Surgeons took half of each foot, so Citizen’s Union Bank took our farm and home via foreclosure. What is a 53 year old man and his family of four to do? The only thing we can. Keep moving forward.
Step 1 – – We have started a GoFundMe account in the hopes of purchasing a small camper trailer as our first tiny home on wheels. The plan is to rent a U Haul to bring it to where we will live for about the next year. We hope to stay close to Henry County, KY because that is where my family participates as merchants at the Kentucky Highlander Renaissance Festival. As long as we remain close to the festival grounds, I can use my coal forge there to make custom hand made knives during the off season. As do, I will add them to the online store here at AjDrew.com
Step 2 – A year and a day is how long we hope to stay. During that time, I will continue document this adventure for a forthcoming book titled A Rastafarian Picnic. It has very little to do with either Rastafarians or picnics. But lets not forget the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance had very little to do with that subject either. We will save and sell what we can while we adapt to our tiny house on wheels.
Step 3 – Hopefully, in about a year we will be able to shopping for land in the Crestone, Colorado area. Jodi, a member our extended family, lived there not long ago. She describe a beautiful and loving community complete with spiritual center, open sir markets, and tours of local artist’s studios. It seems like an excellent fit.
Once in Colorado – This is where our plan diverges greatly from most aspirations to live in a tiny home. We do not want to build a single home. We want to build an intentional community. To our joy, it seems building an intentional community might be less of a legal challenge than building a single tiny home or parking a camper on private property. I am sure you have read stories about how tiny homes, off grid living, and camping on your own property are illegal. And yet, we are currently considering various sites where camper trailers are welcome. While it is generally against the law to live in a camper or even a mobile home where zoned residential, it is perfectly legal to live that way if the property is properly zoned. Our plan is to combine three established business structures.
- RV & Camper Park – Proof of concept can be found in the fact that these are already operated by not only commercial entities but local, state, and federal governments. While it might be illegal to camp on private property which is zoned residential, it is not illegal to do so on property zoned for that purpose.
- Agriculture – Here in Kentucky, if you have a sizeable farm on land zoned for agriculture, you may maintain multiple dwellings on the same land. This includes trailers and mobile homes. Think on the need for bunkhouses for agricultural workers. We have operated a family farm for 13 years and continue to maintain close ties to the patrons and friendships we formed before Citizen’s Union Bank took our farm. Our farm marketed specialty peppers and seed stock directly to consumers by mail. Peppers by Mail can pick up where it left off from almost anyplace in the United States.
- Take What You Need & Leave What You Can – That was the motto we tried to reach with our sustenance farming efforts here in Kentucky. With only two adults, we fell far short of our goals. We believe that with more folk active in our agricultural efforts, more excess will be produced. We understand there is a thriving farmer’s market in the Crestone area. We would like to participate. If not, the motto will work just fine on the farm itself. We imagine a road side produce stand depending on applicable ordinances.
With the above efforts and ongoing creativity, I believe we have a better than average chance of success. In the ongoing efforts department, we have two hopeful upcoming and one published authors, an accomplished metal worker / knife maker, and artisans working in many media. But more importantly, we have the spirit and drive to establish our intentional community far away in mind and body from pop consumerism.
Challenges and Naysayers – When I explain these plans to naysayers, I am typically struck with a sense of sadness. Not for the naysaying, but for the naysayer. They challenge the idea by pointing out we would need to supply water. Fine, we will have a well drilled. You will have to put in septic. Fine, we will have septic tanks put in. I am sad for the naysayers because they seem unable or unwilling to think outside the box of wage slavery.
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