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Hildegard Bogart
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Hello Greta! Very exciting dreams! I love it. My two favorite things...gardening and theatre, all in one place! Wow. I would love to know. Do you have room for another person? I am 50...don't smoke, drink or drug. I am currently employed but would consider relocating .
Illumination1098@gmail .com is my email address.
I look forward to hearing from you!
 
Logan Flores
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Hello, my family and I are long time overdue to find a community where we thrive. We are grandly inspired by Sensei Masanobu Fukuoka. Our hearts belong to the soil and to the earth. We feel eternally bonded to the health of the natural world. We practice no till agriculture, vegan diets, culinary mastery, expanding our knowledge daily, learn about our local surroundings (from bark to fungus), stretch and practice kung fu. Do you think we may be able to collaborate on future projects?
 
Alisa Esposito
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Hi Greta,
I am interested in communicating with you more about your ideas and plans. Please visit our farm's website in the meantime. www.sparkrootfarm.com I look forward to hearing from you!
Alisa~
 
Leisa Brown
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hello Greta I really love your post and I'm very very interested in talking with you. my name is Lisa and I live in Charleston South Carolina. I live in the suburbs and I very much want to live a rural life; I always have.

please email me at leisarobyne@hotmail.com.

I am 51 years old and I am very hard worker and a great cook. I'm currently a bookkeeper but I don't like the rat race town that I'm living in and I really would like to get back to nature and get my hands dirty.

Thanks! Leisa
 
David Amos
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Location: Charlotte, Winston-Salem North Carolina
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I would be happy to help you work sometime. I am looking for about 5 to 10 acres in the mountains right now. Winston Salem NC
 
Steven Hall
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hi greta,
sorry i have not been following your thread closer, i wrote you about the b&b idea. i would love to come visit and look around. sadly i have no real experience, just a dream about a simpler life. i am a fireman in nj and a hard worker. sounds like an aweasome opportunity.
 
barb taylor
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Good morning Greta,

I just joined the Permie forum after attending the prepper online summitt this past week. I have been prepping for a while. About 10 years. My husband and I live in rural Virginia ...about 6 counties east of you. I am 54 and he is 48........We both enjoy camping and in fact are headed to Unicois State Park (Helen Georgia), the 3rd week in June this year to camp at a family reunion.

On our way either down or back.......we would love to stop by and visit with you for a few hours. Maybe meet for coffee in town or whatever is convienent to talk about mutual interests....Permaculture, homesteading, gardening, crafting, canning, preserving, mountain music, being prepared, just whatever......

I used to live in Jiles County, Virginia above you in the Blue Ridge.......in fact at the bottom of Mountain Lake. I was a banquet chef there and lived in a cabin. These days i mostly work at home chopping wood for our stove, gardening, sewing, cooking, preserving and studying about natural medicines. I am an avid believer in raising or wild crafting ones own herbs and plants for use as medicine. I have gathered a nice library of resource information.

To the point........Rob and I want to eventually re-locate or establish a retreat site in the mountains of Virginia.......maybe somewhere in the Pine Mountain Ridge or the foot hills of the Appalachias. Rob works for the DOC and their are 2 good possibliites for employment in or near that ridge system. WRSP and ROSP.

You seem to have a desire to establish a "community of sorts" at your farm. We have skills and a desire also to farm, be close to God and nature, and live a peace filled and secure life filled with love, laughter, hard work and satisfaction. With good God fearing people around us who share the same lifestyle and approach to thriving and surviving the way nature intended. contact us if interested in talking in the future..........barb in brunswick.
 
Robin Stewart
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Location: Morgantown WV
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Hi Greta, I'm up here in Morgantown. I love your vision. Do you invite people to come and visit? I am currently in a state of change and working on knowing where the change leads. Enjoy your beauty!
 
Patrick Hautrive
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Location: Lannion Brittany France
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Hello to all, I found this discussion very interesting and nourishing. I am from France and I had to look where the Appalachian are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_Mountains I did not sleep all night searching for Permaculture communities around the world, but I am happy to engage in the discussion with you here, waiting for the Sun to rise again...

I have also deep rooted the idea and the wish to share life and project with like-minded people, and it is already a long journey to arrive to the step of sharing for free, just for the pleasure to be, and it might only be just the beginning. Nature, wild life, the elements, the connection between the ground (soil), the plants we grow (seeds) and the food we eat and share (soul), are great for contemplation and fulfilment, and an endless learning, but sharing good life with others, being truly understood and cared for, being able to interact simply and directly, make the "dream" even better and more enjoyable, it is like the joy of being together, being more than one, or reaching the oneness in the many... I wish you Greta and all listeners and other practitioners the best in life, Peace, Love and good food

My understanding of communities is not too much of goals (everybody need to be sufficient in one way or another, eat, drink and sleep), nor practices (we are all the fruit of the environment we living in and taking care of the sea we swimming in is essential, preserving the branch we are sitting on, and the resources that sustain us in a daily basis is a priority for everybody, for now and the future generations too), but the land is important because it enables to settle and grow one's roots (it is not a question of who owns the land but rather if one can invest, create and participate and make flourish this land). The people are also important because it gives to one individual the extra dimension of humanity. I understand many are looking for the right place to be, and a few are willing to host some other, and there is kind of a bridge missing, and this bridge is to be happy together, to love one another. There is a lot of mistrust, uncertainty and fears that are "embedded" in our so called modern society, and most are still blinded by the false light of modernism and its compelling competition, that we don't even see no more the beauty of our environment and the preciousness of our fellow people. I practice Buddhism, and I learn through the lecture of the Dharma, that there are more in life than working all week to hold a fake suit that doesn't even fit, that the peacefulness of the mind, its clarity in the present and the understanding or the wisdom it provides, are much more of goal than being alike the "idol" on TV that we know better than our own neighbour. This bridge is the compassion for ourselves and the other living beings, the other ourself we can see with our eyes and our heart, that are not so different, just maybe with another vehicle, at another position, in another situation, but basically the same conscious living being trying to survive and experiment love in a great conscious living world.

People are kept in loneliness and stress, in ignorance and rage, from childhood to the grave, for the purpose of an unreachable and imaginary progress, and for the benefit of some unknown privileged, and it is not easy to open our eyes, to refuse the consent, to pass the distress and to replace the conditioning with new and more reliable passions, it takes lots of time and courage, then people need to know themselves and learn how to communicate and find those others that they can communicate with, and these are not easy tasks, when everything is made for compliance, distractions and illusionary urgent manufactured goals. This is where the bridge of light and love is required, to meet at last our humanity, then people need to relearn the good practices to be in harmony with their environment (because this was known by the past generations but was lost while going in the city for success), and then people need to cross again the bridge to show others the way they have discovered in order to bring more people to the truth and diminish the insanity of our civilization. Because we are all connected and our own lives is dependent of other's. To do so, we have to find the way to break the loneliness that separate us, to give to the other ones what we have and what is good, nourishing the other, not only with kindness and peace, but also with some pleasure and useful things, filling the gaps that are between a possible relationship, waiting for the rare moment of openness when true and unbiased communication can occurred... We don't have to wait for the extreme to happen and react in the urgency, we can softly act in our every day life and be as transparent and as kind as we can be...

The bridge metaphor implies that there are two sides, and this is where the transition skills are needed, like holding one end with one hand and the other with the second. The transition process works by iterations, tries and errors, and requires to be able to step back if needed, especially when something went wrong or doesn't please someone, starting small and betting on what is well known and works well allows to experiment and go further. To keep the motivation to continue forward, there must be some satisfaction along the way, shared satisfactions, maybe not always for the same reasons, but satisfaction for everybody, a yield per say in a Permaculture way. And this notion of satisfaction or positive relationship becomes the bridge itself, what puts people together, what keeps them together, what makes them want to be together, in freedom and in respect, with responsibility and aware choices. Like the bees playing together and sharing the same honey, caring for each other, insatiably filling the void of loneliness and misunderstanding with the golden liquid of mother earth. Regenerating the fertility of the land, and keeping the flow of the resources on site, are creating indeed real wealth, but isn't the true wealth, just the quality of the relationship and the well-being of all the participants in the ecosystem ? Working with nature is accompanied it the way it likes and prospers, and isn't it the same with people, with consciousness and moderation ? Asking what is the gift I can offer you to be happy and in peace...

Anyway, the Sun has rose again here and the birds are singing, I will go out in the sky, refresh the water and give them some seeds, I wish you all well, and would be happy to get news from your project...
Blessings, Patrick from France
http://hautrive.wordpress.com


 
Susan Pruitt
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Location: North Carolina, USA Zone 7b
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Hi folks, I'm also a single woman, no children, looking for a community (I think I live in Greensboro, NC and bought a tiny house on a 2/3 acre lot 2 years ago with the intention of reducing my dependency on money and modern society. Yuhl Gibbons was my celebrity crush in the 70's but I got sidetracked into mainstream lifestyle until now (still clinging to my late 50's I'm a dichotomy in that I'm friendly and social and generous and giving - half the time - then I need to balance that with a lot of alone time. Tried marriage twice but learned I just need to live alone. But now that I'm trying to create my little urban homestead I'm finding it a bit lonely and tedious to do everything myself. I'm strong and healthy and mostly self-sufficient as a jack of all trades (from rehabbing my old house in Baltimore to digging a 1500 sq foot garden and building a 500 foot privacy fence (posts in concrete and all) by myself. I've always grown the typical backyard garden of tomatoes and bush beans but just started studying permaculture and planning to get off the grid. Planning to bring in some chickens this spring! Only thing is, I'm a lousy cook so I would LOVE to have a companion/partner who enjoys food prep. I owned a rental house in Baltimore and liked landlording, and have thought many times about having enough land to build a few cottages to rent as writers' retreats (I enjoy hostessing). In summary, if I found one or a few gentle, like-minded people to share some land, fireside chats, and work on projects together, but have my own place, I'd sell this house in a heartbeat. I have a strong attachment to the southeast as I grew up here and love the zone 7-8 climate, hate cold weather and prefer rolling hills terrain, but I'm not a traveler so there might be many other equally pleasant locations I'm just not familiar with.

Whew! Just thought I'd throw this out there to the universe to see what happens I would LOVE to hear from any North Carolina homesteaders to compare notes.

Best regards,
Susan
 
Rusty Shackleford
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Location: Tidewater Virginia
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Hello Greta,
Sounds like you have some interesting ideas, and the right approach (through 'phases') to make your desires a reality. While my perceptions of ownership are pretty unilateral, I'm trying to educate myself more about eco- and intentional communities to see what kind of happy medium could be reached for my family to be surrounded by like-minded individuals, but not have limitations imposed about property that is technically ours. I've scouted out some books on the subject so far, but haven't gotten them through inter library loan just yet. Here's one, and you'll find some others in the 'related' sections
Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leafe Christian
We like to visit Floyd County as often as possible. Rolling hills, a friendly atmosphere, and a few nice places to eat are the things we enjoy there. I worry about it developing as people flock to it for their annual music festival. There is still pretty severe poverty that keeps it at bay for now though. Perhaps when we are out that way we can swing a little farther and pay a visit!
Cheers
 
dakota Varen
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Location: Bc most of the time
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Greta,

Hello hello,

My name is Dakota, I know you posted this a while ago, but if you are still looking to build a sort of community what you have to offer sounds amazing. I would have sent you a private message.. but im rather new to this site and havent figured out how to work it !

Anywho, here is a little blurb about me and my boyfriend; iWe`re youngster newbies who have gotten deeply .. well obsessed to be honest with trying our best to work with nature instead of against it. we originate from Canada though we are often found running around on different continents. This will be my partners and I’s 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 me and my partner the opportunity of trial and error and with being able to constantly meet knew people we get some many different insights and ideas from some truly brilliant people.

And though our hearts love the traveling life, we have started 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, brewing beer, baking, working with materials found locally for building( eg , clay, hay,wood cow poo.. what have you ),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’.

We joined this site in hopes of finding something like what you are offering and would love to talk more if any of the stuff we talked about seems to interest you!
Hope all is well!

dakota & Vincent
 
Brock Samson
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Hi, my name is Jason Horton. Iam 30 yrs old married and have a 4yr old daughter. My family and I are looking for a small farming homestead to come on and live off the land. We are very down to earth and hard workers, I myself have great survival skills and a plethora of other skills that would be of great use on a homestead. PLEASE email me at roscomerrywethr84@gmail.com.. Thank you kindly we eagerly await your responce.
Jason Jessica and Autumn Horton
 
Onica Hanby
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Location: Appalachian Trail
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I don't know if you are still on here but we would be interested in talking with you. We are currently in VA until the 23rd and then will be up in PA for a few weeks. Husband is hiking the AT but we are looking for our next adventure when he is done in September.

You can check us out at http://www.thepeasanthousewife.com
 
Jessica Gosney
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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Hello Greta,

I know this post is way late related to the time you originally posted your idea. I would love an opportunity to speak to you more about all of this. You wouldn't happen to be going to the Whippoorwill Festival in Berea next weekend, would you?
 
brie gabbard
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hello greta (: my name is brie. I am 19 and my boyfriend is 21. We are artists, anarchists, guerilla gardeners, and passionate about living a moneyless lifestyle that is good for the earth. We met while traveling without money and had not found anyone on a similar jouney. i was inspired by the life and blog of daniel suelo (you should look him up when you get the chance (: )
The money free, nomadic lifestyle has really been great, we have enjoyed traveling together, starting gardens on sidewalks, empty lots, parks and anywhere possible! spreading art and giving gifts..
but we have found out that i am three months pregnant..
unfortunately this means we must give up our nomadic lifestyle, because the government system does allow for such flexibility in child raising..
we have been looking high and low for a permaculture commune or some one who needs help on the farm who will let us be there for no money, but possibly allow us to stay if we work hard?
i am fairly knowledgeable on plants and permaculture, herbal medicines, and many other things. i am young though and there is a lot i can still learn, which excites me. there hasnt been many opportunities for me to learn from experience, so i think helping you out would a very good way for me to get hands on experience. My boyfriend and i both love being outside, and working hard. nothing makes me happier than interacting with and observing the cycles of nature.
we would be happy to come live on your farm (you dont even have to let us in the house, we enjoy being outside..psst i know how to build cob houses / earth ships) and help you take care of the earth
please please get back to me on my personal email briethebee@gmail.com i would reallylove to hear from you!
 
asha nolter
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Location: Huntingdon PA
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Greta, your aspirations sound wonderful! My family and I would love to join you, maybe we can chat. Please send me a message… looking forward to hearing from you!
 
Alicia Donathan
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Location: Missouri
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Greta, are you still looking for people to live and work with you?  We are potentially interested.  We are a family of 6 (mom, dad, 4 kids ages 6 and under). 
 
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