I don't remember how I found Permies.com, but once I did, I was hooked! It was very appealing to the new visitor, crammed with sensible info, good discussion, all "nice" and no spam ever visible whatsoever.
I think I might have found it through the lawn article, because my sisters and I have a house in Massachusetts and I know we discussed lawn care and my sister was going on about minimum 3 inches etc.
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Somehow I received this link gear » should i buy this scythe? (Go to) 2/25/2012 2:05:04 AM I was interested in answering the question and the forum seemed interesting. Now that I have thought about it I think I was using Ask.com and it was listed as an unanswerd question.
I was on Rareseeds.com, looking at some exotic corn seeds. One of the reviewers of the seeds that I was looking at, said that they would have some available for trade, and gave a link to their blog. On their blog, they said that anybody that wanted to trade seeds with them, should pm them, and gave a link to a seed swap thread here at permies.com. I was impressed with what I saw here, so I keep coming back! Coincidentally, there was an article on Rocket Mass Heaters in my Grit (or was it Capper's?) magazine in the same time frame, that sited permies.com.
The funny thing is, I have done a couple of seed swaps through the forum, but have never been able to get a hold of that first guy, so I still haven't gotten the corn I want!
Thank you Mr. Wheaton for creating this site! The value of the information that I have found here so far, cannot be calculated.
Carbon is the currency of life. Nature eats my "carbon footprint" for breakfast!
I was after something more than the usual herb spiral, tiny fowl enclosure, keyhole garden stuff (not that there's anything wrong with them, btw!) so was scrolling through the internet, searching under "Permaculture". I looked at quite a few sites before finding this one. It caught my attention immediately. Character, life, and tons of useful information and interesting projects! I've been getting the newsletter for a while now, but have only recently registered, and this is my first post. Btw, I like the new format a lot.
I was searching for Sepp Holtzer (I remember watching a video of Sepp magical farm some 10 or more years ago, on Italian tv, but I couldn't recall his name) some 5 or more years ago. I googled "high mountain agriculture" or "austrian mountain organic agriculture" and I got to one of Paul video with him. This is how discovered permies and Permaculture: a whole new world!
I found this website through Youtube and a TED talk Paul Wheaton did about rocket stoves and energy saving. I'm presently doing an online PDC Course with Patrick Whitefield Associates so this forum has been a great find....very informative.
An Amish friend had a scythe in his barn and I asked him about it, he took it out and swung like a golf swing....I tried to explain it but it wasn't sharp so his technique did more.
So I peened his blade and when he came over I looked around for a video that explained the movement better than I was, after a few he got what I was trying to show him, when I got back home it was still up, so I watched one more and at the end it said some stuff about talking about things all the time...
So, I'm a bit slow, I ignored it and looked at another video that was interesting, at the end it said something about permaculture all the time.....I ignored that and looked at another on bees I think, at the end.. You guessed it come by permies where we talk about this all the time.....well by now my thick skull had accepted that all these videos were up my alley and I might as well go look.
That was how I found both permies and permaculture, funny I knew a lot of the basics but what was exiting was the framework and wholistic approach that permaculture has....hooked!
So even if I was a bit slow, and have a thick skull, the message at the end of videos and podcasts does work eventually!!!
http://www.homegrownfoodsummit.com/ By Marjory Wildcraft in which Paul was a presenter. I spent valuable spring planting time searching permies instead of planting. And I still come back every 2-3 days!
I first searched "permaculture" online in 2008, after watching a BBC documentary called A Farm for the Future, a film which changed my life! Pretty much the only substantial website about permaculture was permies then, but it wasn't such a good resource as it is now. There wasn't much else online about permaculture, and it wasn't until 2012 that I found Geoff Lawton's and Sepp Holzer's stuff, which lead me back here once more. In those four years, permies had really grown, with a lot more members and useful information. Thanks everyone!
I found this site years ago searching on the term "hugelkultur." I can't recall where I first heard that term, but a tree in our front yard came down and I was looking for what to do with the wood, particularly all the brush. I had heard of a thing with buried wood, maybe Mother Earth News, maybe Wisconsin Public Radio? Anyway I found the hugelkultur thread here and was overwhelmed by the number of posts. Then I looked around and found there were lots of topics here I liked.
I'd been really active on a political site, but was starting to feel like it was better to improve the world by doing good things instead of getting angry at bad people (or something like that). . . I ended up joining here, and hardly visiting the political site.
For years I kept stumbling into these forums whenever I needed a fully explained answer about something that was related to 'organic' that went beyond the basic don't poison everything around me. It's not just that people ask the same questions and get answers, but that the people answering can explain the reasoning that got them to the answer.
I looked for information on a whole assortment of topics over the course of years. I know for sure I went through how to care for my cast iron pans, organic lawn care, hugelculture, chicken raising info (still not there, but either those or ducks in the future), forest gardening. I think I was sometime around forest gardening that I finally caved and signed up.
Sorry, I don't remember anymore how I found Permies. I remember finding the Dutch permacultuur website (probably in 2014) and then the two Dutch groups on Facebook (one with a lot of 'activists' and long -not always nice- discussions, the other about practicing permaculture i.r.l.).
I remember an American website on permaculture which seemed to be a 'free course' with videos of people teaching/explaining something. Because often I did not understand what they were talking about, I searched for more information. I think then I found Permies.
I do remember when I first heard about permaculture. That was many years ago (in the '90s). Someone told me about herb spirals and other ways to grow herbs and vegetables in your own garden. He mentioned the word 'permacultuur' several times, and explained it (permanent culture). So I remembered. I was interested in those things, nowadays often called 'transition', since my youth (the '70s).
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
A friend kept telling me to check out Permies but I was reluctant, partly because I was once a part of several online communities and I found that they took up a lot of my time that would better have been spent in practicing the techniques. But, then I was youtubing and I found a video by Paul, and... I got lured in. I checked it out a few times and found the site easily navigable, the community warm and welcoming, the rules to my liking (I don't know if I have ever appreciated being scolded in my life!-agreement on conduct is key to long term community survival), and the information invaluable.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."-Margaret Mead "The only thing worse than being blind, is having sight but no vision."-Helen Keller
I got interested in permaculture as an extension of homesteading. When I first heard the term, I googled it and read the wikipedia page. The whole thing seemed way more complicated and overwhelming than it should have been and I brushed it off. In fact up to now, I still don't care much for talking about design principles, guilds, zones, etc. although I do realize how they have their place.
After a while I kept coming across the richsoil articles on pinterest. I didn't know they were connected to permies at the time, and was just interested in the articles, not exploring the site. This was more backed up by the fact that they were pretty basic(and still are) so even if the page has useful information, it isn't connected to much other useful info unless you decide to visit the home page, since it's all ads on the side.
It wasn't until I kept getting linked to threads here from other forums, google searches that turned up threads, and more pinterest pins, that I finally saw how much information the site really contained-I don't just make an account at first visit- and decided to join up.
I was looking at permaculture aspects and come across permies. I have been a fly on the wall a long time but only recently vocal as I am a wee pup but I speak when I think it will help but likely I am just a kid trying to talk at the adult table.
Living free starts with understanding ones own emotions and emotion affects and controls us.
I have been a member of this site for almost one and a half years but been reading posts on here for so long that I don't remember how I found this site.
Might have been through Google searches - could have been YouTube... or from a link on a permaculture page. I spent a ton of time over the years reading and watching everything I could that was permaculture related. My guess is that this site showed up at some point during that process.