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Mature Female Seeks Homesteading Partner in Virginia

 
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Homestead Housemate Wanted

In order to homestead, I moved from the beautiful-but-desert-dry landscape of West Texas to the fertile and beautiful rolling green hills of the "Olde Dominion," a.k.a., southern Virginia. The farm is all I'd hoped for and more, and now I'm looking for a homesteader roommate. I've found that not only is this place too big for one person, but quite honestly, growing one's own food works better when it's a team effort.

If you've dreamed of becoming a homesteader, instead of buying or renting a farm of your own, you could share this one with me for a fraction of the cost and without long-term commitment. No experience is necessary--in fact, this could give you the chance to come and try out the lifestyle on a short-term basis to see if it's right for you. This would make an excellent sabbatical for someone who needs a change of pace for a while. Who knows? You might like it so well, you'll never want to go back!

The farm is a 10-acre section of a 30-acre family farm, with usage of the other 20 acres for pasture, water, etc. We'd be sharing a 3BR, 2BA brick ranch house, and there's a mobile home on the farm as well that I'm remodeling for WWOOFers (organic farm volunteers) who will come help out when we need them. If yurts are your thing, we could talk about putting one up on the farm somewhere, giving you more privacy.

There's a great chicken coop in place, big enough to happily sustain about 40 hens if we wanted that many, and I'm about halfway done fencing in their HUGE chicken run. There's plenty of pasture here, enough wooded land to sustain our woodstove with just the trees that fall naturally, and a couple natural springs on the farm. I'm also halfway done fencing in the garden, and there are multiple fruit and nut trees on the farm already.

Instead of renting an apartment in the noisy, polluted city, or shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for your own farm, consider carving out a life for yourself out here in the laid-back tranquility of southern Virginia, and grow your own organic/grass-fed/cage-free food! Your part of the rent/expenses would be $300/month rent, half the utilities, your own food, transportation, etc. At this point, I've got a virtually endless supply of free pallets which make great raw material for building sheds/coops/fencing, etc., while keeping your carbon footprint on the earth a small one.

It would be up to you what type of work and how much you'd like to do and when you'd like to do it, but I do hope to find someone who desires to work together to grow our food, and possibly have extra to sell at the farmers' market. If for some reason you come and find out you don't like homesteading but like country living and just want to stay on as a roommate, we can talk about that, too.

If this sounds like something you'd like to try, reply here and let's talk about it! Feel free to ask any questions you might have.

So what have I left out? Do you have any questions? Ask away!



Summer Time on Sweet Dominion Farm



Our last snowstorm brought four inches of beautiful snow, seen here in the herb garden on the rosemary.
 
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Hello my name is jesica. I was wondering if you would be interested in a family coming to stay and help with the land. We have no problem roughing it for a little bit but would want to throw up a cobb or bale house if it was decided to stay. We currently live in wv. My kids are young but have lived in the country their whole lives. We all love working gardens and have experience with alot of the animals that you would have. If you have any more questions feel free to contact me
 
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Karee, Looks like a nice place!

 
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Hi
Yes, I'm seriously interested. Mature female here, looking for a land partner and wanting to get out of OK. If you are still looking, please email me.

urbangleaner56 at gmail dot com

Thanks
 
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Karee,

You have posted something that looks very much like what I have been planning for some time - the ten acre homestead.. The only thing is that I had never previously thought of WV - I am on the opposite coast from you.

Anyway I notice that your posting is dated more than a year ago so perhaps my first question ought to be: are you still looking?


Thank you

Peter
 
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I am interested as well, still looking? ktietzinmt@hotmail.com
 
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I am a female Christian Software Developer raised on a cotton and tobacco farm.  I am looking to get back to my roots.  I would like to speak to you about this opportunity if still available.  audreyharmon@yahoo.com
 
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Karee Freeland wrote: Re: Homestead Housemate Wanted

In order to homestead, I moved from the beautiful-but-desert-dry landscape of West Texas to the fertile and beautiful rolling green hills of the "Olde Dominion," a.k.a., southern Virginia. The farm is all I'd hoped for and more, and now I'm looking for a homesteader roommate. I've found that not only is this place too big for one person, but quite honestly, growing one's own food works better when it's a team effort.

Great idea Karee!
One of my dreams actually and my girl is interested as well. Are you still seeking???

 
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 Name is John McGehee but go by Puncher. So much to say about what I have to offer and written in many other posts. I’m not picky about where I wind up cause faith in fate is where I’m leaning more and more. Grew up on massive farm in Kansas and know how to do all any farm needs plus some but if you are interested in specifics please let me know I will gladly provide all you query.
 
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Hi Karee. I am almost seventy, 6 months away from collecting social security and wanting to homestead. I have 2 modern and lovely apartments in China, but no property elsewhere. My only sibling is a sister. (I'm a heterosexual guy.) I'm also highly educated. Need a heterosexual, female partner who (like you) is willing to homestead and work hard. Since love is two or more people struggling to become one, my Ms. Right has to be open minded enough to learn my comprehensive, new social science. Last but not least, she should share my brand of ugly. I will attach a photo or two. If you are still in need of a partner and interested in me, please send a photo to me, davidhuttner@yahoo.com.
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Hi,my name is MARQ i live in Indiana i was looking at your add and was wondering if your offer is still open.i am new to this website but i have worked a 40 plus horse ranch as a working supervisor but i can function as a team to create balance, to make things work you have to be part of whats going on, the situation dictates what has to happen and the situation would be working on a homestead and how to take care of it and be reliable neighbors and work together,if your interested my email is (marqzblewski@gmail.com) all lower caps.  
 
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Well how has it worked out?
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Are you still seeking a partner?
 
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Whoa--I hadn't realized this post was still out there.  What a great response from so many interesting people!  I ended up finding a great partner on here right after posting this original post, and we're still going strong.  I originally had been looking for another female roommate (I had no desire for a "significant other"--just a farming partner) but ended up hearing from a Permie guy I'd kinda been following on the forums because he seemed to really know what he was talking about.  We ended up moving the whole operation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan because it's just too dang hot for us in Southern Virginia--we both prefer cold weather to hot.  When he had first arrived in Virginia, he moved into another house on the farm, right next door to mine, so we were neighbors, farm partners, and best friends, and a couple years in, we got married.  We're still farming together, still going strong.  Never dreamed I'd find that on Permies.com!  Turns out, if you meet somebody on here, they share the same life goals and interests as you, so that's already half the battle in meeting a soulmate.  I should take this post down now, but I'll leave it up long enough for everyone who asked about the arrangement to see the answer.  Thanks everyone for your interest, and happy farming!

Karee

 
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That's awesome, Karee!  
 
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