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Lauren and Rick (both 27) are looking for an opportunity to learn homesteading and permaculture skills. We’ve spent the past couple years learning what we can while living in Austin, TX, but we’re itching to move somewhere we can really get our hands dirty and dedicate ourselves full-time. We’re interested in a work-for-rent situation or anything else that will work considering it’s the two of us and our two little poopers (dog and cat, both 8 months old).

We are hard workers and fast learners, and willing to learn anything that needs doing. Between us we have experience with gardening, composting, habitat and land restoration, taking care of chickens, invasive species management, general manual labor, landscaping, foraging, beginner/back-yard carpentry, frugal/diy living, working outside in all conditions, working with volunteers in a formal capacity, trail maintenance and other conservation practices, etc., but would like to learn much more.

We also have Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Natural Resource Management from Sul Ross State University, for what that’s worth.

Our dream is to have our own homestead somewhere down the line, where we can put into practice everything we’ve learned along the way, and continue to experiment.  But first we need to get the experience!!!
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Welcome to Permies.  I sent an email to you.  
 
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I love your enthusiasm, and the impressive skill set you've acquired. It's inspiring to us all.

Even so, please permit me this gentle thought: instead of jumping in with both feet, you might consider it worthwhile to keep one foot in both worlds. It's important to have some "on grid, in the system" history because it costs money to operate, and it takes a good credit rating and an employment history (cash flow) to finance property purchases, and insurance becomes a thing, and all that jazz. In the mid to long term, your financial and professional foundations become an increasingly important part of the mix.

My 2 cents.
 
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Hello, Lauren and Rick.

Before continuing my post, Douglas is correct. Give yourself the opportunity to succeed in homesteading. Even if you have property that is paid for with no mortgage there are still plenty of regular and unforeseen expenses. There are the groceries, phone, internet, auto care and maintenance, insurances of all kinds and even the deductible on insurance can be an issue if you don't have much of in savings. I recently had an emergency room visit and had to be transferred to another hospital by ambulance. The ambulance ride was nearly $4,000 and insurance does not cover that...apparently. I'm alright, now, but nearly had a heart attack when I viewed the bill! We never know when an emergency is going to happen.

That being said, I would like you to read through a post we made recently and invite you to ponder it over. I have lived in east, central, north and west TX and visited south often when I was younger. The temperatures are hot and many of the people are nice, but maybe you would like a change of scenery? Our area looks a lot like northeast TX with small hills, but an hour to the east we have the Adirondack mountains. An hour to the west we have the St Lawrence river. Many hands make for light work.
 
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I think I wasn't very clear.

We aren't trying to dive head-first into something permanent. We are simply looking for learning experiences.
It's easy enough for a single individual to go wwoof somewhere, but it's harder to find something like that for two people with a couple of pets. I've also heard a lot of wwoof hosts don't like bringing on couples for various, understandable reasons.  I've seen posts on this forum looking for couples specifically, so I thought a post here might be a good shot in the dark.  We're simply looking for a situation where we could fit in. We figure it'll require moving, especially since trying to find learning experiences while living in the city has been near fruitless.
Our goal, eventually, is to have our own homestead, whatever that ends up requiring.

Anthony, thank you for your response. I don't think we would be a good fit for y'all, though I'd love to get to know that area and we certainly wouldn't mind new scenery, and new friends. I hope y'all find people for your family/community and for your land. Good luck on your search.
 
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Ah! I believe that I misread. Best of luck in your search!
 
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Rick,
- What are your requirements and what can you offer?  
- Do you want a room in a home? or a camper/5th wheel setup on the property?  
- Can you build a RMH? or a chicken coop?  a greenhouse?
- What experience have you had in designing a layout for property?  
- How much property are you willing to work?  
- What animals are you familiar with?  
- What compensation would you require?

Just a few questions, but I might be looking for some help.  Who knows, it just might work out.

Bonnie
 
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