Thanks, Dale. I'm a retired research chemist. During my career, I didn't deal at all with soils, but it has been an interest I have picked up since I have more time to garden. When I figure out the proper forum to post it in, I'll let y'all in on my method to turn alkaline batteries into micronutrient fertilizer. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
WOW! I look forward to learning about turning batteries into fertilizer!
Nina Jay wrote:
Another big problem is how money alienates us from each other. Money and bought services have eg. replaced neighbours helpin each other and that has been a huge loss. Frugality forces us into co-operation with other people and that although much more difficult than clicking "buy" is so much more rewarding.
When I read of barn-raisings and other pioneer activities I am reminded of the cooperation that occasionally occurred in my own neighborhood (a tightly knit catholic community of large families). I really miss that. Permablitzes seem like an innovative reconstruction of that type of activity. I think that is one of several reasons why an ecovillage (or even more so, Paul's farm) appeals so much to me.
Tom Davis wrote:
I am very grateful for this website and want to show my appreciation.
I think I can put in an hour a day, or 7 hours a week, and see from there.
So, here I am.
I would like to show my appreciation too in a way that benefits the forums. Would you like for instance to have an interested individual submit a podcast summary for consideration? If so, which one? And I would consider volunteering for podcast coordinator if I was certain I would be a good fit for the job.
When the need arises for a ceramist/printmaker/land art installation artist/gardener I'm your man woman!
As a small land owner I've been concerned for quite awhile about the "legacy problem". That is, how the land will be utilized once my wife and I pass on. We own a plot of forested land and would like it to remain so. The statistics regarding diminishing "small" land owner ship present a dismal trend for the future.
If I were to buy land it would be a woodland or forested land. If that doesn't come to pass I hope to find a community that practices agroforestry where I can work/live. One of the most interesting permaculture homesteads I've read about is the Ben Law property in the UK. Coppicing and fence-making are two activities I hope to learn about. And basket-making.
A lot of topical paths cross each other on Permies: families seeking community, individuals seeking land, applying permaculture practices, defining permaculture, discussing acceptable approaches, landowners declaring the need for help, partnerships or offering to create some kind of land agreement, aging in place, etc. All of this gets blended with topics on money, can one make a (subsistence) living as a permies, techniques and technologies, newbie questions regarding "where to begin"? A rich mix of energy and knowledge streams through this site.
As I am in my sixties, aging in place is becoming very topical for me. I plan for it to be less urban - a lot less urban(I live in Dallas)! I need to get moving on it. I hope this thread discusses some of the possibilities you've mentioned: landowners declaring the need for help, partnerships or offering to create some kind of land agreement, aging in place - in particular. Especially landowners needing help. I'm a gardener (mostly native plants for wildlife) but plan to begin incorporating fruit and nut trees and some vegetables. I hope to take a PDC next year and then start looking for land or a community that practices some agroforestry.
Why is land ownership not succeeding in the traditional way of inheritance?
I too would like to see discussion on this topic. If I acquire land I plan to involve my daughters' families as much as I can and will be very pleased if they take even half the interest in permaculture that I have.
James Pruitt wrote:A county tax lien on property sale. There are a couple law firms that handle several counties at a time. First Tuesday of every month is auction day. Fantastic deals available. Research each county online and, you'll usually be directed to the appropriate law firm website.
Congratulations! I've begun searching; I'm looking for land north of Dallas, North Central TX I guess. Since next Tuesday is when auctions occur, I'm tempted to check one out.
Do you still plan to build a cob/pallet structure?
One of the strengths of permaculture is redundancy. The fact that we have so many people working towards resilience is a very good thing. Having said that, I think the single most effective strategy we have is permies.com and again I thank you, Paul.
I was on another website (http://www.happyearth.com.au/media/) that listed this link: Top 10 fruit trees for urban spaces. I wonder if a thread for "Top 10 ________" such as guilds, perennials (herbs, fruits, vegetables, etc.) would be helpful? I know it varies depending on your location and climate; perhaps it should also list or be listed in region? Thinking out loud I guess.
Thanks for doin' the time - I think it was time well spent. I've just shared on facebook and i'm hoping for lots of shares from friends and family (only one other permaculturist in my family right now but I'm trying extremely hard to increase that number)!
Kate Nudd wrote:
Being in my 50's and wanting to be back on land and realistically knowing I can not do it alone,leaves me wondering if it will happen.
Checking out intentional communities ( makes me wish I lived in the US,as a few resonate with me there)but not finding a fit ,yet,here in Canada.
I envision a place of several generations supporting each other with everyone's strengths and contributions put to use. A place of accepting,giving and interdependence.
Is this just a dream?
I truly believe it is possible whether one has limited finances or limited physical capacity.
Hmmm...all of your comments have got me thinking.
All the best.
I decided this morning that I'm going to make it happen; I've decided to register for the next PDC I can find and follow up with a teachers training PDC. So I will start looking into the PDC's offered in the southern US. Then if I have any $'s left I'm going to buy an acre or two and get my food forest going; if I run out of money I'll start applying for interships at all the permaculture places I can find. One way or another, I'm ready to get this permaculture show on the road!
Judith Browning wrote:We both turn sixty two this fall and have been looking at our forty acres with downsizing in mind...we dont want to move, but we are trying to let go of some of our homesteader mentality. If we stay in this house we need to at least put on a new roof so we are thinking of selling a corner (six to eight acres) to give us some money to work with and look at a little more comfort. We are being so picky about who we would sell to though it may never happen.
How picky? And what would the per acre price be for 6 acres? I really want "to able to play music way loud and and be able to see the stars and wander the woods and all of the wonderful things that go with this lifestyle." But I have limited savings for buying land so that will be the first limitation on my buying any property. Second limitation is that I am 60 and I don't know enough to homestead on my own and I think it would be naive if not foolish to think I can buy property and learn all this stuff, build a wofati and live happily ever after. So I'm interested in hearing from people who have found a way to start up a homestead or join a community with limited funds.
Kerrick McCoy wrote:Marina, two communities within visiting distance of you (I think) that seem to have some fairly resilient structures in place are Emerald Earth in Boonville, CA and Lost Valley near Dexter, OR.
I am thinking about internships and IC's and wonder if this would be a good thread to discuss Emerald Earth, Lost Valley, Bullock Brothers Farm and Earthhaven Ecovillage from someone who has visited these and other farms and permaculture enterprises?
Enjoy! (remember that when eating an elephant you have to take a bite at a time; I'm not suggesting that you will be able to implement everything immediately but you will find information that helps with whatever method one might choose for multiple areas or an entire yard.
There are a few potters here in this area so re-firing "stuff" isn't a problem. Dealing with artists is much easier than someone that is only a business owner in my opinion. I hope that you can solve the problem.
I'm a potter and want to make some crocks. If you get the chance and want to post some images of the crocks you like best that would be really helpful. I'll do an image search for ideas but it would be interesting to hear from a few users as to size and any other details or requirements (type of clay or glazes etc.) that would make it more useful.
I wear really lightweight cotton or linen. My favorite pants are pajama bottoms that I hope look like drawstring pants. I rotate changes of clothing all day long because I get wet every hour or two. And I agree with Ludi, shade trees.
This comment is particularly relevant to the discussion:
Saybian Morgan wrote:
I do appreciate your enthusiasm for sepp's methods, but I've also seen him mention on several occasion's that he had criteria to prevent landslide on his own landscape, and each was different depending on soil's, waterfowl and incline. Your original statement's seem to imply, I took sepp's course why didn't his method's work.
I have a fair bit of terracing in my future working with limestone steep slope "karst cartography" and I DO remember in every sepp video I watched he mentioned starting from the bottom up so that in case of landslide the lower slopes can catch the debris which for the moment it looks like you've done.
I hope the vetiver grass is applicable to your location, you need rapid stitches in your soil fast. Are your terraces excessively tilted back towards the hill? This is another factor I know sepp speaks of in regard to water management on terraces with excessive water to never have that done to them, for the retainment of that much water will swell the earth and send it downhill.
Terraces are not Swales or they'd be called swales.
This would be an excellent way to find land; neighboring homesteaders alerting potential buyers to land that is for sale. When I do purchase rural land I hope to be in an area that doesn't have commercial agriculture nearby that could pose runoff issues. I also think that an area where many homesteaders live could make for a wonderful permaculture community if an IC isn't in one's vicinity.
Joel, that sounds really interesting--and I can't seem to see the diagram you're describing; I wonder if it's because my computer is acting up or if it didn't upload. The materials sound difficult to come by, and of course parabolic mirrors are reasonably easy to hurt oneself with. Still, an interesting project, I think--and especially useful for folks who don't have an endless supply of wood.
Another alternative energy source some folks near Asheville NC have been working on is methane gas from the local landfill. They use it to power a high fire kiln and at least some of the other stuff at the site-such as hot water heating. Its called EnergyXchange, and I know they have a website, I just can't find it among my mess of Favorites.
I don't post often as I am inexperienced in the permaculture realm and will be reading posts (and more books) for sometime to come. It interferes with my gardening but I'm always trying to balance my activities so I just do it.
I learn so much and am SO happy to have found this forum.
I think the one rule that we "be nice" makes it relatively easy to decide what to post.
Which is this:
I find Paul hugely entertaining and full of information that I want to learn, and send his stuff to family and friends at a rate that hopefully isn't overkill.
So thank you!
I grew up in the city and was all too aware that whether men shaved or not women DID.
I wanted then and still want to be a rural hippie when I grow up.
One daughter grows a lot more vegetables and fruit than I do but it's only a matter of time until I'm also eating a lot more of my own food. I just planted two beautiful chards from a friend today! Blueberries, strawberries and a lime tree are next on the list, and I have seeds that I need to plant yesterday.