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My situation is pretty good in this tumultuous transition from one world age to the next. I have 27 acres abutting thousands of acres of National Forest in Western North Carolina. I am food self-sufficient with a 70-tree mature heritage fruit orchard, annual heirloom vegetable seedbank of 2000 seeds and grow-out garden, and a perennial root crop and vegetable garden. 20 acres of the land are in cove hardwood forest, the second most diverse temperate forest-type in the world, teeming with medicinal herbs and wild edibles. Around 1000 species of plants on the land here. I typically have 3-4 interns per season and run an educational non-profit, although right now we are taking a break from teaching classes due to covid. I’m financially stable teaching at a local university during the school year, so don’t have to make my living off the land and am happy to engage in smallholder subsistence gardening-foraging. I’m a world expert ethnobotanist and the leading authority on Appalachian agrobiodiversity. So my life is pretty good all things considered and I am thankful for all the good things I have been granted and have worked for. About a year and half ago I took a break from dating and have been celibate since then. When I decided I was open to dating again, covid hit. I’m pretty self-sufficient and don’t have any pressing need for a partner, but it would be nice if the right person came along to share life’s journey with. I am Taoist practitioner and am passionate about gardening, being in the woods, poetry, and meditation. Perhaps this might sound interesting to you and we can start a conversation. My email is jrveteto@gmail.com
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Hi Jim, good to see you here on Permies!  : )
 
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Hey Matthew, nice to see you too. Bummer no SE permaculture gathering this year. How are those woods nettles doing down in Clemson?
 
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I'm doing well.  Yeah, I'm going to miss going to SEPG.  Will be the first time in like 8 years I haven't attended!  A couple of your wood nettles transplanted, but it turned out just like the last batch I'd attempted previously: they didn't get well established, and they certainly aren't spreading : (
 
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Welcome to permies, Jim! Great post. Your place and setup sound great.

You might want to specify a few things you're looking for in the right person, including gender (and if that matters). Good luck!
 
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Hey Matthew, yeah, it's a bit out of their range and also climate change. Glad to hear they are at least hanging on!
 
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Hi Sonja, thanks for the tips. I am 46 and straight (queer-friendly in all other aspects of my interactions) so am looking for an interested woman, pretty open as long as they are very earthy and love green and growing things.
 
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Sounds like you have a really great place!  Good luck
 
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