Where the heck do you put your money?

Considering the global financial wobbliness…

Well, I was out with one of my old buddies, catching up. Thinking about the wild world we live in. We decided the best thing to do with assets is to take some of them and put them into something really valuable:

Land.


Not just any land,

Farmland.


Not just any farmland,

A working farm.

How would you like to be a part of a total CSA – a real share of a working farm, with rights to live there if you really wanted to? Like co-housing, but on a farm. Like a condo association, but instead of paying fees for landscaping and pool maintenance, the money supports a working farm. Instead of a building supervisor, you have a farmer. Instead of buying a whole farm, you go in on it with a few dozen other shareholders. It’s more affordable, and produces a decent amount of something useful for your family. Any surplus is folded into the ongoing improvement of the operation. Sure there would be some tricky issues with how to structure access rights, and how to arrange each family’s little eco-cabin in the hamlets around the farm, and how to share use of the main hall and inn, and how to organize the management of the whole enterprise, but these are just details (:-)… If you are worried a little about your stocks, your precious metals, even your government notes, well, take a little and put it into a really productive asset: something in farm country!

Well, welcome to our idea. We’ll be keeping you posted.

2 Replies to “Where the heck do you put your money?”

  1. Indeed… add to the list, durable goods and infrastructure… root cellars, generators, seeds, skills, water harvesting and delivery systems (read pumps that last 50 years), composting toilets, non-electric tools, community connections. Did I mention skills?

    1. The skills thing is related to community culture. The place will be self-renewing in an educational sense. People will come and find a place that teaches – both in crystalized pedagogies of built structures, and in continuous didactic effort by the members. Teaching will be continuous, joyful, and beneficial. “Let’s try it” “Let me show you how” “Come on over and help me here” will be constant comments and refrains. Everyone will be involved. The passivity of modern lifestyles will find no resting place at the Farm. (In Portuguese, a Farm is called a “Fazenda” which comes from the verb “Fazer” -to do- such that a farm is known as a “Doing” how about that?)

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