Last week, we did some posts with a proposal for developing our off-grid community.
Some of you commented, and it did spark some serious discussions between Geoff and I. One of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to turn a dream into something that is survivable in the Real World!
What may seem like a fantastic idea to us, may not resonate with other folks, and we completely recognize this!
So, we have made a few changes in our proposal, and we are happy to announce the creation of our new website: www.homesteadfreedom.ca!
Here are the essentials of the changes:
1) We are not focusing on building a town, at the moment. What we will be doing is taking the 1/4 section, and offering 1, 5, and 10 acre plots for direct sale. Prices will be kept very reasonable, and part of the benefit is knowing that you have like-minded neighbours who you can call on for help if/when needed. But, it's going to be your own off-grid land.
There is a central 10-acre plot that will be reserved for the Incubator. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the plots will be used to develop the Incubator. Later on, we can purchase another 1/4 section, and build a properly-planned town, if we wish.
2) We will be forming two different, but connected companies. The land will be owned by a development company that we will form, and the Incubator will be managed by a non-profit company that we will also create and run. The 10-acre plot for the Incubator will be donated by the development company, which will also donate a portion of profits to help get the Incubator up and running.
3) The Incubator will function pretty much as described previously, with community involvement.
We have also reached out to the Agriculture Department of a university, which has a PHD program in rural development (among other related degrees). We hope to make a good connection, or even a partnership with the university, and receive advice on permaculture, rural planning, and so on. With any luck, we'll be able to help provide practical experience for their students, which would also provide us with much-needed guidance.
4) As the Incubator will be a non-profit organization, it is then able to receive both corporate and personal donations. This opens up the possibility to partner with a number of different organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity or other organizations which are geared towards ending poverty.
5) We also decided to go back to the roots of this whole endeavour - helping people to reduce debt and end poverty-living. It has always been a focus, but, we felt that we had to push it to the back burner in order to make things more palatable, business-wise. As a non-profit, the Incubator can go back to this idea, and develop it properly.
In this theme, Geoff is making more generic copies of the various budgeting tools that he has used in his own journey, and he will be putting them up on the new website, for public download.
6) Because the Facebook group is really more about the homesteading project, we will be re-naming it "Homestead Freedom" to reflect this. We have also set up a Homestead Freedom email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, check out the new website, look at the details of the proposal - both Stream One and Stream Two. If you have constructive criticism, please let us know.