Audrey Barton wrote:Seeing as how you haven't checked in since mid-April, ... well, that's a bit concerning. I'll keep an eye on this thread, awaiting your glorious return.
Krystina Szabo wrote:Jude, Elissa and Audrey: Just checking in to let you know that my concept is not as grand as Noah’s. It doesn’t even need to be one big thing. It can be neighbors who are dedicated to being there for one another, to sharing some larger chores, vacation chores, equipment (I have it all to share), etc. Rather than five families having to get five of everything and do five of everything, more like a cooperative and less like a commune. As simple as I grow all the melons and you grow all the beans. I’ll till your garden, you start veggie seeds in your greenhouse for me. You feed horses when I need to see my parents, and we can all go riding. And you keep an eye on my place and I keep an eye on yours. You know, like in “the olden days.” Like a community, but not necessarily a commune, with rules and hierarchies.
I’m fine all living on the same property, too. EXCEPT that I know that nobody has the money for the infrastructure. And who wants multiple people on a mortgage? That is scary. That’s why the BIG THING doesn’t make sense to me. A lot of little things, adjacent or close by, are SOOO doable. BUT: when you get to a BIG PROPERTY and BIG INFRASTRUCTURE you can really get into trouble. One person doesn’t keep their fiduciary responsibilities, and everyone loses. This is REALITY. I’m not into Fantasy Island stuff. IF you could find someone with a large property with multiple dwellings who would be willing to lease, or to sell in contiguous pieces, that would be great. I might be able to afford a larger acreage, and you might only be able to afford a home on the property. Unequal is fine as long as we can all participate to the best of our abilities. I can do about 20 acres and a house and a barn, with current prices. I have EVERYTHING as far as equipment goes. Who else has something to contribute? That’s where I’m at. I might be able to find with 2 separate dwellings or possibility to add a 2nd, but that’s my financial limit.
All the Ecovillage and Commune stuff is great, but HOW is it financed? I am not willing to put myself at financial risk for people I am just meeting now. Most of the people who are soooooo excited to “join a movement” have NOTHING to offer financially, and just expect someone else to foot the bill. And that someone else to also do all the planning. And the someone else to do the same amount of labor, though they put everything they had on the line. To be “FAIR.” And the excited ones can just walk away whenever they feel it “isn’t fair,” and then where is the someone else left?
With that being said, NOW who is interested in getting together? I can only offer potentially one additional dwelling as well as my own, but I am not a charity. I will participate and share whatever I can, but I expect something in return. NOW who has SOMETHING TO OFFER?