I've just registered on Permies and happened upon your post while searching in the forums. I realize you've been in Stone Ridge for almost a year now, but if you're still looking for Permie friends, I wanted to make sure you've heard of the Permaculture Meetup group that meets at the Marbletown community center. Have you heard of it? It meets the first Monday of every month. I can't say I remember meeting an Andrew there this year (besides Andrew Faust). The topics vary from beginner to intermediate/advanced but, no matter how much the lecture/meeting informs you, it's always nice to be in the same room with a bunch of likeminded individuals every month! Great for meeting people and building community and resources/knowledge. Below is a link:
We just had a planning meeting at the beginning of December, so the topic for January should be posted soon enough
Good luck with your projects!