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Our homestead is a tiny house, eco-friendly, educational community near the amazing small town of Bisbee Arizona.
After building my first tiny home in 2015, traveling the country in a Honda Element, building a second tiny home in 2017... and the hiking halfway across the country on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019... I finally settled down and purchased land to build a community of like-minded individuals who want to live simply, sustainably, and happily out in the desert.
We are BRAND new. We purchased 100% raw, undeveloped land in Mid-January of 2020 and have been working to build it into a beautiful community. Currently, we are able to house 3 people, but the end goal is to have a self-sustaining community of 5-8 full-time dwellers and a regular flow of travelers coming through. We are also big fans of Van lifers, Tiny Housers, and BYOD (Bring your own dwelling) travelers.
My Girlfriend, Katie and I (Richard) own and run the community. We are both earth-friendly, yogi, liberal, crunchy hippie types and are looking for more people who fit with our ideals.
We are a completely non-profit community and we are not building properties to sell or rent. Rather we are looking for people to help build up the community space so we can host more travelers and like-minded individuals.
We are both Vegetarian/Vegan and do ask that community members keep at least a vegetarian diet while on the land. This is not just because of our ideals, but it also helps significantly with keeping away pests, dealing with black water, and dealing with waste since all trash has to be either burned (cardboard/paper) or packed out.
We LOVE board/card games, campfires, good conversations, learning things, plants, and sharing meals and drinks with other people. The main goal of this community is to have people around that we can both learn from and teach and enjoy each other's company.
We are a nudist/naturalist friendly community. There is no requirement to participate, but please know that others may and be respectful of everyone.
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Hilfe bei Kunstprojekten
If you are interested in learning about going off-grid, construction, permaculture, growing food, hydroponics harvesting water, producing energy, desert plants, animals, this is a great place to be.
While I have a fair amount of knowledge in construction and solar, we are learning as we go with all of this... we are looking for people to bring their knowledge, passions, expertise, and willingness to learn to the community. If there are projects you are passionate about and want to try, we are certainly open to hearing them and if it makes sense for the community to try it out! If you are new and want to learn we are happy to teach. Just be open and willing to learn.
This land is our playground.
Where we are, it is rare to hear the noise of a car... people... or anything but the birds, locus, and other creatures around us (though the cows can be loud). This is a great place for someone who is looking for time to themselves and a peaceful place to work on themselves, learn a new skill, read a book, and just escape from the world for a while. You will for sure connect back with nature out here... we live outside. And if you've never seen a full moon in the desert, you're in for a treat.
You are surrounded by mountains and we are happy to teach about all thing things the land provides. While I am new to it all, it has become a personal obsession to learn about how native people thrived on these lands hundreds of years ago.
Depending on when you come, you'll have a totally new experience of the desert. December - March is perfect sunny days and cold nights... April - May is perfect days and nights.... June and July are hot, but the nights cool off... August - November is the rainy season. The whole landscape and feeling out here changes completely every couple of months, which is really fascinating to witness.
For those interested in building a tiny house on wheels or a van conversion... My success in the tiny house world came largely due to the kindness of strangers. I would love the opportunity to pay that kindness back. If you are looking for a spot to build and the tools to build with, I would be happy to share what I have to the right person. Let's talk for more details.
We have a ton of projects going on out here all the time. Skilled help is great, but not required. Much of the tasks we have to do out here are physically demanding. It's a great place to get fit!
We are open to project ideas and will let you pursue projects/experiments that interest you if they fit within the end goal and budget of the community. We're happy to teach. Artists are also very welcome and if your artwork fits our vibe, look and feel, we would love murals/sculptures created.
Upcoming Major Projects:
• Sandbag/Earth Ship Root Cellar (Our Current Project)
• Shade Structures/Workshop
• "Rain Roof" and rainwater harvesting system
• Gardening/Aquaponic Systems (Always getting upgraded)
• Community Kitchen/Shower
We currently have 3 dwellings for workawayers on the property. A 32 ft RV split into two units and a 12 ft tiny house on wheels.
Both dwellings require water to be hauled from the main tank for the time being. They both have electricity. The RV is equipped with a kitchen and a small fridge, the tiny house will have an outdoor community kitchen.
We also use a composting toilet system for the community. It is simple and works well. A community shower is in the works, but for now guests can use our main tiny house shower.
We have a tiered system and ask basically that you contribute on a level that you consume.
Bring your own dwelling (Van/Tiny House/RV): 8-10 hr/week
Stay in one of our dwellings (3 total): 15 hr/week
Stay in our dwelling + basic food (Rice, beans, spices, coffee, oils, dry non-perishables + a small stipend for fresh foods): 20-25 hrs/week
In regards to the current pandemic, we are asking that people who apply do take the outbreak seriously. We have a lot of community spaces, sharing of tools, and things of that nature, so if one person get's it... everyone is going to get it.
We are taking extra precautions to deep clean/sterilize spaces between guests, we always wear masks when going out in public, use hand sanitizer, and avoid unnecessary trips. We ask our guest to do the same when they are out and about.
In regards to quarantining, this is really one of the best places to be. Our nearest neighbor is ½ a mile away... sunshine and heat does kill the virus, and working/moving/exercising is one of the best ways to stay healthy. This is why we keep accepting guests and building up the community. But we do ask that people realize the gravity of the situation and take the appropriate steps to stay safe.
Our community is between Bisbee, Tombstone, and Sierra Vista Arizona.
Bisbee (20 minutes drive south): Bisbee is an amazingly small, artsy community tucked away in the mountains. It has a handful of great dive bars, a brewery, regular live music, cute shops, and an all-around great vibe.
Sierra Vista (30 minute drive west): Sierra vista is where we get all of our supplies. They have big grocery stores, home depot/lowes, Walmart, a good library, UPS, co-op, chain restaurants... etc. There is also a large hospital 20 minutes away.
Tucson (1:30 hr drive north): Tucson is close enough to be accessible. They are a large metropolitan city with an international airport. There is free camping near town and makes a great spot for a weekend getaway.
Hiking/Biking/Outdoors: Our property touches BLM land which is accessible for cross-country hiking literally from your doorstep. The Arizona trail southern terminus is a 45-minute drive away. There are TONS of mountains and hiking trails very close to us.
Other Cities: We are within a one day drive of Colorado, Southern Utah, San Diego, New Mexico, and only 45 minutes from the Mexican border. The Grand Canyon is about 6:30hrs away, Phoenix about 3hrs.
Know before you apply:
We do live in the desert and off the grid. We are at 4,500 ft elevations, so while mid-day in the summer is hot, the days cool off quickly. We do have a ton of wildlife including rattlesnakes, spiders, scorpions, bobcats, coyotes, bees, wasps, and javelina. We are in no way responsible for any injuries that may happen out here and we do have a waiver for all new members.
The purpose of this community is to be a happy, healthy, and sustainable place for everyone involved. If you don't fit the community vibe, you will be asked to leave.
We are 3 miles off of the paved road. Our road is accessible by 2 wheeled drive vehicles, but it can get muddy and slick during rains. There is no public transit out here, you will need a car to get around.
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