through with the saving part. But i'm not interested in blaming him, I've done enough of that and it's a waste of good energy. I'm ready to move forward and maybe it will be all on my own(with what I've seen, I'm guessing this will be the outcome). I also have a container garden in my backyard, I'll post some pics. I keep a garden diary. I dream of building a cob house and having alternative off grid energy and SO many things guys! But it's a lonely vision right now.
If you've gotten this far, thanks for dealing with me unloading all this shit on ya. I appreciate the connection even if it's just behind a screen.
Beautiful pictures, Kylie! It looks like you're doing a lot in your little space.
The permaculture road, or any dream, can be lonely sometimes. I'm thankful for permies as a part of my community. I also feel isolated a lot of the time. The people my age in my real life community aren't interested in talking about permaculture. Anyone who is is actually doing, so busy. While my husband is on board with the permaculture dream, he is working full time at the moment, and I'm focused on taking care of our kid. So not much time to permaculture right now.
We moved a couple times before settling where we are. I know it can be tough to have to wait to do all the things you really want to try.
I agree with your plan to wwoof through the summer whether you go alone or not. When I first moved to Japan, I left my boyfriend of three years in the states. He said he would follow me in a few months, never happened. And I met my now husband soon after, so I'm glad I went ahead on my own! It can be so lonely at the time, but it's not forever!
In the meantime, permies is a great place to talk about permaculture or anything else.
Hopefully some permies who are closer to you than me will reply also!