I didn't think I got the second email, but then I found it when I was going through my junk mail folder. So I am receiving them, just need to get it redirected to my inbox instead of my junk mail filter.
I would like to post the link to my GoFundMe campaign, http://www.gofundme.com/PunkLlamaFarm but I don't know if this is the right forum for it. Could someone let me know or help me move it to the right place please? Thanks so very much,
It sounds like you have it all planed out, and you are doing it all by yourself; you are amazing. Do you know if you have any birch trees on your property? If so, you can tap those just like you can maple trees and make birch syrup. I just found that out this month. Yeah, it's always best to start small with goats from what I hear, though from what folks say, once you start raising goats you never want to not raise them. I haven't drunk goats milk since I was a child, but I love goats milk cheese and that's what we will be getting goats for once we have some property, meat, milk, and cheese. My mate and I aren't really cow people so if we have any at all it will most likely be only one dairy cow and maybe a meat steer periodically. Goats take up less room, are easier to feed, and the milk is easier for the human body to digest. So goats are an all around must have for us someday.
Your mushroom plan sounds really cool! What a great way to deal with the wood and get a productive food source out of it as well as improving your lands soil fertility; awesome! Sounds like you are into and doing the same sort of thing we want to do, I'm really wishing we were neighbors right about now. I hope that you can get some more like minded people in around you, it's always best to have a strong community if possible, that way if anything goes wrong or you need some help you have folks you can turn to. I'm so wishing that I had the space and place to work on a garden, I have to admit that I've really been missing it since we got displaced from our old apartment due to a fire across the hall. I used to have a southward facing balcony that I was trying to turn into a micro food forest for us, but I lost a lot of plants when we had to move into a smaller apartment with a northward facing balcony. Though my dwarf fruit tree saplings and my blueberry shrubs made it through okay and are starting to bud out in preparation for the spring so at least I have that.
Keep on sharing your progress, I like being able to live vicariously through other folks if I can't have what I want right now on my own. Post some photos some time if you can and keep up the awesome work! Take care,
EDIT: Oh, you can check out what I was doing with my balcony before and up to the fire if you like, I was doing a gardening channel on YouTube called On The Balcony With Kat that was chronicling my attempts to make my micro food forest. You can check it out here: On The Balcony With Kat
Just saying hi! I don't know if anyone who is offering what you are looking for but I am homesteading in WA I'm off grid up about 90 minutes north of Spokane. Live in a half finished house, and will finally be able to get to work on the property itself a bit this summer. This particular area (near Colville) is perfect for permaculture - not nearly as dry and brown as most of Eastern WA, but not all rainy and wet like the west side.
Hi Bethany. Yeah, it sounds like you have the kind of setup that we wish we had. Sadly we don't qualify for any assistance or loans to buy property, so we are stuck for the time being just trying to find someone who needs or wants live in help. What kinds of things are you planning for your property if you don't mind my asking? I like hearing what others are doing so that if (and hopefully when) we get the opportunity we will have lots of ideas to work with. Thanks much,
Reported it, have I done something wrong? I don't think I broke any of the rules, did I? Um... thank you for the resource links, but could you tell me what is wrong with my thread that it needed to be reported please? Thanks much,
Bumping this old post as it's still relevant for us, though some of the info in the original post has changed, (we've gotten a few years older, and we are now willing to relocate almost anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.) We would also be open to a property caretaker job where the owner of the property is looking to make permaculture related improvements.
My mate, our best friend, and I are looking for a new opportunity. With 15 + years of apartment maintenance experience under his belt, my mate can pretty much do just about any kind of handyman type repair job including some wiring, plumbing, and minor construction. (As long as it doesn't involve the roof or the foundation, he can pretty much do it.)
Our best friend and I are both plant and garden minded and we both trained in landscape horticulture and design when we were in our 20’s. Sure, we are a little bit rusty, but we can learn or relearn as the case may be. So the three of us are looking for a property care-taker position somewhere. If anyone has any info on an opportunity like this, please feel free to let us know.
Any help would be appreciated. We would like to stay away from commercial property care-taking though, like apartment complexes and cemeteries, but private property care-taking would be right up our alley. (Especially if the owners are permaculture minded.) Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested. Oh, we would like to stay in the Pacific Northwest, but other than that we are wide open for relocating if need be. The three of us also have varied interests that include but are not limited to goats, chickens, pigs, cob building, home brewing, bee keeping, aquaculture, and general permaculture design.
I signed up too and sent Paul a friend request as well as clicking the follow link. Might I suggest that we all friend and follow each other as well so that we can build a community on this new site? If anyone is interested, I could use some friends and followers as well... my account seems so lonely with 0 friends and 0 followers. lol. Anyway here's the link to my profile if anyone would like to friend me. https://www.tsu.co/Pashakitty. I don't have much in the way of content on my profile yet, but hey I just joined up today. I will start posting to it when I make updates to my blog and YouTube channel though and before you know it there will be a lot of content to peruse.
Feidhlim Harty wrote:Hi Kat, thank you for the kind words, always happy to be of help!
If you're doing your research, check out my website for background information. It's at www.wetlandsystems.ie . Send off an email to me if you want me to send you on a copy of my constructed wetland information document.
Will do! Thanks so very much again! I'm going to be hitting your website next, and will be sending off an email as well! Take care,
Update: Oh my! I just checked out your site... what can I say other than AWESOME! That's exactly what I was looking for! I'm so going to have to get your book as soon as I get a bit of spare cash! I can't thank you enough!
Feidhlim Harty wrote:Hi Kat, what you're describing sounds like either a gravel reed bed system or a soil based constructed wetland system - or a combination of these approaches. (If you're interested in the main differences they're on www.wetlandsystems.ie/reedbedsystems.html) In Ireland, given our climate, average water consumption and water quality requirements - the typical size for a constructed wetland is about 100m2 (about 1000ft2) for a 3 bedroom house. A gravel reed bed will be about half that size. Here we use bulrush (or cattail in the US), common reed (the tall thatching reed), yellow flag Iris and a few others.
In arid climates such as the one you first read about, the system size would be a lot smaller and use a different range of plants, but the principle is identical. Basically the plants not only take up nutrients and provide evapotranspiration, but they also act like a creche for bacteria - providing just the right biological environment for them to thrive and party hard on the abundant supply of food (contaminants to you and me). And yes, the water can be really really clean at the outlet end - all for no electricity inputs and a wildlife habitat to boot!
I first heard of Constructed Wetlands in the early 1990s when our local town of about 10,000 people was planning to build a longer pipe (I kid you not!) as a solution to the sewage problem, and pump it further out into the local harbour. A group of local residents did a lot of research and organised the first Irish Constructed Wetland conference. My mother was one of those residents (chief protagonist actually) and so I got really interested in the whole area. What the book does is speaks to the sewage newbies about the whole range of options available: conventional systems, natural ones like I've described here, and hard-core eco such as willow systems and dry toilets. My ultimate aim is to get clean water back into every stream and river in the country - not unlike Paul's plans at world domination, but smaller scale.
At that conference, Dr. Don Hammer of the Tennessee Valley Authority spoke about soil based constructed wetlands, and how they helped to get a local lake back from the brink of extinction, so to speak. He outlined how maintenance free they were - and I was besotted. The rest, as they say apparently, is history.
Awesome! Thanks so much for the info. I have been trying for the last couple of years to figure out just exactly what that was and what it was all about, but I didn't have the right words to describe it. I'm really glad that you actually understood what it was I was talking about. Now I know what it is I've been trying to research, (and have the words to look further into it). It sounds like your book covers a lot of really useful information as well as covering info on constructed wetlands. I will have to pick up a copy when I get a bit of extra money. Again, thanks so very much for all of the useful info. So glad you dropped in here. Take care,
Years ago when I was still in my twenties I was in Job Corp taking the Landscape Horticulture training vocation. My instructor passed around a Sunset Western Garden magazine that contained an article on an alternative to septic systems. The article was all about an experimental project (I believe it was in New Mexico) to build an onsite septic system using native plants and a gravel bed to filter all black and grey water through a natural system and make the water if not potable, then at least usable for watering your garden. I remember being absolutely fascinated by the article and have been trying (unsuccessfully) ever since to find out about this sort of thing. The article went on to tell about how they basically built an artificial swamp sort of thing where all of the black and grey water from the buildings onsite was funneled into a special gravel bed where they had planted specific native plants that could handle different levels of sewage I guess for lack of a better word. The waste water would filter through different levels of plants which would sift out all of the nasty bad stuff that would make the water hazardous to our health and by the end the water would be nearly clean and once again usable. I hope that I'm making myself clear enough on this. Anyway the system was supposed to be adaptable to any location by selecting the proper native plants that would be tolerant to different levels of sewage and basically making a series of "ponds" to run the sewage water through. Does your book cover stuff like that at all? I'm not sure if I'm being at all clear on this, I hope you get what I'm talking about. Thanks much.
mike jastram wrote:Thanks everyone! Yes it's a beautifully sof pelt; as soon as I touched the animal I knew I wanted to try to harvest it. I was also very surprised at how thick and strong the skin layers were, compared to a rabbit's. It also degloved really easily.
We just doing the easiest possible "tan" - an egg yolk version of brain tanning, followed with smoking hopefully. Picture below is of us kind of lazily stretching the pelt while drying it before applying the egg. It's currently sitting in an undisclosed location (where Sam almost certainly won't find it) and waiting for us to soften it.
I've never heard of egg tanning, how does that work exactly?
Heck, I've noticed that whole smoke being flammable thing before. There have been a few times that I've tried to light a candle in a breeze and had the wind blow it out before I even moved the lighter to far away from it, but as soon as I got the flame within an inch or so of the smoking wick it would almost seem to jump to life again. Never did it on purpose before or from that high above the candle, but it doesn't surprise me in the slightest.
That totally blew my mind, I have never seen that kind of woodworking done. As a female we generally aren't taught to whittle growing up, but I had a love of it and a fairly understanding mother. She gave me all kinds of pocket knives through out the years. Whenever my step dad found them he would take them away from me, (it was okay for my brother who was only a year older than me to have knives, but it wasn't okay for me to have them in his book.) my mom would always find them and give them back to me. Who knows where I might have been woodworking wise if my step dad had realized that I actually had a love of wood and carving, (as apposed to my brother's desire to just be cool and play with sharp objects) and hadn't basically tried to teach me that "GIRLS" aren't supposed to play with knives, and that wood carving and whittling were for boys and men only. Thanks so much for sharing this video, it amazed the heck out of me when he split that piece of wood into a pair of working pliers. I would so love to find out where I can get a whittling knife like the one he was using.
Jack Spirko, this is such an amazing idea, thank you so much for giving us this opportunity! I certainly plan on pledging at the $25 level once I actually have the cash to donate. Alzheimer's runs in my family, if this had been available before my mother started losing her ability to recall clearly, she could have left all kinds of information for me, (like who my father was and what actually happened to him) and future generations. As is, it will have to start with me in case I wind up with it too. This is a wonderful opportunity for my granddaughter to be able to know more about my husband and I as she grows up as well as any future grand kids or great grand kids. I think that this will be an amazing benefit to the future of humanity. Thank you so much once again.
Thanks so much for sharing. Sorry that I've not been checking back of late, but I've been temporarily displaced due to a fire in my apartment building and trying to get our internet switched to the temporary apartment is meeting with less than satisfactory results. So I can only access the internet through a friends connection at the moment and I can only do that once in a while. Take care all.
Karla Mom wrote:I have arrived: so honored and tickled to be mentioned in the daily-ish email! The final full version is scheduled to be done in 2 or 3 weeks.
I took a peek at your PDF, looks like you have put an amazing amount of work into it and I can't wait to see the finished version. I did notice that you only went up to zone 5 on your zone markers though, will the finished version go up any higher? I live in zone 8b and am so very OCD that I would have to write (or type) in the rest of the zones up to mine for every page that it was missing.
Thank you for the information. I'm a complete novice and haven't actually done any pottery or kiln building before. It's something that I'm highly interested in and actually hope to do some day though. I like the artistic way that cob can be shaped and used and hate the traditional large square brick oven style of kiln. Yes, I know that there are also round-ish kilns, but all of the one's that I've seen are very small in comparison to what I was envisioning. I was just wondering if it would be at all possible to build a large kiln out of cob because it's shape-able and I could be creative with the design and size. But then I wondered if you could build a wood fired cob kiln and that of course led me to the question of whether or not it was possible to build an all in one cob RMH type of kiln. LOL, you never know what you can or can't do if you don't ask, so I asked. You have given me a great deal of information to work with and an excellent link. So thank you very much for helping to educate a novice such as myself. Take care,
allen lumley wrote:Katrin K. : I see a lot of assumptions/presumptions of what you mean by using the word 'KILN' , can you come back and tell us do you want to bake- bread, wood, or clay ?
Or something else altogether ? While each of these projects require a "KILN" , there is considerable difference in the need to hold ether/both high and constant temperatures !
Hopefully we will get a diverse group of craftsmen to weigh in on your next answer ! For the good of the craft ! BIG AL !
So sorry that I wasn't clear enough BIG AL, I meant a pottery kiln for firing clay stone ware and bisque ware. I'm interested in finding out if one could be built out of cob (not brick) but with like a rocket stove type design.
Just curious, but does anyone know if you could build a pottery kiln that would work effectively using only cob (not fire bricks) and build in a rocket stove feature right in? I mean like building a cob pizza oven (only bigger) with like a rocket stove type firebox built into it. I don't know if I'm making my self clear here or not.
I hope that they revisit this project sometime this year and give an update. Wish there was a way to get in touch with the builder and bring him over to the states to give a talk. My mate and I would like to have a custom cob home some day but there are no building codes in our area to support it. I personally just don't have the knowledge to try and get the building codes in Washington changed in support of cob building. Maybe if someone like him with all of the knowledge on how to build something like that would be willing to supply information, maybe more people in Washington state would be more interested in pursuing it enough to get the codes changed in support of cob.
Welcome Arthur! I'm curious, have you ever heard of a restaurant over in Norway called Noma? The owner and head chef Renee is setting the culinary world on it's ear because of his philosophy of using only local and many wild foraged foods for his establishment. He follows much of your viewpoints on the nutritional value and flavor of wild forage.
Dick Chase wrote:I have way more photos than you'd care to look at but I'll see if I can add a few here. If there are specific things you'd like to see just let me know.
The ELF (which is short for Electric - Light - Fun) come with a 10 AmpHour LiFe battery which is probably good for 15 miles or so. It all depends on terrain, speed and how much muscle you add. I've heard some ELFer's have gotten over 30 miles on a charge. On flat ground it does 20mph on motor alone. I find I'm using the motor about 90% of the time and am pedaling at least that much too, but only as hard as I feel like at the moment. The motor and pedals are fully independent. Mine has a continuously variable transmission that is smooth as butter and I can pedal as hard and as fast as I wish regardless of how fast I'm moving.
I'm happy to answer any questions and invite anyone in the midcoast Maine area to come have a look and take a ride if they wish. There are several ELFs in Maine already, about 6 I think, and I've heard there may be a couple more before long. At least for the Kickstarters, Maine had the highest number of ELF per capita. There is at least one hardy soul who has been commuting over 30 miles round trip daily all winter. Yup, he works at LLBean's HQ.
My biggest question is, does it have any doors? Or covers, I think it would get pretty cold in the winter (even with you peddling your but off) if there was nothing to close off the sides.