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I’m new to this website and the ideas of permaculture and homesteading. I have read many blogs and watched lots of videos, but I haven’t had experience and I don’t know everything about this kind of lifestyle. I don’t know if this is the right forum to post this in, and I might add it to the real estate forum. I’m 18 years old and I’m staring down life full of student loans, debt, and craziness. I want to live a simpler life and focus on the important things like love and family. I’ve known about tiny houses for about 3 years, and they have been my introduction into homesteading which I have just heard about recently. I want land of my own to build a tiny house on and start a homestead, but I have no money or skills. So, what I am proposing is to work on a farm or homestead for several years, gaining hands on experience, and afterwards I have earned anywhere from 1 to 3 acres of land for my own use. For the first year or so I would also be working for room and board, but I can find part time work in a local town and save up to either pay you rent or rent an apartment or house nearby. I am a fast learner and hard worker. I am looking in the mid-Atlantic and south east regions with a preference in VA or NC.
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Best of luck to you! Make sure you check around in your local area as well, or areas where you'd like to live. I know there may be a LOT of aging landowners who would not mind some help in their last years in exchange for deeding some property, etc.

This is one of the things I always thought I'd do if I won the lottery. Get a bunch of land, divide it up, and somehow figure out a mutually beneficial way to make it available to people who can't get their own land via the standard means (mortgage, etc)
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Thank you for advice, I’ll check around. Since I grew up during the recession I have always known that I want to avoid a lot of debt in case I ever lost my job. When I discovered the tiny house movement I knew it was a way to have a house with no mortgage and little debt. If I ever won the lottery I would also like to do that.
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Hi Christine! I have some acreage in central NC and would love to see it go to a passionate steward.
I admire your drive but am a bit worried about your age.
email me to continue the conversation, fred425@embarqmail.com
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Hi Christine.

Maybe this interests you? If so, get in touch!

Are you a community minded person who desires to live close to the land? Are you looking for an affordable access to housing and land for rural off-grid living, art, farming, or forestry?
Opportunities exist at a community land trust in the hills of South West New Hampshire for self starter type folks who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and create something from scratch.
Offered is a shared raw land site for an affordable 3 month trial lease. If things are going well, options exist for a yearly lease, and even a 99 year lease on a personal site with access to 140+ acres of forest and pasture for sustainable practices.

The homesite is currently raw land without any utilities. Best suited for people who are self contained and willing to work with me to create the living support systems together.
Bring your tiny house, yurt, tent, rv, or whatever you have! A yurt and RV are also available, as we all see fit to use.

Fees and conditions are negotiable. Work trades are gladly accepted. Available beginning September 1,  2018.  

Interested folks…..feel free to reach out! Share widely. Be well!
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