Thank you, Paul! And other posters...
It was like reading Pascal's Penses-- someone has previously thought and recorded the thoughts I would eventually have! I just hadn't found them until now!
Yes, the crazy! We are the family kooks in every family we claim...
Yes, the ICs tend to creep me out a bit... or seem like a different version of HOA.
I am really intrigued by what you offer. I will be searching and will be in touch regarding current offerings.
I am offgrid homesteading now, but in an area with too many venomous creatures (the slithery, the crawly, and the 2 legged). We are looking for a place that is somewhat more habitable by humans-- the non-cray cray type-- and we've learned to appreciate the idea of community.
BTW, in this area, I keep 5 cows, 5 sheep (sometimes more), and other pastured critters (mostly birds) on 10 acres, & they cannot keep up with the growth (ie, we must still occasionally mow some areas to keep vermin populations in check & even to make some areas navigable on foot... did you consider MIG or MOB grazing to decrease your acreage needs for cattle and to multiply the growth potential of the pastures? Just curious-- is it a water shortage, a growing season shortage, or other management principle that makes so many acres necessary for 5 cows? I like to learn from everyone's management ideas, thanks.