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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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