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#1 Jun 16, 2012
We're starting a group that is based on homesteading, self-reliance, off grid living, gardening, farming, animal husbandry, voluntary simplicity, as well as disaster preparedness. We have 50 acres set aside for the group and some infrastructure already in place. it would be great to establish a small group that can work together and become self determinate. we're looking for enthusiastic, trustworthy, people to get things started. If anyone has an interest in getting involved then please write to us at [email protected]
please tell us a little about yourself, your situation, and your expectations. look forward to hearing from you!
#2 Jun 17, 2012
What is your definition of "homesteading"? I am so confused by where it is used now. My definition is obtaining land from the gov't by residing on it and adding value to it under the Homestead Act inacted back in the 1800's, or by filing a legal addition to your deed of trust to block small leins. What's yours?
#3 Jun 19, 2012
It seems like the popular use of the word now encompasses all facets of self reliant farm life. we remember the days when you could file for and reside on a piece of land and eventually get title to it from the gov't. but not sure if there are many of those opportunities left. Also the lein protection paperwork is called a homestead filing. when we use the word we mean rural, farming, gardening and self-reliant living. your question actually gives us a reason to define it more clearly. so here is a list of words that would be associated with our lifestyle and proposed group.
small scale farming, gardening, hunting, fishing, trapping, canning,drying and preserving foods, alternative energy, animal husbandry (chickens,ducks, geese, rabbits,goats,etc.) herbal medicine, aquaculture, handcrafts, home design and construction, enviromental responsibility, natural living (living in accordance with the laws of nature.), self reliance, intentional simplicity and frugality, preparedness, healthy living.
Basically, we use the word "homesteading" as it was used in the back to the land movement in the 70's. that movement has resurfaced and is becoming quite popular again especially with the state of the world as it is. In our case we are hoping to put that into an intentional community or communal setting.
thanks for the opportunity to clarify Zeke!!
Since: Oct 08
#4 Jun 21, 2012
do you guys have housing on the 50 acres for the people in the group or is it just where u go out there every day and work?
#5 Jun 22, 2012
No housing yet, but that would be the plan. plenty of room for RVs, etc.
we also have an adjacent 50 acres with a small cabin where we live now. when we first showed up here decades ago, we started out in RVs and worked on getting the basics done..septic system, well, shelter, etc. we are expecting a similar scenario for the group but with some backup help from us. thats something we didnt have when we started. all we had was a bare piece of land and a lot of enthusiasm.
A lot of work has already been done but there is lots more to do. you can always write to us at [email protected]
We realize this is a daunting task and will take some time and effort to put together a group. With the world the way it is, we are hoping that this will be a great opportunity for a few people.
the important factors for us are that we all resonate together, find some trust, and willingness to participate, share some common beliefs, and work well together.
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