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dakota Varen
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Location: Bc most of the time
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My name is Dakota me and my partner Vincent, are youngster newbie who have gotten deeply .. well obsessed to be honest with trying our best to work with nature instead of against it. We originate from the west of Canada though we are often found running around on different continents. This will be Vincent & mines third year ‘farming’ nonstop, usually spending the summers in Canada working on various farms and then the Canadian winter abroad where we might be able to farm somewhere else. We try to take this time abroad to learn about other climates, plants, ideas and lifestyles. As each year passes we find ourselves drifting deeper and deeper into permaculture principles. My first internship four years ago being spent on a large scale organic vegetable farm too now, finding myself farm sitting in the diverse rolling hills of Limoncito Costa Rica, on a farm that produces almost no waste and is working towards becoming completely self-sufficient. Being able to have worked on so many different farms has given us the opportunity of trial and error and with being able to constantly meet new people we get some many different insights and ideas from some truly brilliant minds.

And though our hearts love the traveling life, we have begun to really start thinking about starting projects of our own. Because yes working and helping change theses farms we’ve been on has been a dream but we always end up leaving at some point and never really get to see the full fruit of our time and energy.
We have contemplated the idea of buying land but traveling farmers aren’t the most well off and private land doesn’t really interest us that much. My partner and I are looking to start working towards building (or joining!!) a community centered small scale ‘farm’ ( for lack of a better term) . We want to help move a community closer to self-sufficiency by growing food, baking, working with materials found locally to build eco houses and alternative structures,brewing beer!! working toward having a free school; creating a learning space for people in the community to come share and learn from one another, growing a medicinal garden so people needn’t rely on pharmaceuticals, learning how to personally reuse the things we consume and not just send them AWAY & to treat natures gifts as exactly that and not as ‘resources’.

And this is where you guys come in the permies of the world!! Is there anyone out there who;
is looking to maybe start something along the same lines who might be looking for people to do it with?
Anyone who knows of a community/people who is already up to this stuff who might be looking for help ?
Anyone who has some extra space on their land who would be willing to let us do some of these things in exchange for some sort of barter be it work , food from the garden ect. ?

We dont have our hearts set on any part of the world in particular. We have worked in some very different climates so are very open to where . The most important thing to us is finding some like-minded people to do it with

We would love to talk more with anyone who might have advice or insight on any of these ideas as well.
 
Matu Collins
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Location: Southern New England, seaside, avg yearly rainfall 41.91 in, zone 6b
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Your vision appeals to me!

I'm curious about your free school idea. We've got a plan in the with us for something that might be similar
 
dakota Varen
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Hey Matu,

Thats great do you guys have something in production already? or same as us just have some ideas floating around. Either way we would love to speak more. there is so much other ideas that would have just left this post to long that we are also interested in. The Free School is a big part of it though. We have gotten into a lot of different kinds of natural building so thought it would be amazing to have a place solely devoted to being a learning space . So if people in the community or travelers, anyone really wanted to give a class they would be able too and anyone could come if they wish. FOR FREE. example, food production, music, building class, bee stuff ect ect .
 
Judith Thompson
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Hi,

I have some property in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 39 acres, dozens of apple trees, 3 springs, one big beaver pond, lots of maple and a house that I designed and built (wood stove, solar panels, both modern plumbing and a hand pump..). It's been sitting vacant while I was off getting a grad degree and traveling, but now I am fixing it up, with the idea that I could rent it as an eco-educational vacation spot. Stay tuned! Right now I am working on a Weebly site that would tell a person a whole lot more. I'm open to ideas and possibilites are pretty endless.. If any of this strikes a cord with you, write back. Jude
 
Camille Crawford
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Location: Toronto / Bracebridge Ontario Canada
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HI Dakota,

We at Cliffside Kindred are looking for people just like you and Vincent. The bonus with you and Vincent is the experience you would bring to our budding community. We are in central Ontario with 200 acres looking to grow a small community of great people, forest gardens, permaculture gardens, hugelkulture gardens, heritage breed animals (sheep, pig, chicken, maybe highland cattle), bees, maples syrup production, blacksmithing, pottery, alternative engergy, completely off grid. Currently we are 4 adults, 1 child with several interested couples we are talking with. For a little more information about us, please see our humble website: http://cliffsidekindred.blogspot.ca/2014/04/heathen-homesteaders-wanted.html

We are in Toronto at present and up to our land which we call Good Right Farm, back and forth working on the road access and beginning the fruit tree/bush planting.

Regards,

Camille
 
Judith Thompson
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Sorry, Dakota/Vincent. I realize I got off topic when telling you about my place in the UP. If you think this sounds like an option you'd like to explore short-term or long-term, let me know. Jude
 
Alisa Esposito
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I would love to discuss more with you! We are seeking as well. And taking major steps toward starting a field school.
Check out our website: www.sparkrootfarm.com
All the best, Alisa~
 
Camille Crawford
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Location: Toronto / Bracebridge Ontario Canada
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Hi Alisa,

Thanks for showing me your website. My first thoughts were that it is really well made and effective! LOL

What you are doing is fantastic. What are you seeking? Are you hoping to expand your community?

A field school sounds interesting. How will that work?

Camille
 
Dan Mangan
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Hey everyone. Just throwing our names into the mix. Susie and I are looking to form an intentional community. The free school strongly resonates with me. I will have a learning center for youngsters where ever I go. Maybe we can share information and keep looking for a place.
 
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