I've wondered about this topic for a long time. I am married with children, we both have jobs, kids have friends in neighborhood, mortgage, fruit forest, family nearby,etc. We aren't moving. However, I often have extra fruit trees, and some skills to share. It think it would be fun to connect with a community, contribute and have some satellite version of sharing with that community.
How have you seen successful ways in which intentional communities can include satellite members who don't actually live there?
YES...this is a huge part of the community-scale permaculture concept..it is definitely not just about the people living onsite..we interact with loads of people who live in the area, we serve as a hub and offer services to community at large like bulk food buying club, group seed & bare root purchases and bulk animal feed..
many of our volunteers and community participants have been coming to dacres for years..they help with gardening and dishes and we share potatoes and campsites.
families come use the trails, playground, and library...visiting to spend the afternoon as a public facility...
it is like a combo of all the social clubs and business clubs such as masons, ymca, grange but with a farm based community concept...
I don't live anywhere near New England, but I think this is a really profound way for millions of families to connect with permaculture in all its aspects even if they have challenging jobs and urban lifestyles. I love hearing about different formats of how this is done.