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Looking for community in West Central Florida--Nature Coast!

 
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Hello all!

This is my first post here, though I've been secretly hanging out for a while now. :)

I'm a mama with young kids. We've lived at two different intentional communities (one in Tennessee, one in North Carolina) in the past, but family matters have brought us back to Florida permanently. We've settled in Citrus County. As far as nature goes, well, it's called the Nature Coast for a reason. It's beautiful here. It's home (I was raised nearby in Central Florida). Land is cheap (almost as cheap as Florida land gets). The weather is great (as long as you don't mind taking daily extended siestas in the summer--I don't!).

But...I'm lonely! I have friends. There's a great homeschool community here. I'm involved with the local natural parenting/natural birthing families. But, well, if you've ever visited an intentional community or two, you have a good idea of the type of people who usually choose to co-create their lives together, and, well...THOSE people are missing from my life. And I'm feeling a deep sense of loss, and a deep need for deep human interaction. My kids miss running around in a group of like-minded kids...you know, the kinds of kids who stop what they're doing suddenly and collectively begin howling at the sky for no reason.

So. I need to build my tribe here. I can't leave. Well, can't isn't quite the right word. But, I've left too many times before, and my children have asked for stability, and so we've chosen to settle. Right now, we're apartment-bound. This is not our natural environment, and we're feeling caged. We would like to build tribe, and then physically build home. My vision includes eco-domes (Hostel in the Forest style--good protection against hurricanes) spread throughout 20-100+ acres, food forests, community gardens, shared kitchens, communal hang-out space, community currency, shared decision-making through consensus, etc. etc. And creating change in the local community. It's Central Florida, after all. And it ain't Orlando-type Central Florida. There's active systemic racism here and a severe lack of farmers markets. Y'all know.

Anyway, are you nearby? Are you far away, but wanting to live nearby? Are you one of THOSE people that I'm describing above? Are you ready to really create lifelong relationships, plant yourself, stretch those roots deep into the earth, and make a home? (And, also, are you ready to work? 'Cause lazies don't get shit done, and I'm a mama--I ain't got time for that.) I'm ready. I'm actively-watching-FIC-"start-an-intentional-community"-webinars kind of ready.

Let's talk.
 
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Welcome Melissa!  Great to have you here!  

Have never lived in an intentional community, but I am sure plenty of folks here at Permies have ~ hopefully some in your neck of the woods!
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome, Artie! Happy to be here. :)
 
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Just found the perfect land for our intentional community in West Central Florida, right in Homosassa. 20 acres of farm land for $150,000. I'm putting my manifesting hat on. If we get four permaculture families together, that's 5 acres at $37,500 for each family. Won't find land for that price ANYWHERE in Florida. Who's in? :D

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/reo/d/homosassa-20-acre-farm-or-large-homesite/7122245501.html
 
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