Need homestead partners

Discussion in 'General Homesteading & Building' started by flaja, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. flaja

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    I am a Florida native, and except for a short period as a child and again while I was in school I have lived here my whole life.

    However, I want to leave Florida’s heat and humidity for health reasons, and I am looking at a piece of property in Georgia outside of Augusta. I want to set up an organic CSA farm that can also serve as an environmental research and education center to promote ecologically sustainable food, energy and building technologies. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology (with 40 credit hours in history) from Emory University. I have been around gardening my entire life, and I have almost 30 years experience with my own garden. I have the know-how to set up a vegetable farm and I have enough cash to buy the property and set up the initial infrastructure. But I don’t have good health. I was diagnosed in 2008 with congestive heart failure caused by a leaky aortic valve. I also have high blood pressure as well as arthritis that, with my family history, will likely cripple me within the next 10 years. So I am physically not up to setting up a farm. I am not married and I have no children and my only family is my mother who is disabled with lupus. So I don’t have anyone who can help run a farm.

    So I am looking for people who would be interested in joining me. I cannot offer a salary of any kind until the farm is up and running to produce income. I would consider taking a partner or two if I could find people whom I would be compatible with- maybe set up a corporation that would own the land and farm with me and the partners owning the corporation. I would also consider leasing some of the land to people that want to farm it. I would also consider setting up an eco-village if compatible people can be found.

    The property I am looking at has 48 acres and 2 mobile homes from 30 years or so ago so they may not be useable. I doubt that I could offer housing until a house is built (using rammed earth, strawbale, earthbag or compressed earth block).

    If anyone is interested I can be reached at flaja@att.net.
     
  2. FutureFriendly

    FutureFriendly Well-Known Member

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    I'd love to know how thing's have developed since this was posted. I have not had much success cultivating food but, I really want to learn. This is the first year in the garden for me, many mistakes made and a lot learned.
     

  3. flaja

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    This property was under contract with a buyer before I even saw the ad for it on the net. The realtor just didn’t bother to remove the ad. Since then I have found several other properties that would have been suitable, but I haven’t been able to find anyone who is interested in joining me. I found an almost 5 acre lot with 2 houses in South Carolina that was dirt cheap and I was willing to buy the property and greatly scale back my plans for the sake of getting something accomplished. But my disabled mother has made it obvious that she has no intention of moving, so right now I am waiting for one of us to die.
     
  4. FutureFriendly

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    I think that's what most of us are doing, waiting to die. I bought a large home last year and I wish I could say I found it dirt cheep. I didn't pay to much but, I made the mistake of listening to well intentioned fools and not trusting my gut. Also I was overwhelmed by the urgency, trying to meet everyone else's needs and time line. Long story short, it feel's like a death trap and sometimes just enjoying the time you have, "Your one wild and precious life," is all any of us could hope for. Keep your head up. Thank you for sharing, all the best.
     
  5. cengasser

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    We live in the CSRA area in SC. Where was the property you found. We also have Mum living with us... She has said we can move as long as we keep this house for her. The older they get...,,
    We don't farm and have a small garden that this year is producing wonderfully.
     
  6. lazydaisy67

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    Why don't you look a little further north if the heat and humidity isn't good for you? I don't think I could live further south than Iowa cause I'm pretty sure I'm alergic to humidity.
     
  7. weedygarden

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    Middle America for me

    Lazydazy, I am with you.

    I know you might be able to have longer growing seasons, but the heat and the humidity? Ugh

    I don't want to live on either coast either--storms, dense populations, earthquakes, etc.
     
  8. FutureFriendly

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    In heat and humidity, I start to melt. Don't mind layering up, you can always take a layer off.
     
  9. UncleJoe

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    Yep. I spent a week in Florida back in the mid-80's. The humidity is absolutely oppressive and that was in September. I have never had any desire to go back. Not only that but the insects are as big as a small dog! :eek:
     
  10. FutureFriendly

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    Every area has down sides. If we keep getting these "perfect storms"-LOL. Where I live the big concern for me is radiation. In Ontario you can find five nuclear power plants. They have different company names running them so, it looks like less to anyone who isn't checking different company names.
     
  11. bahramthered

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    Oh Nuts, I'm the one who has to go negative again:

    A degree in biology and you want to do organic farming? That raises a red flags for me.

    Organic farming is the least productive, least nutritious, most wasteful farming we have in modern times. Heck it even routinely fails taste tests.

    Good luck man. I suggest you start advertising on liberal college websites and use words like commune, mother gia, and back to earth. Be open to questionable herbs and nudity if you really want to make a go of this.


    -Fav quote I heard not too long ago about deep south humidity:
    "Even my sweat is sweating"
     
  12. FutureFriendly

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    Critical thinking is great. I agree that advertising at a college she might have found a lot more interest. I didn't think that because she didn't get her degree in organic farming it might not be legitimate. The things I studied in college and received certification for, I'm less confident in when compared to the thing's I tried to learn out of interest. What she expressed interest in doing doesn't line up with my interest's and goal's exactly but, if it were local? I might have been able to learn something. I'm considering asking a few local Mennonite family's to see if they need a hand and it's mainly because I learn best threw experience.
     
  13. bahramthered

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    Reread me. I didn't question her qualifications for organic farming. Nor did I implie she was illegitimate. I only questioned why someone with a degree in biology and I hope a brain would be interested in organic farming.

    And I thought I was helpful if slightly mocking (okay more than slightly) in suggesting a path to find people to undertake this project.
     
  14. FutureFriendly

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    Your right, the word legitimacy is not in your post but, the term "red flag" denoted it. My interpretation and not everybody's gonna look at it that way but, a few might.
     
  15. flaja

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    The last property I found is in Pelzer, SC just on the doorstep of Greenville. It has 2 houses that both need some work and right now a tenant is renting part of the land for a mobile home. It isn’t nearly the acreage I would want, but the asking price is only $88,000.
     
  16. FutureFriendly

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    Some houses that need work could end up costing you a lot more than you think. If it doesn't have a good working septic system, cistern, well, weeping tile, window's and insulation, It may cost a lot to be energy efficient, self-sustaining and comfortable.
     
  17. flaja

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    I am in no mood this morning to argue with another fool on the net so I will just tell you to go toe Hell.
     
  18. goatlady

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    "Organic farming is the least productive, least nutritious, most wasteful farming we have in modern times. Heck it even routinely fails taste tests."

    That's the most ignorant, outrageous statement I have read in a looooong time!. Care to document your basis for said statement?
     
  19. Kessler

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    I admit that I don't know whether that is true or not, but I'd sure like to hear other opinions.
    :scratch
     
  20. JayJay

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    I am not in realty, but I bet these days you can find a better deal, esp. in Ky.