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Nurturing Neighborhoods/Article on Affordable Housing in The Floyd Press. Floyd, Virginia

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Affordable Housing article in The Floyd Press, of Floyd, Virginia. Back in the winter, I was interviewed by editor Wanda Combs, regarding Most Affordable, Most Efficient Housing. AND I was emphatic that this includes Nurturing Neighborhoods where there are also Edible Forest Gardens. Multi-generational support for everyone in many ways. So that we can all Age in Community. is mentioned as the place to connect for more information, and for networking with others.

Much of the information may be valid for other areas of the country or world. Which is why I am posting this to

The article is coming out this or next week, so I am starting this thread so that this thread is mentioned in the article, and sends folks here. FOLKS FIND THEIR WAY TO PERMIES.COM TO GET INVOLVED changing the world, together with all of us.

As some of you can tell, words are not my first language. Many of you are much better qualified to connect verbally. Yet, each of us has pieces of the puzzle to share. I like to 'connect the dots' and bring people together. I lovingly refer to myself as a Stay At Home FUN NUN! No religion. Love, compassion and joyful play encompass my lifelong practice of kindness to all.

My actual name is Gail Moore. (formerly known here as Max Hubbard and nfn8 possibilities. Internet Privacy was my reason.) I am a very shy, introvert person.

Many more of you are able to be out in the world, sharing your knowledge and wisdom. I look forward to bringing more folks to the community of and hope that they will find kinship here and much more.

As soon as Wanda sends me the link to the article I shall post it here.

Blessings to all,
Gail Moore
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Greetings to everyone!

It seems that the Affordable Housing and Nurturing Neigborhoods article is on the front page of today's Floyd Press. YIPPEEDOO!

As soon as there is a iink to the article, I shall post that here.

In the meantime, anyone linking from the newspaper, HELLO THERE AND WELCOME TO PERMIES.COM

There are so many wonderful people here who live all over the world. They are friendly and helpful, and will answer your questions and share input on your ideas.

Please read about posting on the forums. (I can't find the link to that page, is it still available? and could a moderator possibly post links of which I am not aware, which would be helpful for newcomers? THANK YOU!)

We appreciate kindness and consideration here. Even when folks disagree, you will notice that they do so in respectful manner.

There are forums, articles, videos, podcasts, and much more.

I initiated this posting in Green Building because of the desire for Affordable Housing, which allows for great shelters for the masses.

Many billions of folks, all of us differently abled in some way, are dreaming of how we can move through these changing times together, using ancient wisdom and harnessing innovative developments.

There are dozens of forums, and more than nine thousand members of And who knows how many more lurkers who love to learn about permaculture and great ways to nurture ourselves.

THere is also a forum for Introductions to the site. Here is the link to that.

There is also a forum for the area of Appalachia:

Feel free to introduce yourself and open your self to more possibilities and resources for nurturing your life and the world.

AND FOR EVERYONE, ALL OVER THE WORLD, feel free share in this thread of your dreams of Nurturing Affordable Housing with the world.

I look forward to the Infinite Adventures we will share.

Happy trails,
Gail Moore
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Floyd resident interested in Nurturing Neighborhoods

Article and photo by Wanda Combs, Editor

If you ask Floyd resident Gail Moore her idea of an ideal home, she would describe it as safe, affordable and nurturing.
For her, living in an affordable, efficient home is a priority, because like so many, she has a small budget and lives with numerous health challenges.

Moore foresees living in a home of her own in a Nurturing Neighborhood with others. She knows that making it happen will require imagination and ingenuity. She refers to many sticks bundled together being stronger than one stick in the world by itself. “Cooperative lifestyles of health and sustainability empower us all.”

She is interested in a village concept, or Nurturing Neighborhood. As she envisions these Neighborhoods, an old-fashioned barn-raising comes to mind. "Many hands make light work. People with all different kinds of abilities can help, and we are all nurtured.”

Moore has been researching Most Affordable and Most Efficient housing since 2003, exploring various kinds of natural building methods and materials, because different materials work best in different situations.

The kind of housing structure she favors is low tech, utilizing appropriate technology and materials for our bio-region. Moore says the abandoned barns, houses and mobile homes in Floyd County can easily provide an inventory of reusable materials, which can also create local jobs for the people who deconstruct the buildings and sort and store the reclaimed materials. These more natural building methods vary are comparatively more affordable to build, maintain and insure.

Moore has accumulated a library of resources. Two books are The $50 & Up Underground House Book and The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book by Mike Oehler. Oehler spent $49.50 on his first earth-sheltered, owner-built house, using recycled and free/scrap materials.

Some of these types of building are now included in the iBC--International Building Codes. Some are for other parts of the country without building codes.

The earth sheltered structures require no gutters or roofing shingles, Moore explains. “Oehler developed 13 different ways to bring in light, ventilation and views to earth-sheltered dwellings. Natural light and great views are a part of each home. These homes are covered with waterproof membrane and earth, along with appropriate plants for the area. Because the builders are paying attention to which way gravity pulls the water, roofs are built to allow water to flow away from the dwelling.”

There are also straw bale houses, houses made with recycled plastic building blocks, earth bag buildings, cob and more.
The modestly sized homes cost in the range of $10,000 or $20,000 to build.

These homes are easier to heat and cool without electricity, oil, gas or coal. Moore continues. “There are amazing 'low tech' technologies for heating and cooling, such as Passive Annual Heat Storage (PAHS) and Earth Tubes. A fairly recent development called Rocket Mass Heaters can heat a home using one-fifth the amount of firewood as a wood stove, and use scrap wood, while emitting only a tiny amount of particulate.”

Looking for options that would provide housing and help in supplying food for herself and others is a priority, Moore says. "Combining affordable housing and growing Edible Landscaping is another way of empowering ourselves. In these quickly changing times in which we live, it is of utmost importance that folks learn how to help build homes and help grow food in Nurturing Neighborhoods. This is exactly what Permaculture is about--Permanent Culture, Agriculture. Being an agricultural area, people in Floyd County already raise food and animals. It's time to build upon our strengths and combine better shelter with the food." Moore is excited to assist people “to connect these dots in Floyd County.”

"We are all aging. Each of us is just one stumble, trip, fall, heart attack, illness or lost pay check away from not being able to take care of our house, our family or ourselves,” she says. "Life is precarious, and everything is always changing. Now is the time for us to collectively build upon our local strengths, developing empowering strategies which move us through these ever-changing times in this ever-changing world.”

The Nurturing Neighborhoods, with a multi-generational, varied income/economy approach, place differently abled and older residents living in their own cottages or congregate homes, near younger folks and families. "Just like all ancient cultures, these types of neighborhoods are a way of developing extended families", she comments, "and it’s a way of breaking through the cycles of isolation and hopelessness so many people feel, too. These Nurturing Neighborhoods create bonds of caring and respect of diversity, allowing us all to live with dignity and grace….”

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