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Hello fellow souls,

My name is Cory, I'm 32 currently living in NE Pennsylvania.

I am looking for a place to build my future, a passport to freedom and a breaking of my societal chains. I have been building on my skills fostered by my time in service and am ready for the next chapter.

Right out of highschool I joined the Marine Corps and spent 6 years and 3 deployments learning everything I possibly could about leadership, strategy, logistics, survival, security and community. I have honed those skills over many years and have sought to apply them to a more meaningful and progressive path. Currently I work as a Propagation Manager, overseeing a team of 8 and about 80,000 ft² of propagation space.

In another life I was a Veterinary Technician for both large and small animal and have kept that passion for animals very much alive. I believe the ability to forge positive, cohesive, symbiotic relationships with different species is important to our development as human beings.

As far as homesteading skills go I am a deft hand in the garden, preferring renewable and sustainable methodology. I have knowledge in animal husbandry, medicinal plants and nutrition, construction, cooking, bushcraft, sewing, and lots more I'm forgetting.

I have been practicing permaculture for 10 years, first on my families property, then in Oklahoma, where I got my first taste of intentional community. While that dream didn't work out(financier lost their job), it taught me to value time spent doing things the right way and appreciating a job well done.

If you need labels I guess I would classify myself as a communal anarchist. I believe we need each other to thrive but I take exception to authority without proper representation. That being said I do believe in structure, personal and communal responsibility and consequence of action. I strive to live by the golden rule at all times.

I love being outside and working with my hands, I volunteer at animal shelters, pick up shifts during harvest seasons, hike, camp, practice bushcraft and generally seek to commune with the earth as much as possible, which admittedly, recently, hasn't been enough for my liking. With work, the pandemic and trying to save money to leave the rat race, I'm a bit broken down, but still very much focused on checking out of here asap.

I absolutely love to cook. I sometimes cook more than three times a day, just to learn a new recipe. The joy when someone genuinely likes what I've made for them is definitely one of the best feelings in my life.

I'm no stranger to hard work, manual labor has been ingrained since I was a small kid helping Mom and Grandma in the garden, or Dad fixing the mower.

I am considerate, patient, sometimes brutally honest, and fiercely loyal. I am also a bit hardheaded and can withdraw when I feel angry, sad or disappointed, though I am actively working through my personality flaws and am thankfully very good at communicating. I love making and listening to music(I play a variety of percussion instruments and also bass guitar), reading books(especially fantasy and old Louis L'amour), watching movies and playing board games. If there are other people involved I'm usually up for anything.

I am hoping to find somewhere my participation is valued and valuable. I want to learn and teach, grow and build. I have lots to give.

If any of this has resonated, I'd very much like to hear from you.
 
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Hell, I'd hire ya!

Good lucky buddy.I really think if you can get some good folks together y'all could start something special. If I wasn't old, married and broke...
 
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Great post, thank you for all your details and thank you very much for your service to our country. I'd recommend Wwoof.usa if you don't find what you are looking for here. Many folks are hoping for deeper community these days, these trying days....you may find a farm that you like, you may find many. It's a great way to find your spot, and dig deep my friend. Jules
 
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Dan Fish wrote:Hell, I'd hire ya!

Good lucky buddy.I really think if you can get some good folks together y'all could start something special. If I wasn't old, married and broke...



Thanks Dan!

I think so as well, I've had a few opportunities recently slip through my fingers here locally due to the pandemic so I'm broadening my search. I appreciate your confidence, good luck to you as well!
 
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Jules Harrell wrote:Great post, thank you for all your details and thank you very much for your service to our country. I'd recommend Wwoof.usa if you don't find what you are looking for here. Many folks are hoping for deeper community these days, these trying days....you may find a farm that you like, you may find many. It's a great way to find your spot, and dig deep my friend. Jules



Hey Jules,

Thanks for the recognition and you're welcome.

I have a few WWOOF tours under my belt already, traveled the upper Midwest a few years ago. I have been leaning away from that only because of its transient nature. I'd really like to settle into somewhere permanent or at least fairly long term, you hit it on the head with the deeper community bit. Though with the way the climate is going maybe a nomadic approach would be more suitable? Ha, you've given me a bit to think about anyway, thanks so much.
 
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Right on. Yes, I totally understand. I'm from a military background myself, and we military folks think alike.

Nomadic is not going to be a good survival plan in my mind. Having a long term situation allows one to grow roots. Check us out if you are ever on Wwoofusa.org. We are Cherry Plain Sanctuary Farm. We are not anarchists, instead, I like to affect change on the inside. Also check out Hearts in Hand Horsemanship, LLC www.eastonmeadows.org. Giving back is where it's at. Jules
 
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Goats are my favorite livestock animal, specifically the Nigerian Dwarf. While smaller in size than most dairy breeds, they give a surprising amount of milk. Couple that with their docile, canine-like nature and their smaller housing footprint, I think they're an amazingly efficient choice on the homestead.

Dwarfs are able to be bred year round, allowing a consistent source of sweet milk that is higher in butterfat than most others, allowing for more variety of use for processing. They are a hearty breed, few kidding problems, and bucks are often sexually mature as early as 8 weeks, though I would be hesitant in allowing that kiddo up to bat that early. Does are ready to breed at a more typical 7-8 months, though again you'd be safer, and healthier, to wait til their year mark.

Besides Dwarfs, I've raised Alpines, and Boers, for dairy and meat respectively, and they really couldn't be much further apart in terms of logistics and ease of care. I'm a big fan.

Anybody here raise Dwarfs?
 
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Brian Briggs wrote:

Cory Shires wrote:



Cory,
We are a startup Intentional Community in East Texas. We have a post in the Ecovillage Forum that you may want to check out.
Thank you.
Brian



Hey Brian,

Thanks for reaching out, I sent you a PM.
 
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As an Army vet, I might have to work hard to get past the Marine issue, other than that we might get along. I’m in Central Texas, if you’re interested in coming down this way, PM me we’ll talk.
 
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Good to see our soldiers here on permies. God bless and protect you all, and thank you again for your service. Between East Texas and here I'd sure l like to see this gentleman find his community.
 
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Rodd Ramon wrote:As an Army vet, I might have to work hard to get past the Marine issue, other than that we might get along. I’m in Central Texas, if you’re interested in coming down this way, PM me we’ll talk.



Ha! I guess I'll be there to clean up after you, like always! Going to send you a PM anyway, what the heck.

All kidding aside, thanks for reaching out and for your service Rodd.
 
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Jules Harrell wrote:Good to see our soldiers here on permies. God bless and protect you all, and thank you again for your service. Between East Texas and here I'd sure l like to see this gentleman find his community.



Jules,

Thanks so much, this means everything to me. It's not often I get people advocating for me. It really means more than I can put into words. You're a lovely human being, thank you.
 
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