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paul wheaton wrote:

Kenneth Elwell wrote:The sorts of answers to “how was your weekend?” That make your coworkers say “Alrighty then...umm...hey, did anyone catch the game?”.



Excellent!

"I installed a few dozen fusion reactor radiation collectors.   And you?"



Ha ha! Paul, is this a new euphemism for "fruit trees"?

Two weekends ago, it was getting 8,000 pounds of salvaged granite and cobblestones for our farm driveway paving project (free on Craigslist, to go with the other 25,000 from other collection efforts...hooray for having a dumping trailer)
Last weekend it was setting up benches outside the greenhouse for hardening off plants, and getting salvaged cedar wood from a local fence company to use in shingling our CSA pickup shed to be built (planning to do something similar to Austrian "Schieferschindel")
This weekend, I'm back to the 7 foot by 35 foot Hugelculture, (in progress from last fall) which is adjacent to, and using soil from, the farm driveway project... and also a bit of a screen near our busy street.

"Tell me! Where did you learn to do this?!?!"
"I learned it from Permies, okay Paul?! I learned it from reading the forums on Permies!!!"

 
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I googled hugulculture and rocket mass heaters.  We are in the beginning stages of developing our homestead and I'm interested in both.  The hugulculture google led me to richsoil.com, which introduced me to Paul Wheaton, the one, the only, the sage, the Duke of Permaculture.  That led me to permies.com, where I discovered that some of the things we've been doing to prepare our homestead are permaculture things we ended up doing because they just made sense and seemed nature friendly.  Man, there is a LOT of good stuff to learn here.  I've suggested the site to several others I know who are making the break from the rat race.
 
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I googled permaculture forum, because I had a few novel plants, books and techniques to share.

My first-used and favorite thread is the Table of Books, where aggregate ratings from permies separate the wheat from the chaff.
I sourced all the good recommendations and got my knowledge up-to-date.

I think a Purple Mooseage suggesting it to new users would be a boon.
 
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I found Permies by doing a google search for permaculture forum. I had heard about permaculture and was looking for more information. I read off and on before I really got serious about permaculture and then signed up and became a member so I could post. Permies is the best permaculture forum out there!
 
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I'll throw my hat in the ring here, I first learned of the permies forums shortly after I discovered permaculture in 2012.  I found myself soon chatting with the likes of Diego Footer and a number of other people here and ultimately ended up staying in a house with Paul and about 20 others at PV1.  The rest is history and I'm not really sure what happened to the next 5 years.  Burnout will do that to you...luckily the past few have been a little easier and now, I'm making time to continue being involved here with the forum that got me started.  It's been a wild ride and I'm looking forward to sharing adventures sooner than later.  Baby steps!
 
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Jondo Almondo wrote:I googled permaculture forum, because I had a few novel plants, books and techniques to share.

My first-used and favorite thread is the Table of Books, where aggregate ratings from permies separate the wheat from the chaff.
I sourced all the good recommendations and got my knowledge up-to-date.

I think a Purple Mooseage suggesting it to new users would be a boon.



While I think a Purple Mooseage perhaps too invasive and time-consuming, I would agree that the Table of Books might be a good thing to throw into the Dailyish on the regular, like any time there are new books added.

-CK
 
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Hmmmm, maybe I could set it up to be one of the tiny ads. Those get randomly selected for each email, and that'd allow me to (1) not worry about remembering to mention the book review all the time and (2) not drive everyone nuts with repeated mentions of it that soon start sounding like spam...
 
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My wife and I had a dismal failure with our eggplants years ago.
My wife read about companion planting and realized we had put them too close to something they didn't like.
In the process of learning what to do I stumbled across Paul's and Geoff Lawton's videos.  It all made so much sense.  I realized my dad, and I, had been so wrong for so long.
I checked out permies.com and found it to be a priceless wealth of information and advice.
Now I watch Paul's videos, check out the dailyish, and peruse permies.com  "All the time".

Oh, and I pledged some $$$ to get two copies of the "How to build a better world" books early enough it hadn't been fully funded yet.
 
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I started reading Permies when I got Bill Mollison's Designer's Manual and was looking up the word permaculture and reading everything I could find. I made an account and my first post when I looked up "what to do with a sewer lagoon" when I realized the property I had bought had one, and I hit permies, yet again. My first post was about sewer lagoons :)  
 
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Christopher Kendall wrote:I was looking for clear info on rocket mass heaters and this was the site that had drawings I could grasp easily.  Nice work, Paul!  Odd that it beat out, for my attention, the site that I bought the book from.

chris



+1
Exactly this and I stayed for the soil science.

I'm learning a lot about building soil naturally and slowly for a much higher quality result.  I hope the stewards continue to treat these forums similarly.  Beautiful interactions will flourish and noxious invaders will find it difficult to take hold in a community built on kindness and respect.

Thanks!

Jason

P.S. It was something in Pinterest originally that I linked over from
 
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Googled hugelkulture after a forest gardening book mentioned it. Then watched your video.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:I'm trying to be a good site steward and get the word out about this site.   Naturally, some things I try turn out to be really lame.  And other things turn out to be really smart.

How did you find us? 



That’s quite a rabbit hole. It started with the Regenerative Institute’s Facebook ad. I signed up for free classes online with Larry Korn. Those classes led me to Toby Hemingway. I devoured his book and went to YouTube for any additional information I could find. I found a video where you, Paul Wheaton, were giving a speech about the ladder of permaculture and the different levels we are on. There was a lot more to it. I believe it was a conference in California. Been here at Permies ever since. My edible landscape hits the five year mark this spring. I’ve also run into Uncle Mud at Mother Earth News and hope to attend an appropriate technology course when money allows me.
 
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Back in 2011, on a whim, my partner and I were adventuring around the west coast - living out of various vehicles. We had decided to try out the Kootenays. Through sheer luck we found a tiny home for rent on Kijiji. It ended up being in a tiny little community off an old highway. The steward of the property had a beautiful mature garden, with a bunch of fruit trees, and free-ranging chickens. She and her partner allowed us to work off part of our rent every month, and introduced me to "permaculture", communal living, and dumpster diving.

I had always been interested in growing vegetables organically, but had really only experimented with container gardening.

During my 6 months there, I went down a rabbit-hole of all things permaculture. I came across Sepp Holzer's Krameterhoff documentary and I was hooked. During this time, and the years that followed, I found myself answering my questions through Permies.com, and soaking in all the wisdom.

Finally, after several more years of city living, we made the jump and bought our own property. With a need to more practical wisdom I joined Permies, and have been very appreciative of the community y'all have built.
 
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