Hello Alisa, I would love to come out and visit. I am new to this. I didn't know this culture existed, I thought it was just something I dreamt about. You could contact me at peterrios at att dot net. Or we can communicate here on this message board if you prefer. Hope to hear from you.
I'd be excited to visit and work on your land-- building, repair projects, gardening, etc for a day or two. (I'm up in SF but I have a van with a bed in back for sleeping.) Perhaps even as soon as late next week--I have a pretty flexible schedule.
I'm no permaculture genius (more of a city guy) but I've taken a couple PDC's and I'm enthusiastic about learning, contributing and meeting new people with a shared vision and who are doing stuff.
I'm sure there would be many people interested in visiting/sharing/helping out on your land and this is a great place to start asking.
While I don't live in the immediate vicinity, I'm only a few hours away, and would be interested. What kind of people are you hoping to meet, and what are you planning on accompliahing with your 40 acres?
Also, have you see any program antelope in the Cuyama Valley since you bought your land? They are an intriguing animal for sure.
I dont know if I fit in this particular thread but I live in South eastern Kern in a forest in Tehachapi. I love to get tips and ideas from people who garden and love to be able to benefit from the knowledge advise and friendship. I am not off grid.
Willie Smits: Village Based Permaculture Approaches in Indonesia (video)