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Brenda Little
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Location: Arkansas
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Hello, hope the title didn't offend anyone, but indeed I am looking to get my hands dirty. I'm newly widow and in due process lost everything I owned. My home of 30 years which was my mothers, and my children have taken different courses.
One thing I did manage to save, even though they are not in the same location as I am,but close, are my three rare chickens from France. I have been a gardener, homesteader, calf puller, horse breaker,exotic animal owner and have many talents when it comes to self sufficiency.
My delimia is I'm stuck in a duplex. I'm a very active disabled lady. I go to the gym 3x a week and only have a few bad days a year. I have my own income and health insurance.
I am seeking a place that can accept a lady doing some light to medium farm work. A place to bring my chickens, which trust me you won't regret. A small place to hang my gloves and kick the dirt off my boots. I also have a small stash of preps and guns.
Its the first time in my life that I'm not taken care of children,sick mother or sick husband,since I've been doing since I was 19.
So if you have a little bit of room, needs some help, maybe even some light nanny duties, I'm ready to appreciate any offers. I have a 4 wheel drive, I'm pretty fit.
I just need to get back to nature and spend my last 50 years a little different than the first. My record is clean,never been in jail a day in my life, and good honest person.I'm not a Bible thumper, but I do believe God guides my life.
Not sure what more I can say. I can send what ever you need. I.all get my profile updated, but doing this from my tablet a don't have any pictures saved on it.
Email with some input.
Thanks for reading.
 
Daniel erline
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Where are you at now? Is central pa ok with you? My farm is in the signature link Oh do you smoke ciggs? if you do forget it.. But other wise I am my 90 yr old moms caregiver for the last 6 yrs so I know whats that's about.
 
Brenda Little
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If I make a move such as this cigs WONT come with me.....trust me. Oh I'm in Arkansas.
 
Brenda Little
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My chickens are also a great asset and wonderful birds from France. I am actually the USA delegate for these birds for the country of France. Income wise they pay for themselves in golden eggs LOL
Brenda
 
Brenda Little
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You have a lovely place. Your mother reminds me so much of mine. She is frail but seems to have awesome spirits.
 
                            
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Dear Brenda,

have you found a position yet? I am a 66 year old widow managing a 2 acre farm on the Clark Fork River north of Missoula Montana and am always in need of some additional help. I do a bit of everything--have critters, a huge 2 story barn, there's a nifty 1977 Silver Streak Trailer and of course an organic garden..am in the process of putting in several permaculture food forests...and have a half finished rocket mass heater in my new greenhouse..currently working on the footing for a new pump house..

Anyway, if you are still looking for a place to hang your hat in the country, do contact me,

Thanks

eunie
 
Jennifer Smith
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Hey Brenda! We are not too far from Mammoth Spring, close to West Plains MO. My Hubby is from Corning Arkansas. Not sure how far from you but maybe close enough to check it out?
 
lyla moore
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Hi Brenda, Not sure which direction you are interested in going, but we are in the process of purchasing 17acres in New Mexico. The property is heavily treed with a gentle south facing slope. We plan to design/build/palnt a sustaining permaculture farm. If you would like to be a part of a venture from the ground up
please contact me at lylamoore56@yahoo.com for more details. I am 56 years young, Frank is 66 and we would welcome you and your chickens.
 
Helen Chicago
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Lyla --- If I remember correctly, you were relocating to New Mexico -- Fence Lake, wasn't it? Have you made the move yet? Is Fence Lake anywhere near Ramah? That's where I'm looking buy in the coming year or two. Being something of a loner, I'm not really looking to join any sort of intentional community or commune, but I'm always curious to learn about kindred spirits. / Helen Chicago
 
lyla moore
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Hi Helen, Yes Fence Lake is near Ramah. I think about 20-30 mins west. You might want to check out Twin Deer Ranch. Some beautiful property in the middle of nowhere. I have not moved yet, would like to go this summer but may not be able to until spring. By the way my partner and I are not a community. We were hoping to find just a few Kindred Spirits as what I have planned is a lot of work for a couple of older folks. However I am so determined to do this that if I have to dig every damn shovelful myself I will! We are planning on a permaculture farm with extensive use of pit greenhouses and semi underground housing. We are essentially prepers just going about it in a natural way. We feel the need to be able to provide for our needs in an increasingly unhealthy and unstable economy. Send me an email would love to get to know you especially if we might be neighbors. I was originally looking at land in Ramah.
 
Helen Chicago
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Thanks so much for the quick response! I'm still a year or two away from retiring from my formal working career here in Chicago and embarking on some new, less structured sort of life. I'm 54 and originally from a particularly beautiful spot in Northern California. Alas, that state has really gone to hell over the past few decades. It pains me to say it, but I would never move back there simply because of its political situation. Northern New Mexico and Arizona appeal to me, though I can't really give any concrete reason why other than a rather general aesthetic and climatic appeal. Of course the availability of water is a crucial consideration, especially if you intend to grow something, as I do. Again, no definite plans, just some vague ideas.

It sounds like you plan to build pretty much from scratch. I'm less ambitious. I'd like to buy a small home on at least 3 or 4 acres (and preferably a bit more) that's ready to inhabit. A bit of painting and updating is one thing, and I could live with solar for electricity and hauled water, but I'd prefer not to have to monkey with drilling a well, installing septic, etc. I've been looking at such properties via Realtor.com. And I just discovered LandWatch, so I'll begin scouring that site, too. In the end, the most daunting thing about all this is doing it alone. You're lucky to have a "partner" (as you call him!) to help with decision-making and such. It's lovely to be able to do exactly as you wish, with no-one else's wishes to consider, but such freedom can also be a bit overwhelming, especially if one is indecisive, as I tend to be!

But who knows? We might end up neighbors one of these old days.

 
Dave Zoller
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hi!

I hope you've found what you're looking for. If not we have a situation that could become what you are looking for i'll copy the details below,

thanks-Dave



This is the copy and paste part:

us:
two folks, Holly and Dave, with three babies. a three year old and two infant twins. We have land, we have space and we have gainful employment. what we don't have is time.
between twin babies and a sustainable landscaping business that just tripled in size our property is...getting mowed, and that's about it. which seems like a shame.

What we are offering:
room and board*
paid labor at a living wage**
engaging farm work***
a good time****

* initially you will be staying in the front room here :
https://www.facebook.com/valleyhillgeneralstore/photos_stream
yup, that's right a genuine 1887 general store. We are building dedicated intern housing but for now you'll have to suffice with 10 ft tall windows and walls covered with antiques.

we'll provide plenty of food, but as we have small children the caveat on the board part of room and board is that it'd be good if you could share in with the cooking.

** I have a sustainable landscaping business it's here:
https://www.facebook.com/victorygardensofkentucky
and here:
http://www.victorygardensofkentucky.com/

and it's a really good year to be be gainfully employed playing in the dirt. we can fit just about any skill set into the schedule so I can assure you one day a week but if it something you excel at we can find more hours.

*** We're on 12 or so acres, with a barn, creek and a slope bedecked with hugulkultur berms (these https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150859142691721&set=a.10150859130936721.395205.711371720&type=3&theater) . Our focus for the next year is prepping for a massive tree planting in the spring. orchard fruit on the hugulkultur slope and natives on the steeper slope and the creek banks. Additionally we are in the process of setting up a nursery to supply the landscaping business.

**** i really like our valley. for instance these are our nearest neighbors http://ourfarmky.wordpress.com/ . Albert who's house you can almost see from here is a professional potter who is always happy to have folks over and a further bike ride is a two other families on our road.
we're a potlucking sort. additionally if you'd like to try your hand at homebrewing, we have a fairly large set up. if you enjoy hiking there's 900 acres attached to our farm with the largest private lake in washington county included.we have canoes and it's a short drive to the salt river. if you'd like to go tubing cartwright creek is a fine waterway after a rain. We also have the lincoln branch which is best for regular creek dipping.

What we are looking for:
A few extra hands*
folks that are good with (or at least don't mind) small children**

* there is a tremendous amount of work to do and it is clearly defined ( I run crews for a living so you don't have to worry about being board sitting around waiting for me to make up my mind). While we would still like to meet you if you don't have a strong work ethic, you probably won't see much of us.

** cause we've got a lot of them.
 
robin dickson
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hi brenda, if you are still looking, a friend of mine, recently widowed, lives in leeds, north dakota is looking for whatever helg she can get and would love the chickens. let me know and i can give you her address. no cell totally off grid, contact me at rjdickson10@dishmail.net
 
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