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Need Help? Hard Working Family Looking For Live / Work-Exchange !

 
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Hello, my name is Mike Cavalieri. I am 26 years old, Italian, born and raised in New York. I am currently living in Miami, Florida with my wife, Maylin (26 years old) and our 15 month old daughter, Marabella. We have a small dog who is about 10 years old named Fergie. My wife is Cuban, born and raised in Miami Florida. For the past seven years I have been managing sales and business development for a few different companies to survive. My wife has recently become a Stay at Home Mom who runs a Data Aggregation Company from home related to my industry.

The life we currently live is not the one we want or have ever wanted, and for a long time have known we were working to move into a rural living environment. We are genetically out of our element. Our bloodlines stem from long generations of organic food eating farmers. Now, it is almost impossible to eat healthy and know what we are eating. We are concerned for our health and the health of our daughter. We are trying to raise a grass fed baby, one who does not drink fluoride laden water or eat genetically modified organisms. We do not see a positive future in the current direction society as a whole is heading. We find this lifestyle unfulfilling and worthless.

I have always been an avid gardener and so has my wife. We possess skill sets that would rival MacGyver’s. Some of the skills we possess that may be useful to you are: construction, gardening, hunting, fishing, wilderness camping, and mycology (growing mushrooms), We love animals, knitting/sewing/crochet, Italian cooking, Cuban cooking, machining, workshop engineering, carpentry, cleaning, organizational, basic electrical, and we provide comical entertainment.

We are not afraid of hard work and embrace a hard life that fulfills our need to live in harmony with nature and raise a healthier and happier family. We are looking for a work in exchange for room and board/land to build a small dwelling and grow food. As far as our religious beliefs we have no set religion, however, we follow the King James Version of the Holy Bible. We don’t eat pork. We love people and respect all other religions. We practice attachment parenting (breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and baby wearing).

We can be reached via email at mikecavalieri@email.com or by phone 813-408-2862. We are ready to move , Eagar to learn and work, and would love to join your community!
 
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Location: Graham, Washington [Zone 7b, 47.041 Latitude] 41inches average annual rainfall, cool summer drought
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For the sake of any potential responses you get, is there any particular climates that you and your wife would prefer to avoid?

For example, imagine transitioning from Cuba/Florida to some of the harsher climates would be rather challenging for her?
 
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We won't have any problems in any weather. We will have to adapt and thrive in any situations.
 
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Welcome to permies, Mike and family!
Sounds like the beginning of an exciting adventure...best of luck!

 
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Such a beautiful family! I have a few questions: Are you looking for a place with housing to live in while you build your own home? Would you want to be paid in $ for helping around the place or are you ok with working a certain amount for use of the land? Are you looking to actually purchase land or is sharing ok? Would you be ok with building a mobile style house (tiny house on wheels) or would it need to be permanent (for instance, cob)? How many acres minimum would you want for your own use? Would you want to raise livestock, and what kinds? Would you be homeschooling, or sending to school? Would you want access to off-site jobs or markets? Do you have a nest-egg for start-up of business and house, or are you starting from no savings? Are you interested in hunting for meat?
 
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Thank you Judith
 
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We are looking for a place to stay while we build our home. We don't want to be paid in $ however we are going to need food in the beginning until our crops are mature. I donot have any money to purchase land I am trying to purchase some in the future or obtain land through work trade. We are looking for something long term so the structure would be permanent. One acre should be more than enough. We have no experience raising livestock and would have no idea what would be needed to do so. We would be unschooling giving our child a chance to learn all the time. We are starting from almost scratch we have some money which we will be using to relocate and buy basic supplies. We do have a small business that requires internet so if there is internet we could have a small income. If this is not possible we would need access to outside job markets.
 
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Thank you, Mike. It doesn't look like your family would be a good fit with us; we're looking for sharing land with another family, not selling it. The long-term goal is to find a family to whom we can pass the land when we get old. We don't ever intend to sell the land, but to give it.


 
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Maybe I misrepresented what I meant to say. But what you describe, sharing land and passing it on after you are old. And in return you would be guaranteed our help as we would be indebted to your family for helping us. Hope this makes sense, I'm not the greatest writer I am much better at phone or face to face conversations. We donot want to have to buy land and would rather have it given to us because we earned or deserve it. Let me know what you think.i am currently in discussion with you and another family about possible opportunities just want you to be aware of that
 
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Hey Mike - I'm not sure if this is something you'd be interested in or not, but the owner of this site (Paul Wheaton) has some really rural beautiful land west of the Rocky Mountains in Montana. Currently he has a couple of programs available where he's really hoping people will come and start a life - grow food, build houses, etc.

I'm just going to leave some info here in case you're interested:

First, there's the ANTs program
. This is a more temporary thing, in which you would work an acre of land for a year and have the opportunity to win a parcel, depending on how much you accomplish.

More information can be found here.

Then there's the Deep Roots program, in which you can get on a payment plan to actually buy some land out there.

More details can be found on this program here.

Best of luck to you and your beautiful family - we share a lot of the same feelings on this one. My husband and I have the same goals - it's tough getting started, but I have a feeling once you get a place of your own, it all snowballs from there!
 
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Thank you for the info it it much appreciated, I will look into it.
 
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Mike, I discussed this with my husband and he doesn't think we're ready for another family here yet. This has been very helpful in clarifying what we'll need to have in place in order for it to work out. All my best wishes are with you on your search for a place, I think you'll find one.

 
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Thanks Everyone We have located the right place
 
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Hello again, Turns out we did not find our forever home just yet. Still on the search for the best opportunities. Hoping to find something soon.
 
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Looks like we might be moving to Missouri keep you all posted
 
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you could look at this :
http://stefannovellinoportugal.cybersite.nu/
 
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