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by Autumn (autumnreign)
at January 22nd, 2006 (05:29 pm)
current mood: creative

1) Why did you join this community?
Because I Love you! - oh, and cause I think self-sufficient communities are cool.

2)What initially sparked your interest in living closer to the land and/or ecologically sustainable communities?
Hmmm, I think it would have to be that first time I tried to build a fort on an island in the swamp near my house when I was a kid.

3) Describe your ideal community and/or living situation in regards to the interests of this online community. How is it structured? How does it support itself? What do you really love about it, and why is it your ideal? Take some time with this one if you feel like it- it's in some ways the heart of the questionnaire.
Oh, lets see.....If I had my way,I would live in a small community
(just a few families) on lots of land and we'd all do our part to grow and make the things we need, at least for the most part. We'd do our best to have energy efficient houses and recycle our waste. But, while I love to have my hands in the dirt, I also like to have my fingers on the keyboard! I wouldn't want technology to be forbidden or anything - unless it's technology that is really bad for the environment. We learn from the past, keep our head in the present, so that we can make the future the best it can be.

4)What would you say your greatest challenges are in terms of obstacles keeping you from achieving this dream? If you joined this community and have achieved your dream, congratulations! Tell instead about what your greatest challenges were, and how you overcame them. (This way you can be an inspiration to the rest of us! ;) )
My biggest obstacle, sadly, is insufficient funds, and no credit. In todays society and government, the only way to obtain the land on which to live out this dream is to play the good consumer game.

5) Discuss some issues people face in building such a community that are unique to life in New England. If you can't think of any, or you don't think there are any, just say so and (for the latter at least) say why you feel that way. Well, I'd have to see it to really know...but I did hear a story of such a community in Milford that "mysteriously disappeared". One day they were there, the next day they were all gone - down to the last child - and had left all their belongings behind. Clothes in the drawers, food in the cupboards, everything. So, when asked this question, my thoughts turn to them. What happened to them, and why? There's no doubt that communities like this are often met with apprehension by their neighbors. Also, government authorities tend to be unfriendly toward any group of people that doesn't contribute to their economy. Not to mention simpler problems, like that New England isn't very good for growing oranges and other such things. These things would have to be bought, of course, which might go against the "living off the land" mentality, but in the interest of complete nutrition, some acceptions would have to be made, yes?