I have a small family micro farm in the foothills of North Carolina. We live in a mostly finished strawbale house (the only one in our area that I'm aware of) that I designed and we built entirely ourselves and to code. We raise heritage pastured livestock including chickens, American Guinea Hogs, American Chinchilla and Silver Fox rabbits for meat and fur, a very free range alpine goat, and some ducks. We plan to set up a aquaculture system inthe near future. We are fairly new to permaculture but have been on the sustainable "path" for a while. We have many building projects going all the time from round wood timber framing, strawbale, cob in the future, possibly cob wood or cord wood and open to experimenting with almost anything. We have two creeks on our property and have hydro plans in the future. We're a small farm 3 acres but we have a lot going on to experience. Most people don't have the availability or the funds for large tracks of land in our area but some still want to live this lifestyle. If that's you and you want to know what's possible on a micro farm keep reading.
To set the stage I work off farm full time right now but plan to transition to working on farm as soon as its financially feasible.
Due to the fact that I'm off farm the majority of my time leaving my wife and children to "tend to things" I have a extraordinarily large list of things that need to be done with building, earthworks, infrastructure, etc. So to be frank I'm short handed. If you think you have homesteading in your future but haven't had the chance to try it the next part is for you.
THE OFFER...I'm looking for a few individuals or couples to share this experience with us. The successes and failures. We have multiple spots on our property that we've designated for cabins or similar structures for people for this purpose. Some of these areas have an area you can try your own way of doing things with gardening, building, etc. In exchange for helping out with around the farm you can stay on farm and reap the benefits of this on your own micro homestead within our small farm.
THE CATCHES...#1- There aren't currently any cabins in these areas i've mentioned? I have building material (lumber) on site that can be used for this
purpose but I don't have the time now to devote to it. Some of these areas can be provided water and power but others will have to be off grid.
#2 - I can't pay you right now but ...if you grow your own stuff or raise your own livestock and sell it we can work out an in your favor split.
#3 - We're a Christian family (followers not fans) and try our best to live according to Christ's principles. We would ideally like to find fellow Christians to fill this role but that's not necessary. Living morally and honorably is necessary. If someone is going to have access to my family, resources, equipment (backhoe etc), vehicles, etc.
If your still interested and would like to discuss this further contact me. Thanks