Monday, April 12, 2010

The Community

I don't know about you, but I sometime wish I lived in the perfect community. My community would be made up of a few small farms. Close enough that you could call each other neighbors, but far enough away that you weren't in each others faces all the time. In my community, all the people would work to live, not live to work. If someones house needed the roof fixed, that person wouldn't feel weird asking his fellow neighbor to help out. Infact, that neighbor would be glad to help. The men would work on the house, the women would get together and make a nice dinner. (All homegrown food, of course.)

In my perfect community, everyone would try to live locally. If one family wasn't fortunate enough to have a milk cow, they would either buy it off of one of the neighbors or even better, barter some eggs for it. In my community, we wouldn't have to go to Wal-Mart or Kroger more than twice a year. And that would be JUST for eccentials.( I have to have tolet papper. I'm sorry.) Now doesn't that sound like the best community?????

We are on the way to making that perfect community. Me and Hubby have about 50 acres on top of a ridge. Fire Bug bought the land across from us. He wants to live off of his land and be self sufficent too. The people that live right next to us is an older couple who grow a big garden every year.

Now the reason I'm going on and on about this community is, my cousin is a realtor. There is more land up on this ridge for sale. NICE land. The owner will do land contract. If anyone out there is looking for a place to live and start a nice small, farm, this would be the place. And if I could pick my neighbors, I would want someone who would be willing to work towards the perfect community.

A girl can dream, can't she?

So until next time....

Small Farm Girl, dreamer.

13 comments:

Andora said...

That sounds perfect!!!!! I like your dream community.....the mushrooms are found early spring after a good rain and warm temps...poplar fields and around sycamore trees is a good place to start...and old abandon homesteads...but if it is dry weather there won't be any to find...ttyl...

Feral Female said...

That does sound about as close to perfection as one could get SFG!

Barbara said...

I agree, perfection.

Happy Days said...

I hope you get a great neighbor who wants the same thing in life that you do! Yep, sounds like a nice community to me. And, I think there are plenty of communities out there already just like that!! Have a good day!!...debbie

Melodie said...

That is my dream too...

small farm girl said...

Thanks for your comments guys! I'm so glad other people agree with me.

The Milk Maid said...

Sounds great, I couldn't agree with you more! We have a farm and I am not saying we have bad neighbors but I wish they were farmers also and interested in a community like the one you want. I would be perfectly happy without having to leave the farm too often.

simply_complicated said...

great post. my dreams are similar, though i think i'd be comfortable with an even more closely intertwined community (working towards more barter, less purchases, possibly near-total communal self-sufficiency) However, my dreams are a few years away at best, as i'm still city-bound. one thing at a time. btw, linked this post in mine today (http://leftofaverage-southofnormal.blogspot.com/2010/04/of-houses-dreams-and-future.html)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Love this!!!
I thought we were working towards that same goal here when we bought this property, but have since found the ground is not suitable for growing anything. bah!
And because grass barely grows here, we find that we need more land so can we can alternate pastures so the land can get a break.
Lessons are always being learned, eh?

I hope your dreams come true! :)


~Lisa

The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Perfect! Just on par with what I wish we had surrounding us. Don't get me wrong it is very beautiful, but the community you describe is devine. I hope you get a few more neighbors with shared values close to you!

Lynda said...

I found you through 'Fresh From The Farm' & just thought I'd pop in to say hi ! We farm in Africa, & I love reading fellow farm girls blogs from around the world - nice to 'meet' you !
Lynda, Kilimanjaro, East Africa

granny said...

Sounds like a community Id love to live in!
Kind of like the communes that started here in the 60's (and are still around today )
They were trying for the perfect community too.

Kritter Keeper said...

sounds like the way the amish live and the way farms were at the turn of the century. found your blog through ferale female!