In October of 2013, I started a thread here about egalitarian permaculture intentional community. A quick check revealed that, at the time of this writing, that post has the most replies in the intentional community forum. Granted, many of those are my replies to a core group in the discussion, so it's not really earth-shattering. In searching through the forums for that research, I saw that the land ownership in permaculture discussion had the next most replies. That's particularly interesting in that land liberation (liberation from monoculture/agriculture) is one of the most common limitations people express in people our group interacts with, and we've worked hard to come up with a model to solve that. But I digress.
The reason for this post is that, in July 2014, we purchased our first property, and the concept has begun to coalesce as a community. We consider it our first property because our community model is for an umbrella community with a network of small properties that community members can move between freely. Insular communities comprised of one large chunk of land foster social pressures we believe are unnecessary and avoidable. We continue to establish "nodes" in the are around our first property, and are slowly growing our membership.
Wild harvested grouse:
I would like to extend the invitation to check out our project to anyone interested in living life as close to the outer zones of permaculture--zones 4 and 5--as possible. In addition to our focus in using permaculture to create regenerative systems that allow us to avoid farms and feudalism, and move toward what Geoff Lawton has described as a hunter-gatherer fast-food system, we think our community has some attractive qualities. Rather than think of our community as a construction project with a greenwashed permaculture veneer, we take our connection to the land seriously. Our membership fee structure is based on each member pitching in enough money to buy them ~1/2 acre of land. As membership increases, we use the money to buy more land. As we buy more land, everyone in the community has the land they have access to expand. In 2015, we're able to keep the fee to about $2,000. How are we going to build roads and Earthships and buy excavators and diesel with that? We're not.
While in the forest:
Several folks affiliated with our group are active here in the forums, and I suspect they'd be happy to share further details, as would I. We recently launched a website at feralculture.com to give an overview of the project, and a [public and private] discussion forum at forums.feralculture.com where we collaborate on community development and moving toward wilder lives.