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Looking For a Few Real Homesteaders

Is it your dream to live a contented life by removing complexity and distractions from it? Are you capable of making decisions and commitments and persevering? Have you lived providently and productively and have the means to do and not just dream? Are you physically fit enough to live the life you have imagined—and to be capable of being an asset to a community (and not just another liability)? Would you like to live in community with people who are an asset to each other and are committed to helping each other? Can you accept that there are hundreds of successful cooperative and interdependent communities in Amerca (but not a single successful commune) and that there is no reason to reinvent the wheel? Would you like to live a real life? 

If you answered "yes" to all of the above, we would like to meet you and get to know you to see if there is a fit for you in our community.

There are a number of posts on this blog that will be enormously helpful to real homesteaders (and terribly offensive to virtual homesteaders). If you are truly interested in this way of life, take the time to read this blog in its entirety. Read my books, "Prosperous Homesteading" and "Seven Years of Famine." After you have read the blog and the books come and visit our community. You will see something real. And you will learn something useful.

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