• 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:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • Nancy Reading
  • r ranson
  • Jay Angler
  • Pearl Sutton
  • paul wheaton
  • Leigh Tate
  • Burra Maluca
master gardeners:
  • Christopher Weeks
  • Timothy Norton
  • Jeremy VanGelder
  • Paul Fookes
  • Tina Wolf

52 F seeking other F's for offgrid homesteading community

Posts: 48
  • Likes 5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I am a petite, fit 52 year old single female with two cats and a 13 acre offgrid tiny cabin homestead in midwest USA. There is another tiny cabin too. I am seeking other females also interested in living offgrid, and perhaps cuddling too, if that percolates! I like my location, but am open to other temperate locations too.
I live an Amish type lifestyle. Two years ago, I went 9 months without electronics or phone or internet and _loved_ it! Don't drive, follow media, politics, or listen to music, watch tv, movies, or ever "eat out". I have no debts or mortgage. No tattoos or piercings. No western medicine or "vaccines". I have long hair and wear skirts. I use natural, nonchemical toiletries only. It is a wonderful free life!

My current goal is self-sufficiency food wise, because otherwise I feel pretty solid. I have water via rainwater catchment, hygiene via humanure system, and heat via wood. But food has been tricky in a mostly forested property. I am considering raising geese for meat, since I prefer carnivore/low-carb, and meat has the most efficiency calorie and nutrient wise. Also I have fructan intolerance so avoid fruits/veggies/nuts/seeds. I am hoping that geese would forage on grass so I wouldn't need to grow feed for them. And I am hoping I could process them myself. Unfortunately I don't do well with dairy or eggs.

I have a lot of energy and love to run around, be active, roughhouse, and would love to have a woman or women to share it with!
Posts: 10
forest garden woodworking ungarbage
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

my name is ris.  i'm excited to know i'm not the only one out there excited to live without all the conveniences (!) i live in the forest (in a cabin) near the central oregon coast.  i've been out here about 2 1/2 years.  i'm a contractor and bought it as an investment property.  the longer i'm out here, the simpler i want it, haha.  i'm not as extreme as you (yet anyway) but i don't use lights much, don't have a refrigerator, use a compost for a toilet and don't generally have heat unless it's below freezing.  then i use my woodstove.  in the cold months i usually read for about an hour before bed with a space heater and poncho.  

here's me today.  would love to hear from you if you are into talking.  

[Thumbnail for 051938EE-AF1C-45A4-B34D-AFC9A8EA83D8.jpeg]
Meli Mot
Posts: 48
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi Ris! Wow, so great to meet you! I will purple moosage you!
Meli Mot
Posts: 48
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I wanted to mention that I am re-envisioning my food sustainability in a more vegan model, with mainly walnuts and hazelnuts for the bulk of protein and fat, persimmons for vitamin A, fermentation for added B vitamins and improved digestability, and sunbathing for vitamin D. Then some additional woodland forage as seasonally available, for extras. I used a nutrition tracker and this should be doable, with enough nuts and persimmon.

  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
love this GRE-AT MOVE-MENT
Posts: 5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Paula Bennett
Most affectionately known as “Mauma Loa”,  altruistic, benevolent, jack’’ette’’ of many honorable trades, seeks to share her discipline of compassion in thought and actions for the greatest healthy unity of all beings by offering her service to you, in your service to others.  

I’ve traveled and lived outdoors since 2021 as a personal preference.  I trust you will find me good natured,  community minded,  self sufficient (financially too), generous, willing and able to equitably aid in all community aspects.   Ahimsa.

Animal Care  
“And your mind is refuge for all living beings.”  I have had so many blessed experiences with horses and other animals, we arrrgh won   https://kadampa.org/buddhism/prayer-to-buddha

Painting & Artistry
A master craftsperson does not blame the tools he finds a new technique.- unknown

Healing our soil is healing our soul for its yoU & I in the sun (Latin sol) -Mauma Loa

Maintenance/ Deep Cleaning
“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” -Marie Kondo

Painting Contractor
d.b.a Immaculate Details, “Sharp on the Cut in Edge” - Paula Bennett

Plant Based Chef
“VeganEarth teaches and supports ways to eat and live that are healthful, sustainable, and compassionate towards animals, people and the earth”

Public Speaking
“Today I want to remember how we see the ones that came before, how we carry them on our backs and our shoulders.  In our arms.  How the past remains a deep and bleeding wound in the present. And yet, a balm.  Strange how we know this– that we have survived and continue to survive because as artists and activists, as storytellers and change makers of all kinds, we know that no matter how crazy and deadly a moment seems, we continue to stare the future down in order to show the way to it. –Vanity Fair, Jackqueline Woodson

“For every minute spent on organizing, an hour is earned,”  –Benjamin Franklin

845.663.0797 or 772.300.6690


Private Homeowner, Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Care

April 2023 - Present 2024

Company, house assistant while client recouped from fractured spine, animal care

Travel, Washington D.C., Florida, New Mexico, Arizona
Personal exploration

December 2022 - March 2023

Visiting family and friends

Private Homeowner, Accokeek, Maryland
Patient Care

November 2022 - November 2022

Deep cleaning house, cleaned refrigerator, flipped mattress, removed rotted wood structure attached to home, cooked healthy meals, did dishes, heated with wood stove so all related cutting, hauling, efficiently burning, cooking and cleaning, garden care

Housing: open barn till weather turned them unheated bedroom

Windswept Farm, Accokeek, Maryland

October 2022 - October 2022

Deep cleaning house, cleaned sheep and chicken pens,  yard cleaning

Housing: long unused donkey shed

Bill Henry Farm, Amenia, New York

March 2022 - September 2022

Agriculture:  removal and repurpose of invasive plants, double dug garden area and plantings.   This includes time in Colorado Rainbow Gathering.

Housing: camping and when the bedrock made the ground too wet I slept a van,  a block brick structure "milk house" structured into a working simple kitchen which was more efficient than making outside fires in a contained space.
Mandala Naturals, Barnardsville, North Carolina — Volunteer
January 2022 - March 2022
Mobile home restoration; frozen pipes heated and wrapped, rotted roof repair, drywall repairs, ceilings/walls painted, windows washed, stove exhaust hood rehung, cabinets deep cleaned/shelves built, refrigerators/ovens cleaned, cooking for extensive community, all tools organized/rust removal, brought general organization and daily cleaning of household needs.

Housing: manufactured home that had low heat retention.
Blueberry Village, Barnardsville, North Carolina — Volunteer
October 2021 - January 2022
Tropical Storm Fred devastated an artist community, so I assisted with flood damage control, cleaning the environment/ buildings, packing of possessions for relocation, animal care, painting artistic accents, moving solar panels, cooking for many and housekeeping for their associated AirBNB.  

Housing: a nicely decked out mini bus "Blessed" and the Airbnb

The Garden, Lafayette, Tennessee— Speaker/Volunteer
October 202
Adobe floor- aided in creation, cooked/cleaned for community, participated in other community activities.

Housing: open air/camp fire
National Forests,  —Pennsylvania, Maine,  Volunteer
June 2021 -August 2022
Allegheny Forest and White Mountain; primitive camping,  cut trails with others, built with community stone stove/ kitchen tarping, prepared community meals, cleaned dishes/kitchen area, assisted in site erasure of human activity. First exposure to the Rainbow Gathering

Housing: open air/camp fire
Camp Cowboy, Kempner, Texas — Volunteer
February 2021 - March 2021
Ice storm hastened the need for assistance.  While they worked on 72 pipe breaks I took care of grooming  horses and cleaning  their environment.  Other activities included multiple homes deep cleaned, including appliances and windows, learned safety and implementation of 2,000 sq ft controlled burn.
Housing: bunkhouse, quansit hut, housing restoration site, open air/camp fire
Lotus Bend Sanctuary, Manchaca Texas — Volunteer
January 2021 - February 2021

Began with a day visit, developed into 3 weeks of grounds and sacred space spring cleaning for an auspicious Buddhist Monk to perform a purification ceremony before heading to India after a year of being co-vid delayed with mandate changes.  Cared for chickens, peacocks, plants, aided in greeting, directing parking, reader of scripture, fire keeper.

Housing: camping
Immaculate Details Painting, Michigan — Proprietor
1996 - 2009
High end quality with affordable prices, interior/exterior.   Specialized in surface prep (cleaning), drywall, paint application faux finishes of all types, and fool the eye murals.   2005 business expanded into antique auto faux wood grain restoration, nationally toured.  Skilled with power tools and construction basics.  Built moving parade float lion, theater faux wallpaper, wood, stone, signage and backdrops

Housing: home owner, open air/camp fire
EDUCATION        Learning something new every day  
Collective Trauma Healing, Thomas Hübl online course


50 hours of varied speakers on how to create a better environment for all beings through recognizing ancestral coping skills that no longer assist the present and replacing them with mindful thoughts and actions.
Kadampa Buddhist Temple, Glen Spey New York
August 2021
Expanded perception of various forms of faith and values.  Two week event, I camped on site. Assisted with landscaping care, painting, event preparation, event tent construction/tear down
Indigenous Wisdom Permaculture Conference, Pine Ridge, South Dakota — Volunteer and Participant
June 2018
Working with and for community; aided in event set up and clean up, kitchen crew, aided in gardening, built with community abode walls in building with rocket stove seat/bed,  worked soil into tires for Earthship, drove backhoe, emergency shovel work diverting flooding from rain. Camped.  Street medic training.
Civic Garden Center, Cincinnati Ohio — Master Gardener
September 2015 - May 2018
Soil, propagation, composting, community development, events, volunteering
Northwest Michigan College, Michigan — Dual Associates
September 1995 - May 1998
Geology/Earth Science and Child Development
Ferndale Adult Ed, Michigan —Classes
1990 - 1991
Mechanical & Architectural drafting
Camp Wolverine, Michigan — Horsemanship
1980 - 1986
Grooming, hoof care,Western/English riding, jumping, barn/equipment maintenance, feeding
Active listener
Attention to detail
Communication skills
Computer literate
Data Entry
Emotional intelligence
Ethical Work
Excellent with most beings
Filing/paper management
General Business Knowledge
Grant writer and receiver
Leadership skills
Logo Creation
Mechanically adept
Organization skills
Patient Care
Public speaking
Problem solver
Research and Analysis
Teamwork skills
Time management
Typography; layout, font, etc

Artistic eye- award winning from youth
Golden PaintBrush Award through Keep Cincinnati Beautiful for delapid lot transformation to garden

Meli Mot
Posts: 48
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I just wanted to update my posting! I have decided to make my homesteading community more of a women's spiritual retreat/monastery following a similar lifestyle to Buddhist monks (the eight precepts: abstinence from taking life, from taking what is not given, from unchastity, from false speech, from intoxicants which cause a careless frame of mind, from taking food at the wrong time (midday-dawn), from dancing and music (except ceremonial), shows, flowers, make-up, the wearing of ornaments and decorations, and from tall, high sleeping places). A beautiful, quiet, meditative, content life, respectful of the beauty and sacredness of the forest!

I am working towards a nutritionally complete vegan perennial food forest (fruits, nuts, berries, and sustainably foraged greens), fermentation for B12 and improved nutrition. Already have rainwater catchment system, humanure hygiene system, woodstove for heating, cooking, hot water, limited solar for recharging devices. Low EMF area with very little noise, air, or light pollution. Also going to experiment with making fiber from wood nettles for clothing and simple shoes and maybe baskets.
I found a beautiful pie. And a tiny ad:
FREE Perma Veggies Book! - Learn how to grow the most delicious and nutritious food with the least amount of work.
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic