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How to find a family/people to join me on my homestead in Alberta Canada?

 
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I would like ideas for how to attract local people to my opportunity...
I bought my 150acres west of Edmonton in 2001 with my mother. We were both very excited about homesteading and self sufficiency. We built a round cordwood house. We purposefully didnt install Power or running water. We have an outhouse. Its a pioneering place, that runs on hard work. We got building permits/ approvals originally but wouldnt get them to upgrade. So we are stuck with caveman-style off the grid. However what we never expected was for her to grow old. 70 years is too old to bring in firewood and pump water all alone, while I work in the city to support us and help out on weekends. I bought her a house nearby in a village but this summer when she moves out...what happens to the farm? I am 41 year old female, I have built 30 outbuildings and collected wondrous amounts of hand tools, useful items, bought a whack more lumber, fencing materials, planted perrenials, have maintained huge gardens, have a chickenhouse. Want to raise rabbits.
I want to attract like minded people, perhaps a young family, or just a motley group of misfits for potentially long term life. I have the whole set up. All paid for. And I have an income. I can support us. I just need people to JOIN ME. Be my tribe. Come homestead here, live in the house, take care of the place. With ideas and who want to embark on new projects. Not like employees but like partners who are willing to work hard. Kids would be fab too!
My question is: How do I go about finding Quality People to join me?
**central/north Alberta is a seriously cold & hard climate From October to April we are snowbound in a deep freeze. For example, it's April 15th, we have 3' of snow still. Spring is a long way off.

 
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Posting here is a great start!  I'll add your post to the Canada forum which might get a few more eyes on it.  It sounds like a wonderful opportunity and I'm guessing the challenge will be vetting people since your offer is so generous.
 
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Meagan Poisson wrote:  I have built 30 outbuildings



Pics? Do you have a barn for hay?
 
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Very cool, kind, and compassionate of you to offer your place and support. I will be keeping my eye on this.

Please update with pictures and 'happenings' around your place. Even if it as simple as 'the snow is gone'.. hope you never grow old!
 
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My advice is to absolutely not start with offers of free housing with financial support! This... can lead to attracting mostly a certain sort of person.

I would try using helpX or wwoof to find short term helpers... and some of those people will be extra awesome and get along really well with you, and some of the extra awesome people might want to stay a long time.

The pandemic thing is certainly a hassle for this plan though.

Would love to see more about your setup!
 
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Hi there I hope this post finds you well.  We are a couple from St.Albert Alberta and have been looking for a  homesteading/intentional community around our lovely province of Alberta for many years now. We want to make a healthy change from living in the city to getting back to nature. My husband grew up  riding the combine on a farm  and is very familiar with this way of life. He also works in construction and his expertise is with wood, tile and stone. We are avid campers for many years now, and probably would live in our trailer while getting a place set up. We don't mind off-grid  living at all, and look forward to planting a sustainable garden with  fruit trees all the while making new permie friends whom share their expertise trying to accomplish common goals with the land.  It would be great to meet yourself and perhaps your Mom. Hope to hear from you in the near future!
 
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Hello, I'm a 33 y/o female, environmental scientist, living in Edmonton, AB. I'd live to come by and help you out one day, get to know you and see if we click? I've never wanted anything more in life than to homestead and live off the land - this would be a great learning experience. I have years of experience growing fruits & vegetables and I think I'm a handy lady. I look forward to hearing from you
 
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Hey, another 33 y/o Edmontonian, male.

I've only been reading on permaculture/homesteading for the last month, but I believe it's something I've been searching for my whole life.  If possible(and helpful), I'd be taking a horticulture degree online while helping out.

I can handle my own expenses: I'm looking to build something I can look back on, and be proud of.  I'd be hoping to eventually set up a tiny home, a pond, and a greenhouse.  I'm not great with people, but I am kind and good natured.

I also know the weather, and have local roots.
Very eager to learn, and experiment!


Look me up, I'd love to come help, and see if we're a fit!
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