alex powers wrote:Hello!
My husband and I and our 2 year old have purchased almost 30 acres. We are currently renting out for extra income until we can create our vision. It will be paid off in Dec 2015 when we will be able to get more involved financially in our building efforts but in the meantime we have done a few things and are working on more.
We would like to invite others out to our land in exchange for a piece of land to build a house / or park your house, a place to grow your own food, do your own thing... I imagine other spaces where others could do their own thing and somehow we would all come together and share and trade and help each other out... I would like it to all be off the grid and others can have either tiny homes / campers / rvs or wofati, etc (hard to find type houses)
What would the monthly rent be? Are you offering co-ownership, like a sort of rent to own?
I'd be interested in setting up a canvas house tent, which would be very low impact.
- The land is perfect for wofati as it is hilly - I do not want to have to pull permits for building anything. The area is surrounded by mostly farms or recreational land, population is about 50 households in the town. You are allowed to build farm type shelters without permits and anything associated with farm business. The Shenandoah / Blue Ridge mountains can be seen from the land.
What part of Virginia (VA) are you in?
So far we have made an outhouse and started a second one. We cleared a path down to the creeks and have started to burn the left over wood that was cleared in our wood stove. After the land was cut over, it was planted with 40k pine trees. There are several creeks with little fish swimming around. Lots of wildlife around, deer, turkey, TONS of rabbits...
Do you have water rights?
Before we bought the land, we had a house on 10 acres where we had chickens, quail, turkeys, guineas, goats, a cow, and dogs. We grew a huge garden that we were able to sell / trade for other items we didn't have. In our dealings we also were given a week old baby calf for free that we nursed and grew to a full adult. We learned a lot about what to do and what not to do...We updated the house and were able to sell the house a few years later for more money and the profits from that we were able to put down on some land and finance the rest.
Do you still have this same livestock?
Here is a link to the craigslist ad that has some pics: http://richmond.craigslist.org/wan/4921632701.html
Any more updated recent pics since this post expired? Facebook group?
... A place he can be homeschooled / unschooled with other children and other adults that have knowledge to share.
I have a 3 month old son who I'd like to unschool as well.
I've heard Paul's audios about intentional communities and how 90% fail when too many people have too much say. The communities tend to work better when the community has some type of leadership with structure vs disorganized chaos. I have a vision, a plan and hope I can lead others to this vision and in the end everyone can be happy Call me crazy but, I think something like this could work if everyone really wants it and is willing to work hard to create it. If you build it, they will come....
I think there are definitely pros and cons to having input from everyone, but the bad seeds are in my opinion the ones who cause more cons.
Egalitarian systems seem to gain a lot of traction i.e. as with Acorn, Twin Oaks, etc.