My husband and I are considering a move to the area and will be down (from Maine) for a visit the first two weeks of August. If you and your wife are up for a visit we would love to connect. my email is email@example.com
I really resonate with you post on so many levels! I am in the process of planning my move to Eastern TN. this summer/fall. You approach is clear, reasonable, direct and mater of fact, all of which I appreciate and practice myself. Your photo of your land is beautiful and the community sounds like it is really getting on it's way! I am heading out you way next week. I would LOVE to come visit you, the community and the land. It would be myself, my 15 yo and my friend. All of us are touring the area in search of just this type of community. We are nature loving, good hearted, hard working types with midwest values looking to start living the dream we have longed for. I really hope we can connect soon. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Here is my email as I see we both prefer that form of communication;
Currently my husband and I live on two acres in Alabama near the Appalachians. I come from a family of generational small farmers. I have been looking to join a group of responsible, ethical, considerate, conscientious, hard working and honest as much as one can be in a dishonest world. We both worked in technical field but I had to retire after a prolong respiratory infection that I contacted in the early eighties. I'm an oil and acrylic painter and graphene artist, writer, and sewist. I don't have to have a machine. I can make a full garment by hand. We've been gardening for twenty years a variety of plants and trees fruits and vegetables. I try to create green spaces for the animals. We need them. They don't need us accept in terms of respect for the land so they can feed and live alongside us. We don't have excessive habits. We don't have dependent children. Well his are grown and I never did. We have one dog named whiskey and she's fixed. She was an abandoned puppy we took in. We are clean and neat. We like music of all genres. My cup of coffee is the classical by Claude Debussey Claire de lune first thing in the morning. We read a lot for pleasure but these days to learn ways to live off grid. To be independent of the government tit. We're in our sixties. He's Haitian I'm African born in America. I love to cook and bake also and of late I'm learning to can and pickle. My mother and father were both cooks. We're good people and kind. No religious fanatism but I believe in the one true God and follow the ten commandments. We can operate manual and automatic vehicles. But neither of us know how to drive a tractor or run farming equipment. We both have some restoration and carpentry experience. Our house is nearly 150 years old and required a lot of work. We both love to learn new things. We're not immune to sharing the work load. We want to move onto a property with like minded people unafraid of the challenges facing us all but willing to solve problems as they arise. Not run from them or hide behind delusion. I've been looking since the early nineties. I might bring my 84 year old mother. She's not an old fart. She's an avid gardener and completely independent. We all practice fasting and eat only for energy. So we really aren't hobbling around. We can swap emails and even do a conference call. Hope to hear from you soon
Hi, I'm not sure if your message was for me or for the TN homestead, but you sound like great folks to live with and learn from. I don't eat meat and don't like dogs; no smoking or vaping; but it would be interesting to compare notes with you on skype or zoom!
I was replying to David of TN Homesteading about his search for several families that might be interested in homesteading on his property and working together to share or Co- work. I don't do zoom. But I will use signal. Have you also looked into homesteading there? Are you on signal or telegram? They both have video conferencing.
David Michael wrote:Hi all, I'm new to this forum and not the most frequent user of any kind of forum. After reading through some of the posts here, I'm wishing I would have come across this years ago. My wife and I have been homesteading on our own for years now. We wanted to work with others to ease the burdens and reduce the risks of working alone, but we never met anyone who would or could move to the country like we did, aside from being people we felt would be good neighbors. Progress has been hard, but we've built some infrastructure and gathered some resources on our land in Cocke County, TN. We have nearly 100 acres of rolling hills, mostly wooded, many beautiful homesites, 3 septic systems, 2 wells, springs and a pond. We are open to a variety of purchase / rent / lease / barter options. All we ask is that you have good values, ethics and morals. We hope to someday have a tight knit group of 6 or 7 families working together to provide for all our needs in a sustainable way. We have also developed ways to earn outside income if that is necessary for you. We do not have the means or the intention to pay any wages.
Some of the key issues I've seen discussed here are code restrictions, legal and binding agreements, and organic or sustainable living. This county has no codes or zoning. This State requires licensed installers of mobile homes. The county, state and federal EPA requires septic permits. I'm pretty sure there are no other restrictions. We insist on properly executed and legally binding agreements whatever they may be. We are adamant about healthy land and food for ourselves, but if you want to eat chemically enhanced tomatoes, we won't stop you.
We do have at least four like-minded neighbors with about 200 acres among them and significant resources of their own. We are not as 'close' as I would like to be, i.e. truly working together toward a common goal, but perhaps in the future...
hi there! if you are still looking for good help, please reach out. i'm up north but looking to move wherever for a good off grid fit/vibe.