Driving around the country I see so many homes and acreages just going to waste. The houses are either abandoned because of loss of infrastructure in the community or maybe too tough to heat. Rocket Mass Heaters could fix the heating problem. Lots of permies might not need a regular job, with the right community, a good sized garden a few critters they would be set.
I remember driving by a sign somewhere near Atlantic, Iowa that the town would give you a free lot if you built a home in their community, new modular and doublewides were allowed.
I can imagine some communities would love to get some good families to help keep their little towns from dying. I guess the secret is finding each other.
Also I have seen older people here on permies offering land because they had more than they could take care of.
Mike Feddersen wrote: I guess the secret is finding each other.
I think you already found the key to the problem; we just need to find a way of connecting them- kinda like a dating site...
There already exists a platform similar to the concept being proposed: LandShare and SharedEarth. However, the specific niche to fill the gap we're talking about has not yet been filled on the web from what I can tell.
For starters, I think cities and townships could start posting ads for their opportunities in the Classifieds Section of newspapers, Craigslist ads, Facebook and YouTube ads, etc.