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So I'm a relative newbie to the permaculture/homesteading thing. I'm loving it, and the people. But I have a habit of not keeping at things unless I'm accountable. So I've started a blog.

And yeah yeah I know, self promo partly. But I also want to let you guys know I'm doing it so I'll be more accountable lol. Help me!

Also I want to know if there's anyone else on the site who'd love the enormous food jungles I'm seeing all over the forum, but is making do with what they've got for now. And are any other single twenty-something women doing this? Or am I crazy like my parents say?
 
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Cool Blog Alexis! I feel ya about the small car - I can fit 2 pallets just barely into the back of my Yaris hatchback, but hauling long lumber or tree seedlings, etc. will not work.

 
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Dustin--isn't it disappointing!? I want to build things! Grand things! But unless I want to drag the lumber ten miles from the hardware store that's just not gonna happen sadly.

Once I transported tree seedlings... I got dirt in places I didn't know existed in my car lol.

BTW- I found your website (I think). The ChickenShaw is RAD.
 
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Hi Alexis.  The bad news is you're probably crazy, but the good news is that it's the best kind of crazy.

My advice to anyone is to try to make a go at whatever they love to do, so it's great to see that you're doing that.  Most people you talk to about it will think you're nuts.  One of the things I really hate about people is how many (most?) of them try hard to discourage anyone doing what makes them happy.  I don't even talk to my family about what I do or want from life.  Just ignore it and do your thing.

I'd suggest looking for a small, possibly foldable, trailer for your car.  Buy used (buy everything used) and get some help checking them out if you need to.  You can probably pick up a trailer for a few hundred dollars and it will make it much easier to get materials home.  You can probably pay for the trailer very quickly by picking up free stuff that you couldn't have taken advantage of before.

Best of luck with everything.  I'll make sure to check out your blog.

 
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Timothy Markus wrote:Hi Alexis.  The bad news is you're probably crazy, but the good news is that it's the best kind of crazy.

My advice to anyone is to try to make a go at whatever they love to do, so it's great to see that you're doing that.  Most people you talk to about it will think you're nuts.  One of the things I really hate about people is how many (most?) of them try hard to discourage anyone doing what makes them happy.  I don't even talk to my family about what I do or want from life.  Just ignore it and do your thing.

I'd suggest looking for a small, possibly foldable, trailer for your car.  Buy used (buy everything used) and get some help checking them out if you need to.  You can probably pick up a trailer for a few hundred dollars and it will make it much easier to get materials home.  You can probably pay for the trailer very quickly by picking up free stuff that you couldn't have taken advantage of before.

Best of luck with everything.  I'll make sure to check out your blog.



Hahah thanks Timothy! My motto in life is to live so I won't look back and say I wish I'd tried. As my psych would say, I'm trying to live BOLDLY lol.

I was looking into getting a small trailer for my car but my friends keep saying I'll fry the transmission. My listed tow capacity is 1000 lbs, but that's still their opinion. What's yours?
Oh it'd pay for itself fairly quickly in that way to be honest. There was so much lumber on the side of the road the other day.... I almost cried because I couldn't take it hahah.
 
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I was looking into getting a small trailer for my car but my friends keep saying I'll fry the transmission. My listed tow capacity is 1000 lbs, but that's still their opinion. What's yours?
Oh it'd pay for itself fairly quickly in that way to be honest. There was so much lumber on the side of the road the other day.... I almost cried because I couldn't take it hahah.



TSC sells a folding trailer that weighs 260lbs, leaving 740lbs for cargo, though the trailer is rated for twice that.  If you always kept the load to under 800lbs, I think you'd be just fine, and that can be a lot of cargo.  If you need to move more than that, you can make more trips or rent a truck, but free stuff at the side of the road is usually less than 800 lbs.  To me, the ease of loading and unloading, plus the capacity for large items makes it worth while, even if you are hard on the tranny, which you shouldn't be if you're within the limits.  You are going to want to make sure your breaks are up to stopping the additional load.

You may also be able to get a larger tranny cooler installed.  Most towing packages offer larger tranny and engine coolers, but they can be added later.  If it were me, I'd just get a light (250-400lb) trailer and live with it.

I've got a Honda CRV, with a rated towing cap of 1500lbs.  I did some digging and the European models are rated at 1500 KGs, or 2.2 times more that the North American model.  Turns out that Honda de-rates the cap for the NA market due to legal claims; if they say 1500 lbs and you go over that, you've got no case.  I've trailered about 4000lbs with the CRV, though only twice and only because I had to, but I didn't have any issues.  The way you drive is also a big factor with a trailer.

So, I'd say get a trailer and pull manageable loads.  If you find it isn't working, sell the car and buy something else, preferably a Japanese vehicle, but you'll be able to get started and, if you do have to do repairs, you're still going to be ahead with all the stuff you can get with a trailer.  

Just FYI, you can fit 3 telephone poles into a CRV if you cut them up a bit and take out the back seats.   You could probably get 4 in if you cut them into small chunks.  In a lot of ways I liked my minivan better than my pickup.  If you can get it into the van, it's covered and better for moving fragile things.
 
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I would look into your specific make/model of car; if the transmission is a known weak link, maybe switching vehicles before adding a trailer would be wise. Otherwise I'd go for it.


A roof rack, or some old couch cushions and good long ratchet straps, is also helpful; you're not going to tow the trailer without a known need, but sometimes that thing on the side of the road is not gonna wait for you to get back!

Making sure you have quality ratchet straps is key. For roof loads, a system to secure front and back to solid points on the front and back of the car is wise, too.


I'm on my own farm now, but I did plenty of making do for the previous decade of apartment and van living. Pots, a raised bed in the side yard of the shitty rental complex, gardening on the weekend at my parents place... at a bare minimum it was good stress relief and experience, and many of the trees/plants I propogated then are finally getting planted on my farm this year!
 
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This is great guys, thanks! I think I'll definitely have to get a trailer then! As far as I can tell the transmission isn't really a problem on my car, thank goodness. So I'll probably bring it to the auto shop and have them install the towing stuff. I'll get it tuned up just in case, then get that trailer!

I really wish I had those bars on the top of some cars honestly. That would rock. I'm 4' 11" though, I'm not sure I could get anything onto the top of my car hahahah.

I'm glad I'm not the only one making due. I feel a little like I'm not trying hard enough sometimes. But at the same time, I know I'm doing a LOT. Especially for one person who has a full-time job outside home.


I also updated the blog today! First no-till beds in place! There's more room to plant in those than I'm taking advantage of, but my onions/potatoes needed to be planted like yesterday!

http://www.alexisrichard.com/starting-a-no-till-garden/
 
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I checked out the blog and it's great.  You write well and the pics show what you're doing.
 
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Alexis wrote:I found your website (I think). The ChickenShaw is RAD.



Alexis - I SO wish I was Justin Rhodes(chickshaw guy) - amazing person, wonderful content; but I am not.

I'm cursed to have a name-doppleganger in most of my interests:

I wrestled in HS, who also is a wrestler? - Dusty Rhodes(Golddust)
I play Country Music? - Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
Baseball? - Giants' hitter James "dusty" Rhodes
Permaculture - Justin Rhodes

If there's a woodworker named Dusty Rhodes, I'll be all out of potential for notoriety :(
 
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Timothy Markus wrote:I checked out the blog and it's great.  You write well and the pics show what you're doing.



Thank you!

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Oh no! That's a hilarious coincidence lol. I used to do art locally and it turns out there was ANOTHER girl who looked just like me that was doing art around me! We had some confused customers for a while!

If you've got a website/blog thing going as well, throw it at me!
 
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