I'm sending out a "feeler" for all those in NY/VT/NH/MA/CT - trying to get an idea of anyone out there with land but not enough time/hands to work on implementing a food forest that is sustainable long-term. I'm looking for some type of work-trade arrangement that will allow me to practice design and (hopefully for you) eventually implementation of a resilient forest garden. I already have a couple options and am reaching out what may be one last time before visiting any landowners I've heard from come summertime. I'm not necessarily looking for the land on which to spend the rest of my life - I've been a traveler all of my 25 years and while I am actively searching for a 'stead to call home, I know circumstances are always changing and very few things are forever. The best I can offer are my hard work and dedication to the project while I'm there. I've been living and learning permaculture on various farms, gardens, homesteads and a nursery across the country since finishing college and participated in Dave Jacke's 9-day Forest Garden Design Intensive in Helena, MT last fall - I am more ready than ever to immerse myself in a design project, which could be as small as a fraction of an acre, but hopefully not too large since that will take more time and commitment. Small and slow solutions, right? In exchange for my design services in addition to a modest amount of daily farm/garden/homestead chores I'm looking for room and ideally board though all is of course negotiable, especially if I'm helping to grow and preserve my own food - though the goal is to practice design of predominantly perennial systems, not annual vegetable gardening.
If you or someone you know would be interested in some sort of partnership, I'd love to hear from you
You can find more detailed information on me and my experience in some of my earlier posts.
Not sure what you found in your summer travels. I just joined the forum today. We live in Hartford, CT, and have an urban lot that is a fifth of an acre. Chickens, berry bushes, but I haven't had time to really work on the forest garden elements. would love to talk with you if you're in this area!