[before_listing images= youtube=null] let me tell you something about me and my family. we Live in NY right now and want to get out, I am a mother of 8 children, grandmother of 8 natural grandchildren and 10 others that call me grandma moocow. There are 4 of us living together (my 16 year old daughter, my friend and his 10 year old autistic nephew).
We have been talking about moving off the grid for some time now but we run into a wall when it comes to obtaining land.
I myself have lived 9 months in a gp med army tent with 6 of my 8 kids (my youngest at the time was 11 days old) no electric, no running water (we hauled in water), we cooked on a weber gas grill using 100lbs propane tanks ( i even learned to bake b-day cakes on that weber), our toilet was a bucket with a seat, our bathtub was a baby wading pool so I do know how to rough it.
This is my vision: living in a community of people of the same values.
1)building homes using recycled materials as much as possible (any kind of home if permitted including but not limited to tree houses, hobbit homes, earth homes ect…), I have seen the word co housing and found it not to be what I thought it was ( my thought was everyone living in the same house, using the same bathroom, eating from the same kitchen sorry was born in the 60’s) but to my surprise it is more like duplexes, triplexes and some quadplexes this kind of co housing is not excempt from idea in community.
2)having a common house kind of like a community center for gatherings, meetings, a place to do canning of our own grown vegetables and fruits, or making homemade fruit roll-ups and granola…. yummy
3)things are voted on as a group not I am the law (which is one thing we are trying to leave behind) we will have many meetings because a community is always changing.
4)having large gardens weather they are tilled in the ground, made in raised growing beds, greenhouses or a combo of all
5)farm animals including chickens, duck, turkeys, a couple of cows, even a few horses (we need something to plow fields with if no one volunteers) these are just some, others can be discussed. Not really farm animals but dogs. if living in a community dogs will be allowed but a time schedule for the walking of dogs and the cleaning up is demanded. (I myself have 3 wonderful pitbulls, they want to be lapdogs).
6)motor vehicles can be there but we would like to use less if possible and they would not be up in the community itself…
7)because living off the grid means getting land, building houses, digging a well (or wells) raising barns/storages, putting in solar/wind/batter banks does cost it would only be fair to ask for members of the community (old members and new) to help with a community fund. kind of like paying rent but only not as high. it would never be asked of someone to pay 100% of their earnings but the amount can be decided later, the reason for this is in case you decide that this kind of living is not for you, you will have the means to find something more suited for you.
8)religion is open to all if you are one faith and someone moves into the community of the same faith then by all means hold you faith meeting at your house or out in the woods (if there are any, your faith will not be judge (unless it calls for sacrificing our animals or child)
9) schooling is up to the parents, but as for me i want my daughter out of the public schools since they are not what they use to be
looking for families as well as singles, young and old, time is put into the growing of this community, a community is not a community if you do not put into it, my vision is a barter/trade system in the community, living off what we grow or raise is my dream, having us use our talents or skills to better the place, one of the ideas is setting up at local fairs/ farmers markets from what our community has produced as a means to bring in community funds.
this is what I vision, this is something I want, but the biggest thing that stops me from getting it, is getting the land and the start building funds.
so if there is anyone out there who has the land or is willing to get the land and put it into a trust where we who move there help pay for it then please send me a message
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