Howl Mountain Homestead is a 3 acre homestead and small intentional community based around rural, agrarian living in the mountains with a focus on connecting with the wilderness around us. This website and blog helps us reach out to the wider world to connect with interested people who might want to come and learn about homesteading in person and potentially join our community to help it grow.
If you’d like to learn more about what an intentional community is, try this discussion from the Fellowship of Intentional Communities.
You can find out more about Howl Mountain Homestead below, and expect more pages to be added in the coming months with information on how you can get involved in the project.
About Howl Mountain Homestead
Howl Mountain Homestead is an intentional community that intends to stay small and focused on self-sufficiency and interdependent support. We aspire to offer a community that is welcoming to people of all races, backgrounds, and identities. We have a strong focus on welcoming in members from lower socio-economic classes that traditionally have more trouble accessing intentional communities.
We are a small three acre homestead that is the basis for an intentional community looking to expand. We have limited options for long-term housing on this property, so we’re working with people interested in buying and renting nearby properties in order to work together on developing an intentional community with shared business ventures, resources, and more. We also have a strong spiritual focus that is mostly an animistic approach to land-centered paganism. Organic farming and permaculture is another major focus.
We are currently planning to expand locally and then finance a purchase of at least one 50+ acre tract in rural Arkansas to expand further within the next ten years.
Essential Parts of the Community
- Cooperative worker-owned businesses (one currently operating that’s supporting everything, with two more in the works and many more to come because multiple income streams beats a single source)
- Shared physical resources like tools, vehicles, large equipment, housing, and more
- Shared labor for individual and group tasks, from building homes to talking about emotional issues
- Group activities for leisure time and celebration, including swimming, tubing/kayaking, hiking, seasonal rituals, parties, monthly bonfires, and more
- Engagement with other communities and larger regional groups, such as outreach programs, participation in local organizations, trade between productive communities
- Examination of the power structures at play within and outside of the community, with an understanding of which can be changed and what can be done to limit inequality between members
- Self-empowerment opportunities that vary for each member, from growing your own food to making your own clothing to building your own home.
As of May 2018 we currently have four members, two of which reside full time on the community property. We also have four cats and a flock of chickens producing all of our eggs. Our winter heat is provided almost entirely from the firewood we cut, we fish and hunt seasonally and appropriately, and we spend a lot of time foraging in the hundreds of acres of mature forest surrounding the property.
If you’re wondering why we don’t have X yet (solar panels, goats, permanent housing for more members, etc.), you might want to read Slow Growth.