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Tommy Smith
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Hi, I am a man in my 30's. I have been searching for a couple of years now for somewhere I could work on a farm or in a tent like situation.

I love working with older folks, animals or anyone that could use a hand. This could be working for room and board or a small stipend just for needed things such as food, water, etc.

I live in the city now, it is not the life for me in the future. My views and city rules, taxes and crime are not for me.

I currently live very frugally to prepare for living a little simpler. I donated the big TV for a very small old portable TV that uses very little electricity. I have gotten rid of many things that use a lot of energy. I have gotten rid of the big computer and now use my small phone for internet. I have stopped using most of my overhead lighting in favor of a small light that uses less than 5 watts.

Over the past couple of years I have cut down my energy use by 90%. I am about at the point that I could live on solar or small battery power, instead of electricity and be content.

I also got rid of my car last year. Most of the food I eat now could be eaten with out heat, if needed. A lot of canned foods and non pershable items.

I would love to have garden fresh vegetables and things of that kind to eat. My current living arrangement does not really allow that option.

To be honest, I have always wanted to live in a small camper or a barn or something such as that. I listen mostly to good old fashioned radio for most of my information. I am one of the few people left that listens to a small walkman or transistor radio, no ipods for me

I have been trying to live this way because I like to not because I have too.

I know this is a very long post, but I wanted to say Hello to everyone here as a new member and say thank you for such a great site!

If I am a person you think could help you please let me know.

I should ad that as I am used to city life, if you live in or near a medium or large city I might be perfect to help you.

Thank You
 
Elizabeth Martin
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Location: Central Texas
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Greetings Tommy,

I read your post and profile and thought to myself, "Seems like a nice young man who could be helpful to any number of my friends with land. Wonder who I should connect him up with for consideration?" Then thought to myself, "Me!" lol

I have 10 acres of Post Oak Savannah land in Central Texas situated just south of Seguin (nice little historic town I fell in love with 12 years ago) in what is referred to as the Sandhills, and we are only a 40 min to an hour drive to San Antonio and Austin. I rarely go to either and usually have to work up a good mad to face the traffic when I do and then reward myself at my favorite Indian food restaurant before I head home. lol

My husband and I sold everything (which really wasn't much lol just bulky) about 15 years ago and bought a 5th wheel and struck out to find some unimproved land. Usually unimproved means trees, and we wanted a forest, and about 2 years later we struck a sweet deal with a friend of a friend and landed where we've been since then.

We originally moved on to the land in a tent for about a year and left our travel trailer on our friends ranch, where we'd been renting space for about a year, giving us time to get utilities and get things cleared enough to bring the trailer on up. I have to say, I was actually sad to move out of that tent. lol Left it up further out in the forest to use for reading and resting until it eventually gave up the ghost. lol Now days, to my mother's dismay, I have my sights set on a teepee.

Four years ago, my dearest Mike passed away from cancer. Fortunately, my most recent vocation for the previous 7 years had been as a nurse aide for about a year and then as a medication aide for 5 years, and after a foot injury I went on into home health care and started preparing myself for nursing school with the intention of becoming an RN and working in geriatrics and hospice, so of course I had the skills needed to keep him home.

It was a fast and furious process and he was gone in only 5 months. I was grateful and blessed to take care of and help Mike through that, but I came out of this not wanting to take care of anyone, anymore, at all, with the exception of family and friends, when the time comes. My friends with the farm/ranch offered me a job shortly thereafter to give me a breather from healthcare work.

It has taken some time for me to even be able to imagine I could accomplish what "we" had planned, alone. But things are improving and on an upswing and I damn sure wouldn't mind some help. lol I have 10 dogs (most rescues), a few cats and just recently brought home my mule from the ranch. He was born 3 years ago and I am planning on training him to pull logs and a cart. We will have chickens, guineas and goats as well this coming year. Mom keeps saying she also wants a pig. lol

With the drought we've been suffering for the last few years, about half of the trees on my property are dead now and waiting for me to have the time and energy to deal with them, since I don't have the money to pay someone else to deal with them. To say the least I was pretty panicked about the situation, up until about 6 months ago when I was able to get past the fear and see a great resource instead of rubbish waiting for a forest fire.

For the first time in a long while I'm truly excited about what I can accomplish here. I am working to get my mother and grandmother moved out onto the land in about 6 months, hopefully. My mother and I are planning on putting in a market garden, food forest a small commercial kitchen for home prepared products we'd like to sell at the farmer's market, and I'll be inoculating logs with mushroom spoors in the coming weeks. Besides the pursuit of an income from gardening, I also have long range plans to build a few small cabins on the property to rent out.

I'm currently 47, and my mother is in her 60's. I have no children to help out and my circle of friends is rather small and most are older than I am, lol so no doubt about it, we could use some help. So Tommy, if you'd like to consider moving to central Texas to help out a few old broads develop their farm, then drop me a site pm and lets talk about it.

Otherwise, I wish you all the luck in gettin outa the city.

Elizabeth






 
Tommy Smith
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Hi Elizabeth,

Texas and Oklahoma are two of the places at the top of my list.

I'm glad you responded, this sounds like exactly like what I've been looking for.

I can't chat right now, I wanted to say hi though so you know I got your message.

I'll get in touch with you as soon as I can.

Thanks,

Tommy
 
Daniel erline
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I need help on 6 acre central Pa farm 50 miles NW Harrisburg, Pa

check out my site here in central pa

http://directory.ic.org/22661/Central_Pa_Mountain_farm___for_Hip_open_minded_people

 
Tommy Smith
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Hello again,

I have read both of your messages, I am frankly very excited to speak to you. I am so happy I found this site.

Please accept my apology for not being able to contact you personely at the moment, a medical problem occured with a close family member, and they need my attention for a little bit.

As soon as things are back to normal, which should only be a matter of days, I will get in touch with you so we can talk.

I look forward to talking to you soon!

Tommy
 
Daniel erline
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great PM me a phone number so we can talk.. are you ok with pooping in a bucket? I have no bathrooms. I want to build one this spring when i get my barn paid off..
 
Blythe Moon
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I have a place in Punta Gorda Florida. You would live rent free in exchange for cleaning/fixing up. Get the whole trailer/modular home to yourself with all you need. You would have to pay your electric/water....
 
robin dickson
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dont know if you are still looking but a friend of mine lives in leeds, north dakota and is looking for someone to work on her farm for room and board, she is off grid totaly. if not maybe you know of someone who would be interested.
 
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