Academy of Self-Reliance

Utah Non-Profit Offers 2-Acre Lots in a Farmsteading Community!

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The Utah OSR Land Cooperative is a legally-registered non-profit created under Title 3 of the Utah Code by one of the country’s foremost agricultural co-op attorneys.

That co-op has created the Riverbed Ranch — a 250-family, online-but-off-grid, farm-steading community located in Utah. The community is for families that are determined to live a more self-reliant / self-sustaining lifestyle. Most of the 45 families, who have joined our community so far, joined for one (or more) of these reasons:

  • To live a lifestyle independent of mortgage, power, and water bills.
  • To live a healthier lifestyle, eating pesticide-free food and breathing clean air.
  • For safety, either from things now, or things that may come down the road.
  • To create a place where their family can all live, learn and work together.


Your $25,000 gets you:

  1. Two acres at the Riverbed Ranch farm-steading community (you get a land cooperative’s equivalent of a title, it’s called a “proprietary occupancy agreement” and can be bought and sold). Over 1 million Americans own their land and homes through land co-ops.
  2. Six acre-feet of water rights (that’s 1,995,106 gallons of well water a year),
  3. A vote in the cooperative,
  4. Opportunity for group purchases of products and services needed to build your farmstead.
  5. Opportunity to sell your products and services through the co-op,
  6. First stab at job openings within the cooperative, and
  7. The opportunity to spearhead the creation of sub-cooperatives to provide jobs and goods and services to the co-op members and/or outside customers.
  8. To live around 249 other families who are determined to live self-reliantly.


The non-profit Utah OSR Land Cooperative’s Riverbed Ranch modern homesteading community will feature: 

  • High-speed Internet through Hughesnet or Elon Musk’s Skylink system when it comes online,
  • A K-12 school, and other community services (listed below). 
  • A BMX bicycle course for kids to enjoy, 
  • A greenbelt area running up the middle of the community, including a hiking trail, honeybee-friendly trees and bushes, a road, and maybe someday, a creek. 
  • An RV and camping park. This way, shareholders who so choose can live in the RV park while building out their farmstead. And later, guests can stay and enjoy the community. 
  • Co-op store for importing and exporting goods and where the profits benefit the co-op members.


Similar to an industrial park, the Utah OSR Land Cooperative has set aside 40 acres for the following privately owned and operated services (which will likely all be staffed by local residents):

  1. Academy of Self-Reliance higher-learning campus, including a ropes course.
  2. The OSR K-12 campus,
  3. Assisted Living / Retirement Home
  4. Whole Health / Life Coach clinic
  5. Child Rescue Home (“Fresh Start” Youth Program)
  6. Young Mothers Home
  7. Equine / Canine Therapy Barn 


In the video above, Philip Gleason, a preparedness expert, tells his 45-year journey to become self-sufficient. 
This journey resulted in the Academy of Self-Reliance, and, the Utah OSR Land Cooperative.

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