We are a family 2 years into homesteading on 150 acres, part of a ranch my husbands people have had for four generations. We have two young children (1 and 3) and figure this far-from-town land is the best place for them to grow up. It’s beautiful and off-grid, along the San Francisco River in the mountains of NM.
We are looking for another family with children to come live on our land and subsistence farm and homeschool with us. My husband is a cowboy working nearly full time right now so we have more projects than time to do them. We need more hands to make the work short and for a sense of community, especially playmates for the children.
We’re interested in giving an opportunity to a family committed to the farming lifestyle who may not have land. We are also willing to collaborate with planning and developing a low-key nature/healing retreat as an income producer, as we border National Forest and have a lot of scenic beauty along the river. We anticipate a long-term working relationship and friendship, where our kids can grow together and enjoy healthy, sustained relationships.
We tend dairy goats and chickens, started a young orchard, have some irrigated pasture and three garden plots. One goal is to raise feed for our animals—my husband’s father dry farmed corn, barley, wheat and oats here in days gone by.
We also have a shire draft horse, chicken tractors and a fair amount of infrastructure.
Our criteria include: a strong work ethic, family values, love of land and respect for nature, farming/gardening skills, a deep interest and experience in rural living, no drugs or habitual alcohol, spiritual rather than religious, an open mind, low technology dependence and at least one child.
Our ideals include: the ability to make work fun, good people skills, innovation, tree grafting and building skills, horse skills, enthusiasm for learning, speak Spanish, and music making.
Inquiries can go to Kit and Kirsten Laney, PO Box 12, Luna, NM, 87824. Or call 575-654-0695. We rarely get on line so calling or snail mail is best.
This is amazing and I truly envy your land. We are interested in the lifestyle and have a six year old daughter. It will be sometime before we can move, but I hope we can find an area as beautiful as yours. It looks like a dream come true.