A century ago almost every American knew how to grow, build, and make things. Food was sourced locally and tasted different, because it was different. Gardeners and farmers alike saved seed and shared it with friends and neighbors. There was a sense of community in even the biggest cities. People shared their strengths and everyone could profit together. Things have changed. The art of growing, building, and making things by hand is being lost. In the same hand, the sense of community is getting devalued and even forgotten in neighborhoods today. With the rise of individualism and personalisation, we need to also remember that incorporating other’s strengths is often vital to a satisfying life.
Lovare Homestead is being created to bring community back into the big picture by focusing on producing organically grown food and educational experiences for the locals in our area. It’s a group based farm and living acreage for homes in rural Ohio about 50 minutes from both Columbus and Dayton. Lovare will be open to hosting a stable group of 6 tiny houses year round.
What are Tiny Houses?
Tiny houses are classified as under 400 square feet, though the average is only 186. and most popularly are found built on wheels although several are built on a traditional foundation. After many meetings with the local government, we have been legally approved for both types. Some tiny houses are completely off grid and others are equipped with the latest technology. As a whole, they are set out to have one of the lowest carbon footprints of all modern living options without giving up the comforts and ideals of today’s culture. Much of the tiny house community is strongly geared towards minimalism and living without excess. The biggest problem in this community is finding a place to build and live in their homes long term. We’d like to help alleviate that problem here at Lovare Homestead.
What Will Life at Lovare be Like?
This is what Lovare looks like currently. By the end of June, we will have tiny houses living on our 7 acres with a driveway, running water and electricity.
Each of the 6 tiny houses will be on the Lovare board. After showing their commitment to Lovare, we’d like them to live on the land like it’s their own and possibly even owning a share in the homestead. Intentional community, ecovillage, commune, whatever you’d like to call it, we want this to be home to a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared core values. Our core values are sustainability, ecology, self-sufficiency, recycling, composting, permaculture, organic gardening, grey water systems, reducing our carbon footprint and incorporating community into daily lives.
Though we are at the first steps of the process of beginning this homestead we have great plans. We’d like to have a community barn, organic garden and orchard, six tiny home sites, chickens and goats. If one of our board members has a passion, we’d love to come together to make it happen for them at Lovare homestead.
In addition to all of this, Lovare Homestead aims to have a big outreach to local and like-minded communities around the country. We hope to have open farm days for our seasoned farming friends, families, and ever-expanding circles of enthusiastic newbies in our surrounding area to come out to the homestead. We'd like to actively engage with the community by sharing labor, meals, knowledge, and belly laughs. At Lovare Homestead, we think it’s very important to teach others the how-tos instead of doing things for them.
What Have we Done So Far and Where are We Going?
What Will We Use Funding For?
To keep our goal low, we designed a budget that would allow us to get up and running. Our fundraising goal is $12,000. This is a great place to start, but it is bare-bones. What will we do with more funding?
But What Does That Even Mean?
How You Can Help!
SPREAD THE WORD! Building an active community takes a community to do so! If you're local to De Graff, we'd welcome you to come out and volunteer some time for building the barn or starting to plant the garden. If you aren't, but are ready to start something like this was in your area, please contact us! We'd like to see this spirit continue throughout the country and are willing to help make that happen.
In addition to contributing and spreading the word about our project, you can help our homestead succeed by commenting! Kickstarter uses the number of comments to decide which projects to highlight, and a "highlight" would boost our project's visibility. You can only comment if you donate (even if you contribute $1!). If we get 50 comments, we'll send a tiny life bumper sticker to the first 50 commenters.
Risks and challenges
Many people have told us that starting a new community can be risky venture. While we deeply believe in our abilities, personal connections in the global tiny house community, and work ethic, risks and challenges will always remain. Our biggest challenge lies in our ability to make the right connections with tiny houses that are looking for a place to stay in the first year we are prepared to host.
We believe our decision to start a community in Ohio and getting the word out there with both this campaign and spreading the word through multimedia will help minimize our risks in year one while we build our homestead and optimize the living space.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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