My dream of an urban homestead, permaculture, micro community model has met with limited success.
No I am in Eugene, Oregon and my place still needs quite a bit more work before it is a full urban homestead, have big gardens and chickens that is it. Planning on getting rabbits soon, and next year the front yard will be turned into grain growing.
Do you live in Washington? I'd love to see a functioning homestead like yours.
I'm somewhat in the same situation. I'm looking for people to help, but most of the time, I get screwed on rent or work when people work for rent. I'm looking into time banks (timebanks.org) where time spent working could be valued, the value put on a debit card of some kind and the debit card could be used at authorized merchants to purchase goods/services.
As a single person who owns a four bedroom house (have four kids, all grown now) I do not recommend your plan. I have had roommates for years. My dream of an urban homestead, permaculture, micro community model has met with limited success. My experience, roommates come and go, since it is my house, no one as invested as I am in the long term sustainability of the property. Some have helped more than others, some worked out stayed for some time and we are still friends when they move on, others not so much. I have figured out that life is too short for annoying roommates, and try to screen for compatibility as much as anything. That said I prefer to live with people then alone, and currently am producing a lot more food than one person could eat. One of the bedrooms is an office, so I only have two housemates at a time, and that is much more workable than three. Although I sometimes have someone in an RV on the property. Working out chores and other living together issues is pretty simple if you start with clear agreements, preferably written, communicate regularly, and don't have a lot of pre-set expectations that everyone will live like you want them too. My other piece of advice, do not get a morgage that is dependent on income from housemates, there is often a month or two in a year when one of my rooms is empty.
That's my roommate. He's kinda weird, but he always pays his half of the rent. And he gave me this tiny ad:
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