I've signed up here at the forum because of a podcast episode about PEP Badge - Gardening. And the idea intrigued me and so I'll explore a little deeper.
I have a high-carbon low-redemption day job where I trade time for money to feed my family. I have probably paid for a whole missile, or at least several thousand bullets, with my taxes and I resent it. But until I can build a way out ...
So I have a couple acres I can do whatever I want with on weekends. I keep honey bees and am learning about natives. I keep a small annual garden and supply about a meal a week's worth of veggies from it (family of seven). So not much but a start. I raise enough poultry that we have about 30% of our meat.
I have a pond, and do not yet leverage that very well, as the fish that are established (large mouth bass, bluegill sunfish) are not a preferred food.
I have a few acres of beech-oak-sweetgum woods that could be much better utilized (turkeys? pigs? shade-herbs?)
Anyway, Hi from Charlotte!
Welcome! Many of us have slowly extricated ourselves from the machine to pursue better ways of living. Just getting started, learning a bunch and tinkering with it will get you well on your way. Sounds like you have a great chunk of land to play with. PEP is a healthy gateway drug as well so start knocking out those badges. I spend a lot of time on the PEP stuff so hopefully I'll see more of you over there
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"
Durham in da house. Also, not to opinionate on your food preferences, but have you tried the sunfish? They are widely regarded as one of the tastiest fish in the world. Ill come down there and take them off your hands. 😄