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Ray Preciado
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Starting a small community of permaculture seniors in Arizona. Contact Carol for more info at alaska.two123@gmail.com or call 509-258-8901. text 720-257-1468
 
Miles Flansburg
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Howdy Ray, are you starting the community or helping? Could you post a little more information about it? Where is it etc. Thanks !
 
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Hi Miles! My wife and i are helping and providing the land area for this community. Below is a excerpt from Carols flyer...

RV THIS WINTER WITH OTHER ACTIVE PERMACULTURE SENIORS!
WHEN: THIS WINTER. BUT CONTACT US SOON!
WHERE: NEAR BENSON, ARIZONA, 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TUCSON, ON RAY AND SONIA’S PERMACULTURE PROPERTY OF NINE ACRES.
HOW MANY RVS: 5 OR SIX TOTAL, ON ABOUT HALF AN ACRE .
THE PLAN: BOONDOCK WHILE WE HELP RAY AND SONIA PUT IN RV HOOKUPS FOR WATER AND ELECTRICITY, WHICH WE CAN THEN USE. THE MONEY FOR THE HOOKUPS WILL COME FROM THE SPACE RENT WE PAY, SO WILL BE COMPLETED AS MONEY ALLOWS. ONE PERSON FROM EACH RV WILL HELP WITH THE INSTALLATION.
SEPTIC SYSTEM WON’T BE PUT IN THIS YEAR, BUT A NEARBY RV PARK HAS A DUMP STATION WE CAN USE FOR $5.
COST: $225 SPACE RENT PER MONTH. THERE WILL BE A FLAT MONTHLY CHARGE OF ABOUT $40 PER MONTH IF YOU ARE HOOKED TO ELECTRICITY. ONE MONTH MINIMUM STAY.
AREA ATTRACTIONS: SAN PEDRO RIPARIAN AREA, FAMOUS FOR BIRD AND OTHER WILDLIFE WATCHING, KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK, SAN PEDRO GOLF COURSE, city of legendary "Tombstone" SUPER WAL-MART, AND ABOUT 72 MILES TO NOGALES, MEXICO.
AMENITIES: PERMACULTURE DESERT PROPERTY WITH MANY MESQUITE TREES, NEAR RIPARIAN AREA, FRESH AIR, NON-RV PARK ATMOSPHERE, MUCH LESS CROWDED. GREAT PERMACULTURE FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY. NO PUBLIC SHOWERS OR RESTROOMS.
CONTACT : Carol, alaska.two123@gmail.com
Call 509-258-8901, text to 720-257-1468 Box 181 Ford, WA 99013
OUR STORY...
Hi! We’re Kim and Carol, and we live 35 miles northwest of Spokane. Kim is a very active senior, formerly from Juneau, Alaska. He runs 5 miles a day, and works hard on our 20-acre property. He loves hiking, camping, and mountain climbing, and is an excellent birdwatcher. And he can tell you some great Alaska backwoods survival stories! Carol loves Jack Spirko and the survival podcast (TSP), permaculture gardening, reading, hiking, and is a beginning birdwatcher. We don’t play any instruments, but wouldn’t it be fun if some of you did?
A few winters ago we spent a few months in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, at an RV park with 700 spaces. It had everything-country dances with a live band every afternoon, a swimming pool, lots of dinners and occasions, etc. But Kim was bored-not his scene! What he didn’t like was eating non-organic food at the gatherings and not being active enough. So we had an idea-what if we could start our own small community of like-minded folks to hang out with in Arizona?
So we searched, and luckily found the perfect place: Ray and his wife Sonia have 9 acres near Benson, AZ, about 45 miles SE of Tucson. They just bought the acreage in 2013, and are lovingly working to make it into the permaculture food forest they want to have. The land has several mesquite trees, and is near the famous San Pedro Riparian area, known for its wide variety of birds and other wildlife. It is also near Kartchner Caverns State Park, San Pedro Golf Course, Tombstone, and has a Super Walmart about 15 minutes away. Nogales, Mexico is about 72 miles to the south.
At this point there is a 20,000 square foot area on the property about 100 by 200 ft., with no RV hookups. It would be our job to supply the money and labor to set up the hookups. So each RV would pay $225 per month for their space, and Ray, the property owner, will use the money to buy materials for the RV hookups. Ray is a certified HVAC installer, so he has knowledge of electric and water systems. Probably the septic system would not be installed this year, but there is a nearby RV park that has a dump station for $5. We will get to use the hookups as they are completed, but the money for the materials will come from our space rents, so will take time, and we will be boondocking until then. There are no existing showers or rest rooms for us to use. Note that it can get chilly at night in Benson. In January the average high is 63 degrees and the average low is about 29, so you will need a good propane heater.
We plan to be there this winter 2-3 months, probably December or January through February, but you could certainly stay longer.
Only thing is, we need to let Ray know soon how many of us will be coming, or he will rent some spaces out to local RVers. So if you’re feeling like this would be a great way to pass a few months this winter, fill out the contact information below, or just email the answers to the questions to me-come join the fun, and help Ray and Sonia !

 
Miles Flansburg
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Thanks Ray !
 
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