Who in their right mind would leave an intentional farming community like this?

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  1. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    A guy I went to high school recently left an intentional farming community of almost 1800 like minded residents. Talk about a slew of benifits available to the residents of the subsidized self reliently focused gated community and farm. Duplex housing units simple but with the latest of security. Health benifits, free movies and crafts. and free laundry. A communal kitchen available to all residents. They even deliver breakfasts to the duplex houses so the residents can better prepare for the days work in community industries, horse stables or 2000 acre farm for a guaranteed salary . During its existance , the community has never experienced any layoffs from its industries or agronomics. Whenever residents move on theres a waiting list of new applicants to move in and take advantage of the simple self relient communal community . Can you think of why anyone would willingly leave a Xanadu style intentional community after just 11 years of enjoying this wonderful simple living lifestyle?
     
  2. Maybe too monotnous ... maybe lacks the challenge this "other" life puts us in ... who knows?
     

  3. Lt. Wombat

    Lt. Wombat Well-Known Member

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    I would never be able to relax in a place like that. I hate congestion of people no matter what their lifestyle is. This is why we bought so far from anything and are planning on moving soon because a rancher sold off his 80 acres into 2 acre pieces of crap. With no zoning I know exactly what type of people will be moving in and what garbage they will be dragging in and calling houses.

    No thanks, I'll take seclusion and paying for everything myself any day
     
  4. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Doesn't sound self relient to me. Sounds like a cog in a wheel. Prob had 'thought police' to boot.
     
  5. Cygnet

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    *snork* Bet they had cute striped work clothes, too.
     
  6. AngieM2

    AngieM2 Big Front Porch advocate

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    I wouldn't want someone else calling the shots on "my land", and this sounds like a "commune" which also is the basis of "communism" in the abstract form.

    No thank you.

    AngieM2
     
  7. Tempest

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    A community like that usually lacks privacy and rules tend to abound to achieve this type of organization. That's alot of people to organize. While breakfast ready for ya every morning sounds like a luxury, it probably feels invasive to have someone knock on your door every morning. The social clicks could definately get out of hand. And if everyone is not the same religion? That could cause some serious strife. Or maybe your friend is one who wants more rules and the rest don't? Who knows? I can definately see problems as possible.
    Peace and blessings,
    Tempest
     
  8. mikell

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    Breakfast in the morning Who gets up to make it Volunteers or employees. Probably lots of volunteer work and stock instead of pay.
    Lets find out the truth or shoukd I say "The Truth Is Out There"


    mikell
     
  9. whodunit

    whodunit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Maybe he will tell you if you ask him.

    Be sure to keep us posted.
     
  10. SteveD(TX)

    SteveD(TX) Well-Known Member

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    I think Cygnet has it right. Did he leave because he was released from the prison farm?
     
  11. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, Ricky left the communal farm intentional community after 11 years because he was awarded parole on a 15 to life sentence . I always knew there was something about communes and intentional communities that reminded me of something I didnt cotton to :)
     
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    Man, you had me going there for a minute! Theresa.
     
  13. OUVickie

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    Yep, and many "residents" like that "free to them" lifestyle so much, they become repeat offenders just so they can go back to paradise.

    And people wonder why we have so many criminals! :rolleyes:
     
  14. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    Ricky said he knew of a bunch of em there. At least hes got his situation set straight. Hes using what he learned in "paradise" to run his own lawn mower repair and sales and a horse breeding and training set up and live like a hermit. He figures doin time on the outside will be a breeze.
     
  15. Laura

    Laura Well-Known Member

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    Doing time on the outside is a breeze? Heck, now Rick has to cook his own breakfast and be self motivated! And if the crops fail, he won't eat and maybe lose his comfy room.

    I once had a long conversation with chronic bank robbers. For them, it was always a win/win situation. Always having money to blow or go back to prison and be taken care of. No rent to worry about, no worrying where your next meal is coming from and a little side business in contraband to aquire all the little extra luxuries.

    Years ago I had a homsteading neighbor who loved doing weekends at the county jail. Cable TV, hot and cold running water, flush toilet, central air and heat, room service and staying up late playing cards with his new friends. In my neck of the woods, county jail was called the Country Club.
     
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    .................If he was the Designated "mommy" and had his "Ration Card" Punched every evening after....Suppa I can well understand why he decided to take his leave......... :eek: ;) :yeeha: :yeeha:
     
  17. Tempest

    Tempest Well-Known Member

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    Heehee, had me going, too.
     
  18. comfortablynumb

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    oooooo
    stepford farmers...
     
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    Give me liberty or give me three hots and a cot :worship:
     
  20. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    The old boy told me he saw the bounce backs come back in over and over while he ws doing his time for beating his brother half to death. He figured that when he got out jobs would be scarce for him so he learned his trade in addition to learning agronomic skills. I asked him if he got a "crossbar technical school" class ring when he graduated.