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Are you a self-motivated person who is driven to be productive? If you have a family, is their health, education, and growth your number one priority? Can you work independently and live without a lot of other people's input and influence for your sense of self-satisfaction or do you need an intentional community for your sense of self-affirmation? Are you the type who wastes energy worrying about your next meal or dollar or do you just make things happen? Are honesty and integrity important values in your life? Do you have the energy to apply it day and night to a project, if need be, or do you just think you can? Do you have the ability and desire to learn and use a variety of skills?

I'm a 66 year old relic from the past who lives on 180 acres in southern Kentucky with wife. We are looking for someone or a family to grow and learn in the country lifestyle. We would prefer a family.  I have been here 40 years and have taken my ideals and drive and have worked my place into what it is today. We have orchards, gardens, landscaping, cattle, chickens, greenhouses, etc. We are Catholics so you must not be close minded to one's religious beliefs. We cannot provide you with an income only a place to live. We will assist you in any projects that you envision so you can earn an income. My wife and I both work in town for income. We have not monetized our farm to be financially self-sufficient. We are more food self-sufficient.


My main purpose in reaching out for the right individual is for me to be able to pass on some skills and assist someone in achieving their goals of living a rural life style. I do want to receive some labor for the living situation and am willing to financially back a project for a cut of the income. Besides farm oriented projects, I have a building that has some woodworking tools that would be a good situation for someone with that interest. There are Amish neighbors that reclaim barn wood and plane it. That style of wood  makes very nice pieces of furniture.

It takes a lot of practical effort and the ability to be able to grind out a self-sufficient lifestyle. One doesn't learn it while clicking on a phone for hours a day or becoming the best Google Gardener on the internet. I'm not looking for dependents. I'm looking for the thrill of watching someone or a family thrive and grow in the country.

I'm not interested in taking on someone's addictions, mental health issues or reading their life history on their tattoos. I don't want someone who is racist and thinks their group is better than another group based on color or belief. I believe you can do and think what you want but not necessarily on my 180 acres. I don't think the government has the answers for all our social needs. If you have an elitist attitude that leads you to believe that if people would live like you believe, the world would be wonderful, then another opportunity awaits you elsewhere.

If you know of any other links that I can post this please let me know.
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Hi Gary!

A a few other forums on permies you could post to are: homestead, wwoof hosts, and volunteer offerings.

You have spelled everything out quite clearly in your post, so that will help you with finding the right people.

I do not think I yet fit the bill for you, because I do not yet have any hands-on experience under my belt. I will be volunteering during my next year of college with a few farms by campus to see if this really is something I am passionate about. If that turns out to be the case, I will try to remember to get back in touch with you so that we could make something happen. And I'll be more useful after getting some hands-on experience, too!

I wish you the best!
 
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Hello Gary,

I went ahead and added this thread to the forums Dave has suggested. This way, all responses will be in one place for you. I hope that's okay with you.

Good luck!
 
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Thanks Dave and Joylynn. I appreciate your help and kind words.      I'm not really looking for experience. I'm looking for character, drive and the ability to stick to a plan. I wouldn't mind a few visitors who need something to think about as they sort out their future.
 
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gary calery wrote:Are you a self-motivated person who is driven to be productive? If you have a family, is their health, education, and growth your number one priority? Can you work independently and live without a lot of other people's input and influence for your sense of self-satisfaction or do you need an intentional community for your sense of self-affirmation? Are you the type who wastes energy worrying about your next meal or dollar or do you just make things happen? Are honesty and integrity important values in your life? Do you have the energy to apply it day and night to a project, if need be, or do you just think you can? Do you have the ability and desire to learn and use a variety of skills?

I'm a 66 year old relic from the past who lives on 180 acres in southern Kentucky with wife. We are looking for someone or a family to grow and learn in the country lifestyle. We would prefer a family.  I have been here 40 years and have taken my ideals and drive and have worked my place into what it is today. We have orchards, gardens, landscaping, cattle, chickens, greenhouses, etc. We are Catholics so you must not be close minded to one's religious beliefs. We cannot provide you with an income only a place to live. We will assist you in any projects that you envision so you can earn an income. My wife and I both work in town for income. We have not monetized our farm to be financially self-sufficient. We are more food self-sufficient.


My main purpose in reaching out for the right individual is for me to be able to pass on some skills and assist someone in achieving their goals of living a rural life style. I do want to receive some labor for the living situation and am willing to financially back a project for a cut of the income. Besides farm oriented projects, I have a building that has some woodworking tools that would be a good situation for someone with that interest. There are Amish neighbors that reclaim barn wood and plane it. That style of wood  makes very nice pieces of furniture.

It takes a lot of practical effort and the ability to be able to grind out a self-sufficient lifestyle. One doesn't learn it while clicking on a phone for hours a day or becoming the best Google Gardener on the internet. I'm not looking for dependents. I'm looking for the thrill of watching someone or a family thrive and grow in the country.

I'm not interested in taking on someone's addictions, mental health issues or reading their life history on their tattoos. I don't want someone who is racist and thinks their group is better than another group based on color or belief. I believe you can do and think what you want but not necessarily on my 180 acres. I don't think the government has the answers for all our social needs. If you have an elitist attitude that leads you to believe that if people would live like you believe, the world would be wonderful, then another opportunity awaits you elsewhere.

If you know of any other links that I can post this please let me know.



Thank you for posting. I'm in the upper midwest and don't want to be that far from home otherwise I would be interested. My ideal would be finding a few (5?) I could buy from someone who has a bigger parcel with improvements with the opportunity to buy the entire parcel if everything worked out. Maybe I will get lucky and find someone in the Ozarks who has that.
 
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Hi Gary,

I'm very interested in this opportunity and would love to know more. What part of Kentucky are you in? My wife and I are currently looking for land within an hour or so of Nashville, and this sounds like a perfect fit. We're in our early 30's, and are looking to fully commit to a self-sustaining homestead life. We would like to build a home, and create a business. I'd love to chat a little bit and see if we might be the kind of folks you're looking for. We don't have much experience with farming, but both are extremely driven and hard working people. This sounds like it would be a great opportunity to learn.





 
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Hey Kenny,

PM me and we'll get together on some details. We are in Logan County which is on the TN border, north of Nashville. We aren't looking for a lifetime commitment but want to help someone sort out the lifestyle. It is always best to have some practical experience when making an informed purchase, so the property one buys is the one of their dreams based on real life experience and future needs.
 
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Gary, this opportunity sounds amazing and I would love more information about it.  Please feel free to contact me via email at Molarkie@yahoo.com.  Curious to see if this is still available and seek more details.  Questions and Info are welcome.  Thanks for your time.
 
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Hi Gary! It's been about nine or ten weeks since I last saw your post, and i have been volunteering at the River Roots Farm in Missoula, helping out with harvesting their food, and more recently, I have started volunteering with the on-campus farming program. So far, I have been enjoying both of these a lot. I like the feeling of harvesting the food and knowing it will go out to feed people in their CSA boxes and keep them healthy!

I would love to put in the hardwork to gain hands-on experience and learn from your many years of experience.
Please may you email me (on my permies profile) or purple mooseage me, so that I can find out more about your amazing opportunity.
 
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Hello, your land and plans soound ideal. We are a large family. We are peaceful and very private. We total 9 and have been looking for a place but have not found an affordable fit. I wildcraft and make herbal remedies and products. I am primarily my children's caretaker and my husband is a woodworker with flooring experience and also we all love to garden.What we dpnt know we look forward to learning. We keep to ourselves and are completely family dedicated and hard working. I have some physical impairment as does one child. We began wildcrafting mushrooms and it exploded from there. We also are looking forward to building a yurt, root cellar/ wallipini  and other natural building projects like natural ponds. If we sound like a good fit please message us.Thank you.
 
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I would love to visit and learn. I'm probably not the candidate you're looking for, but to befriend and learn from you would be awesome. I live close to the KY line in middle TN. My youngest child is going off to college next year. For years I've been dreaming of having a little place in the country close to an area where I could open a bakery coffee shop. Or a bed and breakfast that includes a bakery coffee shop.
I am very much into organic and growing herbs and veggies. I do know how to can. I have had large gardens before. But, there is so much I need to learn and would like to learn. Sounds like you have that knowledge. Also, I'm looking to move out of this expensive county in May, when my son graduates. So I've been looking at various areas I could find a modest place to rent that would allow a garden. You'd probably have knowledge about what is available on your side of the border.
Please contact me if this sounds like something you'd be interested in.
 
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Hello, I may be interested in your homestead job if it is still open. Feel free to message me if you would like. Thanks.
 
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You already have so many replies that I'm sure you've already found someone, but just in case...

We are a family with two small boys currently living in Colorado. We have both envisioned raising them in a homesteading environment, raising animals and growing our own food. We've got si many great ideas and plans once we are finally able to find the right location.
I currently can or make all of our own food, and grow as much as I can in our back yard. I'm currently a stay at home mom, published cookbook author, and blogger. This year I'm taking on learning how to grow our own grains, and have been learning the fine art of making yogurt, cheese and butter. This sounds like a fantastic opportunity in my husband's preferred state. He has a great deal of experience but is excited to learn even more.
I'd like to talk to you more if you are interested. My email is victoria.apieceofcake@gmail.com. I hope to hear from you.
 
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