First, I'm so glad I found this forum and Permies.com. I've been into this movement for a while, and sort of vaguely aware of Wheaton labs, but hadn't really dived into the site itself.
I'm looking to relocate from my too snowy N. Colorado home (Seasonal Affective Disorder issues) to something in zone 7.
I have about $100k to invest and am looking at land and/or land with outbuildings. I’ll be buying a tractor, some implements, solar panels/batteries and some breeding animals & trees. I have at least 1000 varieties of seed. I’ve done CSA and tons of veggie, flower and medicinal herb farming. I can also vet my own animals, build, design, bake, can/preserve and more. One of my greatest talents is the ability to learn anything by reading (extreme attention to detail and excellent memory).
What I can’t do is do everything alone. I need one or more partners to help me do tasks that take more than one person. I’d also like some sense of community. I’m 53 and ideally looking for community with some younger folks establish housing and outbuildings. I guess kind of like an adoptive family. Ideally, I love straw bale building and want a walipini for tropical crops as well as modified greenhouses/hoophouses.
I'd like to know about already established communities where there is opportunity for land ownership (real, deeded investment) as well as other folks like me who may be looking for something similar. I'm still pretty strong, but don't have the stamina that I used to (hopefully can build some back). I also have cats and horses that will need space, and intend to get a LGD as well. (livestock guardian dog).
I can bring on partners with deeded ownership as well. So it'd be like a workaway but with ownership, earned 1 acre at a time.
Thoughts? Places? I grew up in Ohio and still love lilacs, crabapples, tulips, daffodils, etc. I'm finding this hard to reconcile with my SAD and not enjoying humidity so much.
It's exactly the sort of situation I'd be looking for in a couple years if it was sort of TN/ VA area! Sort of the same situation; early 50s, wanting to move a bit warmer/cheaper/longer growing zone. Looking to cash out my real estate here and pay cash for something permanent and debt -free moving into semi-retirement.
"The world is changed by your example, not your opinion." ~ Paulo Coelho
I'm getting 2 acres in Northern Az. And would be willing to help you a few days in southern Colorado im going to go to Denver early summer to make some money and them coming back down to San diego for late summer and the ln probably to Phoenix Az where I normally live.