Hi. We recently purchased a 15 acre farmette/permie's dream come true. We are in heaven. It took us years to get to this point and we've only just begun. And, as many other homesteaders have shared on here, since we are at the very beginning of creating our food forest, we are a bit overwhelmed.
We are a family of 4 with two kids but luckily, our home is big enough to fit a few more. What we are interested in is making this a community space where others can come and help us homestead and learn with us us about permaculture. I'm sure we will learn a lot from this arrangement as well.
We are interested in how other homestead cooperatives have done this. How did you start? Is there a model you followed? Did you advertise on here? WWOOF? Your local community?
All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. ~Steinbeck
Try creating a listing on IC.org to get some exposure and indicate that you're forming.
Some items that you will be asked or required to check off will need to be undertaken with some care and research, since you'll have to think about how you want to make decisions and share responsibilities. You have to start with what you need and think about others who have that need too.
PM me if you're wanting to discuss more, ask questions and such. I'm in Maryland, seeking to grow a support network too and am actively learning about different structures that work or can work. I'm really interested in the sharing economy too and believe that there is "another way" that people are searching for, that compromises don't have to be made.
Here is a sharing toolkit too (although I don't think these are the hard fast rules, they're all collectively and separately an indication of what's being done, what mistakes are being made or can be made, etc.):
Seeking community in Maryland: