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Emma Fredsdotter
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Location: France (zone 8b-9)
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Hi there! I'm pretty newly registered, so I thought I might introduce myself.

My name is Emma and I am a semi-newbie to permaculture, but not to growing vegetables and fruit in general (though I'm no expert). I have done a lot of reading and a little implementing, but by the time I was getting into permaculture we already knew we were moving as soon as possible so I did not want to invest all that time and money expanding the growing area, knowing that it would all go to someone else and make our suburban house less attractive to sell. Why is it people like grass so much?

In October we finally sold our home in suburban Sweden and moved to France (USDA hardiness zone 9), the goal we had been working actively towards for 2½ years. I've been without a yard ever since. But, that is about to change since we are in the process of buying an old farm with 1.5 acres and a river. So, right now I'm digging all of my permaculture and self-sufficiency books out of the moving boxes and trying to get back into the necessary mind-set to make a rough outline for our land and a list of the first chores. We'll be moving in September, so our first course of action may well be to establish fruit trees and shrubs, and then to build some structures for compost.

The new land comes with a small unheated greenhouse, which I'm pretty excited about since I have never had one and always run out of window space as soon as I've started the first batch of seedlings. But, in general, I'm just excited to have so much land to work with, and also so much potential (the living quarters are right now 85 m2 or 900 sq.ft, but with the stables and old servants' quarters there are 400 m2 or 4 300 sq.ft., all beautiful and solid stone structures, total to use).

Thank you for having me. I'm looking forward to learning from you all!
 
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
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Hi Brittany - your new property sounds exciting and full of possibilities. Looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing pictures.
 
Amedean Messan
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Hello Emma, you will learn quite a bit here.
 
Alison Thomas
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Hello Emma

Well what can I say - welcome to sunny France (and permies.com of course!). Whereabouts in Brittany are you setting up?
 
Emma Fredsdotter
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Thank you, all, for the warm welcome.

Alison Freeth-Thomas wrote:Whereabouts in Brittany are you setting up?

Right now we're in Morbihan, but the property we're in the process of buying (compromis signed, just waiting for SAFER to verify that they have no problem with us buying it) is in Finistère. It's right on the border to Côtes d'Armor, in the Parc naturel régional d'Armorique, so closer to central Brittany than to the French capital of rain, Brest.
 
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