I saw this and immediately went to posting haha. I promise to read afterward.
So, hmm, what I want. Loaded question right? It'll be easier for me to break it down. Maybe it'll be for everyone else too, who knows?
What I "know" I want: 1) A God-fearing man, seriously, a man who's dedicated to his relationship with God and comfortable with leading.
*To prepare for this, I've become more comfortable with following. God first, us second. Simple. This also is the great lead up to something else also very important to me. Faithfulness. I don't have wandering eyes, thoughts, etc. So I expect him not to either. I expect a man, who's in this thing together with me. I expect him to love and want me as much as I will for him. Relationships are not games to me.
2) Someone strong. You know a strapping young man, because that's attractive to me. As well as the perks that come with it.
*I'm learning to love exercise. I'm no pro or anything, but I like jumping rope so there's that at least. But I want to be fit for health and such. And I want a workout partner that can't ditch me lol. Or at least we can be lazy together.
3) Someone family oriented that likes being around their family and is comfortable in big, beautiful events.
*I'm a quiet sort because I'm naturally introspective, but I love people. I would prefer a partner that loves people too as that would encourage me to get out of my own head more often haha.
4) Obviously, someone who digs plants and food as much as I do. I also love animals, but don't really want to eat them anymore. So I'm thinking a guy who is okay with me being vegetarian or vegan. Maybe he'll even like to do it with me? Not a requirement, but definitely appreciated. When I say love animals, I mean strictly for the husbandry and the benefit they are to the environment. They're fun creatures and when you take care of them, they feed your plants super well!
* I'm actively transitioning to a completely plant-based diet.
5) Someone who doesn't see color/ understands that race is a myth.
*Pretty self-explanatory. I'm a thoroughly melanated, human female. Yay, for built-in sunscreen. I don't have any requirements on the melanin-content or lack thereof of my future husband. I associate with others based on the content of their characters and shared interests. That's all. I'd prefer if my spouse did not add unnecessary drama to our shared existences with socio-cultural mythos. aka I don't tolerate or participate in racism and I won't be with anyone that does.
What I "think" I want: 1) Someone adventurous.
*Fun in theory, but I'm a laid-back sort and probably will not want to spontaneously climb the Matterhorn, hop a plane to Wisconsin, bungey jump, etc.
2) Someone who wants kids.
*Also fun in theory. I have names picked out. And I love the little bundles, but I don't need them to be fulfilled in this life. I'm 25. In my head if I haven't had any by 35-37 then I'm calling it good and not worrying about it evermore. And I want someone to be okay with that, because I really, reaaaalllly don't want to deal with teenage/young adult life problems at the age of 60+. A mother's work is never done.
Atlanta is a great stop for sure! Lots of great stuff going on up there! I sure wish he were coming to Savannah. The community is ripe for permaculture around these parts as well. And the populace would be gracious for the info as well. The great thing about both cities are the encouragement of new ideas. :) I hope the tour goes wonderfully.
I'm a little stumped. The situation is a market garden. The question simply how much and how little? Numbers were never my forte so I thought I would ask.
In Savannah, GA there is a booming farmer's market community with many diverse offerings. If I were to grow surplus with the hopes of marketing whatever I couldn't eat. (And this is assuming I can even eat what I assume I can in the first place.) How would one determine the most marketable goods based upon a market that offers most things outside of extremely exotic or rare veggies. (Which there wouldn't be data for, considering I wouldn't even know who to ask. Can you imagine walking up to someone to inquire about their interest in breadfruit? The average person doesn't really know what breadfruit even is!)
Back to the topic at hand, how does one determine how much or how little they can ask for an item?
For instance, one farmer sells his carrots for 2.00, and another sells for 2.50. Will I suppress the market by selling for 1.75?
I'd rather not make it hard for anyone else by pricing too low, but I'd also like to be marketable, otherwise why go through the effort of packing up and going off to sell in the first place?
It finally farmer's market season! Whoopee! I know that seems strange to write, because really "At what point isn't there something to buy at a market somewhere?" I just really love this Spring/Summer time of year is all. And I've finally started to really get a comfortable routine down here in good ole Chatham County. Anyway, new places means an opportunity to make new friends (And keep the old), and with exactly that in mind I wanted to get out an open invite:
Any guys and gals that happen to be around these parts at any point and would like to go out on the town, feel free to drop me a line. I'm looking to really get into the life of my new home city.
brandon gross wrote:Well were did you wind up? Savannah is pretty great as long as your walking. Lots of Foodie types, go almost every summer and always enjoy it.
Oh for sure the food is great. I'm excited to try all of it or at least taste it. I actually just moved in this year. I'm settling up in Georgetown for a little bit. Til I can afford a nice little patch of ground somewhere with a bit more space.
Glad to see the lovely offerings, I'll be sure to order from you this season, so I'm eager for January when I know the list will be complete. In the meantime, my question is are there any recommendations you have from your seed stocks that would be fun to use in starting off landrace efforts in Zone 8b?
I'm planning a food forest everyone! Emphasis on planning since trees are rather long lived and take their sweet time getting to maturity. I want to do this thing right and decided to ask all you knowledgeable experienced folks for your perspectives.
My biggest question is: When planting trees in a previously unforested area or adding trees into a forest environment, is there some type of beneficial ratio of edible fruit types and timber type to go with?
I'm trying to keep in mind the importance of biomes and trying to avoid monocultures like say small orchards close together? Is that the right term? I'm referring to the levels at which things grow. Large trees, medium sized trees, shrubs and bushes... I'm sure you all already know hah. Anyway, what are your thoughts? At first I thought I'd just plant whatever the heck I wanted together and see what happens, but maybe that's not such a good idea when there's probably someone who did that before and got results from it? I'd like to take advantage of existing knowledge so as not to make any dumb mistakes, ya know? So thanks in advanced.
Hi Johnny, nice to "meet" you, er... well, in a way. Honestly, I find your profile quite good as an introduction and conversation starter. I'm Angelica. I was wondering if you might like to form a friendship with me. I'm a permie working toward that seemingly far away- but not so much- privilege of land ownership as well. But really I'd like forming more friendships with those that share common interests with me. I love all my friends for sure, but it'd be nice to "plant talk" with someone and not be seen as "eccentric". So feel free to PM me if you'd like.
I'm in no way an expert, but aren't desert grounds as necessary in the grand scheme of things as forested areas? Surely to reforest entire deserts would produce other, currently unseen reactions in the end. However, it would maybe be a good idea to attempt to reforest some of the larger areas that have been stripped in recent history. And in that way, I would think that it may be a good idea to not only plant trees but also jump start the succession process? You know broadcast some mosses or drought loving ground covers onto the barest lands and see what takes? Just my thoughts.
Pearl Sutton wrote:My paw paw trees are too small to bear yet.
I would be VERY interested in how the natives ate them, please update us with any information anyone learns!!
Reading this thread though, I'm wondering if the rich sweetness would make good wine/mead? Or if that would make it bad too? I'll watch for this in a couple of years when my baby trees produce. And if I make a batch of ferment that is no good, I'll turn it to ethanol and throw it in the car
Regarding allergies vs intolerance: That's something I have wars with medical people about. Their definition of "allergy" is one specific chemical reaction involving histamine, if you don't do that, you aren't allergic, and they won't listen to "my body is intolerant of that" Yes, I'll admit, I don't get a rash or sneeze, but I puke for days, list it as an allergy so no one ever gives it to me again. "So you aren't allergic? Let's try it again then!" augh!!
I've never had a pawpaw, but was interested in planting some just to get a taste, so I'm quite interested in this thread. I just wanted to mention that Mother Earth News just put out a really good (too me at least) article on making wine with pawpaws. Apparently it tastes quite good, so you'll probably be able to find it on the wedsite. Found it! http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/fermenting/mead-brewing-zm0z17aszmar
Renay Newlai wrote:So, add what I can and let the weak fail? Just get as much diversity in as possible?
That's my strategy. I can't tell if varieties are very much genetically different from each other just because they have different names, but I try to include an assortment of different looking varieties, and allow them to promiscuously pollinate as much as they will, then select among them for what thrives in my garden. Some people that visit my garden are horrified with me. I'll yank a full grown tomato plant out of the ground because a fruit has blossom end rot. I'll go through a row of seedlings, and chop out 20% of them that germinated slow, or are growing poorly. People that think that every plant should be coddled may not do all that well as landrace gardeners. I figure that my contract as a farmer is with the species, and not with named varieties, or specific plants.
I'm interested in landraces as well and while it does sound a little painful to whack off undesirable plants, I'm sure it gets easier over time. With that being said, Joseph what is your system to encourage such "promiscuous pollination"? I would think close plantings would help but would not be the end all be all. Would one need to hand pollinate as well? Or enclose the experimental plants altogether in a greenhouse or something? However, in the hopes of getting some truly open-pollination just from the wind or visiting pollinators, would closing plants off in greenhouses really help encourage diversity or hinder it? These are just some thoughts of mine. I'm here to learn as well.
I'm sure this has been asked before so I hope I'll be forgiven. I'm planning my garden for next season and want to try some new varieties, preferably more heirlooms. On that note, do you guys have any favorites? Or know any tried and true cultivars that do well in Georgia or the Southeast USA. Any recommendations are much appreciated!
Good on ya! Getting out of this rat race is probably among the more noble aspirations I come across on a daily basis. I'd be happy to be friends with you. And welcome to permies! What countries do you like? I've always fancied moving away, but I'm not really cultured and haven't really pondered cool places to set up shop. Although there are lots of beautiful places I'd love to live: New Zealand, Ecuador, Wyoming... Also, I'm happy to share that in my experience no matter where you go, you tend to meet the same types of people, so if escaping is your goal, you'd do better buying a plot of forested beauty near you and working a backwoods paradise. You'll be equally likely to making something you love as with moving. Feel free to PM me if you ever want to chat.
Hey, everyone! It's been forever since I asked a question, but this one is a biggie so help would be appreciated!
I've gotten a job in the Savannah, GA region, and it's one I'm planning to stick with for the long haul God willing and if I can help it. *fingers crossed* So in the hopes of getting something started I've begun scoping out the region for good land prospects. Much of it is forest, so I'm not too worried about being able to develop a plot the way I would want to. I just have some concerns. What would be the best area to look into? I honestly never planned to live along a coastline of any sort because of the hassle of tropical storms and such, so I'm at a loss. Also, what about the water table and the perpetual aquifer strain in that area? I don't even want to think about what would happen if I had to deal with the threat of sinkholes.
I'm super uneducated on this front and would really love some ideas on what to do? Should I simply wait until I'm comfortable enough to get out of dodge and put down roots wherever I want?
David Livingston wrote:belle adonna lit translation beautiful woman
They also used the herb "eye bright ' goodness knows whats in that
Actually David, "eyebright" isn't so terrible. It's very good for your eyes, and was used as a cure-all for all diseases of the eye back then. If I'm remembering the article I read on it in an herbal this summer, it is particularly high in vitamin A.
I think this is a great idea. At least for the case of questions and answers, things will move at a phenomenal pace. I would like to have an invitation please, Pierre. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Didn't know if anyone had mentioned it before, but it seems that if you can last a year there, then the land is yours. Pretty sweet deal to me, and hey, for those wanting to start up a community with many permies all about, this would be a place ripe for the pickings.
I was reading an article on Capsicum species, aka the peppers, when the author of the article mentioned how he used a basalt rockery to maintain heat around his plants in order to help them grow in a healthy manner outside despite his cold climate. He went on to explain that the rocks absorbed and retained heat during the day, releasing it for several hours even after the peak sunlight hours and this helped the peppers maintain the heated environment they loved so much for a longer period of time, basically keeping them warm when sunshine wasn't enough for warmth.
So, I figured I would ask you knowledgeable permies about the use of basalt in what I would suppose is a form of designing a microclimate for heat loving plants. Is basalt the best rock to use for something like this or is there another material even more suited to slowly capture and release heat to plants than rocks? How would you set up a design that would benefit the most plants? If you do this in a greenhouse, would it make it even warmer and more humid inside, and would that even be a good idea? Assuming you had the means to build a greenhouse, would you all even recommend a rockery, considering the greenhouse might do the same job better?
I just thought this was an interesting concept, and wanted to see if anyone knew more on this subject that I was just now hearing about.
So after reading this super helpful thread http://permies.com/t/49696/permaculture/Roses-permaculture I learned about how well roses, apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, brambles, etc grow together because they are within the same plant family, which made me want to ask all the knowledgeable folks here at permies what other great family members they had found to benefit each other? On one hand, this seems like a type of companion planting, but most companion plants that I had researched weren't necessarily related to each other. That's why I found it so interesting. I'm the type of person to overlook some of the simplest things sometimes, so it's no wonder I never thought about planting family members near to each other.
Wow, guys, all the comments are super helpful. I'm looking into finding a bike shop nearby to see what frame would be best for me, so that will let me have something a little more substantial to go by when I am picking something out. My mom has a recumbent trike and I'll finally get to give it a try during the summer. I'll see how I like the ride for sure by trying it out around town.
So, I'm looking to buy a bike, but not just any bike, a bike with the ability to handle grassland and paved pathways, cobblestone and uneven walkways, all with the same efficiency while keeping me from falling off. Hah I realize the not falling off part is more my area than the bike's, but I would like one that would encourage good posture whether I'm sitting or standing. And hopefully have a seat that doesn't feel like a sharp, uncomfortably placed rock. I know that sometimes the way a bike's frame is designed has a lot to do with how good you feel while using it. However, I really don't know much of anything about bikes at all.
In any case, does any one have any suggestions? I would like to practice using it over the summer and building my stamina as well, so that eventually it won't be a tough choice choosing to bike somewhere as opposed to driving... just a matter of good timing on my part. I think this will be a fun, arduous, and worth it undertaking, since gas isn't going to be getting any cheaper and I really would like to lessen my impact on the environment, because I drive long distances fairly often.
I'm still new to permaculture, so I can't say that I know much practically, but I'm very understanding conceptually. And I think a good way of tending yourself is certainly eating more plants than meat and meat by-products. As far as biology goes, it just makes more sense to eat as closely to the first trophic level as possible to gain the most energy inputs into yourself, since 90% of raw energy is lost between them. I haven't tried being vegan yet, because I don't completely understand/ know enough about the lifestyle to healthily do so, but as I learn I'm seriously considering it. And as far as permaculture, toward the land, is concerned it is much more sustainable and friendly toward the earth, and its inhabitants, to eat a plant-based diet than an animal-based one, in any case. I think this is a really great topic you've started.
Hiya, permies! So when I joined this site I was perfectly happy to make friends and see what permies.com was all about. And let me tell you it's a pretty cool place for sure! Now I feel confident to put up a legitimate ad to see if maybe there's a permie guy who might want to take interest in me, not to sound weird or anything. Truth is I'm not sure if I'm ready for a full fledged relationship, so at the moment I'd rather try out online dating... with my own terms. Sure I could try out match.com or something but what's the chance of finding a permie there over the great odds here?
Now for a little about myself, I'm 22 years old and live in GA, studying chemistry with 2 more semesters to go before I graduate! Woohoo! I love plants, animals, and everything about nature. I love God as well because I'm a christian. I like to think I'm down to earth. I certainly don't take myself too seriously, and I love people, even though I'm shy. I guess I'm an omnivert? I can feel either way depending on my mood for that day, although my mood is generally happy no matter what, heh. I love bright colors, singing, dancing, and all forms of music. Um... I'm 5'9". You can probably tell I'm running out of things to say haha. I'm of the huskier sort, but I also swim a lot, so maybe that will change for the better?
I don't know what I might like in a guy. I think I'm most interested in great personalities and shared interests, especially with regard to permaculture, since I would love to have a home on land that I could permaculture one day with my family.
So, yea, if you're a guy and might like to talk, send a message my way.
Likewise,I don't believe in communism; however, in Acts 2, we believe a key to Our lives is found here:
"42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."
I am thankful for your reply.
I understand your need: "This would NOT be a commune nor a dictatorship but a voluntary association of free property owners (insomuch as we can own property in the world today) all with equal say in all big decisions. That does not mean there will not be leadership but there will be as flat an organization of equals as possible with some temporary areas of leadership/servantship.. "
We want to guide you to a people who practice this type of life. I understand you may want to start up your own community; however, very soon one realizes: I am nothing without all.
Deshé I literally cried, reading my way through that Twelve Tribes' website. Thank you so much for posting the link. <3 Blessings to you.
Dave Forrest wrote:My own main feeling about prepping and survivalism is that any approach to a situation that is fear-based usually turns out to be pretty uninteresting. In the end, it’s less powerful and prone to its own Achilles' heels because fear puts your blinders on. It is not compatible with looking at a situation in a balanced way and playing with the possibilities, looking for all the good that can be gotten out of it.
So maybe "survivalism" as a culture on those terms seems a bit wacked out. I don't really know as I am just watching like others from the other side of the Atlantic at what seems to be a media-hype-induced, country-specific cultural phenomenon... You're focusing on the demon-like instigators and the earth-shattering events which are just about to transpire, right NOW, no.... NOW... oops, not quite yet, wait... NOW! You know the drill. And that is extremely likely to keep you in a perpetual state of running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Not inconsequentially, because of that fear and all the cortisol racing through your blood and that iron will to survive... you work yourself up into an extremely manipulable state and are likely to make many and very costly mistakes. That is because this mindset narrows your focus so severely you literally don't know what you're dealing with. Living in fear is, to put it in Permaculture terms, a Type 1 error.
Preppers and prepping seem to run the gamut as we've seen here on this thread. No harm in being prepared, in fact, it’s a good idea, like having insurance. From splitting your seed library into three locations in case of fire/flood/whatever, to having several different ways to keep warm in the winter... etc., etc. Like all of nature, in diversity there is strengh and resiliency, and that is great. So being prepared, as most human groups have tried to be and have had to be throughout history, has proved itself to very very useful and makes you much less vulnerable to whatever might come your way. I'm not sure it really needs a label or a culture attached to it, and to the extent it does, perhaps we're slipping into a bit of the Type 1 error again... Prepared for what? All the terrible disasters that are inexorably coming our way, of course: peak oil, economic collapse, marauding hordes of starving bandits... Once we start thinking that way, our focus narrows again and our IQs drop dramatically. It is when we are in relaxed, playful-yet-focused conversation with friends that we are at our best and can really deal well with challenges. Some "preppers" no doubt live their lives this way, and in that case I'd say, right on. The fear-based end of the spectrum, however, combined with perhaps a touch of OCD, can produce jittery basketcases in terms of really dealing with what life hands you. So I'd say you have to dig a bit beyond the label "prepper" to see how people actually live their lives. Certainly here on permies.com and on the internet, there are lots of self-identified "preppers" who very generously make available all sorts of fantastically useful information for anyone interested in living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Bravo to those generous folks, however they self-identify.
Don't think I'm poo-pooing the challenges on the horizon that all these groups see. Really, Silent Spring came out in the early 60s and the Club of Rome report and Limits to Growth in the early 70s. And since then, tons of studies that remind us that the modern global consumer capitalist system is destroying the natural capital (ironically) of the earth at a rate that is rapidly undermining the planet's carrying capacity, i.e. how many people living how well that the planet can support. Other studies show (and day-to-day consumer life makes abundantly clear) that the western-style consumer lifestyle depends on sucking up “resources” from around the world, low-paid labor in poor countries, oil and derivatives from the mideast, a series of crucial inputs for industry scattered throughout the third world. And often to safeguard what they tell us are "our resources" that "our allies" provide to us to further "our interests" around the world, well, we have to do whatever we have to do, Type 1 error again. So send the Marines, support that brutal dictatorship, finance an endless series of deadly conflicts, just keep the stuff flowing from those nameless places and faceless people to back over here, please. Yes, the world economy seems to be in the hands of another brand of Type 1 error, fear-based nutcases that really, truly believe that in order for them to live well, everyone else can/should/must suffer.
The thing that I love about Permaculture is that I think it shows all these fear-based, Type-1-error points of view to be unnecessary and counter-productive, and offers a great alternative. Finally! Or at least it is starting to. We know we can vastly increase the capacity of the Earth to support us and all living beings. Pretty quickly even. Just give us a plot of land and we'll start at it, acre by acre. Even stabilizing the world climate seems perfectly possible -- we just need enough people doing enough acres. We can create lushness, beauty, and all we need to survive, mostly with resources that we can find nearly anywhere. We share knowledge with each other and support each other's projects, just like good neighbors. Sure, some industrial inputs are immensely helpful. But in a pinch we can live a great life, better than the alternatives, with a minimum of this stuff if we develop our self-sufficiency skills. And also COMMUNITY and intelligent trade with like-minded people so we can share resources, machinery, work or whatever, so we do not each have to do absolutely everything. We need to design and build up our human guilds just like our food forests. So this weaning ourselves off of consumer culture thing is as important as affirming: regenerative human life on this planet is possible, beauty is possible, it's possible to work with and value nature rather than destroying it, and in my name you do not need to invade any countries, make another strip mine, support any dictators, chop down any forests, steal elections or anything else from anyone, exploit any poor people, fund any wars, dry any valleys, behead any dissidents, etc. It's doing our part to show how great, and peaceful, and beautiful, and strong and resilient, living together on earth can be.
I would love to hear more conversations along those lines. And sure, we have some big challenges. And we're dealing with them in a beautiful and inspiring way. Running towards what inspires you, and building it up, over the long haul, gives you a lot more options and a much more creative and fulfilling life than trying to wall out the stuff you fear.
Dave, you sir, are quite eloquent, and I love your post. You make wonderful points as do everyone else graciously putting in on this thread. I feel quite inspired and want to run off this muse for as long as possible, but I wanted to note the idea that caught my eye the most. I'm sure I'm not the first to make the connection, positive in fact, but with the obvious need to increase our human connections with each other as well as connecting better with the land around us, has anyone contemplated ways to try and link up all these intentional communities together yet?
I imagine I'm skipping steps in the whole building process of a community, but I get that way when I get excited. I'm also not a human relations efficianado, but there does seem to be plenty of communities started, or getting started, and I wonder if they make efforts to try to connect with each other? At least the ones that reside in the same state, I would imagine, would have less of a problem getting together to, I guess, form even bigger communities!
And in the spirit of brotherhood and work ethic, wouldn't it get the purpose of these communities done a lot quicker with more people working together whether that be growing enough food for everyone, building something on land, or even raising money to buy land, etc. The more, the merrier, right?
I honestly plan to have a huge garden, especially once I decide whether or not I want livestock of any kind. I wouldn't want any of my animal friends to get into/eat something that wasn't good for them. In any case, if I get a large enough space, I'll certainly be doing more than edging with certain species.
Thank you everyone! You all are so helpful. I'm certainly taking note of everything being said. So don't be surprised by my seeming silence. I've definitely looked up the helpfulness of certain plants like the borage and calendulas being mentioned, and I think they make gorgeous additions, but for sure I'm most concerned about the flowering plants that I want that aren't edible ones at all. I just think they're pretty for lack of better words, like poppies and sweet peas.
Some of the varieties I've found myself keen on are reported to be great attractors of bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, so if for no other reason than pollination, I'd feel a little justified planting them heh, but otherwise I just dig lots of flowers and want to do my best trying to incorporate them into my garden with all my incredible edibles too. I really am going to look into the French potager idea.
I have a question for everyone, especially you experienced gardeners out there!
I'm in love with flowers, fruits, and veggies all the same, and it leaves me in a dilemma of how to combine them all. Is it possible to plant traditional flowering plants in the same area of edible plants and fruit-bearing plants? I dream of a ginormous garden, you see, with nasturtiums in one corner and adirondack blue potatoes in the other... Or at least something like that, I hope you can get the picture. However, I'm just a beginner and I'm not even sure if it should be done. I mean, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.
Does it affect pollination? Will my creeping flowers choke out my vegetables? Does companion planting work between fruiting and flowering plants?
I have no idea. Does anyone have any incite on this?
That was a great link, Ross! x,D I laughed so hard at SDQ that I had to take a moment and stop reading. And the points made there are very relevant. I think I'm getting a good idea on what it means to be a bit more self aware and all the forms that can take, whether it means focusing on guns or canning or gardening or anything else. What's in a name, after all? It's about what you do. As for myself, I think I have more than a little survivalist in me, plus plenty of prepper, but I'm much more a permie. I'm glad I started this thread. You guys' insights are really cool. ^_^
That grant is a really super opportunity, but it seems you need to have some type of organization or establishment to apply for it. Maybe once a name is chosen, the community would agree to become a non-profit or something, so that the application could be sent in? Otherwise, I'm sure we could get it.
I'm really glad that I checked back into this thread. I wouldn't have known about the facebook page otherwise. I hope everything is going well in Texas for you, Scott. Don't forget to keep us updated with everything.
I can't wait to see how this community grows, as for me I plan to get my hands dirty with gardening in the mean time. Finally have a place nearby where I can do some food growing.