We are a couple looking for our community. We have 20 acres an hour north of Portland that we would love to share with other low/no tech lifestyles. We live with very few modern comforts or technologies. We collect rainwater and haul creek water in buckets for bathing, dishes, cooking, drinking and watering the gardens. We built our 175 sq ft home with materials off our land with only hand tools. We make raw goat cheese, and raw yogurt and drink milk from our goat and harvest wild edibles. We bake sourdough bread on our rocket mass heater and cook with only wood. We poop in a hole and clean ourselves with water. We’re super fancy.
If you would like to live similar but aren’t sure you’re up for it, come visit, stay or permanently live with us to find out! See how it feels living more directly with your immediate natural environment, and relying on technologies and electricity less.
**We may even be interested in renting out our handbuilt house if the right person was interested in having the whole place to themselves for a while and really wanted to get the full experience.
We’re also willing to trade food for work if someone wanted to do an off grid internship with us.
We’re wild abode living on Facebook, check out some photos there.
I just visited Jaime on this land & I feel like it would be a wonderful place to develop a community, with much opportunity to scout for even better land, if power aligns.
The rocket mass stoves and heater function as one might expect: a little fuel can cook a filling meal. The sourdough bread fulfills & delights the palette, and I'm sure a clay oven would fit well near the house and offer even more possibilities. The goat milk tastes sweet when fresh, and thick and tart as yogurt or cheese. More people could help tend more goats and produce more cheese, yogurt, and maybe add butter.
The trench nestled under the trees offers a private place to do business, with a fairy path dotted with dew-crusted spiderwebs and tall cedars beyond.
The swimming hole in the creek is bigger than pictured, with a natural dam and log for sitting, deep enough to dunk in.
The land offers many places to tie up a hammock or level a tent space. Long term dwellers might consider building their own shelter. Plenty of dead wood wants to be collected, to minimize fire hazard as well as provide fuel for fires.
The hosts practice open, peaceful, positive communication and actively create a beautiful palette of harmonious resonances and contrasts consisting of hard work, maximum possible enjoyment of the peaceful quiet, the bird song, the sometimes-noisy neighbors; the wild edibles, the goat milk, supplemented with clean commercial foods & growing more towards food independence, with each seed planted & tended; the refreshing coolness of the creek, and the beauty of the land.
This place feels very much ready for more people to join in to contribute to work, grow increasing yields, and build the bonds of community. I personally look forward to developing a deeper relationship with Jaime & Jared, as well as the land, as I stay there for a month, leading up to the Autumn Equinox.
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