I'm not familiar with that family. We are not Grabowski. I'm the youngest of 19 children, originally my grandpa was from Columbia, PA, which I believe is where they settled when they came from Germany. I did hear of a William Grab who lived near Reading, PA, and had talked to him one time, he was from Columbia as well. My grandpa's name was George J. Grab.
Tell me more of what you're looking for in a "community", what type of community. I'm just renting and have put in some raised beds for a garden but I'm seriously limited here. I think your idea of a group of older women getting together, making a home and being as self-sufficient as possible is a GREAT idea. It's been a lot of years since I had a large garden but I really enjoy all aspects of gardening and preserving what I grow. Are you in Springfield? Let me know when a good time is to visit and one of us can call the other. I'm home most of the time. My number is 833-8333.
Yes, I'm happy to atlk about groups [of all kinds] that are forming, and/or how to start you own. Let me know when you are free for a coffee, say, and we can meet to get the ball rolling. All the best, Galen 353-7758