Say you dream of a homestead of your own but have no idea how to go about getting one. You need land, but that's expensive; you need skills, but those are hard to come by. What if I told you there was a program designed to earn you both?
It's called SKIP, for Skills to Inherit Property. And there's a Kickstarter going on right now for the SKIP bible - a book pulling all the SKIP lessons into one volume.
Here's creator Paul Wheaton to explain the idea behind the SKIP program and book:
Millions of people are blocked from homesteading because of the sheer expense of getting started. And millions of elderly people are frustrated that they cannot find somebody worthy to pass their homestead to. Every year hundreds of thousands of homesteads are abandoned - with the government taking possession about half the time.
Other homestead owners are looking for land managers or caretakers. Or some sort of collaboration. But their efforts have led to horrific results from dishonest or even criminal people - so their homesteads are, effectively abandoned.
People with homesteads are seeking people with REAL experience and skill.
People seeking homesteading opportunities want to build REAL experience and skill.
This book is an attempt to bridge these two communities. People seeking homesteading opportunities are provided a way to accomplish hundreds of things and document them for free. Eventually, they will be able to peruse hundreds of homestead opportunities. And people with homesteads will be able to peruse hundreds of homesteaders that have proven their worth.
Active homesteaders use SKIP to build their skills for their own benefit. The verification of their skills lends weight to their words on our forums. Some people already have land and use SKIP to build their skills for caring for their land.
One thing we can tell you is that we've personally benefitted from our involvement in the permaculture community responsible for this Kickstarter, Permies.com, our weekly go-to for support of our gardening and permaculture projects. Whether it's helpful hints for going sugar-free in our baking, a possible remedy for galls, or a fantastic discussion on honeybees vs. native bees, Permies is the one online community we can count on.
Here's a handy link to the Kickstarter, where you can learn more!