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Richard Arzdorf
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Trying to keep the word circulating..... Extremely achievable and immensely potent Project to enhance and sustain the lives of many!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/128662422/the-eden-project-phase-1
 
Richard Arzdorf
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Doing good so far- we own 10 acres on 6 legal parcels. Still hoping people might want to be involved, such an exciting time, wouldn't want to have it all to ourselves!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Eden-Initiative/428186137344036?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
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Miles Flansburg
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Richard, where is this subdivision?

How much land is available? How much is it selling for?
Is it all tax lean sales? Isn't there a waiting period before you get clear title?
 
Richard Arzdorf
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The subdivision is in Graham County, AZ. No waiting period, no bidding, easy peasy. There are about 180 parcels in that subdivision alone, and I have a few others in other parts of Arizona I am working on as well. The Graham County area is such a gem because the 1+ acre parcels are on really neat hills, lots of terrain to them. I can find flat lots all over....
They're not for sale, the lots are mostly owned by one bankrupt company, and the taxes are owed back 10 years or more for some. Works out to between $850 for the flat (slightly flood zone) 1.07 acre parcels to $1200 for the big 1.5+ acre hill lots. We are looking at doing this in many places. Eventually we hope to subdivide a large agricultural tract and produce more food than before, while providing housing for many, many families.
We would love to have support! I am already a registered investor in the county, so I can just buy liens whenever I want. We could really use a real estate agent or someone who is better with buying out individuals who pay their taxes but will never use the land. Individuals have already successfully re-zoned their lots with the county, so our intentions of doing the same after acquiring the most we can easily and reasonably afford will be assured. I have lots more info.
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Two companies own most of this. taxes owed go back 10 years.
 
Richard Arzdorf
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This is our spread so far.... its really unique. The hill is about 50'-60' above the surrounding desert.
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Amethyst Clark
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Hi Richard,

My partner and I came across your ad and would like to know do you need help with anything aside from a real estate agent? What about caretakers, builders, organic gardeners, etc? We both have these skills plus we are energy healers. We'd love to hear more about it.
 
Richard Arzdorf
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HA! very much so- actual construction will start this fall, when the monsoons settle down and it cools off a bit. Biggest thing this fall are planting the desert hedge and prepping a desert food garden, and building the fences. The first acre will not require any mechanical grading, so we will be building there first. But the hill will need an equipment operator to fix a bit. That will need to wait until we finish the lawyerly stuff.... Check us out on Facebook at "The Eden Initiative" for more info and updates. We would love to have the support!
 
B. Snow
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Hi Richard,

Kudos to you. I find your project both ambitious and doable-very rare. You seem to have found the magic sweet spot between low cost of entry and easy path to growth.

I am into living off the grid, simply, sustainably and in cooperation with others. So your project appeals to me.

I am interested in talking to you about becoming involved in your project both as a resident as well as a facilitator. In a former life I was a real estate lawyer, and I also have direct living experience with cooperative communities (I formed 2 of them). I also have farming (I currently live on a working farm that grows seed for mail order sales) as well as construction skills. so I have a unique insight into what is needed to drive the project forward.

Please contact me at snowcrash@planetmail.com so that we can move forward on this.

~B.B.
 
LoriLeigh Crouch
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Any updates on land purchasing and planting?
 
Richard Arzdorf
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Yes, actually. We have basically spread across the entire northern part of the state, with large acreages along I-40 from Yucca to Sun Valley. Getting our legal non-profit status nailed down is a big priority right now. Tweaking our designs, building backyard prototypes and gathering a following of interested and involved people has been the activities lately.. It's really down to getting paperwork squared away for permission to build, now.. Our first actual community site has changed to Sun Valley, because it's much flatter, more accessible to people (being just a couple miles off the interstate), and much larger at 20 acres. Check out our facebook page and our website.

www.facebook.com/TheEdenInitiative1

www.theedeninitiative.altervista.org
 
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