Hi, we're Joe and Kittie, a newlywed interracial couple with an increasingly sustainable homestead in NW Georgia, which we hope to call First Shell Farms. For the past 8 years, we have been slowly turning a 5-acre family home into a sustainable homestead with milk/meat goats, beehives for mead and free range poultry. The plan was to keep grinding for another couple years, get the pigs, the orchard and the smokehouse, and then open up our home to a community of artists and hermits. Unfortunately, family deaths cut those plans short so now we seek partners to help us finish the plan and set the tone for the intentional community to come. The only absolutely requirements are a helluva work ethic, an open mind and the ability to produce an outside income. From there, ideally but not necessarily, we're looking for another married couple, similar age (we're 29 and 36), with various agriculture and husbandry experiences. A touch of nerd doesn't hurt either (mtg or d&d come to mind). Kids...are...welcome, probably, we'll see. This definitely won't work if you're afraid of dirt or animals, or guns as hunting is a part of our sustenance. No MAGA or Marxist fanatics, or extremists of any kind. And we are at our domesticated animal-limit so we're sorry but no pets...at this time.
If you're still with us, if you think we still want you, let's make sure you still want us. The farm is the foundation but the purpose and the feature are completely separate challenges. The purpose of First Shell Farm is to provide a temporary respite for artists and hermits, particularly those produced by our local college town. With our partners sharing the three bedroom home, we will construct villages of tiny homes and RVs that will house the traveling characters. It is in these first shells that we hope to help these hermits prepare for their next, more sustainable step. In the center of all that, separate from the purpose, is the feature that drives the whole thing, Hamer Hall. A multicultural cooking and communion space that will also serve as a space for artists, a classroom for homeschool groups and a forum for nerds, Hamer Hall is the culmination of customers, from around the world, telling us that if we had a place were they could source, prepare and cook the animal to eat it with their family, they could keep us busy year round. We describe it as "a different episode of Bizarre Foods every weekend" and that may sound great but make sure you understand the unique challenges, the prep, the hosting, the interactions, that come with those goals, the only goals, of First Shell Farms.