This is the clothes drying rack (called a laundry lift) I got. It has three rods and pulleys to pull it up to the ceiling where the heat is. It is in the kitchen off to the side of the woodstove. One washer load fits easily
Heritage Farm wrote:The human is adapted to a very wide range of diets. I don't think any diet is superior, however, the Western diet is by far and away a bad diet. Chemicals, empty carbohydrates, sugars, high-fat meats, GMOs, etc etc.
I believe part of the diet confusion is the assumption that all humans have the same dietary requirements. I speculate that the very wide variations n diet are based on evolutionary adaptation base on environment. An extreme example being the Inuit (almost exclusive carnivore and healthy)and the Asian/Indian (almost exclusively vegan and healthy) adaptations which evolved with the peoples. As an Indigenous person I have tried vegetarian adaptation and could not maintain health. Switching to keto/paleo and 'Shazam!' Excess weight literally falls off, sugar metabolism normalized, overall health improves. Energy and cognitive functions return to normal.
I think we need to acknowledge that although politically incorrect to say, our ethnicity needs to be the starting point of our diet choices.
My husband is diabetic. So we both started a ketogenic diet to try to control it. Within a week, he was off insulin and has stabilized. As a side effect, I noticed that eating no starches and only minimal natural sugars that my teeth no longer felt "fuzzy". Another friend doing keto for a different reason confirmed this. I would speculate that the lack of "food for sugar bugs(bacteria causing gum disease)" is the reason for this, further supporting the reversal of decay and dis-ease in the mouth.
Perfect timing folks
Me, I'm sitting in my kitchen with the flu feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, until I start reading what other folks are achieving and up against.
2018 we had big plans... erect a quansit but...build a summer kitchen...bring the wood cookstove into the house... fence the perimeter...
Got the quanset hut up. 🤣
Purchased three little mangalitsa piglets and have orchestrated feeding them with local restaurant and grocery store scraps. So far do good.
Right now as we speak I am being outsmarted by a mink who is slowly decimating my chickens and I seem helpless to stop it. 😥
I am starting plans to use no till covercropping and chop and drop to selectively improve the hardpan clay I've been fighting with since we started in 2006. Huglebeds and sheetmulching have not been as effective as we'd hoped.
Plans for 2019 include summer kitchen and rootcellar. And starting a pastured pork/chicken/goat intensive rotational grazing system between our established nut trees.
And fence our perimeter with tight page wire and high tensile electric to deter coyote coywolf pressure.
Wish my luck😊
If you'd consider Canada. We should talk...
We are seeking an intern (or couple or family) willing to make a long term commitment with an eye on succession.
We are a middle-aged couple developing 13 acres of organic permaculture in Southwestern Ontario. It's unlikely any of our children will take it over so we're looking for like minded young'uns to learn the ropes and take this to the next generation. Land poor and sustainable living passionate people are our target applicants. There is unlimited potential here for the right person/people.
"About 9 month back we added to our property 2 baby goats that we were going to start our herd from. We installed an in ground electric fence to separate the dogs from the area the goats and chickens had. We knew that they would not get along, and we needed to keep the separate. The goats and chickens have their own fenced in acre. Everything seemed to be ok until last week we were on vacation and got a call from our friend who was watching the animals for us that she came home to find the dogs in the fenced in area for the goats, and the goats were dead. We are both heartbroken that the dogs would do that, and we are at a loss of what to do. We want to continue to follow our passion and keep goats on the property but don't know if that is possible with the dogs at this point."
I have 13acres of organic permaculture and 8 working Jack Russell Terriers, two rescued Jacks two rescued german shepherds and a rescued blue healer cross.
I'd like to tell you there is a simple answer but there is not.
It can be resolved but it may take more time, energy, and money than you( or most of us) are willing to spend.
My solution to this very real problem is threefold.
1 I purchased a sizable amount of freestanding construction panels and this is where convicted stock killers spend their unsupervised time.
2 I use remote trainers on these dogs when they are out with me or discretely supervised ( to nip in the bud so to speak) any interest in the at risk stock other than clear obvious avoidance.
3 I start training the working dogs from birth to accept the current livestock (barn cats include) as 'belong here' It also helps to directly and deliberately 'teach' them what they can kill by taking them rat/vole/possum/coon/groundhog/squirrel hunting regularly to satisfy their terrier instinct.
Having said that, I have been working with my own bloodlines for 10 years and still get some that are genetically untrainable for free run farm work.
These are sold or alternatively kept confined for the safety of the stock.
A professional dog behaviorist might be able to help but I expect it would be a very large undertaking.
Kenneling the dogs would be kindest and safest for all. In my opinion
Do any of you guys even know what Douche is?
: a jet or current of liquid (as a cleansing solution) directed against or into a bodily part or cavity (as the vagina) b : an act of cleansing with a douche. 2. : a device for giving douches.
I believe the reference is to someone who may be significantly less than pure or clean in the integrity department.
the bag part is less clear.
Here are some pictures of our newest hugle bed. I used some dead poplar as a base dug into a trench and covered with lumpy layers of manure, wood chips and topsoil scooped from the "swale" around it. we are utilizing a variation of hugle/swale to compensate for the inherent uneven drainage of our land. Situated on the edge of an ancient Moraine, we have pockets of sand, clay glacial clay, silt gravel and rock on a slightly undulating but otherwise nearly flat piece of (recovered industrial agriculture) land.
this will be planted in sea-buckthorn, Hazels, northern pecan, osage orange and herbal and nectary plants with hosta and comfry ground cover. Kind of a hugle super guild.
All this was done with a small 24 hp tractor with a front end loader,
We are on 13 acres of reclaimed industrial agricultural land. We could really use some help and can provide food, lodging and unlimited potential for learning and developing a sustainable business. If you are interested in working for the long haul towards a stable food future. please e-mail me for more details and check out our (still under construction) website for a better idea of what we're doing. www.wildeturtleisland.ca
I am surprised no one mentioned this, and although the roses in the picture appear to be fancy pretty roses, one of the most awesome uses of Roses in Permaculture is as a living fence. Roses will readily root wherever the canes hit the ground so they can be trained into a narrow dense wall of prickly critter deterrent. Also, any fruit trees of the rose family, namely apple and pear, should do well where roses are growing, and lastly, as previously mentioned, they're pretty and nectary (which always belongs in PC)
for any of those who replied, if Stephen's awesome opportunities don't work for you, I have some smaller opportunities that might. check our new (and still under construction) website and contact me if you think you might like to work with us.
If you haven't already found some, the trails end farmers market outside of London on Saturday mornings often have them. I am not sure though if the avain influenza thing has shut them down. there were guinea hens for sale there about a month ago. I thought about buying them but didn't (kick ,Kick, kick! ouch) if you are still interested, I can try to contact some bird fancier friends of mine to see if they know anyone
He Justin If you'd like to come out to our place, I can give you some divisions of some of the stuff I have. I have plans to fine tune my Permaculture Nursery set up...then I'll have all kinds of stuff. email me firstname.lastname@example.org. and we'll get together. If your kids are young they'll love it here right now. we have baby turkeys baby ducks and baby chickens not to mention puppies. check out our (still under construction website for more details. wildeturtleisland.ca
We are a 13 acre Permaculture Farm 25 minutes from Sarnia. I can give you all the hands on experience you want for as long as you want it. (you can even stay here if you like) we have lots of learning resources and a bit of (sometimes painful and hard won) experience to share. e-mail me : email@example.com as I don't always have time to check the forums (making hay (choppin and droppin actually) while the sun shines)
Lots of great people saying lots of great stuff. and I agree with them all (and not just because I'm Canadian )
I read it Dailyish as well.
keep up the good work. I think it's F***king (that's Freaking) awesome just the way it is.<3
that's kinda where I am at as well.
in southern Ontario there is a lot of chemical crap floating around. we have 13 acres and want honeybees to enhance our pollination. Honey production would be a side benefit. information I have seen on Warre hives seem the most bee friendly but local beekeepers are willing to help out only if there's money in it for them. I have asked several to put hives here and got tepid response (I would have thought that that much organic permaculture would have them fighting over it). Now my non organic hobby farm neighbour has half a dozen (commercial ) hives on his place. if I try to bring in more, will they compete?
Yes we do have Openings. We have one WWOOFr now, but she will be leaving Mid January. We likely won't need much help then until mid March. Would you like to come have a look around then?
and our email address has changed to
i love this Idea for DIY ers
it might even have some overlap with the Emergency Energy Battery Backup Videos recommended earlier by Paul for the electricity illiterate.
I Agree that from a Permie standpoint all avenues of passive solar should be included and preferred.
and i too have been leaning toward grid tie-in option
Also I can relate to those who don't have a limitless supply of sun. and because of this would like to develop a hybrid wind solar generating system.
Just one last thing;
One of the reasons I'm not crazy about solar is the finite life span of solar panels. or have they developed past that limitation?
Well I haven't been in the active planning stage of ecovillage although I would still consider it an option for the land we currently have and are developing.
This year I had the pleasure of hosting a crew of WWOOFrs here and it got me to thinking about intentional community and like stuff.
I believe that any intentional community (ecovillage or otherwise) would need to begin with an understanding of core people who have a
1 Common Vision and Goal (sustainability, Permaculture, local, self sufficiency, etc)
2 Compatible personalities (this will be huge over the long term and quite possibly the hardest criteria to fill)
3 Complimentary skill sets (to fill all niches and needs within the community with perhaps some permie style redundancy built in)
Only when the core visionary group have these in line, will planning result in success. All the details can then be determined by consensus.
just my opinion.
I purchased the video set via scrubbly but cannot seem to get them to download properly. I have been trying for 28 days; different browsers, different extensions, different OS, nothing seems to work. any one else had this problem?
Jake Nisenboim wrote:
Still an opportunity ?? I currently live in toronto though much experience on organic & biodynamic farms in Roseneath & Thomasburg as well as I took a course on holistic agriculture from Gaia College / SOUL .
Anyways Id LOVE to get involved ! Please let me know !
I've messaged you
but just in case you didn't get your purple moosage, please e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org we still have opportunities until it gets cold (we don't have cold weather accommodations)
Arthur Haines wrote:Laura, I consume acorns every week for food. Given that they were staples of very indigenous groups, we know they were an excellent and non-allergenic food source. Please see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QitkIGNwUgs, it will give you lots of information about acorns. I've also attached an article printed in the Bulletin of Primitive Technology. In short, there are no acorns that should be eaten without being soaked/leached, especially if you eat them in any quantity. Though many state they can be eaten without processing, you are consuming at least two antinutrients that remove mineral nutrition from your body (no different than consuming grains, legumes, nuts, and seed-like fruits--which our society rarely processes properly to maximize nutrition and minimize antinutrition). Best wishes.
What is your opinion on the edibleness of acorns? I've heard some species are more palatable than others. I tried some from my White Oak .... harsh. I even tried boiling them a bit first: Probably nutritious but not likely to convert the general public. Did I miss something? Also do you have any idea what type of grinder would work to convert them and/or cattails to a usable flour?
to S Bengi: yes, Thank you for those ideas. those are the lines I was thinking along. I'd like to find a Woof'r interested in taking over eventually. and I can see the transfer of half (or 49%) and will the rest. perhaps i am not going about getting a WOOFr the right way, as I have been looking for two years but when I mention location (rural SW Ontario) I only get nibbles. They all seem to want something near Toronto. don't ask me why? and i rather like the reverse mortgage angle. It could work. hmmm.
to Bob. We were in our late thirteis and almost empty nesters before we got the permie bug. Prior to that, I was an Organic Farmer and the children were all very involved which I suspect is why they all got University degrees and big city jobs . They follow the philosophy but prefer to ( and fortunately can) pay for their Organics.
We truly understand the reluctance and wisdom of the younger generation to incur rediculous volumes of debt. and this does concern us and is why we are looking for young energetic people who understand and are willing and able to build sweat equity. We have the land base the vision and the capital, we`re just a tad short on energy (the manual kind)... enough to complete all the projects we can see as contributing to profitability and sustainability. the two must be partnered.
I agree that it will be a complex relationship and by default a complex arrangement. I was hoping to find someone who has succeeded in passing on the legacy or at least started arranging.
I don`t mind pioneering, I`ve done it all my life.; but also don`t see the sense in re-inventing the wheel.
Thanks for your input, perhaps it will be all of the above. who knows.
Adam Klaus wrote:I think a big issue relates to just how productive your homestead is. If your system produces several times the food that you need annually, then it can accomodate someone else easily. Productive agriculture is the key to multi-generational farming. Homesteads not hobby farms. I would work very diligently in the next decade to refine your systems of production so that somebody else can operate them in a way that supports both of you, and produces a significant surplus.
that is where we are heading right now.
The property could be, and will be, much more productive as it matures.
I just wanted to start early to find a successor.
S Bengi wrote:Are you looking for someone to give you money aka a worker to sell farm produce?
Are you looking for someone to fix your pump/toilet/roof aka handyman?
Are you looking for someone to give you bath/cook your food aka eldercare worker?
Are you looking for someone to to sell/lease the land to, who will take care of it aka a permie?
Lets assume that you are looking for all that and then some more.
What can you do now to empower yourself so that you are less dependent on some potentially lazy young sap as you get older/more senile (lol).
Prepay your electric with a solar electric/off grid system.
Prepay/selfbuild your home, the etc. etc. for all your expenses.
Start doing yoga, going to church, get a cat/dog whatever it takes to live a healthier less medicated life.
Medicine = money no body has.
A few raised bed/aquaponic system would allow you to harvest your veggies.
And replanting with dwarf/patio plants would allow you to harvest the orchard.
Renew/ rebuy as much as possible right now so that they will not fall apart while you cant physically or pay someone to fix it.
A CNA cost about $8/hr for 2 hours a day, 30 days a month thats probably $500. Maybe offer someone free housing/room for 2hrs of eldercare a day.
You are probably going to want a single lady for such a position. She will not be "single" for too long so you are going to need a new one every year or so.
Maybe setup a relationship with a college/trade school or immigration place.
The legal structure and stipulation of how you share/handover the land is very tricky, varied and personal.
Something akind to a reverse mortgage might be the way to go so that you get a passive source of income for a few decades.
Leasing it would give you yearly veto powers, giving you the most control over your land.
uhmm share-cropping or just a employer-employee situation would give you even more control
That was almost narcissistic.
We are not in need of anyone to take care of us. We are still strong and self reliant; but are looking years down the road for a successor. The place has just started producing more than we can use and we currently donate this to a local food bank. There is tons of room for more production but only two of us.
It is not currently producing enough for two families but could quite easily with another working set of hands.
We are not looking to unload this on someone. We want to "will" or deed it to someone with the same passion.
Our goal would be a gradual transfer perhaps some kind of win-win partnership arrangement.
There may or may not be a legal precedent for this. That’s why I am seeking advice.