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Developing intentional community & researching ideal towns/areas

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I'm in the beginning stages of creating a micro sustainable live/work intentional community that serves many eco purposes. My vision is to purchase a house with agricultural acreage (Minimum of 5 acres) or just land & develop a team of permaculturists/farmers/natural builders to grow the community. The community's goal is to utilize the land for multiple opportunities as below. I found several areas in NY that possess property/acreage within my budget, also below. Any feedback on these areas and/or suggestions for other cities that fit my basic requirements are greatly appreciated.


-City/Neighborhood will have a decent to strong labor/economic market that's not dependent on one industry for mass employment. Economically depressed ghost towns will be avoided

-Taxes not extreme (Agricultural zoning)

-Progressive city/neigborhood with open, diverse views & not heavily religious

-Permaculture; Solid farming soil & longer growing seasons for community/CSA/farmer's markets/local restaurants

-Decent & growing green-friendly population with several organic veggie/fruit markets. Local & ease of commute to farmer's markets

-Zero to friendly zoning/building codes to build multiple green tiny homes, straw-bale, yurts, clay, etc on land (without permits, septic required, etc). Subdivided allowed to sell/lease plots of land to members

-The land must be no further than 30 minutes from the nearest town. The intentional community has to attract like-minded people & the members will also need to work outside of the land, so businesses/shopping can't be too far away

I understand this is a lot to ask esp given the budget, so many good areas will lack a few requirements on my list. So far, the cities/areas below seem to have some good land options. Any suggestions appreciated.

Ithaca (Nice but not really in my budget of under $200K)







Murray Isle

Mohawk Valley









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Hey Mitch,

I've always wanted to start an intentional community of my own (or at least be a part of one), so I thought I'd wish you luck! I wish I could help you with ideas for towns. I live in Connecticut where land prices are very high.

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