PermacultureGeezer.com (check out our burgeoning blog) here with a land for labor share in the wilds of far southern Indiana. My wife and I are in our mid to latter sixties developing 10 acres of forested hills, ridges, ravines, springs and probably a cave or several. We are currently clearing the front few acres of mature, Southern Yellow Pine trees. We are planning to buy a Granberg chainsaw mill and process the logs on site for our house and a cabin for you, along with other structures as needed.
This is a most magical place. We're roughly three hours south of Indianapolis and an hour west of Louisville. Easy to get to but very remote. No walmart, fast food, no stop lights, just four way flashers. NO BUILDING OR ZONING CODES. A population of patriots that mind their own business, but are friendly and welcoming to new neighbors. The attitude is best stated by our elderly neighbor and dear friend: "I can't farm without the help of my neighbors". Bob R We are well connected to the larger community. We served on the first board of directors for The Lost River Market and Deli https://www.lostrivermarketanddeli.com/ in Paoli Indiana, 30 miles north of our current location. Check out Orange county, Indiana for a true wonder of the golden era. https://www.frenchlick.com/hotels/westbaden You will be rendered speechless. This place was in ruins 20 years ago, the dome had mostly collapsed.
We offer space to build a campsite to be developed into a home site with access to the gardens, food forest and ponds as we develop the infrastructure.
We own the land outright and have improved it over the past 13 years. We installed electricity and county water. Plenty of space to hack out a space of your own. We are well tooled and equipped for this momentous undertaking. We are first rate scroungers and have a large shipping container full of new Pella windows and assorted house parts we acquired on the grey market and stashed for this build. Of course, there's plenty to share.
We expect you to negotiate in good faith and hold to your agreements. We will commit to doing the same. We will work out legally binding, enforceable contracts as we progress. We have much experience in business law as we're life long, serial entrepreneurs that have learned the hard lessons of trusting the wrong folks. Believe me, we will not make that mistake again.
We are loving, generous people and know we are looking for a Unicorn. Are you the most unusual creature that will find a home with with other unusual creatures, human, animal and spirit that call this hallowed ground home.
Enough rambling. Check out the links I buried in the text and we'll start an email exchange. I'm a writer by nature and compulsion. You'll get several points if you are as well.
This sounds really awesome and I hope you guys find this undertaking a huge success so I can hear stories about it and one day come and trade with you.
News of things such as this excite me greatly and it's good to know that people out here in the midwest are doing good things with the land. I hope one day I can come and volunteer on the land and share ideas back and forth.
Melody Spencer wrote:Hey Raymond! WOW, my partner Brad and I are very interested to start a conversation with you about this. How can we get in touch with you? Would love to chat and see if we are your unicorns.
I appreciate your note. Would you please give me a few paragraphs introducing yourselves. I spent considerable time carefully crafting this introductory post. You've learned a great deal about me if you read my post and visited my blog.
I am a retired veteran living in Southern Illinois. I have a rather large skill set that lends to independent living. I spent last year tearing my sisters 80s single wide down and scrapping it to build her a tiny home on a shoestring. Now that I've returned home I am in the process of downsizing and preparing to sell my home in the small town where I live. I am looking at options to relocate and stumbled on to your post. I have my hands full now, more so since I've retired, but I am curious as to where you are in you progress and if you have secured the help you were looking for since the last post some months ago. Also, in what town are you located ?
I am absolutely charmed by your story here! I found your link on PermacultureGeezer.com. I have no idea if anything could ever work out for me to come work with you on your land, but I would love to at least engage in some wonderful discourse. My daughter is a writer, and I love when she gives me a snippet to read, or a well orated chapter of adventure. LOL, I am not a writer, but I do love words and reading! My name is Brigitte Melchert, I am 53 years old, and I have been trying to find a mentor for picking raw land and setting up a regenerative farm. I attempted to help a family start one earlier this year……until it didn’t work any more due to the owner getting into a very bad accident. 😦 Alas, I would love to chat about everything you have written about in your blog or your intoduction here.
P.S. I have a bus that I was working on converting into my house on wheels that I could travel in to WWOOF farms around the country. It is just too big for me, so I am looking into selling it and getting a short bus or sprinter van-size. As a semi-permenant abode, it might work okay!
Anyway, I am excited to hear from you! Who knows where the road leads?!?!
Brigitte (and Pippin-canine, Windy-feline and Cherry-galline)
Brigitte of the Sagewind clan of springers, a meow, chickies and quacks.
She still doesn't approve of my superhero lifestyle. Or this shameless plug:
the permaculture bootcamp in winter (plus half-assed holidays)