I have met a lot of homesteaders that leave their property no more often than once a month.
Judith Browning wrote:
This was a lifestyle that satisfied me and my husband and kids for fourteen years...a few of us on some land, we had the only children....'enough' visitors and a very few we had to send away. We took turns going to town and even at that it was rare....
Judith-- I'm wondering how this community that you were a part of for 14 years got started, got to the point of such self sufficiency? Were you and your family among the founders, or did you join an already-working community? How long did it take the community to stabilize and be self-sufficient. Maybe you've already written about this community experience in a thread on Permies?