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C. Measom
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We are a family of 4 currently living in Colorado. I am 29 and my wife is 27, our kids are 4 and 2. We have been living in a secluded mountain town and are looking to get our hands in the dirt and start a sustainable life. A life where our kids can watch their food grow. We don't have any hands on experience but we are both hard workers and fast learners. We seek a place that welcomes families with no experience but a willingness to work hard and learn everyday. We are up for a new adventure and are willing to relocate to just about anywhere. If any body knows of a place that might work for us please let us know.

 
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Hi Measom Family - Sounds like you are fairly wide open with your request. Can you provide more specifics? In a new setting would you be needing housing, income, what kind of income? Are you looking for a place to live and expect to work outside of that place OR are you looking for a work trade situation? Commercial farm? Small homestead? intentional community? My family is located in Colorado on an off-grid homestead. We are well set up but currently have only one residence on the property and are planning more. We could be interested in some discussion. I also might be able to direct you to other possibilities if you have a more defined vision of what you are looking for.
 
C. Measom
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Mark,
We are up for just about any adventure and almost any situation. We would need housing (nothing fancy just a warm place to sleep). We would be up for a work exchange but ideally we would like to live in a type of intentional community or possibly help get one going. As long as we have our basic needs meet income can be minimal. housing, food and clothes are the biggest requirements. My wife is a certified massage therapist and a birth doula and she might be interested in doing some of that type of work on and off the farm/community. I would prefer to work solely on the property but would be willing to pick up outside work if needed and if available. A situation where my wife and I could work opposite shifts. Either 1/2 days each (one works 6 -12 and the other works 1-7) and do that six days a week. or each work 3 full days. just so one can be with kids. We would also like a place that would allow the kids to get involved with some of the tasks on the farm.

We would love to work with permaculture and aquaponics. Small livestock like chickens and rabbits are also something We would love to give a try. Maybe ducks but we haven't done much research on them. But really any place that is willing to give a novice family with young kids a chance to learn while working is ok with us.

Thanks again.

The Measoms
 
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Hi Measoms,

As far as intentional communities go,we have spent a bit of time looking at and visiting intentional communities. We looked at ones with a homesteading focus . I found that in most situations you will be looking at some working hours in the community and paying a certain amount of money per month to help pay for taxes, insurance, infrastructure upkeep. Not all that different than paying rent so you would need outside income just as you do now. Another option would be communities that are income sharing, if you are into that. It would provide you with an onsite job. The best thing to do, if you can, is to take some time and set up visits with communities you are interested in. You can probably find some with openings while you are touring around that you could do a trial residency at.

Another option if you want to learn some type of farming is to do an internship for the 2014 season at small organic farms. These are possible all over the country and will usually provide you will housing and food in exchange for long hours of hard work. I know in Southern Oregon the season could run April to Nov. Check out roguefarmcorps.org

As for us, I would be looking at needing help with construction work in exchange for housing and sharing gardening, chickens, turkeys, etc.

I can give you more detailed suggestions on specific communities, farms in southern Oregon, and our family homestead situation if you are interested. Email me at marktj@hotmail.com

Hope this helps a little,
Mark
 
C. Measom
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Mark,

Thank you for all the great information. I have been looking at Dancing Rabbit, Circle of Children, and White Buffalo. I know White Buffalo is trying to be sold so not sure what their situation is. We are going to try and find some places to visit next summer. I will also send you over a personal email to talk about possibly helping you and your family on some projects.

Thanks
The Measoms
 
Josh Ritchey
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All,
I had no idea there were so many people like me. I also have a family of 4, soon to be 5(Jan, 2014) and we are pursuing a homesteadlike lifestyle. Unfortunately I find it difficult to find a good group of people to commune with. I'm a strong Libertarian and would like to intertwinethat with permaculture business to expand both permaculture and the freedom to pursue that lifestylefor generations to come. I'd love to hear any recommendations, we'd like to move to the Eastern, TN region of the U.S.

I hope you guys find what you're looking for. Please pass on your experienceforthe benefit of the rest of us in a similar situation.

I'm personally in the military, 6 years now and signed on until 2018 at the earliest. I've got a fair amount of computer experience w/ basic linux, unix and Windows experience and a decent amount of network defense experience. Unfortunately, I don't much care for dedicating my life to cyberspace and want to build a family based permaculture/homestead community.

Good luck all, hope to hear from all those knowledgeable.
 
Tara Jupp
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Hi all,
I'm looking to start a homestead community near Seattle in the next year or two and will be needing people to buy in as well as live in exchange for work with the opportunity to form your own "cottage industry" or work outside for extra income.
The values are basically kindness, community, public health, education, research, hard work, and of course using resources wisely and protecting our planet

You can message me or check out my blog
marcellabarnesmhc.blogspot.com
 
Josh Ritchey
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Well boy, that is quite tempting. If you decide to check out new hampshire or Tennesse, let me know. i've just heard too many horror stories of nosy government shutting down "alternative" farms on the west coast.
 
Tara Jupp
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I know it can be challenging, but I am hoping to find ways to work with the government instead of against them... I've gotten some great ideas from these forums like using alternate wording and making it easy for them.
Also, it is ridiculous that the laws are blocking these types of building. Who knows, other homesteaders have gotten codes changed so if necessary I will pursue that route, and worst case we have to alter some plans for now.
 
Josh Ritchey
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Well I wish you all the luck. Politics really sucks the life out of you unless you're one of the few with a real ability to deal with stupid or entrenched. I figure as long as you give them a nice front house to look at, why would they ever want/need to look out back.
 
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