I don't know if this is the right place to post this or if anyone will be interested, but I thought I'd give it a try!
I have a long narrow 2/3rds of an acre out in Lake Stevens (Snohomish County) with a tiny house up on the front half. I'd love to turn this land (mostly grass and weeds now) into something permaculture-esque with lots of perennial edibles and little left to mow. It's way too much work for just me though. I've planted some fruittrees and made some raised garden beds by the house, but I would love to have some help and some company for working on projects. I've even got a bee hive kit if you want to try your hand at beekeeping (I've been too chicken to actually order the bees yet). Speaking of chickens, you could have those too. I'm out of town enough that I haven't gotten any myself, but I've been thinking about it.
I'm trying to come up with a proposal that would make this fair and fun for someone (or a couple) looking to get into permaculture and maybe cob building but who doesn't have land of their own yet.
I'm thinking you could build the house to your tastes (maybe something like these guys did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVevzHGybF0 but large enough to have a bathroom and kitchen area) and then live rent free for five years with an option to stay on after that as a renter. You'd have to pay for your utilities, unless you wanted to live off the grid back there. *g* I'm happy to help with the building, though I don't have a lot of experience or spare money for materials and such.
The land itself gets plenty of sun, and it'd be quite private in the back (you'd have my neighbor's horse pasture on one side, a field on the other, and huge arbor vitae along the back fence line, so you can't even see the back neighbor's house). The street is in that transition zone of not really rural any more but still on septic/well--mix of regular suburban lots and houses on acreage. It's a couple miles to "downtown" Lake Stevens (downtown is really small, heh) and the Centennial bike trail. The highway is close, and it's 15 minutes to downtown Everett. It's about a half mile to a bus stop, though you'd probably want to have a car to live out here.
We're fenced, I have dogs, and you'd be welcome too as well as long as they're not crazy or aggressive or anything.
If any of this sounds like your cup of tea, drop me a line at sylvanarrow AT comcast DOT net.
Interesting post. Lake Stevens is not far from where I live in Lynnwood. I'm looking for a change after 10 years in an apartment. I am keeping an open mind about the next phase of life. Would a visit just out of curiosity be acceptable?