In both cases, I lived alone most of the time, people liked to come and visit, but, I believe they were mostly not ready to put their faith in that kind of life. It did not bring in money, but the satisfaction of living there was great for me. I would walk out and find something to eat in the garden and eat it there, often not even taking it back to the kitchen and preparing a meal.
when I needed to kill a goat, I would walk out with them and kill one in the woods. the others would run away, when one fell, but then they would come back and watch, they were each concerned that it not be them, but as a herd, they seemed to have no problem with the process.
it felt a lot like hunting and gathering to me, combined with the horticulture that made much of the gathering possible. I found that with supervision, I could let the goats into the orchard areas for a period of time, they were pretty easy to convince to not eat much of what I didn't want them to and they got great nutrition, and they loved it. visitors were always remarking on how happy and fulfilled the social life of the goats was.
in both cases, I eventually had to leave. Now I would like to start again, in a way that it will not be taken away, I think maybe the right sort of corporation might be the answer. any one else agree?