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.
Just to put a plug in to any wwoof hosts who might read this.....young families rock! I was in charge of a wwoof program for a while and found that, although one might think that the kids would take up a lot of time, I found that the basic work ethic and industry of the parents almost always more than made up for this. No dragging people out of bed or reminding them of their chores because of late night partying and other such diversions common to young single people! Kids bring focus, and focus is a good thing on a homestead!
Are you familiar with Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage? (http://www.dancingrabbit.org/)
They're serious and well-established, and they have a procedure in place for visitors and tours (and then a progression of longer stays and final moving in, if I understand right).
posted 6 years ago
Thank you both for the replies. and I agree that kids although a distraction at times are the best motivator for anyone. All parents want to work hard for their kids. Mike thank you for the suggestion of Dancing Rabbit. I have not heard of them before but I am looking forward to making contact with them.
Hi there, we are an older couple with young children (17 mo and nearly 4) looking for another family to share homesteading with a sustainable focus on our off-grid farm here in the mountains of New Mexico. We are still building infrastructure and have lots of projects including cob-log retreat cabins, goat housing with milking and kidding room, feed storage, and a small apartment, terracing and leveling irrigated pasture, elk fencing, grant writing, market garden, compost building, milling lumber, building a root cellar, and much more. We own the land which is part of a family ranch and my husband works part time as a cowboy. Seeking folks to share work, visioning and creating a sustainable life for our kids to grow in, and sharing homeschooling. Hard working, open minded, willing to research, try, and learn through doing are qualities more important to us than already having a lot of knowledge. We have a lot of skills between us and could mentor the right folks. We offer an opportunity to co-create in a beautiful setting and to share in what we all create.
Kirsten, we are in nearly exactly your boat, only we are on the coast of NC. We are seeking our tribe, really, in nearly exactly the manner you have expressed above. I could have written your post myself. If you would like to talk further about possibilities, would you pm me? Our website is www.sparkrootfarm.com. We have agreed to stay here provided we find ourselves able to connect with hard-working, like-minded community right here on our land, but if we cannot, we are ready to relocate (I think I am ready sooner rather than later). To me, permaculture starts with community. If you'd like to get to know each other better, let's connect.
Loved reading your post. Thanks!
Hi! We are in NC so I'm not sure if you have thought about coming out this way. We have considered having a family with us (more stability), so if you are interested please contact us at email@example.com. We are off the grid, and our goal is to teach back to basic living. We consider ourselves a school, farm and homestead. See our post here on permies.