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Greetings, I am 64 years old and am day-dreaming of creating an interesting post-9-5 job-lifestyle.

What interests me is a subsistence farming, semi-retirement community.

Of course, I'd rather it not be a generational ghetto, but for starters, building a retirement village or household for people who want to live simply, and want to participate in their own care and care of others, for as long as possible, ie. growing our own food, creating a micro-enterprise, cooperative, light carbon footprint, cheese making, horse and buggy, weaving, crafts, etc. building permaculture expertise. 

Not my parents retirement, though it was a good experience for them in the 90s -- not that high rent, high expense independent living complex with thick-carpeted, empty hallways, and endless leisure, but where one could be employed for part of the day, if one chose, in the care of self and others, a place where one's needs were met simply, and like cohousing, allowed space for friends and family to visit. 

I will have an EXCEEDINGLY modest retirement income [if things don't fall apart altogether, the economy, peak oil, climate change and all] so I'm looking at lower cost building, maybe NOT for the ages.  For example, strawbale rooms with floor heating, metal roof as catchment for rain, outdoor summer kitchen,  etc.

Perhaps this might be a zoning, insurance nightmare, oh well.  Perhaps it could be a venture for some farming operation interested in diversifying.

Does this idea peak anyone else's interest?
Cheers, Littia
 
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Sounds like you want to participate in 'shared housing' and not just build your own cottage on someone else' land - Marina Phillips was talking about her vision of setting up a shared housing community on her land.  If she doesn't see this post you may want to look her up and start a private dialog or invite her to post back here. 

I love the idea ♥ for those that just want to live out their golden years and don't need to pass on property/home to their children - I think either building a small cottage near the main-house or maybe adding a wing to the main house is ideal.  Of course all the details would have to be worked out, but it's a super idea.

I too, hope to 'retire' into a homesteading situation.  While I want like minded community I will need my own place and my own space because of my handicapped son.  But if I didn't have the responsibility of children I would be thinking just as you are.

Best of luck to you as you pursue your dreams!

 
                              
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Thank you Jamie,  I've looked her up and joined her circle at Hand Spring Farm.  I am a fan of fermented vegetables, so I share that enthusiasm with her, among other things. Best to you too!
 
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I think elder care and childcare go together fairly naturally, almost as well as hydroponics and aquaculture. A moderate number of people together would improve the chances that the group of elders includes some young enough to help care for the very young, and that the group of children includes some old enough to help care for the very old.

I've seen elders and children work together beautifully on tasks like tending plants and preparing food. The pairing of energy and patience, forethought and creativity, eagerness and experience can be nothing short of amazing.
 
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I really like the idea and to narrow my vision, I'd like to team up with others who shares similar goals of sharing our land and workload in raising, growing, consuming and selling our products. Let me elaborate:
Presently,  my husband and I live in SW WA and own a hobby farm, where we raise chickens and sheep.  Beside that, we also our own produce and we have berry and fruit orchard.  We love what we do, but anyone living a similar life style knows  it ties you down.  What I envision is acquiring a parcel large enough to subdivide down into a lot for each member so everyone owns their own property BUT we share the workload of running the farm and any added value products.
If there's interest, let me know 🍓🍒🧀🥚🐂🐄🐐🌷🌻
 
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Hey Anat where in SW WA are you located?

We are looking to do very similar things in your area.

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I am lookiing for other maybe over 6o  Permies who like to share land in a very quiet mostly wild valley with too few trees.Halfway San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield in California. I like  to propagate and plant trees and grow food in permaculture way. We are building a strawbale structure right now but I live in a trailer.In hot summers can sleep under the stars (great for most of us) and in winter it gets cold at night, but it goes with the most sunniest places on this globe. Community center 2 miles from here and most neighbors are in the distance, i also like to example or inspire visitors that come here and practice my Acupuncture and Herbal medicine as I have done for 30 years but now the permaculture way.I have good solar pumped water and I planted 300 trees these last three yrs. One can see here for 9 miles, so relaxing for the brain.
 
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I, also, would like to find a living arrangement with other permies.  I am 65 and although I am willing to pitch in, there are lots of tasks that I can't accomplish on my own.  Many times this fact keeps me from doing things the "permie" way, because I have no one to help out with it.

I would appreciate it if all you permies who are thinking of ways to come together keep me in the loop.  The permie retirement sounds great!  But I think it is true that it is best to have all ages because everyone has something to offer.

I do have 2.5 acres here in west Texas that I would be happy to share if some folks and I could work out a situation that works for everyone involved.  Of course, it is very dry here and windy.  But I do have some rainwater catchment with gutters and I really want to have grey water system.  I have some vegetable beds and berries started.  I am trying to start Mexican Marigold to combat bind weeds. I have lots of room if any builders could come and build tiny houses, chicken tractors and etc.  

I know if it challenging to work out a system that is fair to everyone and consider all viewpoints.

I am interested in spirituality, if anyone would want to join me in meditation, yoga or study of the Divine.  

I agree with the idea that the more folks working together the more we can accomplish in less time in and be able to enjoy life.

I will be happy to have a purple mooseage or email me at barbann3@gmail.com
 
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