Todd Parr wrote:I'm still in the decision-making process with regards to this. I personally really like donkeys and mules, but my lady insists she would rather have an alpaca or a llama as a guard animal. We are still looking for the larger area of land we will purchase, so the decision isn't pressing, but does anyone have any input with regards to their personal preference and why? I'm very much an animal person, so I'm sure I would be happy adding any of these animals to our rag-tag bunch.
I don't like alpaca or llama. They have a tendency to spit at me. Nasty creatures. I'll take a nice ass any day. ROFL!
Something odd is happening around me.Cattle and horse farms are adding burrows,donkeys,or mules in with their cows and horses.Why?One older man I talked with said, the donkeys, and such,were more skittish.They would alert to predators before the cows or horses would know they were there.Is this true?There has been a big market for small burrows and donkeys here lately.That may make it feasible to buy acreage,other than to just have a boundary between neighbors.
paul wheaton wrote:Here is something I have said about 40 times to about 40 photographers. And I suspect zero of those photographers have followed my advice.
Take a great pic, reduce the size of the pic to 700 pixels wide and post it to permies. Post the high res pic out at a stock photography site. Put a link to all of your pics at the stock photography site in your permies.com signature. Repeat daily for a month.
Now you will probably earn about $400 per year. So over the next ten years, you will have earned about $4000 - or $133 per picture.
Now do stuff with your picture to make it easier to find. Rather than the name of the pic being 10000045602.jpg, change the name to beautiful-rocket-mass-heater.jpg and set the description for the pic to "a beautiful rocket mass heater I saw in oregon". And then the text that goes with the post talks about it. And, of course, it appears in a thread about beautiful rocket mass heaters.
Now you earn $1000 per year on those images, or $333 per picture.
Now go to a few other forums and do it with the same pictures and you are getting more than $500 per picture.
Now do this for a full year and discover that you are getting $800 per picture over a ten year span of time. $2500 per month comes in and you don't do anything more. It is all on autopilot.
And if you stop posting pics, that money just keeps coming in year after year.
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Today I got another email from somebody that wants to pay for a high res pic they saw here on permies.
Is it really that easy?Seems like over time the pic views would go down and no money will be made.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Want. (But probably too dry for this in Montana.)
Pic from FaceBook.
On a recent pruning job, I worked on fruit trees that had thick mats of moss, ferns and lichen growing together. When pulled from the tree, it comes with some dead bark attached. It seems like an easy plant community to transplant to baskets or pots. This is a similar plant community to the ones shown in your photo of the river, but the fruit trees are in drier, brighter places. They get dry as a chip in the summer sun on trees surrounded by suburban lawns. This mix might work as a bath mat or in a basket in a well lit bathroom. I will gather a box of it and mail it to the farm if you like. The postage is my donation to the cause. Stuff growing on apple might be a good choice since you will find it easy to obtain more more apple bark for further propagation.
I'm going to experiment with one inch thick gabion mats with a substrate of coarse sand and pea gravel, for grow your own mats and wall hangings.
Julia Winter wrote:I wonder how much light something like that would require? I want one too!
But first I have to train my family not to bury it in discarded clothes. . . .
Most of my native moss grows in the shadows,so I would think any natural light through a window would work.The moss here likes to stay damp.Problem here is,I take my showers at the gym,my son doesn't need a bath often,and his mom doesn't need a bath often either.To much bathing is hard on our skin,especially if we use hot water and off the self soaps.
I have various house plants that I need to move outside for the winter.I also need to keep the plants above 60*F.Most of them do best in indirect sunlight and wilt really badly below 60*F.How could I make a cheap quick shelter for these plants and keep them warm?The biggest one is 3 feet tall.The shortest one is about a foot tall but has 20 foot runners/vines.This plant with the long runners/vines is fairly old.I have five plants in total,that takes up a wall space about 6 foot tall and 10 foot wide.Most of my plants are old, and were handed down to me by my grandmother, about 10 years before her passing.So, I want to take exceptional care of them while we are doing some home renovations.Once I get my out buildings in place and set up,I maybe able to move them in there and add a window to let in light.I just don't know when I will be able to move the buildings in.
David Galloway wrote:Off the top of my head I don't know anything going in in Columbia (other than what David Collins is doing) but we just started a Facebook group for the new Upstate SC Permaculture Society and with over 100 members perhaps someone there will know of activity in Columbia. We just worked with the Furman University organic farm to bring Zev Friedman down from Asheville to give a two-hour presentation on how Permaculture can heal land and social conflicts. Here's the link of the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/445484185526915/
Also, you're pretty close to Asheville which has more permaculture stuff going on than anywhere else in the SE USA. I'm sure you'll head up there often for classes, workshops, and networking.
Welcome to South Carolina!
Thanks.I just pressed the join button.
I have lived in northern Spartanburg county all my life,except for a brief 6 months I spent in Hudson,NC.I have never seen anyone that really did the whole permies thing.Plenty of people, including my family, used to have family gardens and raise their own animals to help feed the fam.I still own half of the old two acre place that my grandfather settled on after WWII.We're no long permitted to have gardens or live stock.Urban sprawl and the people that settled the old farm lands around us want a clean manicured subdivision.I am currently looking for 10-20 unrestricted wooded acres for my family around the upstate.
Lisa Marie wrote:Hi Ben,
You are now added to the NC list!! (unofficial of course)
I have never used Freelancer - but did attempt to use eLance a while back. I just found that the pay is too low. I think that the people that like to use these sites to find contract workers - don't want to pay a person what they are really worth. And you will have to meet deadlines - so it's a matter of finding something you like first (which is hard to do) and then pacing yourself to be sure you make the deadline. To me - it's too much trouble for too little pay. It's a better idea to create residual income streams that make "make money while you sleep" - as they say.................
Thanks and I agree.To much trouble for to little compensation.
Lisa Marie wrote:Hi Troy,
I agree - this is a good thread and a topic that is well received.
I think that producing informational e-books, that people want to buy, is a great idea. I am also looking into this. I don't know the exact mechanics either since I have never written one. However, if you use MS Word to write the book, couldn't you then turn that word document into a pdf. (Adobe) The pdf would be the basis of the e-book. Although, there must be other steps involved. Additionally, you will need to create a kick ass cover for the e-book. I have read that e-books will sell if they have attractive covers. And there are various programs that can create the covers. So no matter what you write about - be sure to have a fantastic cover that attracts customers to it!! I plan to research e-book creation and will share any information that I think is helpful.
Ryan Mitchell wrote:Totally Lisa! I have been there and it is very difficult to overcome. I usually come home, change, eat dinner and watch a tv show. at the end of that show, I turn off the TV and go to work. It's hard, but it will mean the difference between a life of coming home feeling drained versus realizing the potential of an empowered life. I used to get home at 5:20 eat and chill for an hour and then work untill 11pm. You can do it!
There sure are a lot of us North Carolinians in here - isn't that interesting...I wonder what that means? But
I like your web site. In fact my son wants to go to the conference next year - however, I an not sure if I will be able to make it. I think the tiny house concept is really cool.
And thanks for the motivation! It's tough - but I believe that I can to it too!
I used to live in Hudson,NC outside Linville,NC.Now back home in upstate SC.Add me to the lived in NC list.Wanna move back someday.
We are all probably familiar with Etsy.If not,check it out.I turned a friend of mine onto the site a few months back,and she has replaced her disability income with just etsy income.She has type 1 diabetes and cancer keeps spring up in different parts of her.She has also lost a leg due to diabetes.All she can do is do crafts to occupy her time.She is cleaning up from what she tells me.I have seen a noticeable change in her since find success on etsy.I just can't sit around and do crafts.I am disabled too, but I get bored with things to easily.
I saw his movies on PBS and it got me into homesteading way of thinking.I have since been studying and learning up on homesteading.I'm not in a location that will accept the life style.If I wasn't living on a fixed income and could make more money,I could live my own version of alone in the wilderness.
I learned, by way of our local news, that our schools are experiencing a scabies infestation.They have shut down the schools for the week and advising parents to seek medical attention.Well,we can't afford medical attention.I don't think it has spread to our kids or to us.I'd like to err on the side of caution and try to head this off before it becomes a problem.My son and I both have severe allergies and nearly anything over the counter we put on our skin just makes us worse.I read permethrin and tea tree oil can be used as treatments.Does anyone have a recipe for a cream or lotions that are quick,cheap,and easy to make?Also a supplier for permethrin.Thanks in advance.
Renate Haeckler wrote:I started having pain in my pits from deodorant so I had to quit using it. My favorite alternative is Philip's Milk of Magnesia, unflavored. It lasted about 12 hours when I first started using it, now it lasts about 2 days, usually. So I guess it caused a change in the bacteria of my pits. Someone told me in Central America a lot of people use that instead of deodorant - cheaper, I guess.
My hair tends to be oily and I get itchy when my scalp sweats so I have to use shampoo sometimes but my habit that's been working for months now is to wash my hair once a week with Dr. Bonner's liquid soap, diluted 50:50 and the rest of the time I use a tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in water every other day, the other days I either don't wash my hair or just use a vinegar rinse (which I also do after shampooing or using the baking soda).
There's a bit of chemistry to it all. The baking soda, being alkaline, raises the hair cuticle. If you leave it like that, it will be more "fluffy" but also coarse and dull and tangle easily. The vinegar rinse changes the pH and that causes the cuticle to go back down, making the hair smooth, shiny, tangle resistant, and much more manageable. So you should always rinse with something acid after using baking soda. I use 1:10 ratio of vinegar to water.
The easiest way I've found to store my vinegar and baking soda solutions is in plastic catsup and mustard bottles from the dollar store. They have pointy tips so I can squirt it where I want and they are easy to refill.
I had the same problem with deodorant.I would rash up like I used poison ivy under my arms.I quite use deo,but the meds I have to take make make me smell like a tire fire next to paper plant with a sewage plant separating the two.I wash with baking soda as previously mentioned for hair,and use talcum powder.As long as I don't sweat,I'm ok.Unfortunately,we don't have a/c and it's pretty warm here most of the year.
Ben Mosley wrote:Thanks for this post.Now I feel like such a dope.We recently experienced a septic system break down that filled our house with raw sewage.Still trying to rebuild the bathroom,utility room,and hallway.Yep,it was that bad.So we decided to go on the bucket so to speak.We do use liners and cedar shavings.We have had a smell issue.Us boys go wee outside.Maw uses the same bucket as the solids.We always add a little covering of shavings after every potty trip.We have the stink issue.Now I believe it's due to two things; 1)urine in the waste and 2)the medications I take.Hopefully I will have my health back in order over the next year and I will be able to cut back on the meds.Hope to eliminate the need.For now,I guess I will deodorize the bathroom.
No, your problem is the cedar shavings, they don't work well at all. You need sawdust. You will have no smell if you use sawdust and take out the buckets when they get about 3/4 full. We mixed urine and poo for 2 years with no smell (5 people), you are only using the wrong medium. Like I said in my previous post, the problem with urine is the weight, so take it out before it gets so heavy you hate yourself.
Thanks.I'll try to source shavings locally.I haven't seen them here.
Thanks for this post.Now I feel like such a dope.We recently experienced a septic system break down that filled our house with raw sewage.Still trying to rebuild the bathroom,utility room,and hallway.Yep,it was that bad.So we decided to go on the bucket so to speak.We do use liners and cedar shavings.We have had a smell issue.Us boys go wee outside.Maw uses the same bucket as the solids.We always add a little covering of shavings after every potty trip.We have the stink issue.Now I believe it's due to two things; 1)urine in the waste and 2)the medications I take.Hopefully I will have my health back in order over the next year and I will be able to cut back on the meds.Hope to eliminate the need.For now,I guess I will deodorize the bathroom.
Imogen Skye wrote:Ben, I used to live in Yukon (until 6 months ago), and the bog water was glacier melt, so I didn't ever filter it with anything. It came from the bog along a narrow stream and we took it just a short walk from the bog from that stream. Here, in town, the water is chlorinated (not with chloramine- nasty nasty stuff!), and for now, we are drinking bottled water. When I get out to my land, there is also a marsh/bog with a stream, and for drinking, I will have it tested, and if necessary, I'll be using a Berkey filtration system. OR, harvest rainwater for drinking and use the stream/bog water for washing. I'm not exactly sure what the best method will be out there just yet. There is a possibility of contamination, so I'll probably filter it. In Yukon, this was completely unnecessary.
I miss the living water. A lot. The difference between living water and treated water is life; that seems pretty significant to me...
Yeah,up there most contamination comes from wildlife.Not many people around to trash up the water supplies.
Linda Sefcik wrote:Good point on the clorinated water. Thanks for reminding me.
From what I understand, letting treated and clorinated water sit for 24 hours
allows the chlorine gases to dissipate -- and then it can be used for watering
houseplants, gardens, and -- bathing. I have to be reminded of all the things
I use water for. I've been setting my drinking water in the fridge for 24 hours,
and now, I should plan ahead and save a big bucket of water for bathing...
and use my water-saving bath technique.
All living systems depend on good bacteria and micro-organisms for health.
A man named Doug Kaufmann has written several books on this subject --
telling us that antibiotics are destroying our health... antibiotics, of course,
totally destroy a person's entire digestive tract flora and weakening our
In the same way... chlorine is added to water to do the same thing as
antibiotics -- to totally destroy bacteria. Well, that means everything that
the water is put on, too.
Chlorine will dissipate when left open to the atmosphere or boiled rapidly for one minutes.Chloramine is the combining of chlorine and ammonia.It has to bind to a live substance and held in suspension.Chloramine can't be 100% eliminated from a contaminated water source.
Imogen Skye wrote:I didn't used to use shampoo at all, and I still don't put soap on my body except my hands for washing dishes. But I am temporarily using town water, which is chlorinated, and after many years of using living water from a bog, my hair and skin have now gone completely off the hook in shock. Now, very sadly, I have to use shampoo (a natural type made of pine and other essential oils) once per week or my hair just will not get clean, and worse than not clean- it gets really oily and flat and just not nice in any way, and my scalp freaks out too- scaly, and scabby even- gross. Then, after washing in the town water, it takes days to feel like normal hair again. It is very annoying. I cannot wait to get back onto my land so I can use living water on and in my body again. There's not just chlorine in the town water either, I realise- all those pharmaceuticals... they can't be helping...
For me, it's not the shampoo that's the issue. It's the nasty treated, polluted water.
What type of water filtration/treatment are you using on your property?The water here (from the town) is sterilized with chloramine which has caused sever skin problems and has ruined my digestive system.
I'm not sure how transfer of property works there.Here I went to a lawyer and did everything through him.If I'd went realator route and closing would have cost between 3000 and 5000.I think it was around $300 for the lawyer but my family used his services reguarly so I got a break on cost.You can find people willing to sell without a realator as long as they feel their interest is being protected.