Back about a year ago, I sent a note to Countryside Magazine, to the Contacts section, looking for folks who had either started or participated in a local homesteading group. I received about 20 letters in response, mostly from people in NY state. None had done it, some said it couldn't be done, but some were excited about forming a group of kindred spirits. My goal was to find people like me, who have the strong desire to be as self-sufficient as one can be in this day and age, and possibly have a monthly potluck, and possibly exchange our excess veggies, honey, maple syrup, wool, whatever it might be. Prior to this, I had no one in my life who was interested in homesteading, other than my friends here at HT. My coworkers and family are kind, decent people, but let's face it, life is more fun when you can share your passions openly with other folks. In the past year, I've met some truely wonderful people, as a result of that ad, and because I've reached out through this board. We support and encourage each other, teach each other, and share of ourselves and our bounty. My life is so much richer and satisfying as a result. I wanted to present this to you all, and ask if anyone has formed such a group in your immediate area? I realize everyone is busy, but one afternoon a month isn't much time to invest in creating a support system. You might be surprised how many homesteders are living within 20 miles of your place. If you are already doing this, will you share with us what your get-togethers are like? What do you do besides visit? I think this is a wonderful idea; it is an opportunity to make friends and barter our goods. Reach out and you will be glad you did.