posted on Mar, 17 2010 @ 10:38 PM
Hey man, your idea is great and God Bless You for it. HOWEVER, I suggest you read up on some of the communes from the 60s and 70s.... as hard as
growing food is and survival, the hardest part is managing the people.
Inevitably, you have to deal with the unpredictable nature of 20+ people living and depending on each other. For instance, everyone has to
contribute...what happens to those that don't contribute equally? How do you react when others may say you are not pulling your fair share?
How do you deal with theft or lack of morals. How about an extra-relationship affair in the commune...and they both stay? How about a vital
member/members that decide halfway through putting up for winter that this just isn't their cup of tea, or that manual labor( and lots of it) is not
for them...and they suddenly leave?
Nature and the wilds are the least of your worries...the work is hard and always thinking of the next season. How do I know, we currently live in
primitive fashion on our farm...not a commune but a farm.
Don't get me wrong, the rewards are great, the simple life is great, but it is hard living... when the fire goes out...it is you that has to get up
out of a warm bed and rebuild the fire. You have to make sure you have enough wood for winter, and even though you are tired, you still have to pick
those beans because if you don't...they go bad and dry out in the summer sun, or they rot from too much rain.
Not trying to poo-poo on your parade, but people are so darn unpredictable. How about you try homesteading near a small rural town, all the rewards,
you manage you, and still get the social life you desire...thats what we did...it is great.
I strongly suggest you read up on it and talk to someone that tried this over a period of time... ever wondered what happened to all of those communes
from the 60s and 70s.