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Joshua Myrvaagnes
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Hey wordsmiths and geniuses,

How easy is this? I am pretty sure a permaculturist can show a million reasons why being gifted a house and land would allow them to be of service to the neighborhood and the world in an effective and beautiful way.

https://www.facebook.com/topic/Vevay-Indiana/109787319039809?source=whfrt&position=1&trqid=6193111136629269746

This is in Indiana. As far as I can tell it's legit, it was on Facebook (and I believe everything Facebook tells me.)

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Bump can a permaculturist please win this contest and permaculture the land and make it a little learning center for people on their vacations and show the neighborhood what can be done? please pretty please? Come on, at least ONE person from permies.com should submit! and maybe we can all chip in for the $199 if you don't have the cash. This is a leverage point!
 
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BUMP! $199 for a house is pretty good deal. I can't go any lower than this. Cause it's not my house, but seriously, folks, $199 for a house is good deal, right? I'll even write the essay! I just don't wanna move to Indiana or spend 199 I don't really have at this time.

Also, fun fact, Indiana was recently rated 49th worst state environmentally by someone. Could use a permie boost, no?
 
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Wow, that's a huge opportunity! And you'll even write the essay?! That's awesome! C'mon, who wants to permaculture-ify this place?!
 
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I see that it's on a river. Did you find out how many acres it is? I can't seem to find that info.

 
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The usual way this works- (and there is a pattern to follow) -so that ''the department of making you sad'' does not say this qualifies as Gambling

Requires the $199 to be surrendered with the essay - So the People disposing of this property can keep this going * until they have collected an

amount very close to the fair market price of the property ! All moneys surrendered with the essay become the property of the people in Indiana

running this ''Contest" !

There have been several BnB properties and rester ants disposed of this way in the New England region ! There is no free Lunch ! Big AL


*( all moneys sit in an escrow account drawing interest for the principles ! )
 
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So its a raffle at 199 a ticket ?
 
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Yes, it's a raffle, but not of chance, if the judges are reasonably influenced by the contestants' words to give the award to the best entry then it may go to the best contestant. If enough permaculture perspectives are represented in the entries then this may open up people's thinking.

As for acreage, I don't know, but the picture looked pretty spacious, and this is Indiana, not New York City or Boston at least. Let's assume it's about 1/2 acre from the picture, that's enough to do a LOT.

I think it's worth one permaculturist's entering at least, and I've written an essay. I'll post it here, if someone wants to use it then go ahead. I don't wanna live in Indiana.
 
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I will use the stewardship of this house to save the world.

I will turn the land to dense horticulture, to support all food, health and shelter needs for the residents and guests. This will be an example to the neighborhood and to the world of what is possible to do in our own back yards, and an educational example to visitors who come to the land.

Before this I will observe, observe, and observe. I will walk the land. I will get to know it. I will get to know the people in the neighborhood and the four-footed and winged residents of the land.

Before this I will listen. I will learn the stories of the house and the land. I will preserve the memories. Because saving the world requires knowing it.

This is in service to all who have lived here, and all those who have entered the contest. There is no need for competition now, and a great need for cooperation. So all who have contributed to making this possible, who serve the mission of a better world, will be welcome on the land. We will work for the good of all and never against one another.
 
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If every permaculturist who has $199 extra put their money and this essay into the contest, and they had to choose to give it to everyone who submitted this essay (since obviously it's the best essay ) then that would be a really cool way of crowdsourcing a house. If others who have no in depth knowledge of permaculture but want to support the cause submit to the contest, then that increases the likelihood further that the house will be transferred. It's an opportunity for permaculturists to share the monetary cost of transforming the world across a broader array of people.

Of course, it could just get given to some jerk who writes meaningless drivel, but better to have tried and lost, yes? and enough repeated entries of the same message would get a lot of people's attention.

The age of contests is really over. The age of cooperation is upon us. It is no longer a matter of idealism, it is necessity. Might as well quit fighting reality, yes?

One other thought--although the contest rules certainly do ensure that they get market rate for the house, they also still allow the facilitation of more communication about who is best suited to become the new owner than if it were simply handled by a real estate agent. Interesting how this system alters the usual way of giving the house to the person with the most money--now it's the person with the most eloquence.

Take my words and use them to win. I know you'll take good care of the land. They can be made more powerful, revise it and make it your own. May the best-suited homesteader win.
 
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It looks like they want 2000 entries before they'll part with the house. That's $400 000. I can't find any evidence of their being much by way of land, just mention of 'lawn'.

I think for $400 000 it would be possible to outright buy somewhere that is really appropriate. I don't think Paul paid that much for his land and he's using that to set up a whole experimental village of innovators.
 
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Yes, that's true, they're trying to get $400,000 for their house or more.

For the permaculture community as a whole to buy every entry would serve a function of spreading a message, it would not be the most monetarily efficient way of getting land.

For a permaculturist individually to get a house and a bit of land for $200, it's a great opportunity monetarily.

Entering the contest means that it's got one permie voice at least being read by the judges, and, potentially, by the public with the publicity that the whole event is involving (if the premie premie how do I get autocorrect to not autocorrect permie entry wins).

I see it as capturing a flow.
 
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Another opportunity--30-acres farm in DC area: http://hamptonroads.com/2015/10/write-essay-and-you-might-win-farm-near-tappahannock
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