just rambling, in the good old days, this was done and no one thought it was strange, neighbors helped nieghbors, if you needed something, somone came along and helped, the amish still do it, need a barn raising, the call goes out, the men raise the barn the women ply them with food, its a huge party, everyone getting together helping each other catching up on gossip, having quilting parties, the elder passes on her knowledge to the youngester. the master gardener passes on theirs...a village raising each other up.you dont have a tractor, a neighbor comes and helps in return you help them where you can
.the woman who says she is single and has kids and no money...you have babysitting skills, while others are working there farms,and animals you can look after the kids, barter your time, and get things you needyou have a small family garder, learn to can things, learn to do other things, plant some flowers or clover and raise bees, sale the honey, or barter it for something you need.,each amish person has there own place, but for the good of their community they come together. if they can do it i do not see why others can not.
I don't know if you were referring to me, wickedmama, but I know I have skills, but I don't know how to find a group of people who are interested in getting into this with me in Canada, especially since I can't put in a cash share toward a land purchase or anything. I totally agree that it's so weird how we seem to have fled from the whole idea of having a supportive community working together to help each other out- everything is so competitive instead of cooperative. I still keep my fingers crossed that someday, something like this will find me. I just haven't had any luck trying to find it deliberately. The Amish have a long history of working this way. The rest of our society seems to have decided it wasn't valuable enough to continue carrying on life that way. I think we all CAN, it's just not easy to find people who WANT to.
Subbing because this interests me a lot, but my husband would not agree to share land... Buying together and then subdividing would work though! I'm a teacher who would love not to have to deal with the school systems Our current problem is we are nearly underwater on our house, which needs $$ to fix to sell, so we are stuck for awhile. We have a good community here, but no one I am really close to. I'd love to work with others to be self-sufficient! DH would probably need to still work to bring in $, and finding the right job for him would be hard.
The biggest concern would be finding people we mesh well with if we live in close proximity. Well, we are fine on a small (.25 acre) lot with neighbors, but at the same time I don't think DH nor I are social enough to spend every day with people unless we clicked
Oh, we are in between Baltimore and DC in Maryland. I love some parts of being here, but some issues are driving us out (lack of midwives is a huge deal). The price of land is atrocious, so I'm not sure if staying here is feasible.
I dreamed for years of living in an intentional community. Recently someone directed me to "Back from the Land: How Young Americans Went to Nature in the 1970s, and Why They Came Back" by Eleanor Agnew and it delves into the reasons communal living didn't usually work out in the 70s back to the land movement. This book and living with family for the past year have opened my eyes to the difficulties of meshing families despite how compatible things seem at the outset. I do hope something works for you as it can surely be a beautiful and magical symbiosis when it does go as planned. But I HIGHLY recommend getting your hands on that book before setting out if you can.
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