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Homesteaders in PA?

 
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Hi. I'm looking for a couple folks interested in creating a situation that we'd all give a crap about. I need to be in PA for work, but can live pretty much anywhere within the borders. I'm open to a few possibilities, including:

1) Joining folks who already have land, and are looking for someone to invest further in a situation that values growing food and general self-sufficiency
2) Potentially buying land with another person or a small group of folks interested in homesteading
3) Joining with some folks to rent land/housing for the above purposes, and seeing what happens from there

A bit more about me. I'm early 30s, work for a nonprofit, and travel relatively frequently for work, depending on the time of year. I like my alone time, but also really enjoy communal meals and shared purpose. Because of my travel schedule, being within an hour of a large airport is preferred, though rural living is what I'd like. For work reasons, my initial thoughts are south-central or south-east Pennsylvania, though I'm open to other suggestions and situations. I also love to dance, so having reasonable access to a city is also desirable.

A bit more about the situation I'm looking for, and the type of people I'm hoping to meet. No drama, folks who are independent but still focused on community, and who work hard. I'm open to a shared living situation, though an ideal for me might be something of a "confederation," with a few small living units on a property. Basically, I'm looking for something in between communal living and strict rugged-individual stuff.

Also, I'm very into self-sufficiency and sustainability where I live, but I don't want it to end there. I'm interested in larger scale change as well. I have activist tendencies, according to my friends. I'm not interested in whining or guilt for how screwed up things are. Rather, I want to work with folks on creating new situations, and potentially becoming a hub for interesting projects in homesteading/activism/social change.

If you're interested to chat about this further, get in touch!
 
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I like your idea of community that is "something in between communal living and strict rugged-individual stuff." My wife and I homestead on a property in the mountains near State College, PA. One of our dreams is to have a homesteading neighborhood of people who are into permaculture, homesteading, food preservation, etc. We provide each other support like good neighbors have historically done but without all the baggage and pressure of doing intentional community. I see your post is over a year old, curious what your current situation is and if you connected with any other homesteaders in the Keystone State...
 
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Bob,

Thanks for writing. I'm currently living outside of Pittsburgh, mostly for work reasons. I'm still looking for good situations in PA.

I get through the State College area a couple times a month for work. Perhaps you'd like to get coffee or a beer sometime, and we can chat a bit.
 
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Okay Thomas. Sounds good. Usually weekends are best for me during the winter months. Summer I am more flexible.
 
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Bob, if you're on Skype, message me at ctnicholson9, and we can go from there.
 
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