I have an idea for a website that could be very helpful for the permies community and I wanted to get some feedback on it.
The idea is to have a website that people who wanted to buy land for permaculture could go and find others who were looking to the same. The site would allow people to search for others looking for similar properties (location, climate, acreage, etc.). Once you found people looking for similar properties, the site would allow you to pool your money collectively to be able to purchase bigger and better properties that they wouldn't have been able to afford on their own. In this way, someone who could originally only afford to buy 5 acres could now be collaborating on a purchase with someone looking to buy 100 acres. As an example, let's say after pooling their money they are now able to afford 120 acres and can now collaborate on site development together instead of doing it all on their own. The site would also offer legal help in terms of signing documents dividing ownership of the land and whatnot.
I'm also thinking that the site could match people with no money who want to do permaculture with wealthy individuals who want to support permaculture projects. This would allow for more permaculturists to get started farming a piece of property and for people with money to benefit from owning a piece of property that produces healthy food for them and their family.
What do you guy think about this? Would you use this service?
Interesting idea. I would hope that such a website would also offer some guidance for setting up ownership structures and decision-making processes. Many, many projects where people buy land together fail because they 1) don't get along, 2) didn't think things through, or 3) didn't think where the $ was going to come from.