[before_listing images= youtube=null] I have a small 6 acre farm amongst large amish and mennonite farms with the 2000 foot appalachian mountains behind me across my trout stream running thru my farm. Those mountains are all state gamelands so no one lives there.

I have a creek, spring, well and trout stream, so there is always gonna be plenty of water and Pennsylvania is number 2 for states with water “flowing” above ground year round. We get plenty of summer rains too. Also all the gas fracking is 4 counties north of me so my water will always be clean and our farms here are mostly all in conservation / preservation.

I bought this two years ago with a 10 yr mortgage. I have 8 yrs left / 38k owed. I would love to have another single person (or maybe a couple) who wants to help me finish this place. I want to build a wellhouse, smokehouse, carriagehouse (UPDATE I BUILT THE WELLHOUSE, BARN / CARRIAGEHOUSE AND LOGHOUSE) and covered bridge still needs to be built sometime in the future for better access to land across my trout stream. I still have a lot of the materials left over to build my greenhouse and addition / bathroom.

I have built the rootcellar and storage and fireplace in basement as well as an all wood heated home. I have 1/2 acre of cleared land which i had a 1/4 acre garden this yr and canned and stored many many things for winter. UPDATE: I PLANTED 24 FRUIT TREES AND 15 BLUEBERRIES AND 4 GRAPE VINES

Now its up to finding serious people who wants to work hard and finish this place so we can get down to living off-grid. My electric bills run about 14.00 a month plus phone which has dsl. Solar will be a breeze not that i have built my barn which stands very high thru the trees.

So now its up to you to see my site and make a decision to contact me and start a conversation. I HAVE OVER 200 PICTURES OF MY WORK DONE AT MY SITE

Oh it is rustic here since i have no indoor plumbing except a springbox with a handpump i installed in basement. http://directory.ic.org/22661/Central_Pa_Mountain_farm___for_Hip_open_minded_people

PS: I have lived in many communes around the usa since a teen in the 60′s and know all about living off-grid.

I am open to another investor as well to help me finish the addition and bathroom and laundry room and septic system. I do have the water piped into the basement but i haven’t turned it on because i need the septic system to run it into. I have though had 12 trucks of soil unloaded below to make a septic field.
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38 Responses to “Join me on my central PA farm”

  1. Christopher Transue

    I’m homeless, living in upper bucks, living off the land, I have strong primitive survival skills, but I’m out here illegally, I have no friends or family, and would love to join you and help out with anything you need, I have a car also, please text me or call 267272145

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  2. Matt

    Hi there.
    I know its a long shot since this was posted in 2012. But i figured id give it a shot anyhow, and see if you were still looking for more people.
    Little about myself: 29, Male. Live on the delaware river in pennsylvania. Have wanted to go off grid since i was young… Hard working, healthy, outdoorsman, quick learner, down to earth, easy going…not a shithead or insane like most people. Grew up on a small horse farm. I just ended a 5 yr relationship so i figured what better a time.
    Would love to talk more if your able. Thanks

    -Matt Tobin
    mtobin908@gmail.com

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  3. Marty Yocum

    I am interested is your project/community. Please ad me to your list. Thanks

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  4. centralpafarm

    I SOLD THE PROPERTY …………………………AND MOVED TO WEST VIRGINIA AFTER MY MOTHER DIED…………………………………….. I AM SEEKING JESUS .. IF YOU WANT TO SEEK JESUS GET BACK TO ME AT……………………….….. DANIEL ERLINE……………………………..…… ON FACEBOOK

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  5. Allan

    I just posted the message below. I created a new email address to catch everyone interested. So if possible, respond to this email. Allan – offgridpa@gmail.com. I am really hoping we can get something started. There is no reason why this dream community could not become a reality. Thanks, and sorry for the email confusion. I hope to hear from everyone soon.
    Allan

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  6. Allan

    I have a few people in Central PA interested in an Off-Grid type community. We have spent time learning about sustainable living and cohousing. We have not been able to contact the person that originally posted this article. Since there is enough interest here in starting a community we should try to all communicate. The only way to do that is to share email addresses. We have looked into everything from prefab off-grid structures, to earth ships, to partially sustainable housing. If anyone would like to join in on a new discussion relating to a potential community, please let me know. Allan – awoolway@gmail.com.

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  7. Yve

    If you are still looking for people to be involved and to work with you on this, my husband and I would love to do something like this. We currently have some money and have been looking for land or a house but it has been just too little to get anything usable and go off-grid with responsibly, but may be enough to work together with others with similar goals. We are currently in Lancaster, PA but would love to live off grid anywhere withing an hour to hour and a half of Camp Hill, as we have his daughter alternating weekends and want her to learn off-grid living skills. I don’t know if you have gotten your covered bridge built yet, but if you have not, I may have some suggestions for improved access across your trout stream depending on its size. My husband is former Navy Corpsman and we grew up in the mountains of North Eastern, PA so there are skills we could bring to such a community.

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  8. Joseph

    Hi, my name is Joseph and I’m a army vet. I was in the 82nd ABN 6 years. I’m not really sure what I’m looking for I just know I need to get away from the brainwashed masses here in the Pittsburgh area. If you could please send me some pics and whatever other info you feel may be relevant I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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  9. lee kas

    i would love to know more i am about to go off grid my self any help info would be great … i am in the french creek area around douglassville pa

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  10. Thomas

    Hi yes I’m very interested in off Grid living I’m a retired military person and looking for someone like minded to work together to form a off grid community away from the rat race and government intrusion. I believe in loyalty and commitment and respect for fellow patriots.
    I was born and raised by country living and being off grid. I would like to get back to my roots. Anyone with secluded property and home for sale please respond so we can have a conversation. I live in the North east so PA area is the most likely spot I would like to reside
    thanks Please contact me and we can share idea’s Adult minded Patriotic and vets and common sense are welcomed

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  11. kathy & jessica

    My daughter (25) & I (54) would be very interested if this opportunity is still available? We have previous experience living semi- off grid for about 10 years in Alaska. Send me an email if you’d like to chat further. We are currently located in South Central PA. Thank you for your time :) Have a blessed week ~

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  12. pat

    My email is trickster42@gmail.com
    Just some background, my friend and I are both 18, eagle scouts, and very eager to test our knowledge gained from scouting. We love hard work and would be more than willing to help you in your construction.

    Thanks again

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  13. pat

    Hi there,

    My name is pat and I am very interested in trying to live off the grid. I’m looking to try it for a month with my friend. I don’t know if you would allow this but it would be very much appreciated if you emailed me so we could talk more about it even if you say no. Thanks

    Pat

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  14. moonbeamleah

    Hi :) My name is Leah and I am originally from Mississippi but living in Manayunk , PA now. I actually grew up on my farm in mississippi and we lived almost completely off the grid. We had our own meat (goats,quails), our own clean fresh well water, and lots of fields to grow fruits and veggies. I absolutely adore hard farm work, gettingup early in the morn the make the land more beautiful than the day before, and helping my fellow man out with having the basic needs of life without being a slave to money and the stress of society. I am very interested in talking to you and seeing where I can possibly fit in to help. My dream is to live off the grid once more and HONESTLY enjoy life for what it is and not focus on the benjamins. Hopefully, you are still reading these comments. My email is: yellowvibrations311@yahoo.com. I would love to talk to you whenever is clever. But more clever than whatever, of course :)> Have a beautiful day.

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  15. Loubert

    Hello, I go by Loubert. I randomly came across your site and I was very interested in it. Not because I want to join although it is very tempting I love nature and love being out in it but I dont like being stuck in one spot I like to move around. My question though have you had any kind of backlash from normal society standards of living? If so how have you been able to go ahead with this? From what I understand you have done this pretty much you entire life. I would greatly appreciate some advice in this area. I have for a long time wanted to start my life but it I have no support from anyone. My wife doesn’t want anything to do with this kind of lifestyle but at the same time I feel drawn almost called by God to do this at the same time I either lack the courage or wisdom to make this decision. Any advise would be welcome. Thank you for your time and good luck to everyone wanting to be apart of this lifestyle it is something that none of you will ever regret! A chance to live life and experience trials and hardships that make living worth the sweat blood and tears. Few would want to live this way fewer have actually left everything to do so. In the end you will find yourself and you purpose good luck again. God be with you all.

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  16. Damien

    I am very interested in this opportunity. Please contact me drod281@yahoo.com

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  17. Allan Hall

    Hi I know you have many people interested in your land, I’m one of them. I’m looking for a place for my family and I. If you ever consider someone think of me. I would turn your acreage into a million dollar annual business.
    Algeze714@gmail.com

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  18. james preston

    i think im just the person your looking for?ive bean a carpanter of all sorts for 30+years and not only wanted this kind of life all my life but nead it,what i mean is this hipocritacal world i live in makes me sad,ive tried very hard to make it work but never seam to fit in at every try,i firmly believ in loylty and treeting my fellow man as i would want to be treated.i have alot of love in my heart for the out doars and doing the next best thing,unfortunatly not many others in this world feel the same and only care about how they can benifate them selfs no matter who they got to beat down along the way,,,,i cant eaven begin to express my desire to come to your land and make it workable and livable so maybe others will come and we can start a small workable comunaty whare our children can be tought to love and respect the next,ive got so much to say and talk to you about that typing it would take way to much time and unfortunatly ive come to realize thear is no emotion in text so can never realy know how the person on the other end realy feals,,,dose that make sence?lol,,,,im just not a word smith,lol….could you call????????1 845 775 8691….i dont believe you will regret it,have a bless day, email,,,,,awtcf13@gmail.com phone would be so much better tho but any way you choose will be fine,,,,thnx once again

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  19. james preston

    i think im just the person your looking for?ive bean a carpanter of all sorts for 30+years and not only wanted this kind of life all my life but nead it,what i mean is this hipocritacal world i live in makes me sad,ive tried very hard to make it work but never seam to fit in at every try,i firmly believ in loylty and treeting my fellow man as i would want to be treated.i have alot of love in my heart for the out doars and doing the next best thing,unfortunatly not many others in this world feel the same and only care about how they can benifate them selfs no matter who they got to beat down along the way,,,,i cant eaven begin to express my desire to come to your land and make it workable and livable so maybe others will come and we can start a small workable comunaty whare our children can be tought to love and respect the next,ive got so much to say and talk to you about that typing it would take way to much time and unfortunatly ive come to realize thear is no emotion in text so can never realy know how the person on the other end realy feals,,,dose that make sence?lol,,,,im just not a word smith,lol….could you call????????1 845 775 8691….i dont believe you will regret it,have a bless day,

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  20. mrhassebas

    Hi,
    I’m Bas, I live in the Netherlands.
    im really interested in joining you, and helping you out, if still possible.
    Please contact me: basterd17@live.nl

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  21. buttafly kizzes

    Hey how are you? Myself and my family are looking into living off the grid. I currently live in pa and would love some helpful tips on how to get started. I have a family of 7 and need enough room to do so. We have already started stock piling as best we can but the most important thing now is this process. Throw me an email at your convenience so that we can chat. Thanks be blessed :)

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  22. joey&ally

    my wife and i are close to you. we are thinking about going off grid ourselves. we wuld like to stop by and learn from you. were not afraid to get down to work. to help out likeminded frends.
    jojomojo5974@gmail.com

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  23. RyanBrooksLeslie

    Hi I’m interested. I’m a 38yo male artist living near Philly. I’m educating myself on hunting, trapping, farming, wild edibles. Em at Ryan@RyanBrooksLeslie.com.

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  24. tiana hodge

    My husband and I would love to come for a visit and see how things are going. We are considering going off the grid right now. Thanks

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  25. J.Lopez

    I’ve been seeking what you have to offer. I’m married with 4 children. I know this will be a huge lifestyle change, but I also know its needed as things around us continue on a negative downward spiral. I am willing to help in anyway I can. I want and need to go off the grid. I’m open to learn as much as I can. Im 35 yrs old, and I’m a great communicator and counselor. I know little bit about alot of things. Please contact me for more information. Thank You.

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  26. Tammy

    Hi live close to u would be willing to help for the knowledge u have . Want to go off grid too but it will take time and education from someone like u
    Thanks T

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  27. DK

    I am currently in the Army and newly divorced. I’m looking for a new beginning doing what I was always meant to do: live a life of hard work and self-accomplishment. I am currently in the Army and wont be out until late february of 2015. I am looking for opportunities in the future to look forward to. All I want is to build myself a self sustaining farm with like minded individuals. I am quiet and I keep to myself, but I am extremely loyal to those close to me. All I want is to build a cabin, hunt, fish, and farm. If there is some construction that needs done, too easy. I am an army engineer. I can build anything, and complete whatever task is ahead of me. I am skilled in home security and defense. I am highly intelligent and professional. if this is the type of person you wouldn’t mind living off your back lot (I’d want me in my backyard) please feel free to contact me. I am drama free.
    Thank you for your time and consideration.

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  28. centralpafarm

    Update for those who know i have been here for 2 1/2 yrs with no bathroom:

    I put in the septic tank for the grey water system / worm farm septic system i am creating. Next i will build the addition with composting toilet for the poo. That will have the shower stall in it and laundry and composting toilet and a stone/brick oven for baking breads etc. That room is only 12ft by 12ft. It will have a 5 ft tall space below the floor for the 55gallon drums for collecting poo. It will also have a concrete dividing wall to separate the cleanout of the stone/brick oven. That will be acessable from outside. The drums will roll on carts and be rotated in place as needed. Over 2 yrs time they will compost and eventually be used for tree fertilizer.

    Spring is right around the corner and my garden is a wonderful 2/5 of an acre with fruit trees berries and grapes and garlic and asparagus coming in and needing help with veggie planting and building cold frames. The soil is very well fertilized and has produced many bountiful crops.

    The acre across my trout stream has been seeded for a future grazing area. Its clear because it has local electric wires to neighbors running across it. I have approval for making a watering area for grazing animals by the trout stream.

    The barn is almost done and soon i will be raising quail and pheasents in each side with long 17 ft flying pens 8 ft tall. Acessable to feed them from the barns interior. I may even add nesting boxes on the interior walls.

    I have funds enough to slowly get these things done by summer time. I just need some help and a potential partner or partners to join me.

    So far i feel like the little red hen who has done it all myself. I don’t want to be that i do want to share it with someone who helps me. However, i will get it done eventually by myself.

    The upstairs bedrooms of the house can be heated with floor registers and wood stoves. I and my mom sleep in livingroom due to her age and my need to care for her thru the night.

    There is no place to build more buildings, except a greenhouse. We can though make an addition to the side of this building. We can also make an upstairs bathroom above the soon to be built downstairs bathroom. That could allow a person separate space on second floor except they might want to sleep outside in hot summers. Though it could have a outside deck off the 2nd floor as well on the north exposure for outside sleeping on those few hot summer nights. We could though in the mean time pump the cold air from the basement thru ducts to the 2nd floor with powerful fans or you could sleep there as i have a bed there too. The house is completely furnished. summer tents are ok though.

    Yes there is much we can do here that can be done. I am slowly getting it done and would love some help / partners. Is that you?

    PS: I do plan to get a horse and buggy again and use that for short trips around this amish community.

    NOTE: You can be an older person as i am in my late 50’s and mom is 90 but i accept all ages here. I do not accept smokers or drugs and i can feed you and we eat all types of food and so must you.

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  29. April Adair

    Wow, it sounds wonderful what your doing. I’m just starting to make plans to buy some land and I would like to build a Cob house. I live in Pa and would love to come for a visit to see your place and pick your brain if you have time.
    vixi_adamo_risum314@yahoo.com

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  30. Dani

    I am very interested in your idea. I too believe we can live off the land and be healthier and better for it. Dont have any money to offer, but im young(29) a hard worker, have a strong believe and values in living off grid. Please e-mail me to exchange info. damndani27@yahoo.com. you may also call me if need be 304-699-8400. Thanks for reading and i appreciate the offer. hope to hear back from you.

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  31. Cuetip

    Im very interested in this opportunity. My name is Chris and I just finished my masters degree, I want to disappear for a year and work on my first project. Im willing to work for what I need If I can just have a place to make camp or something. Please contact me if interested, me and my buddy Ogre are looking to leave as soon as our tax returns are finished.

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  32. Marie2013

    I’m also interested have some skills, but always room to learn more. email: bluejeangiril06@yahoo.com

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  33. tg

    sorry about that, here is my email, hope to hear from you soon. thanks. timisamazing@gmail.com

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  34. centralpafarm

    People you have to leave a email or way to contact you. Rachel did so we talked but she is not interested. so please leave an email or else there is no way to reach you ..

    NOTE: I do have my site there with an email in it so use that if you don’t want to leave your email here

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  35. rachelmc

    please email me if you are still seeking someone to come to your land. thanks rachel. rachelmc62@yahoo.com

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  36. tg

    sounds like you have yourself a real nice piece of land, and many ideas to carry out, very cool. i have always been interested in going off the grid, just havent ever had enough money to get some of my own land. i work construction, so i know what hard labor requires, also love the outdoors. i am young, 22, so i am definitely able and strong enough to help u carry out these plans on your land. i hope to get in contact with you, i am really interested in your opportunity.

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  37. jason fotia

    Hey there. My name is jason fotia and I am 27 and live in pittsburgh pa. Although I do not have much money I do have able healthy mind and body and redy to put them to use for soething important in my eyes. Please contact me and we can go from there

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