We are developing 31 acres half pasture half woodland using Holistic management nd permaculture as a base//we are also preppers so to speak as we want totally off the grid//already have some solar dug 3 ponds put up a high tunnel and tons more but would like to have others participate//plan on all tiny houses with the present residence as the community center solar at all houses for power etc. 10 additional people would be optimal//small private houses for everyone solar and R/O water to all/shared responsibility for farming and work load/forest farming for shiitake etc inc gingseng we have already invested around 150 grand so we are well along but need help both physical and financial to complete the project//NE TEXAS mild winter great growing not sprayed in 30 years high tunnel producing as we speak......SO LOOKING FOR PERMIE PREPPERS AND ADVICE//
Would have to be of similar ideas and able to get along///Presently my wife and I and 1 young man ////
Advise pleas and anyone interested in total self sustianability minimum investment of 20 grand and you are totally free//
Sounds like quite an adventure. I know there are a lot of angles to consider but I would focus lots of energy on establishing the guidelines of the community. I would listen to some of Paul's podcasts when he was talking about what kind of people he wanted on his land and the level of understanding they needed with his philosophy and approach. I would have an essential podcast, book, article list that best articulates your approach. It may take a long time, but I really feel the community aspect and what holds that group together is the biggest part of the puzzle. Just my thoughts.
It may take a long time, but I really feel the community aspect and what holds that group together is the biggest part of the puzzle.
I'll second that. I've never lived IN an international community, but I have lived AT a monastery, as a caretaker. So I've done a lot of reading, and I've got a little first-hand experience.
The personal stuff is almost the ONLY thing that matters. Think about this. What's going to blow up your plans and make members leave?
Is anybody going to say, "OK, that damn raccoon ate six more of my hens last night. F*** all y'all, I'm leaving." ?
Of course not. All of the practical aspects, people just cope with.
What drives people off is when they feel like they don't belong, like they're being used, like they're not appreciated, like it's not as promised, or a bunch of other "feels likes." That's what makes people decide they've got to change everything, they can't keep going like this.
So I'd say, if that's the area that's going to sink your plans, then that's the area that deserves your attention and energy.
There are lots of ways to pull this off. The successful ones I can think of involve a single authority figure, but I don't know if that's universally necessary.
Mike, I agree. I think people need to have a come ethos and common goals. I think a prepping community is an awesome venture, but if the group is just waiting for hard times, then I think there will be major issues. I would probably put prepping as the core foundation, but I would put some other foundations in that structure. I really like Robert Kiyosaki's (Rich Dad Poor Dad) triangle (you can google those terms) because there is always a lot of structure and support for any endeavor.
With that said, you cannot find a more "prepared for anything" property than a well designed permaculture property. Honestly, if I knew the world was ending, I would go see Sepp Holzer or Geoff Lawton because they have healthy land with lots and lots of layers of security.