Just wondering who might be in my region...from Lynchburg south to Danville east to South Richmond all the way to the North Carolina border above Raleigh.....
We have an 84 acre struggling farm that was once a semi-thriving intentional community...had nearly a dozen people there for a couple years but all drifted away over time
trying to rebuild to help out my female farmer friend who owns the place...It's in Halifax County Virginia and has lots of potential but it's too far from a Starbucks for more people.
I'm thinking the Homesteading...Permie...Survivalist...Foodie angles have just not worked.
Something like 95% of all Intentional Communities fail. Most of the entries in the ic.org database website are wishful thinking or defunct.
A few shing examples Do exist tho, like Twin Oaks and Earthaven
Twin Oaks is the epitomy of COMMUNE
whilst Earthaven is quite COSTLY...tho the neatest place I've visited.
Maybe the newest, most IN TREND angle to gain traction in a community is
The Tiny House Movement
I've seen several startups that quickly formed and succeeded
with maybe five or six people gathering together on land and forming a type of co=op if not actual intentional community
Anybody knowing of any good Tiny House Forums to explore this direction, would appreciate the heads up
of course I will do my own Googling too
also maybe a
Boondocking RV camp for retiree drop-outs???
the costs are EXTREMELY LOW...did I say EXTREMELY??
my female farmer friend really needs alittle help with a few animals and SOME help getting the gardens going
she has donkeys and a couple turkeys and rabbits nice small town is nearly 20 minutes away
would be perfect for either RVers or Tiny House practitioners with alittle of their own income
cheaprvtravel.com is one such forum site I believe I have that right and posted there in the past
looking for suggestions
looking for local Virginians either trying to do this also or looking for a place to settle
the conditions are NOT comfortable
it's HOT in the summer
COLD in the winter
limited electricity, phone and slow dial-up internet
just wanting to make contact
as things fall apart
making friends becomes more and more important
Good luck on your quest...Twin Oaks and Acorn might be really good choices...I've visited Twin Oaks...takes a certain kind of person to live and thrive in an environment like that...Twin Oaks Tofu business has taken the place of their Pier One Hammock business when I was there a good while ago...but the Tofu building was hard work, wet, slippery, heavy work...I'd love to hear an update. You gonna visit anytime soon?? They also had an odd Book Indexing Business...never heard how that was doing...Doesn't Acorn have that SOUTHERN EXPOSURE SEED EXCHANGE?? That business has been kicking butt...really took off...if I have the right place.
Most communities fail, over 90% but these have stood the test of time tho bad press creeps in every once in awhile.
I dont know how young you are but you will llearn alot about people, personalities, quirks, psychoses, power, dominance, submission, cooperation...the good and the bad about the human condition. The hope of changing the world is fading...being replaced by the hope of just finding a place that is livable and safe and some like-minded social adventurers.
Good luck. They might be perfect. If you get the chance you should visit EARTHAVEN in Black Mountain, North Carolina...320 acres, 60 people ...costly but there are some interning possibilities.
Can you smell this for me? I think this tiny ad smells like blueberry pie!