SM 69 still very active. Citizen of extreme NW Cascadia
I am 69 yo, retired, live very simply, have a large handmade garden, chickens, and rabbits. I love to grow staple crop seeds; wheat, barley, rice, beans, peas, etc. I also love and plant useful trees and medicinal plants. Food forest plants are already here ready to plant. All these sorts of seeds and plants are not exactly trivial to grow here and hard physical and mental work is often involved. With a collection of over one thousand kinds of seeds, I am seeking a partner in seed saving so experience or speedy learning is essential. Much of the seed collection is available to the local community through our Community Seed Bank. The goal in my life and for the Community Seed Bank is that we could have available all we need to grow all of our own food locally and personally. The effort is an adaptation of methods in David Duhon's book "One Circle".
I lean toward a plant based diet, but I can also eat rabbit, deer, chicken, turkey, peacock, goat, possibly sheep, some fish. So I am an omnivore. I do not eat cow, nor horse, nor pig. At this point, I am still purchasing much of my food at the store, but am working hard to build up systems so that I do not require that.
I have an extensive education in biology that I try to keep up to date in ecology, genetics, cell biology, soil science, climate science, and Permaculture as put forth in Mollison's big book "PERMACULTURE: A Designer's Manual"; and seek someone who at least aspires to the same.
During the pandemic I have been staying home rather than going to any form of gatherings like open mic music, or to the local park to exercise. I am used to, want, and deeply need exercise; walking, running, bicycling, and of course working around the place. I would rather ride my bicycle to do errands than use the truck. I would love a partner in exercise as well, but this is negotiable. I am not interested in spectator sports nor in sports involving chasing a ball-- chasing a ball is for a dog to do.
I generally like animals, have had many kinds, but at this point want to restrict my involvement to poultry, and small animals such as the rabbits. I do not see a place for dogs, cats, pigs, horses, cows, and probably not goats nor sheep in my life at this time.
I prefer to share or trade off daily tasks equally with a partner. I do not need to be taken care of and I do not want to take care of anyone else, except for short term issues. In that case, I have your back. The longer the relationship, the more I expect we would depend on each other in many ways.
I can not be around smokers, nor habitual drinkers or drunkenness, nor users of mind altering drugs. I have lost dear friends and family to these addictions. I do drink a dark beer or a glass of wine once or twice a month. I can not be around perfumes or scents such as often found in laundry products.
I am handy with tools, my hands, and my brain. I can build, and repair, or re-purpose many things. I am always experimenting and inventing. I am living a minimalist life off-grid with plans to make it a little less minimalist, but not much less. Think about a modern version of the book "Just Enough" by Azby Brown. I have been said to be a good teacher.
I find that the biggest life challenge is to live within ones means and mostly within the bounds of the land one lives upon. I have lived a good life and traveled to many countries and now prefer to stay home. There is enough on my plate that I do not believe I am a good candidate for having or helping raise children. I am open to almost any age partner. However, life might be simpler if we were close in age. I am very loyal in a relationship. Would love to find someone who is compatible and complementary with all this.
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Thanks for noticing the seed bank stuff. I have lots of more boring pictures, basically mug shots of individual grain varieties, blue background and all. Years ago, several community seed banks started up in your part of Canada. Are they still going?
Well. The most recent seed bank project here in Powell River never really reached "liftoff" - the organisers distributed quite a bit of starter seed, but got little to no participation in bringing it back. Previous attempts at similar projects have had the same outcome. I keep a mini-seed-bank in my freezer which would, if necessary, provide seeds for several neighbors as well as me, and I know others who do something similar, but we can't do that for the whole community!
There is an active Seed Library group on the Lower Sunshine Coast and they seem to have had more success than us. I don't know why the difference.