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Freddie Orcut
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Location: New England
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Hello hello hellooooo peoples of the Permie world! I am looking for like minded people who I can help and who can help me grow. I don't have the funds to go big, so here I am at home! I would like to link up with people for anywhere from 30 days to 3 years depending on the circumstances. It is me, my fiance, my dog, my rabbits and fish. Rabbits and fish can be parted with but not my beautiful little boxer/terrier! I have had some big dogs and it is nice being able to make 50lbs of food last 6 months and still having the vet say the dog is perfect!

I am always bouncing ideas off of my fiance, dog and potatoe plant that hangs out in the window during this lovely winter eating all of the fish poop it desires from the indoor aquaponics system!
Back to the point! I want to buy land, build an earthen shelter with earthbags, barbed wire, sand and clay. Have a sweet roof that is alive with grasses and forrage for my chickens and rabbits. Build an awesome rocket mass heater with an ambient livingroom floor! I want rabbit hutches and small controlled underground colonies, chicken coops, several gardens and a food forest. A couple small farm ponds that produce protein fillets and feed fertile water to awesome swales as if I was on the ocean riding waves of veggies! I want mild winters so the greenhouse and cold frames can help me produce all year long!

I am 27 y/o, military background, beginner aquaponics, rabbit husbandry, and organic gardening. I am a college student for business/entrepreneurship and I would be looking for a location with nearby colleges.
I want all of the greatness you see above, but there is one problem. NO MONEY! AHHHH! The green that makes the world go round and stops me from growing green awesomeness from the ground! I am selling off some things to get a little money together. My motorcycle ( I am heartbroken even entertaining these offers )! Accepting my reality, at best I can furnish a possible 6 grand of expendable cash. That could be a down payment on a property leaving me stagnant in my efforts. So here I am, turning to the permie world for ideas and thoughts. With the right situation I feel I can sustain or even make this 6 grand grow rather than be spent.
I would live in VT, NH, ME, DE, KY, VA, NC, or TN if it was my choice. Born and raised in New England so I can handle the cold, however I want to be somewhere that the winter is shorter and good growing season is longer. I love Mountains, rivers, lakes, small towns, medium sized towns, I like most everything but a big city to live in.

Long story Long, I want to volunteer/intern/cohabitate/aprentice etc etc etc. My fiance and I are eventually going to change and save lives, and this is the crawl and walk phase before the big run phase of our lives! If you are a Permaculture newbie or a Permaculture expert I would love to tag along and make an exciting chapter or 2 in your book. If you are a hobby farm or small scale farmer I would like a couple pages or up to a chapter to gain some knowledge and lend an extra hand for projects.

All thoughts, ideas, etc are welcome and hoped for on this thread!
Thank you and happy harvest!
 
Jonnie Pahl-clan
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After reading this thread I am wondering if there are any Permies in the Edmonton Alberta area. This type of community is exactly what I am desiring for our clan's-farm-ranch-homestead. We are a family farm with the need for fellow-labourers-doers-finishers to build the infrastructure for this coming years crops, chickens, swine-cattle-sheep. Hoping-praying for new drivers to make 2015 a year to thrive!
 
katie rocque
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My husband and I are veterans in the IT field and were looking for land to start a homestead with the works. We'll have the best of both worlds!
Since our end goals are the same I think we'd make a good team to get $@!& done! However, we want to do that in Washington and we're moving from Virginia (a place on your preferred list haha) to do so.
Good luck!
 
Freddie Orcut
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Location: New England
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How has everything gone for you guys?
I am deep in the rat race currently, and sad about it!
Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Worms.. that is as far as I have gotten.
 
Ferne Reid
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Location: SW Tennessee Zone 7a average rainfall 52"
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I live in SW Tennessee ... there is inexpensive raw land offered here by a company that does a rent-to-own arrangement. That's how we're buying ours. They are the nicest people we have ever worked with and have bent over backwards to help us make things work.

Unfortunately, an area with cheap land usually does not offer much in the way of job opportunity, and that's the case here. There are jobs to be had, but they tend to have a lot of applicants for each job, and you have to have something that helps you stand out from the pack. One of my boys has been looking for months and still hasn't found anything.

If you'd be interested in exploring the area, we could host you for a short while in exchange for some labor. Note that we bought raw land ... no well or power ... so we are essentially camping here, and that's what you'd be doing if you come. I have a thread here that will give you a little more information.
 
Ellen Schwab
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I am looking for an apprentice/partner on my 171 acres in SE Ohio ~ where there is little snow and the winters are reasonably mild. If you decide to expand the geography, give me a shout.

Anyone else interested in farming in Ohio? Cattle, sheep, ducks, goats, geese and chickens, with room for more.

Ellen
 
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