Before having my son, trying out new things and doing work in exchange for housing was a great experience, by and large.
I'm seeking something much more grounded, though.
A strictly work exchange arrangement wouldn't make sense for me at this time because it offers us no security nor stake with the people or place we would be pouring our sweat equity into.
I have also learned that it's not reasonable in my case to commit 20 hours or more in exchange for having place to live within a community because I'd barely have time to care for our needs, which is the whole point of why I'm seeking to share ownership of land so that I can establish a place my son can call home and build upon my family.
So, it should go without saying: if you're seeking farm hands/caretakers/interns/WWOOFers/volunteers - we're not the right fit.
Instead, I want to find family-oriented communities without open door policies who want co-owners or people to share their land in a rent-to-own type of format. I want to find partners here.
Link your thread in the reply, if you have one, or just give me a heads up that you sent me a PM with more details about your interests and what you have going on with your growing or established community.
I envision and would love to be in an environment that values:
-Sustainable land development, ideally in a lush setting with water rights and plenty of trees for recreation
-Minimal electricity and low-level electromagnetic activity i.e. Wi-Fi and cell phone for work
-Use of basic tools and infrastructure for simplistic, primitive building
-Organic, eco-friendly, non-toxic and natural living/farming
-Homeschooling/unschooling, non-violence, conscious/attachment parenting (NO corporal punishment)
-Off-grid living, self-sufficiency, sovereignty, social activism and ethical microbusinesses
-Animal husbandry i.e. cows, goats, chickens, rabbits are all great!
-Tiny houses i.e. cob, gypsy wagons, cabins, yurts, bell tents, wofatis, houses on wheels, weather/disaster/attack proofing
-Prepping and self-defense strategies
-Canning, dehydrating, herbal medicine and holistic/energetic healing
That's not an exhaustive list so please don't feel you have to meet all of these criteria or that you wouldn't be a match if you are working on something else I didn't specify.
really connecting with the lifestyle you've created in my mind. Sounds a lot like how my partner and I live in Washington state. We are considering moving if we can't find community where were at, but would love to connect either way. You seem like you'd fit right in with us. i'll pm you. later