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mary farris
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Location: black mountain, NC
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Hi all-
I'm working on a Permaculture certificate in California, but will be moving at the beginning of January to a small (.8 acre) home/homestead I just bought in Black Mountain. 5 year old infrastructure in great shape is set up already (coop, 2 barns with lofts, 3 fenced areas....) for goats and chickens, want to do bees too. A dozen or so young fruit trees were planted 5 years ago too. Can't wait to get started and put some things into practice!

Of course climate etc is soooo different in NC than CA- any permies out there want to get together once I move and give me advice (advice is welcome now, too!), or recommend good resources in the area?

Thanks!

mary
 
Amedean Messan
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Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
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Hello Mary, I would be glad to exchange ideas and other tokens of commonality. You will find a hospitable environment here in NC for the natural inclined. I would like to be the first to welcome you to permies. There are a lot of ambitious people here including myself who have a variety of talents often freely tapped. If you want, I would gladly exchange more detailed information when you settle in the area so that we may get together to discuss our common interests.
 
mary farris
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Location: black mountain, NC
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Hi Amedean-
Yes, that sounds good~ thanks for the quick reply! : ) Will be in touch after I move out there.......
 
Amedean Messan
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Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
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No problem, looking forward.
 
osker brown
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Location: Southern Appalachia
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There are lots of resources in that area. Earthaven ecovillage is just outside black mountain. It is a permaculture community which is home to many great folks, especially natural builders, as well as the home of Useful Plants Nursery.

There's an annual permaculture gathering north of Asheville every August. Asheville also has many opportunities for learning and involvement in various permaculture initiatives.

Good luck!
 
Ryan Mitchell
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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Hello Mary!

Black Mountain is an awesome place! I lived in Asheville for 5 years, but have spent a good bit of time in Black Mountain. I live in Charlotte right now, but would be happy to swing by when I am up that way. As someone pointed out you have Earth Haven right in the same town, which represents one of the strongest intentional communities in the US and also is a think tank in terms of permaculture. In terms of permaculture in NC Earth Haven is an amazing resource. The only think about our climate here is the humidity, it can be awful at times and it does get hot here too. The other thing you will need to content with is our local red clay.

Red Clay at first seems difficult to work with, but it is high in nutrient and minerals because they are negatively charged particles and attract important elements. The down side to it is that water infiltration is really difficult and ability to hard pan so easily if it dries out when exposed. If you do an initial till, just realize that it will make clods and then they dry out into hard balls if you don't amend it heavily right away.

The other note is that clay particles have an enormous amount of surface area. In a table spoon of clay, you have the surface area equivalent of a football field... Literally. What does this mean? When you amend soils you can put in a dump truck of compost into a large bed and it barley looks any different. It almost looks like your compost just disappears. The name of the game is to get as much mass in between those clay particles as possible. I typically try to kick start things with a ton of compost and Peat Moss (or coconut coir for a more sustainable option). From there I will do cover crops and crop and drop along the way. I will broad fork as needed to make sure there isn't any hard pan and to improve water infiltration.

So when you get here and start to set up your beds, don't be sparring with the compost, go all in.
 
Stephen Nerlick
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Location: Leicester, NC
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I just found this site in the last few months and I am looking to design several food forests at my farm in Leicester, NC. I'd appreciate any tips you may have, and I'll be starting a thread about my pasture to Food Forest conversion project shortly. I would definately be interested in being able to trade/work exchange for plant cuttings and knowledge about what works in this area!! I am interested in focusing on native medicinals as my pasture is chock full of burdock, yellow dock, chamomile, bergamont, chicory and many others.

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from all the Ashville folks!
 
C.K. Williams
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Location: NantaHaven, Swain County, North Carolina
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What about Bryson City, NC ?

I'm looking for collaborative consulting on permaculture design solutions for a 6-acre "homestead".

I'm in the early stages of the design process and have a sketchup model of the terrain with contour lines I can share. Basically the property sits smack dab in the middle of a watershed so I'd like to capture as much of the rain runoff as possible in a series of small ponds. In addition, the property is blessed with several springs and seeps feeding a seasonal brook / branch (this year's rainfall has fully charged the water table). I plan to redirect two (2) other seasonal brooks running off the property's edge boundary back to the main drainage to slow, store and soak a future forest garden.

Being a freshman permaculture student I'm interested in the feasibility of swales on contour for my narrow, 25% - 32% grade hillside (former pasture) nestled between secondary ridges below a 3200' mountain. The primary 5-acre lot ranges from 2500' to 2700' with a lower 1-acre narrow sliver of land running from 2400' up to 2500'.

I'm an IT geek so I was wondering if remote consulting using jpeg, pdf, png and skp files is doable? I'd obviously prefer onsite walkabouts to get the lay of the land to start.

By the way, I found a great source for Comfrey near Nantahala!

Thanks for your feedback.
 
Ian Stabler
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hi I am new to Asheville and looking to rent a barn or outbuilding to use as a woodworking workshop as well as a place to put up my Teepee. I am a natural builder who has spent the last three years living and working on Permaculture farms So I would be interested in partial trading for garden help!! Any leads to people living in the area would be a great help! Thanks also heres a link to some of my work www.IanStabler.com
 
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