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Kasey Mire
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Location: Vero Beach, FL
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Hi all,

I am Kasey and my partner is Michael. We are currently working as "eco-caretakers" on a property in San Antonio, TX. We are looking to move on in the fall to a long-term situation.

We are really ready to put down roots and expand some of our experimental income streams. We are looking to do so with landowners or a community of likeminded folk, i.e. permies or people who otherwise have reasonable experience working with permaculture or holistic management techniques.

About us: PDCs in 2012 with Mustafah Al Bakir. Since then, have lived as enlightened peasants (to borrow a phrase from Darren Doherty) in FL and now in TX, passionately pursuing knowledge and practice in permaculture. We started out knowing nothing; now we know a bit, and we want to know so much more. We have beginner/intermediate experience with and would like to expand on the following things: "radical" mycology, holistic management, mob grazing, elaine ingham-style soil health (love studying microbes, have microscope, lots of room and desire for expansion of knowledge in this field), teaching children and adults, design and construction (chicken tractors, walapini, bunny complex, natural building, various garden designs, kickass compost toilet, to name a few), planting, harvesting, food preparation and preservation, dairy goats, cheese-making, rabbitry, herbal medicine. We have more experience with some of these things than others, but at least a bit of know-how and definitely interest in all.

What we need: Like-minded community, even if "community" means one other person or couple. Can't express this enough. By "like-minded" I do not by any means mean "the same," but I do mean people who enjoy planning and designing as a group, thinking holistically, communicating directly and often, collaborating constructively, speaking boldly, listening intently, and actively considering community needs/common goals at least as often as individual wants/needs.

What we offer: Deep commitment to continuing and expanding our knowledge and interests within permaculture. Desire to work full time towards that goal. Willingness to give up creature comforts while improving on such things. Drive to use this knowledge to create independent or shared income streams. Internal consideration, respect, courtesy for others. Honesty and integrity. Laughs and good conversation. A bit of musical entertainment. Travel stories.

Location desired: TX or CA would be our first choice. I am drawn to more arid environments because of my desire to reverse desertification using Allan Savory's holistic management techniques. However, we would consider any locale given the right circumstances.

Other: We have two dairy goats who are soon to give birth and to whom we are deeply attached. We'd really really like to bring them with us. We also have a very well-behaved dog who is accustomed to hanging peacefully with all manner of farm animals.

We're looking to move on in late summer/early fall. If you think we could be a good addition to your family or community, send me a purple mooseage or email me at kaseym85 at gmail dot com. Thanks for reading.
 
Amedean Messan
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Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
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Good luck! Just moved back to Florida after more than a few years living between North Carolina and the occasional trip to the Middle East.
 
Krystina Szabo
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Hi permie couple: I have a 200 acre farm in southcentral virginia. 90-foot hoophouse raised 4 feet, 60 acres pasture, the rest mixed wooded, creeks, pond. Verdant and gently rolling. Was going to sell and move to Michigan, but have all equipment to farm organically here. Possible 2bedroom home opening up. Or can put singlewide in greenhouse pasture. Have 3 men working with me on profitsharing. Would be interested in anything whatsoever, the more livestock and ideas the better. It is NOT dry here. It is wonderful grazing land. Great seasons, but mostly warm. Need references. Let me know.
 
Kasey Mire
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Location: Vero Beach, FL
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Sounds beautiful! Thanks very much for posting, we'll keep it in mind as we continue to explore options.
 
Krystina Szabo
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great. I wish you luck and happiness!!
 
Adam Troy
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Krystina-

See the forum thread
Anyone in or around Southside Virginia
under intentional community topic

where are you in Virginia
sandra's 84 acre farm is in Halifax County, north of the town of Halifax and South Boston
has donkeys and rabbits and an ebb and flow if poultry
has been rough...finding serious communitarians is very difficult
let alone trying to make any money with farming ventures of any sort now
has had Wwoofers nd HelpXers and ic.org people and even a thriving community that did last a couple years
maybe you and her should meet??
 
Krystina Szabo
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Adam: My farm is in Pittsylvania County, in Chatham, about 45 minutes from Sandra. We should definitely get together, as I am in the beginning stages of the Intentional community build, and we are practically neigh-bors. Thanks!
 
Mary Johnson
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I'm looking for some beginning permaculture farmers who seek mentoring and the opportunity to try out their own business in a supported homestead environment. I'm co-founder of Terra Genesis International, and teach permaculture at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts. I've been an HM trainer, and although the land here is not desert, could introduce you to a number of international projects where you could get involved and fulfill your desire to use HM to reverse desertification. Get in touch if you'd like to explore the possibilities here.


> Permaculture homesteading and business mentoring opportunity -Searching for 4 special talented caring people.
> We are searching for 4 individuals with an interest in collaborative homesteading or developing their own earth based regenerative business. The opportunity comes with the option of some consistent professional mentoring. Home/Landowner is offering a farming/permaculture business mentoring situation on a 6 acre homestead in Ashfield. Cost for the on-site residential option is $450/month but you keep all that you earn from your business to help offset this cost.
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> Applications are due Nov 15th. Send brief letter of interest stating why you are interested along with your resume to mejinwesternmass@gmail.com. There are 4 residential positions available, and participants will live together in a communal household and manage the 6 acres while working on developing their own permaculture/farm business with assistance from the landowner and the other participants. Non-residential participation is also possible.

The optional coaching can include business plan development, Holistic Management'TM, advanced topics in permaculture, marketing and hosting an onsite Permaculture Design Certificate course, as well as PDC teaching experience.

We are searching especially for someone with a passion for regenerative livestock rearing and beekeeping (have a FlowHive coming this month), someone who has experience and interest in culinary arts/value added products and medicinal plants, someone with gifts in marketing, farm based tourism and education. Also open to other innovative creative entrepreneurs with other interests.

People from diverse backgrounds and traditionally under represented groups highly welcomed.

> See photos and past experience on www.permacultureglobal.org -search for wrcinashfield and on Facebook at Watershed Resource Consultants.
http://wrcinashfield.wordpress.com

> > http://www.wethetrees.com an online crowd funding website for permaculture projects, and people needing help raising funds to take a permaculture design course, internship or project.
 
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