We are a small group of three (possibly four in the coming months) looking for land or a community interested in helping us facilitate a farming enterprise, or are in need of more people to get an agrarian operation started/running. We are interested in joining an individual, community or family on a piece land and contributing our knowledge, skills and energy in exchange for housing, mentorship, investment, resources or anything else that could help us get started. This is our attempt at expanding our efforts to live a regenerative lifestyle; we aren't trying to create the next big thing, we just simply want to intelligently and passionately support ourselves and enrich a place with our endeavors. We are all part-time artists, writers and musicians as well and would continue doing these side projects when time permits. We have no debt but we only a few thousand between us, so if we were to start on a blank slate of land, we may get a job in town and slowly and steadily build from there with cheap startup enterprises such as a market garden, eggs, ect. If someone has an already profitable farm and is looking for collaborators that would be a great experience for us, as long as it is regenerative. We also wish to avoid getting involved with anything that involves large amounts of animal slaughter, so a hog or beef focused ranch may be a bit out of our comfort zone. We wish to find the right place and people for us to invest our time in so we can all benefit and have an enriching, alternative job/life. Currently on a farm in Kentucky, WE PREFER TO RELOCATE SOMEWHERE IN THE WEST OR IN COLORADO or NORTH CAROLINA but we are open to discussion. Looking for maybe summer 16. Let me know what's out there.
About us/what we have to offer...
-Homesteading, WWOFFING, Urban Farming Experience.
-Mycology and mushroom propegation.
-Farmer's market, business-running experience.
-PDC Certification granted by Andrew Faust's Center for Bioregional Living
-Experience with holistic grazing, deep litter and care of chickens, goats, sheep, dogs, ducks and donkeys.
-Comic book writer/artist
-Love of cooking
-Trained voice coach
-Arts and crafter
I have met a lot of great people from this site and am still looking for a spot to land long term. I think I should specify specifically what we are looking for to avoid confusion.
We are actively trying to avoid the boss/worker hierarchy and are really looking for folks who want to collaborate and share the workload, allowing our interests to guide what we work on.
We are specifically interested in low impact forest farming, growing medicinals, fermentation, perennial food forests, bioremediation via mycelia networks and learning ways to establish systems that require very little inputs.
The ideal situation for us would be a work/trade starting from a blank slate, working with landowners who either don't have the time to make their permaculture dreams a reality or a small community of like minded folks who are wanting to create something from the ground up and need people to cover gaps in their skill sets. People, like the rest of the natural world, can accomplish great things when allowed to operate in a fashion/pace that is native to them.
The reason for this is so we can take our time in getting to know the land and sense of place and moving forward in a thoughtful matter so that systems established in the farm's beginnings support later additions.
If the position is an established farm or paid position, obviously the pace of our work shifts more towards the "market hustle" and we are open to a "employee" relationship if it allows us to be sustained. I do freelance graphic design as a profession and Sarah is a trained music and vocal teacher, just thought I would throw that out there for people wondering how we are able to support ourselves.
Hello Andrew, I currently have 5 acres in New Mexico that I need help and inspiration with. My son and I have started many projects with a permaculture ideology. We've been building with recycled materials, planting trees and perennials, collecting rain water, and building earth works around the property. I'd love to have some assistance and have about an acre available to build more living structures and plant more food. I'm pretty laid back and would love to let someone else develop some projects and run with them. I'm self taught with some local classes in building with mud, carpentry, straw bale and gardening in the southwest. I currently have one indoor growing room and plans to build another in order to produce some edibles all years round. I love to cook and have started a large outdoor community kitchen. I dream of having a magical place for spiritual growth, partying, community and retreat. the night skies here are awesome and the quiet restorative.
Hello! I understand the work/trade system very well! I have 200 acres in southern Virginia, near Danville, just a few miles from the NC border. Greensboro, NC is the largest big NC city. I have a 2-bedroom home available, but the back porch can be made into a small 3rd BR. As you can see from my posts recently, what I REALLY want is for people to take the initiative to bild something wonderful! It is not supposed to be just about money. But I DO want to be sure that people contribute, and that everyone participates and encourages each other. That is why I said I needed some help with chores, which could cancel out any rent. So I can visit my nearby parents, or in case of emergency, and to help with a larger garden. But then I said "you could work for me part-time, or find a job in town" but what I REALLY REALLY want is people who will make something wonderful out of this fabulous farm! I have the tractors, fences, STUFF. I just need people with the vision to do something fabulous. Please contact me.
I think this is probably a longshot but have you guys ever thought of leaving the country to do this? I have 350 acres in Costa Rica...really really raw though. It has 3 basic houses but no electricity and we cook on wood. We should be getting limited power soon.The land is completely paid off and hopefully going to support a little community as it gets put together. If you guys are still looking and interested get in touch