Thank you for your interest in our homesteading opportunity! The response from everyone has been incredible, and we are just blown away!! Originally, I wasn’t sure if we’d get a single applicant, and now my email box is full. This is terrific, but it also means that I now have to set up a process … so bear with me!
In this post, I will address the general process and timeline that we will use for selecting an applicant for this summer. In follow-up posts, I will address specific questions that have come up.
OK, so keeping this as simple as possible …
- We will accept applications for this year up until March 31st, 2019. During this time period, we will respond to applicant questions as completely and timely as possible.
- After March 31st, 2019, we will rank the applicants based on the information we have received from them, looking for individuals who will be the best match for our situation. We will offer the position to the top ranked applicant. If they are unable to accept, we will offer the position to the next highest ranked applicant, and so on, until someone accepts the position. If no one accepts, we will restart the process in April, 2019.
- The initial position will be a one to three month work stay starting on or after May 1st, 2019. This will essentially be a chance for everybody to get to know each other. The work stay will be unpaid, and the applicant will be expected to cover their own expenses. In return, we will try to cram their heads full of as much information as they can absorb during that time, so that they can make a wise and informed decision regarding their future with us. The work stay can be terminated at any time by either party if the situation is not copacetic. Consider this a working vacation …
- After the work stay term, if all parties are agreeable, we will offer a lease term to the applicant. If, however, the applicant does not wish to stay under a lease agreement, we will restart the process, possibly for a fall 2019 work stay or a spring 2020 work stay. All applicants will be kept on record, and reviewed should the position become available again.
- The lease agreement will be year-by-year initially, subject to termination by either party. Again, this will allow both parties time to develop a working relationship, or decide that their interests and needs lie elsewhere. The lease will involve a minimum exchange of funds (e.g., $1 or whatever is the legal minimum for such arrangements). The lessee will not be required to assist in mortgage payments (the land is paid off) or taxes (the lessor will pay all land taxes). Other details of the lease will be determined at the time of offer.
- The hope is that both families living on the property will achieve a harmonious and happy relationship. Should this happen, we, the land owners, would set up the legal mechanisms (e.g., through our wills) that would allow the land to pass to the leasing family upon our deaths. Again, the details of this would be worked out in the future, and this is just the general concept.
As a final note, what we are offering is a lifestyle opportunity, not actually a job. The work that you put into the homestead would be, hopefully, to your own benefit, either from a short-term learning perspective or a long-term commitment to the land and its stewardship. The two families living on the land will need to work together, and be committed to each others’ survival, so personalities and relationships, community building, and care for one another are important ingredients to the final success of this endeavor.
Thank you for applying!
Here are some FAQ’s that have come up: