My partner and I just finished a month in the bootcamp a couple weeks ago and it was so good that we are still interested in buying land and doing some permaculture in Iowa in the next few years. Just reaching out to see if there are any Permies already around so we could possibly have Permie neighbors that are also chemical free!
My family is from Ottumwa. Iowa is a great place. Though something to watch for is GMO. There is a lot of GMO there. People there seem to think it is the best thing and believe all the propaganda put out about it.
"Where will you drive your own picket stake? Where will you choose to make your stand? Give me a threshold, a specific point at which you will finally stop running, at which you will finally fight back." (Derrick Jensen)
You are in a wonderful area and 31 acres is a great amount. I love the rolling hills with the water catchment ponds all over that area.
Glad you have found several like minded friends. I am not familiar with Wofati/Oehler style house I will have to check that out. That would be a great retirement location.
Are you doing any plantings? I know through the Iowa DNR and pretty sure the MO DNR does the same thing to get some nice walnut oak maple and hedges planted so they are growing nicely.
Hey Jeff, I hadn’t heard anything about the DNR doing or helping with planting anything. The property is about equal pasture and trees, but would like hedges and more trees for silvopasture. I wonder if they’d help with some black locust? There are no ponds on this property yet, but it does have a four season creek, so I want to figure out if it’s possible to improve that.
Before planting too much though, I want to consider possible earthworks, especially near the double wide and yardish area. Thanks for the tip on the DNR!