Hello, My name is Tim. I have a small family of 3, my partner Nadina and my son Helios. We have a 43 acre property in Snowflake, Arizona that is in Zone 6. It has a small 2 bedroom home on the property that is almost fully fenced with barbed wire. We haven't started to develop on it yet. We just moved to the property a month ago. So ideally we plan on the property being mainly foodforest with fruittrees. We will also be growing our firewood, lumber, and different types of timber bamboos. We also plan on using about 5 acres to do a bio-intensive garden area. With that being said we plan on using mostly perennials for it; As we don't want to continually be replanting annuals. We'd also plan on having a nursery as we won't have time to keep replanting annuals. Since we are Vegan we don't plan on raising any animals for slaughter. But we are not here to judge others on there diet. We don't have a problem with people who eat meat and dairy. But there won't be any meat cooked in the community kitchen. If we do ever have animals or birds on the property they will be rescues or on the endangered list or exotic that we never see. The permaculture farm that we are trying to start will be called Roots To Heal Farmacy.
We are looking for either an investor, partner, entrepreneur, volunteer, or just someone that wants to join a like minded community. I'm not a man of alot of money, with that said we will want someone with vision, slight experience, or permaculture schooling. We are going to try and start this farm with little to no money. One of our goals will be to raise money from grants and crowdfunding online. We want to try and be debt free, so that we can give affordable/cheaper prices on our fruits and vegetables. We feel as if we won't be losing money out of pocket we can beat competitors prices. With their being a large retirement community not to far from where we are. We thought we would give cheap prices on our food we sell.
I myself have never taken any permaculture classes, But I have been studying from books and different YouTube videos. I have had a little experience from renting a house from my best friend and he let me do what I wanted on the property. So I experimented with the foodforest and I can say that I now know what I did wrong the first time. That's why I know the first thing that needs to be done is all the earthworks. From the swales and ponds, to the different roads and trails throughout the Farm. Then we plan to start to plant the trees and plants throughout the Farm. Also we'd like to plan on building each family there own home on the Farm. We don't want to do co-housing if possible. We'll be using sandbags and /or cob techniques to do so. We will be like the Amish people and everyone will join the building of the new homes for different community members. We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do on the Farm. It would be nice to link up with someone with some design experience, So that we can take it to the next level!! We have very big plans for our permaculture Farm community! In the future if we are successful we plan on purchasing land in 1 more cold climate area and 1 tropical climate locations. Our end goal is to have enough property to keep all our families housed and fed. Plus we don't want to feel trapped in one location. So we will buy in places we would love to travel to. I'm not getting ahead of myself I just have a big vision. If you are interested we can go into more detail as we don't want to continue rambling on about the subject, we could go for miles! We send our love and light to you in hopes this resonates with your being!
We are trying to get things started out here. I got a trailer with a water 275 gallon water tank on it. So we could get water from town. I have a 150 trees started by seed for a wind break. They are 4 different types of trees as well which are all drought tolerate. They are also for privacy and to keep other big wildlife out of the garden area as they have nice thorns on them.
We want to make this a income sharing community and to start excepting new members. We wouldn't mind if there is people who have money to invest in the community. But if not we could still work something out. Since there is no income being made from the farm yet. I have to go to work everyday to pay the mortgage on the property. Everyone will have to put in a certain number of hours on the community farm. Or if you have a job that counts as hours being put towards the farm. We also think that we should all have our own living spaces. But if there is some who don't mind living together we don't mind that either. So everyone who we add as members will eventually have there own tiny home. We think all members should help build each other's natural tiny homes as well. Unless they bring there own tiny home of course. We do believe in communal eating. We want to create a kitchen for us all to eat together as a community. We are big on family as well and are looking for members with a family. Some of these income sharing communitys don't really want people to have children. But we are not like that. We think that there needs to be more people like minded people in income sharing community's. So having kids who live this lifestyle will help. And we will just have to expand our acreage to accommodate. And as we already have said we want to one day expand to the tropics as well. That way our community has other options if we don't want to live here all the time. I haven't seen any other income sharing communitys do that. Hope to hear from you soon thanks for taking the time to read this.
Hello everyone, I'm sorry to inform those who might of been interested in this adventure. We still are going to make this happen it's just going to be in Costa Rica. I made a new posting about it in the intentional community section. You can find it or message me here if your interested in it. Costa Rica is the original place I wanted to do this. Arizona was just easier at the time. But we realized this wasn't for us. So I'm gonna sale this Arizona property and focus on making this happen instead. Pura Vida
I am sorry I forgot to mention that we are only looking for people who are already eating a plant based diet, preferably vegan. This is more of what we really want our community to be like. One of the cool things is we will be the only income sharing community in Costa Rica. We looked far and wide before we decided we wanted to start one ourselves.
Hello Rook, I'm not sure if you had read through it all. But we are selling are land in Arizona and now starting it in Costa Rica. Are you looking to become a member of the community or a volunteer. We are going to be a Vegan community. So you will have to be able to be okay with that. We have not yet gotten a any land as of yet. I am trying to get more people interested in becoming member of the community to be able to purchase the land we need. If your just trying to volunteer. We will keep your contact info and reach you when we are ready. Just keep in mind you would most likely have to live in a tent until we build living quarters. We plan on just purchasing raw land. Unless one of our members decides to donate either land with homes on it already. Or has more money to donate to buying the community a big peice of land with homes on it. I explain it better in my new post I posted in the intentional community collum.
Tim McClure wrote:I have not yet put it on the market I was waiting till spring. Because it snows there in winter. But I will be selling it for less then I bought it for. I plan on selling it for 45,000.
I still plan on going to college in a year or two and would like to be traveling for now, so at least for now I would just voulunteer/ work-to-live. With that being said I love the idea of living communally in Central America in future years, but I have no set plans. I a thinking about traveling through southern Spain and/or the pacific North West trying to further educate myself of permaculture as well as being part of a whole in a more encompassing way. I have no issue staying in a tent. Or building a primative low impact shelter. Please keep me in mind if you end up acquiring some land and would like a set of hands. Oh and going vegan is not an issue, it is not my current diet, but switching wouldn’t be an issue.
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