[permaculture] Instant Community: a proposal
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Mon Mar 10 23:23:33 EST 2003
A Proposal for an Instant Community
In the sense that most intentional communities take a much longer
amount of time to become established, and many of which also
are involved with invention in design, building, aesthetics and other
activities which reduce actual onsite food supply, this proposal
is to form a community far more quickly and efficiently.
I am thus looking for buyers of these lots who are very
interested in growing sufficient foods as the FIRST priority.
It is possible, as I describe here, that the economy may rapidly
reach a very limited state for use of finances for most people.
The idea here is that each owner is completely in legal control
of his purchased lot, it is NOT a community in that sense.
It is however a community, in the sense that it creates an
INSTANT neighborhood, of those who share this common
goal of health and organic living.
I am looking for the following:
A surveyed development with lots of 2 to 20 acres each.
This is to be a low cost purchase, so these lots are undeveloped,
intentionally so, the price is much lower, power, telephone, etc.
need not be to each lot line.
Water should be within 5 miles to a sufficient community water
supply at low cost. Of course wells, and closer water is much
desired, so that these distant limits are open to negotiation.
Rainfall in the vicinity is also a factor.
The point is to begin cultivation immediately upon purchase,
using temporary living units, not the reverse (not spending a
year or more building a home BEFORE gardening or farming.)
At least a total of 5 separate lots to be purchased by others.
I am looking for both Americans and Europeans, and think that
this Permaculture group is a good place to make such a posting.
Let me explain the purpose of the community.
It is to supply individual lots for each owner-investor at minimum
cost, to be purchased soon.
The economic picture is very much a catalyst for this search.
You may be a couple or others, singles who have financial
resources for this and have been living in cities, etc. most of
Your desire to establish a secure and healthy living site can
be accomplished with minimum cost and minimum time.
You are beginning to foresee greater business losses as
affecting you more and more directly in the near future.
Organic Community with One Consensus Goal:
To provide as soon as possible an ample food supply of the
highest quality grown food crops, and medicinal herbs.
You must already have attached importance to diet and
healthy living as a priority in your own future.
I am looking for individual buyers who can buy at least
5 lots in a concentrated but inexpensive development.
I am currently in Arizona.
I have found such developments of 2 to 10 acre lots in
Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Texas, so far though I am
still travelling and looking for other such places.
These lots, some of them are very inexpensive and can
be bought outright:
2 to 5 acres for $5,000 to $15,000 for example.
RV use on the lots and other temporary and mobile housing
This latter is an important point.
Zoning restrictions should not be extensive for such a purpose.
On the other hand, I am looking for people who do NOT want
to spend several years putting all their energy into unique and
They MUST see food and a renewable energy, power system
onsite as the FIRST priority.
Such groups as Earthships in Taos, and other building groups,
strawbale, cob, etc. are all very useful for the future, but many
of these people spend most of their energy designing and building
these homes for several years.
I believe the economy may soon make such an activity far more
You must have respect for organic foods, permaculture being one
of several very useful approaches, and I realize this discussion
group has many people within it who know a great deal about
these methods, all of which are organic, non-chemical.
The Community is simply a way of creating an instant rural
neighborhood where your neighbors share a basic goal of
maximizing health and foods in the short term.
It is a hedge against a severe economic depression which seems
to be looming.
Europeans are involved in permaculture and some of these
other groups I have been writing to with this same proposal.
I hope to find such property buyers soon.
Obviously climate is an important factor.
Therefore I am considering mainly the Southwestern US at
Stages of Further Progress at the Community
A series of business ideas based on organic foods and
herbs would be explained as self sufficiency for owners
Even as the economy worsens, the most secure businesses
are and will be, based on foods, the first necessity in living.
The organic foods and herbal markets are booming in spite
of downturns in almost every other sector.
I have already formulated a list of business products, processes,
and other for-profit concepts and encourage others to do the
Each lot owner is just like any property owner, in this plan.
The only difference is that a few basic agreements will be
the same for all: especially organic farming and other health
related systems concerning water, waste systems and
Other than that, there are no restrictions, as in fact there are
with most intentional communities which are often based
on political or social reaction to a particular aspect of urban
This Proposal is to provide a cheap, second home, very
quickly and efficiently which can supply as good, or better
foods and health than the owners currently provide in their
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