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Ok, for those of interest - here is a brief story of Russian homesteads.
At the end of the last century Anastasia, the heroine of the "Ringing Cedars of Russia" book series inspired people to create family homesteads in the form of Kin's domains which has turned out into national movement with more than 400 eco-communities of Kin's domains developing now in Russia.



A Kin's domain is a piece of land at least 1 hectare (2.5 acres) in size owned and developed by an individual or a family who prefer living their lives in nature to the hustle and bustle of city life. They provide a sustainable way of living which also helps improve the quality of our planet.

Why one hectare? Because this is a sufficient minimum amount of land sizable enough to sustain the basic life-long and multi-generational needs of each family or domain settler. This is an amount of land that can be stewarded sustainably by the efforts of an individual or family, without becoming too difficult to manage and that can be managed without the need for heavy industrial agricultural machinery or harmful chemicals and fertilizers or pesticides and without the need for reliance on declining fossils fuels.

Each Kin's Domain is created with the specific goal of being a self sufficient area that can support all the basic human needs of the owner including life-long food production, shelter and water supply. Each domain is designed with the specific intent of surrounding the home by a supportive natural eco-system that will additionally support the domain owner by providing the clean air created by oxygen producing plant life, creation of forest land for the optional use of timber for seasonal home heating needs etc and a wide variety of other plant life with a focus on edible perennials as well as plants that can be grown for medicinal purposes.

Each domain settler or family owns their own land. It is not owned by the community. The reason for this is so that they can fully invest in the beautifying of the land by restoring natural systems and commit to making a lifetime long-term investment, first in the initial restoration of the land followed by the lifelong stewardship of their land plot which can then remain in the family and be passed on to successive generations.

A Kin's Domain differs from the eco-village or commune model where each individual is dependent on the collective always functioning and properly working together to meet the basic needs of all its individuals especially in matters of food production. On a Kin Domain each family/settler's goal is to become self sufficient, to stand on their own, with the surrounding domains creating a strong supportive network and community.

Of course, there is a great need for working together in a Kin community, and this vital work must begin before even a single person builds their own unique domain. Much forethought and planning is needed. In each village of Kin's Domains there will most likely be land that is shared by the collective community. This shared land could include such areas as:

* a shared lake or large body of water
* a school
* a community meeting centre
* community agricultural lands or pasture
* a visitor’s centre
* forest lands
* riverside
* roadway access, and more.

For further info and inspiration please watch the 3 documentaries of "The Kin's Domains of the Earth" series (in English):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XtRYmu2otA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rculyuqQviw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MuEV5SsU1w
 
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Thank you for sharing this Yury. It is so nice to see that permaculture is a world wide practice.
I am enjoying the first film and will watch the others latter but so far I am amazed that they are growing such beautiful gardens in grass. Next time someone asks me about getting rid of grass to plant a garden I will show them this film.
Do you live in one of these communities? I wish I could.
 
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I am glad that you like it, Miles! )))

Here is another short inspirational video about Russian family homesteads:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm76WNqIBgU
 
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Great stuff, thank you for sharing!
 
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Ok, the YouTube videos above are not working any more as Google deleted my YouTube account.
So, I placed some of them on Vimeo, please enjoy! )))





 
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Спасибо! Thank you for posting these. I've been dipping my toes in the water of Russia language and considering a trip to the other side of the world to see how beautiful your country really is, and perhaps doing some woofing/work awaying. Beautiful details.
 
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David Winchester wrote:Спасибо! Thank you for posting these. I've been dipping my toes in the water of Russia language and considering a trip to the other side of the world to see how beautiful your country really is, and perhaps doing some woofing/work awaying. Beautiful details.



You are most welcome, David!  
We can also arrange an eco ethno tour to Russian ecovillages of Kins domains as well as to some sacred placed of the South of Russia. Please check details here: https://ecominded.net/vedic-russia-ethno-tour
 
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Yury, I just remembered that I had seen an article about Vladimir Putin and the Russia parliament implementing a project which gives 2.5 H of land to anyone who will homestead in certain areas of Russia. It sounds like it is even open to immigrants from all nations.
Is that true and how is that working?
What areas would be best to look into?
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Yury, I just remembered that I had seen an article about Vladimir Putin and the Russia parliament implementing a project which gives 2.5 H of land to anyone who will homestead in certain areas of Russia. It sounds like it is even open to immigrants from all nations.
Is that true and how is that working?
What areas would be best to look into?



Miles, as soon as so many people keep asking me about this project, I wrote an article about it, please clikck on the link to read: The Truth about Land Giveaway in Russia
 
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Thanks Yuri, So is a kin homestead open to non Russians or do the same citizenship rules apply?
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Thanks Yuri, So is a kin homestead open to non Russians or do the same citizenship rules apply?


Citizenship rules apply to Kin homestead too.
But, if you (or may be anyone else) have really strong intention, I can tell you the way around it. )
All farmer's or Kin homestead land is entitled for agricultural puposes. A foreigner can't purchase a land like that by law. But it is allowed for a foreigner to rent this land. So all you need to do is to find a reliable Russian citizen, a homesteader or a like-minded person, who would agree to buy the land. You pay the price of the land and this reliable homesteader sign all legal papers and become an official owner of the land and at the same time he sign the legal papers to lease the land to you for a number of years. Then you get a working or a business visa, come to Russia and start developing this land, and learning Russian. After about 5 years, you can apply for Russian citizenship and when you are granted the citizenship you can arrange all legal papers into yourname.    
 
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Please watch more videos about Russian family homesteads (Kins domains):



 
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