Diana Butterfly

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since Jun 11, 2013
South East Florida, USA, zone 12b
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paul wheaton wrote:Funds are tight now. Our roads could certainly use some help, and a dozer would help - but I think a grate for $100 dragging behind a golf card would probably help about 80%.

We seem to have some spots that have super deep soil, and then we have some spots where we want to put berms/hugelkultur and there is little to no soil. So that makes us think about the value of a dump truck. I am beginning to wonder if we might be able to rent one for a few days.



Hello, saw this thread and thought I could be of help in passing along some open source plans to build a bulldozer. The plans are free with instructional videos. Please share and get involved with creating a more collaborative world. We can make it a better world for everyone. http://opensourceecology.org/

6 years ago

Krystina Szabo wrote:I have also wrestled with this question. I have been unable to find anyone likeminded who is interested in taking on any responsibility or anything permanent here in Virginia. So I think I'll sell the 200 acres and move. Either buy property or find another person with property set up. It's not about money for me. It's about how I can find likeminded person(s) with whom to share the responsibility of gardening, livestock, horses, etc. and also to share the joy of cooking great food, pets, and horseback riding, etc..... Right now a homeless friend is staying in exchange for feeding the pets when I'm gone. Not the most desirable. Next time, if I own the property, it will be a completely separate living space and a simple work for board agreement, if I cannot find anyone to dream with. Or I will try to find someone who Lives the Dream and will give me the opportunity to share. I am too frustrated to be the originator of The Dream right now, because I have been totally put off by others. No one even wants to just come to the country to ride my horses with me, for free. Much less help feed. So the big problem as I see it is not the machinations. (I have a landholding LLC, so what) It's the Finding Someone(s). I have the farm. I have the LLC. I have everything but no Someone(s) with which to share the bounty.... because it involves sharing the sweat. So I just can't figure out how that works for others. Really.



I'd be all over to helping you on your farm if you grew coconuts and it never fell below 70F. There might still be hope for your farm though, there is a lot of forums out there not just this one with people looking to work with other people on all sorts of projects. Look around and you'll be surprised, you just got to find your match.

Sent you a PM btw. Not sure how the notifications work around here. I've been a 'lurker' forever and finally signed up to post something so am a noob in the mechanics of the site.
6 years ago
I've been looking. My big thing is weather. I find most IC's are somewhere where it falls below 32F at some point. To me that is a major turn off. I would like to find something in the tropics, in the jungle regions of the world.

Cuisine is also something I look at. I know this may sound lame but if you done half the world travel I have you'd know the food your community prepares needs to be within the likeness of everyone or less you eat your stuff alone.

Next month I am putting feet on the ground to look at some possible locations in Costa Rica. October I have plans to be in Venezuela. Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, and El Salvador are also options.

Aside from weather and cuisine I also look at how the country is managed. Like the USA is horrible for health care and you cannot even make your own drugs legally (antibiotics / healing medicine) to distribute. In 2001 I lived in Mexico with a tribe (not quite an IC but the same thing really) and loved everything except for the people trying to kidnap me for ransom. The corruption was real bad too.

We all have what we would like. That is why it is so diversified.
6 years ago
Totally agree with you. I been constantly looking for a way and it seems I'm constantly dodging obstacles.
6 years ago