My kickstarter email (which I failed to update) is different from my permies one. I added my kickstarter email as my secondary email on here. I click on the link to the forum and I am not able to get in.
Nice one Mary Beth! Lambsquarter is the best! So happy you found it out :)
We have been harvesting the lambsquarter so much this summer. It's for sure one of my favourits. Almost unbelievable how abundant it is and how nutritious. I like to call it "wild spinach" to make it sound better and more appealing to folks who never heard about eating it before. Way better of going out to the garden for some of this stuff then going to the super market and paying an arm and a leg for some sub par spinach. They taste very similar in my opinion.
We have been making some super tasty recipes with it, like a spanica pita type thing, omelettes, quiches, etc. If anyone is interested we are having a little online wild food cooking class where we go over a bunch of recipes using wild plants and lambsquarter is on the menu. It's a lot of fun. The link is in my signature.
I like to harvest as much as possible when it's young and growing really well, then dry it and store it for the winter months to be used as a "superfood" powder in smoothings, soups and what not.
Feeding the bees sugar was the first thing I noticed in the manual I received from my local "bee expert". Then they go on to talk about pest management with pesticides because the bees are weak. Leave the bees some of their liquid gold to eat over winter. How is this not obvious to everyone? It's a point of contention that can get me going
I went out in the internet world and started searching. I found a number of places that sell the food grade plastic mesh that comes with many dehydrators by the roll. I also found the stuff in bulk if I want to build a ton of dehydrating space.
I think "food grade plastic mesh" was the most successful search.
The stainless stuff is just too expensive (I think) for the size of drying space I want to create.
I am setting up my old camper trailer to function as a large space to dehydrate all the goodies I harvest this season. I am looking to make large racks with screen material to set my produce on.
The question is, what screen material do I use? Ideally it would be stainless steel hardware cloth at about 1/8" holes. Of course this kind of stuff is ridiculously expensive. So what is the next best thing? What are folks using in their dehydrator constructions?
The two options I see at the hardware store are fiberglass window screening and galvanized hardware cloth. Neither of these seem like the ideal thing to place my nice organic food on to dry. Any input on what to do here would be super appreciated. Thank you!
Interesting thought. I suppose it's all relative and one has to decide where on the scale you draw the line of "ok now it's ethical". For me, the death of the animal is quite important. It can be raised super well, but I wonder how that all factors in at "the end" if the animal is super scared and stressed out. This is for sure something I've thought a decent amount about and am rather ignorant of.
I like the idea of raising wild meat to hunt. For example we have a ton of squirrels around here because of all the walnut trees. I've been getting closer and closer to getting it together to hunt some squirrel. Same goes with fish and rabbits. We are on the river and have lots of hedge row type rabbit habitat. I suspect I could pull a decent amount of meat from those sources on my property. The whole use what you have idea.
Thanks Morgwino. I'd never thought of freeze drying. I'm going to check that out. I am for sure more interested in the no electricity methods, but like you say, once it's done it lasts without continual input.
Fresh is best for sure. It seems like raising small livestock might be the most economical given you can eat the whole thing in a day or two.
I have become rather interested in raising my own ethical meat sources and have been considering ways to preserve all that goodness once it is time to harvest. The modern approach seems to basically consist of freezing, but of course our ancestors did not have freezers.
So I am interested in hearing some of your favourite ways to preserve larger quantities of meat that don't involve freezing. I've seen different forms of fermenting, drying and smoking. What might be some of the pros and cons of the different traditional methods? Then there is the whole idea of nitrates, how they play into curing meats and the effects they might have on our health. Are there more traditional alternatives to sodium nitrate? Any thoughts on this would also be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I just want to make sure that there have not been any further developments / updates about the kickstarter rewards sent out via email that I missed some how. The May 12th update sent through kickstarter is the last thing I received.
Thanks for your support Simon. I think that if we were to do everything again, there are probably a lot of things we would try differently. But since this was our first book, and the #1 source of post-kickstarter collapse is a failure to estimate shipping costs, we had to play things really safe. And there are probably 3 or 4 things that are all a part of shipping kickstarter rewards that may not be immediately apparent.
You're welcome Shawn!
No doubt there are tons of things going on I have no idea about Shipping is such a sun of gun thing these days when trying to do it on a "regular guy" level and keep it affordable. Especially going cross border.
I guess it's too late now and not fair to those folks who already paid the $15 USD$ for shipping books to Canada, but I wonder, because you live in Canada, could you get a large number of the books and then ship them out to Canadians? Shipping something of that size within Canada in CAD$ might make it a lot more appealing for folks in Canada.
Anyway, a thought for another time maybe.
I look forward to the ebook in the mean time. It sure looks like a good book for those mostly not super familiar with Paul's work. Really brings it all into one place and into actionable "things". Happy I could support and get the good word out there to the millions
I am setting up an off grid camper trailer to live in as I build and this stove might be the thing for me to keep warm in the winter and cook on.
So with that, I'm looking to keep the weight down of course. I won't be towing the trailer around though and will support the floor.
Any thoughts on tweaking things things here and there in the design to keep it as small as possible?
It's a fine line to balance the weight issue in a trailer with having a nice mass to keep the heat in over the night. I wonder where that line might be when installing this kind of stove in a camper trailer? I certainly can't be running the propane furnace all winter in Ontario to stay warm and cook with...
Any way. Great stuff here Matt. I'll post my build if I do end up putting this design in the trailer. Thanks for the videos, they are super helpful!
So I guess Geoff is trying something different this year with his online pdc. He is running this one on a referral basis. He has given out links to folks who have completed one of his earlier pdc (like me) and we are allowed to refer our friends and family.
So you guys at permies are my friends and I am going to give out the invite here for anyone looking to sign up. This link is only good for a limited time, so if you are interested in participating in this pdc, you better act sooner rather than later. Apparently this pdc is going to be bigger and better than the previous ones and he wants to give his full attention to the folks signing up. Thus he doesn't want a million people signing up.
Here they are. The ones I opened. I clicked on them both and they opened in separate tabs both with the security warning. Then I added the exceptions, but I still see the little warning symbol in the address bar.
I went to follow some links from the dailyish today and got a warning from firefox that this site was not trusted and I should not be here. The security certificate was not right in some way or another. Of course I added the exception and continued on, but not so good for regular folks.
As far as places where the local farmers gather, I'm not sure. They have community events, like bingo, cards, and fundraising dinners at the legion, but different people show up to different events. There are the churches in town as well, which many people attend. This would probably be a good place to meet and chat with folks. We basically told everyone we met that we were looking for a place and if they knew of anything to let us know. But that requires spending significant amounts of time in the area. There are a few rich people there who own a significant amount of different properties who you could track down and ask if they might sell something.
I don't know what your situation is, but it would be good if you could get up there and spend time talking to folks. It's best to do that when all the cottagers aren't there, so after labour day or before July.
I think the group you had contact with, who are looking to buy a very large piece of land and create an intentional community on, are farther south into the bush from South River off highway 11. That is a different area from where we are looking. The people I was referring to are just random folks who have moved to the area and purchased their own respective properties and are doing their own thing, but still getting together and trading, talking, making community. Port Loring is on highway 522, north more, closer to North Bay. Google map it. It is still part of the same large section of unorganized area that the other folks are looking to purchase in, but it is more in the "middle of nowhere".
For income we are going to be running our herbal tea business at local area markets in the summer and selling online all year. We are also going to be farming/gardening to provide ourselves with food and sell some down the road. We are also going to be setting up an education space where we will teach about herbalism, permaculture, wild plants/foraging, all that good stuff. There is a group of us who have just formed an organization to get some government funding to get some cool things going, focused on, arts, history, environment, and recreation, so this may lead to other income streams.
We are looking for a smaller scale set up, around 10 acres, probably with a home already built, so we can jump right in a get the things going we want to see happen.
Are you in a position to be able to go spend some time in the area talking to folks? I still think knocking on doors is a good idea. If not knocking, then driving by and looking for farmers who are outside and then walking up and talking to them. They are really quite friendly in the area and do like to talk.
We have been looking for land in unorganized townships for some time now as well. We have settled on the Port Loring area, which is a great little community. We have lived up there the last two summers working at the farmers market selling our herbal teas and getting to know the locals. Land there is reasonably priced, not as cheap as way up north near Kirkland lake, but it is only 3.5 hours from Toronto, making it the closest unorganized area in Ontario to the major cities. There is a decent amount of farmland in the area, but not a lot for sale on the market.
The best thing we have found when looking for land there is to spend some time in the area and get talking to the locals. Go knock on some farmer's doors and see if they would sell you some land. They are pretty friendly in the area and like to talk. A lot of the farmers are quite old now and some have many hundreds of acres. I think this approach is also the only way you are going to get an owner held mortgage. I highly doubt you will get that going through a real estate agent. You basically have to get the people to like you and want to help you out, which requires spending time there and talking to the locals.
There is movement happening of cool people moving to the area and looking to do cool things with the lax regulations. There is a large influx of cottages in the summer which really helps the local economy and makes the farmers market very good. Now is the time to buy up there, as things are really starting to sell in the last year or so. We are moving up there permanently coming this spring, as we get the last of our business sorted out in the city here (Windsor).
I'm happy to give you more advice or help out however I can in this space.