Wesley johnsen wrote:i have noticed that the communities movement is picking up. my question is will there always be places were people that dont want to live in community be able to still live more secluded? also what do you people think about small second home getaways?
Yes, loads of people do this. I appreciate Diane Leafe Christian's attempts to pin down definitions for "ecovillage" "intentional community
" "commune" etc. But I have seen that in practice the lines can get pretty blurry, sometimes people wanting a holiday home buy a house in an ecovillage (if they aren't there 90% of the time can they expect to be fully involved in decision making?). Sometimes people with a weekend home declare themselves to be communities or even ecovillages! Some are optimistic, have high hopes for the future, some have delusions of grandeur, some are making a financial investment by attempting to push up house prices in an abandoned village
It's fine to have a second home getaway, but any permaculture
you do there will be fairly hands off, low maintainance, low production. Fruit trees
etc. It's also good to recognise that living full time on the land
may not be practical for everyone. Some clever entrepreneurial people may be able to sell enough
vegetables, work online, organise festivals, sell PDC
's (ikk!) etc. to make the money they need to invest in chainlink fence
panels, tools etc. but others might find taking a job
in the city
for a time is a more reliable way to make money. Having more people involved does help a lot here, allowing someone to leave for work or vacation time while others take care of animals and gardens.
John Seymour once said something along the lines of "use the land as productively as you can or get out of the way and let someone else do it". A country house and land used purely recreationally is elitist. If there is a long term plan, being semi absent is justifiable in the first few years, while harvests are still relatively low and sporadic. Many people around the world regard country houses as places for retirement
, and spend their active years working elsewhere but investing in the place which will feed
them in old age.
No man is an island. If you get a place for yourself, you will probably have at least some neighbours, and they will probably interact with you in some way.....maybe we need a concept of an "unintentional community"