• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
stewards:
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Beau M. Davidson
master gardeners:
  • John F Dean
  • Timothy Norton
  • Nancy Reading
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
  • Christopher Weeks
gardeners:
  • Tina Wolf
  • Saana Jalimauchi
  • thomas rubino

Non-electric-permaculture homestead seeking apprentices

 
pollinator
Posts: 91
38
  • Likes 7
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
If names like Bradford Angier, Aldo Leopold, Helen and Scott nearing and the like, conjure visions of remote wilderness style living, self sufficiency and a sustainable lifestyle with deep reverence for the land we inhabit, then we likely have more in common than not.
My wife and I have been homesteading for over 40 years and provide most of our necessities and some extravagances while maintaining our acres in a condition that remains nearly as intact as it was those 40 years ago.
Over the years we have acquired skills in organic gardening and food preparation, seed saving and propagation. We do maple syrup and sugar every spring and fill our root cellar each fall with enough produce to see us through to next year's harvest.
We practice western-style log building construction using native materials.we practice blacksmithing in a small shop along with sheet metal work and welding. We repair all of our own machinery. We do all manner of woodworking from the practical and necessary to the elaborate and artistic.
We believe in process over production.
We believe that knowledge of all Earth's processes is essential for making wise decisions, especially in the present world situation
All this said we would love to share this rare knowledge with a younger person or couple.
If you have a longing to engage this planet on its terms and merge with it instead of dominating over it, let's have a conversation and see where it goes.
Rick.
 
pollinator
Posts: 5120
Location: Bendigo , Australia
423
plumbing earthworks bee building homestead greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Lovely offer, I hope you get some takers
 
Posts: 192
Location: USDA zone 6a/5b
13
4
forest garden food preservation bee
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Good Day Richa... Thank you for posting this up.

I'd like to have a conversation with you. I'll send you a PM and you can open it by clicking the little 'mail envelope' icon in the upper Right of the page.

 
Rich Rayburn
pollinator
Posts: 91
38
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
John, thanks for your encouraging reply.
 
Rich Rayburn
pollinator
Posts: 91
38
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thought we would throw this offer out once again.

Our homestead is in Minnesota , and we're looking for a younger couple who would be interested in learning the skills necessary to live mostly without electricity, we do have generators for operating some power equipment. The homestead is entirely non-electric, and over the years we have acquired the skills necessary to be perfectly comfortable with this simple lifestyle.
We have a two-story log cabin and a two-story log Barn built from from native materials using all hand tools with the exception of a chainsaw and tractor.
We're looking for people that have a sense of adventure and really like working with their hands.
Our homestead could be considered a living museum as almost all of the tools, equipment and methods we use are from a time long past, a time when art and technology went hand in hand.
Rick & Rose







 
master steward
Posts: 14076
Location: USDA Zone 8a
3899
dog hunting food preservation cooking bee greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi, Rich

This sounds like you might be interesting in the SkIP: develop the Skills to Inherit Property.  Have you looked into that idea?

You also might be interested in our Experiences forum

Especially these forums:

https://permies.com/f/27/land-share

https://permies.com/f/271/volunteer-offerings

https://permies.com/f/277/jobs-offered
 
gardener
Posts: 705
Location: Proebstel, Washington, USDA Zone 6B
363
2
wheelbarrows and trailers kids trees earthworks woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
My wife and I have discussed moving to Minnesota. But that would be two or three years in the future. I am completing my Land Surveying education right now.
 
Rich Rayburn
pollinator
Posts: 91
38
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Jeremy,
Would you like to have a conversation about our homestead?
 
Jeremy VanGelder
gardener
Posts: 705
Location: Proebstel, Washington, USDA Zone 6B
363
2
wheelbarrows and trailers kids trees earthworks woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Sure, Rich. I sent you a purple mooseage with my phone number and email address.
 
Rich Rayburn
pollinator
Posts: 91
38
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hey, just thought I'd bump this thread up one more time.
Just in case there's some folks out there looking for a homesteading opportunity that's off the beaten path, so to speak!
If you're interested get a get a hold of us via a purple moossage or this thread.
Rick.
IMG_20221118_142501147_HDR.jpg
Split level log cabin in Minnesota Winter
 
Jeremy VanGelder
gardener
Posts: 705
Location: Proebstel, Washington, USDA Zone 6B
363
2
wheelbarrows and trailers kids trees earthworks woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have to say, Rich has a great setup and an enviable collection of tools. He gives me homesteading advice from a distance right now and I am learning a lot from him. If anyone is in Minnesota or wants to move there, I would recommend taking advantage of his offer!
 
Posts: 22
Location: South Dakota
4
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hello Rich!

My husband and two kids and I currently live in SD. We have been looking at relocating to MN. We have lots of practical/homestead/life/community/other skills but also lots to learn. Where are you located? Perhaps we could schedule a phone chat.

Bridget
 
pioneer
Posts: 93
Location: Insko, Poland zone 7a
61
cattle purity forest garden fish fungi foraging chicken food preservation bee homestead ungarbage
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Rich Rayburn, I really wish there was more people doing, and offering, what you and your wife are.  If I was closer to you, and if you'd accept,  id be there in a heart beat.  Just want to say thank you for making yourselves available to teach future permies this way of living.  

As it is now - Ive been having to mostly learn from trails and successes, and gaining inspirations from books and the computer screen.  To have a mentor, such as yourself and your wife, over the years would have been...evolutionary.  

Have you connected with the folks working on the PEP and SKIP programs here?  Perhaps you could be an occasional host for younger aspiring homesteaders/permies to help them learn some of the disappearing practices?  
 
Rich Rayburn
pollinator
Posts: 91
38
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Arthur,
Thank you for your uplifting comments. The main reason for this post is a desire to share with at least a few people, the potential for a lifestyle that is in synchrony with the environment, and requires minimal technology and manufactured resources.
Treading softly, so to speak.
Your suggestion of hosting some type of workshop is an interesting course of action that we had not previously entertained.
If you ever find yourself in the upper Midwest of the USA you are welcome to stop in for a visit!
Rick and Rose
 
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi are you still looking for an apprentice?
 
Climb the rope! CLIMB THE ROPE! You too tiny ad:
FREE Perma Veggies Book! - Learn how to grow the most delicious and nutritious food with the least amount of work.
https://permies.com/t/238620/perennial-vegetables/FREE-Perma-Veggies-Book
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic