We are looking for a place to love and nurture, preferably in western South Dakota. We don't have the money to buy a place, in fact we don't even have the money to rent. We are experts at reducing costs, but unfortunately, are unsuccessful so far, in increasing income. We do almost everything for ourselves, and are therefore our biggest customers. We are needing an arrangement where we can cooperate with others for mutual benefit. Self-sufficiency is more attainable for a community, than for a lone family! Even 2 families is easier to make self-sufficient than just 1.
Here is some of what we can make available to the right landowner/community, for us to use on your/their behalf:
We have sufficient hand and power tools, to do a wide variety of work.
We have lots of heirloom seeds.
We have lots of tree seeds.
We have many musical instruments, and can play a few of them.
We have lots of canning equipment and jars.
We have a Berkey water purifier, and have experience with rainwater catchment.
We have chickens that we hatched and raised ourselves.
We have egg incubators.
We have a large quantity of dishes, including pots, pans, baking dishes, etc..
We have lots of furniture.
We have a small library. Something like 14 6' by 30" book shelves full of books!
We have a Diamant grain mill, as well as lesser grain mills.
We have a few pieces of butchering equipment.
We have several sewing machines, including a working treadle sewing machine.
We have an electric powered food dehydrator.
We have some building materials.
We have a yogurt incubator.
We have a hand crank butter churn.
We have a few leather tooling tools.
We have a lot of other things that I can't think of right now.
In essence, we ARE a community, minus land and a few hands!
We have varying degrees of experience with:
Various forms of Arts and Crafts. Baking, Butchering, Butter Making, Carpentry, Canning, Concrete, Cooking, Dry Walling, Editing, Electrical, Fencing, Gardening, House Moving, Inventing, Landscaping, Milking, Mechanical Repair, Painting, Printing, Piano Playing, Plumbing, Roofing (asphalt shingles, sheet metal), Salvaging (most anything), Seed Saving, Sewing, Siding, Yogurt Making, Wallpapering, and other things.
Who we are:
We are a family of a father and mother nearing retirement age (with no plans to retire), a son and 2 daughters (1 of which is off on her own) in their 20's, and an adopted 9 year old son.
We have very strong religious and political beliefs, but are very tolerant of other people despite what they believe, and are open to change based upon new found facts.
We are strongly opposed to GMO's, and desire to do integrated organic food production, essentially, permaculture.
We believe that technology is nothing more than a multiplier, and should be used whenever available, for good. We also believe that our current society has been built too fast, in too short sighted of a manner, and thus will likely collapse in on it's self, and make much technology unusable for a time. Thus we have had an emphasis on non-electric/alternative power means of living.
We want a place that we can put our hearts into, and get the reward of our labors. We also want to be a blessing to the landowner, and neighbors. We don't mind somewhat primitive living conditions, as long as we are allowed to improve them, and have a solid guarantee of the continued use of them after they are improved. From our list above, you are probably aware that a tiny house will not work for us, but neither do we necessarily need a mansion. If you think that you have a place that might work for us, please do not hesitate to Purple Moosage me!
Carbon is the currency of life. Nature eats my "carbon footprint" for breakfast!
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