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FREE lifetime lease on a 65 acre land trust parcel in WV

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3 plenty of garden space

The Appalacian Catholic Worker has put out a call for someone to rent a beloved but human-starved piece of land in West Virginia. [Edit: please note that this is NOT a Greenhorns offer. The following text is from the APC, whose contact information is towards the bottom of the post.] Read on for more information:

OUR LAND TRUST HAS A 65 ACRE TRACT THAT IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING PEOPLELESSNESS ***** (contrary to urban homelessness, many rural homesteads suffer from peoplelessness, sometimes chronic/cyclical) One of Appalachian Catholic Worker’s community projects is being on the board of directors for the “Regional Land Trust of West Virginia.” RLTWV lands have been protected since 1969, and are close ‘cousins’ with “Trust in the Hills” land trust in WV, started by CWers, Chuck Smith and Sandy Adams (dubbed by Dorothy Day herself as the quintessential examples of CW farmers!)

Currently, RLTWV has a 65 acre tract -mostly wooded hillsides – that would be the perfect place to start your own homestead or CW community. Get a free life-time lease for: – About 10 acres of cleared flat bottom for a big garden or pasturing small livestock; – a pond up on the hill – the old hippie house needs lots of TLC and skilled handiwork or just be lived in as a new one is built – wood stove, water well and pump, electric, telephone land line, indoor compost toilet – and the land taxes this year were only $471.00 !!!

The majority of the board wants to let it go (sell it! God forbid!) because, – since this tract was annexed in 2013, we haven’t been able to find conscientious care-takers who don’t trash the place, or potential lease-holders who can stick around very long. – The board doesn’t want to have to afford (and I can’t myself) the additional taxes on top of the other lands we are responsible for. – We’re an older, or already-swamped, voluntarily-poor board, without the energy or time to clean up the messes or maintain the land.

Mission of RLTWV is … 1. Providing access to land for the landless; 2. Promoting the ecological use of land for the common good; 3. Protecting land from speculation; 4. Encouraging a new relationship with land that sees it as the common heritage of all people, not as the private property of a few, nor as a commodity to be exchanged; 5. Developing networks of support and fellowship that will strengthen those on trust lands in times of need or ecological threat to the land; 6. Supporting efforts for land reform everywhere.

Looks like a job for SUPER CWs or their counterparts!! Your new address would be: 881 Slab Fork Rd. Spencer, WV 25276 about 10 miles from town (last 2 are gravel), relatively reliable transportation would be needed. There are currently FIVE other CW houses spread out around the state of WV each doing different ministries. You’d have an automatic extended intentional community AND a wonderful, tightly knit, REGION-WIDE network of fellow radically-minded, environmentally friendly folks, catholic, not-so-Catholic, and not-Catholic. I’d totally hook you up. Contact me if you are interested…Jeannie Kirkhope 304-927-5798 or jeannie@acwfarm.com

AND FORWARD / SHARE / POST / TWEET FAR-AND-WIDE It would be a tragic social sin if this sweet little piece of land in the beautiful hills of West Virgina were to be treated as a commodity. It hasn’t had a drop of pesticide on it for over 30 years. —

61 thoughts on “FREE lifetime lease on a 65 acre land trust parcel in WV

  1. This is a wonderful idea! I would do it in a heart beat!

  2. I sent you an email!

  3. is there any more pictures of the land and in side of the house?

  4. I sent you an email. 🙂

  5. Sounds great I’m Timothy

  6. I am beyond interested! I sent you an email!

  7. A community?

    Sounda intriguing. Though I am a Web developer and would usually work in a large urban area. Although theoretically you could do that work from anyplace.

  8. Please contact me, this sounds amazing and I would like to know more information.

  9. 4123977143
    Please.
    Sincerely.
    I think we have can create a great oppronity for eager deserving and amazing people.

  10. ONLY SEE ONE PIC HERE

  11. How much is the lease? If i lease is it mine or is it everyone’s? Send me more pictures please.

  12. exactly what we need. when can we move in?

  13. Perfect! Exactly what we need to get away from the grind and live a simpler slower life. Would love to see more

  14. Very inferested, left email with my phone number. I live close to spencer. Beautiful area.

  15. Interested, beyond. Send me all the details please

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided.

  16. Sounds too good to be true. Love the idea. Please foward all pertinent info. I am an avid outdoorsman, with exceptional construction skills.

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided.

  17. This place would be an ideal opportunity for an individual such as myself. I’m a 100% service-connected disabled veteran marine that suffers with physical disabilities along with PTSD. in environment where I can get my hands in the dirt and be one with nature agin. I would long help develop a community that would help inspire and alleviate the stress and pressures of individuals such as myself. I hope that this land i is interested in the hands of someone who could really do something Great with it and made a the purpose that God hoped it would.
    Mnjnorman@gmail.com

  18. i would love more information but when i tried to open your link above to acwfarm.com, my computer protection said this site could do damage to my computer! tried to call, was referred to the aforementioned site. i would love to hear more about this, but if it is not a legal lease, or there are hidden fees, please dont bother because i will not be interested in any scams. (i will not help you clean your property if you can throw me out anytime you want to take it back over, and if it is just a lease, why are you talking about the annual taxes being xx amount??)

    • Hi Sharon. We don’t believe this is a scam. Try emailing?

    • Not sure what the trouble might be with our link on anyone’s computer. We’ve had LOTS of folks able to see the webpage. This is not a scam. Legal lease. The land is FREE. There is a ONE TIME $1,000 joining fee to the Trust to show us you’re serious and prove you’d be able to handle the costs of fixing it up. The money could be held for damages in case you bail on us, could be waived, could be reimbursed for improvements made, could be paid off in installments, etc..situation dependent. We’re not hiding anything, and we’re not looking for people to clean it for us..we’ve done that multiple times already. We’re looking for people to KEEP it clean, and do good things on it. If you can’t care for it properly, by all means, good gawd! YES! we’ll boot your arse off as fast as we can, and my foot will be the first one to reach you. We don’t WANT to take it back over. We have MORE than enough, that’s why we’re giving it away! A lifetime lease means it’s yours FOR LIFE, which means so are all the costs. Again, the land itself is free, but maintenance, utilities, taxes, improvements are the leaseholder’s responsibilities. A lifetime lease means you will never own the land, and you can never sell it, but you can sell all improvements made to it if the buyer is approved by the board. If anyone would like more information but cannot access the site, email or call to tell me that, and I will snail mail you the information. We’ve had several off-grid people contact us and we’re more than happy to oblige. Those are the types of folks who would do well and be appreciated here. Thank you, greenhorns, for posting the advert. Having this go viral has literally saved this precious piece of land from being put back on the market! We’re thrilled with the response we’re getting from your readers, and have a great big pool of wonderfully conscientious people from which to choose now. So very grateful!!!

  19. Please contact me, this sounds amazing and I would like to know more information.

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided.

  20. I would lover to know more about it . I raise goats and I would love to have my goats. We are a family of 6 and a baby on the way.

  21. I believe this would be an awesome thing to do. not only would we provide help for our state, but also our families. Definitely want info.

  22. I’m ready to move in now. When can I start packing

  23. Wow this is wonderful, I would love to be in line for this opportunity, what a blessing. It is just my husband and I , it would be a god sent to do this.

  24. Very interested would love to live off the land and be away from the chaos of life. Please email me details. Very interested.

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided.

  25. Ill take it for Hunting Rights. The bottom can be a community Garden and farmland.

  26. Wow your post is totally taking off!

    Nothing better than a place out and away from all the noise and hustle to connect with what’s really important in life🙂

    – The Smiling Pilgrim
    https://thesmilingpilgrim.wordpress.com/

  27. So out of 65 acres only 10 are usable free rent I’m game

  28. What is it with these persons who can use a computer but apparently can’t read?

  29. sounds interesting what is the rent

  30. I’d do it.

  31. sounds interesting is this only available for one family or multiples

    • We are trying to get an Orthodox version of the Catholic Worker off the ground and I think this might be s good place to start. Send me information @ frcassian@yahoo.com

      • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided at the end of the post.

      • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided at the end of the post.

  32. Need a stipulation re: Mineral Rights – DON’T LET A FRACKER GET IT!

  33. I and a few like-minded individuals are very interested. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided at the end of the post.

  34. sent an email…I hope it finds you well.

  35. would really like to know a little more info about this place,,,needing a place to move to really soon and am very interested..like living in the country have for over 25 yrs of my life and am looking to get back to the country..have knowledge of construction of homes for i have work experience of over 15 yrs in this,,LOVE the outdoors and would just generally enjoy this place

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided at the end of the post.

  36. Was wondering about additional pictures of home…..husband and I interested

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided at the end of the post.

  37. How does this work if we wanted to build a home on the land?

    • Please read the post more carefully. This is not a greenhorns project. Contact info for the Catholic Worker is provided at the end of the post.

  38. Thanks again, greenhorns, and to whomever sent the post to you. Y’all have saved a little piece of heaven.❤

  39. I used to live on slab fork in Spencer. Nice area but rough gravel road.

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