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Peter Janssen
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Hey,

Are there any teenagers on this forum?
I am 13 (almost 14) and I love permaculture
I'd like to know if there are more from my age.
 
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Emma Smith
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I know they must be few and far between, but are there any teenagers interested in permaculture here?
 
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Hi Matis! I have a year of high school left along with college and scholarship applications to do. So, technically, I am still a teen.

I think part of the trouble with doing permaculture as a teen would be that we're just teens; legally, we cannot do anything. Also, depending on parents and their parenting style, we are granted certain levels of autonomy. My parents were, and still partially are, micromanagers; no wonder we don't get along. Feel free to purple moosage me about growing up; my parents didn't let me get on the Internet until they learned that I'd always find a way to circumvent them.

*EDIT again: parents are people, too, just at my age, it still is hard to view them as humans, yeah.... family... that age old saying, "you wanna love and strangle them at the same time" still is quite true. We just have higher expectations of people we are expected to spend forever with over those we can choose when we are with them.
 
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Dave Burton wrote:Hi Matis! I have a year of high school left along with college and scholarship applications to do. So, technically, I am still a teen.


Dave,
What do you plan to do after you graduate, permaculture wise?
 
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I cannot say. I do not quite know at this moment. I'm trying to lay out a plan of getting my interest in biochemistry and permaculture to work together. I have not yet figured it out, but I will find a way. I am eclectic, and I am not going to give up my pursuit to understand everything and still be constantly amazed by the wonder of it all.
 
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Hello Matis, I turned 18 recently, I have twelve acres that I'm starting a permaculture farm on right outside of downtown Tulsa, OK. I'm taking college classes online and working on a permaculture urban farm in the mornings, and then I work on my farm in the afternoon. I have to say that it was hard to do much permaculture gardening and projects when you live with your parents, anytime I tried to make hugels at my parents house my dad thought I was just making the yard a mess and thought I was gonna attract termites haha. Eventually he thought it was cool though, it just takes time
 
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Hello, I'm fourteen years old and really love permaculture; as of yet I haven't met any permaculture fanatics my age. just thought I'd reply
 
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I am 17 years old and am trying permaculture in Southern Colorado. Seems I'm the only person with parents completely on board for permaculture?
 
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^ it's cus youre in colorado:p lol

been a couple of years since ive seen much activity from this thread, definitely picked up since then tho

 
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Devon Olsen wrote:^ it's cus youre in colorado:p lol

been a couple of years since ive seen much activity from this thread, definitely picked up since then tho



Hope to rectify that soon. God knows its SoCo that needs permaculture bad.
Wonder why Colorado doesn't have a lot of permies?
 
Devon Olsen
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yes ive travelled through Southern Colorado and the landscape is very similar to northern New Mexico (where i was traveling to)
it would take an awful lot of work to get the area to appear green for more than a month or two of the year i think but certainly possible with larger tracts of land to work with in correct positioning to the surrounding landscape
 
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We've had favorable results with our micro swales, so we might just be able to do this.
 
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thats cool, success is exciting
most of the soils in wyoming make little improvements with micro swales due to the lack of surface runoff in the summer, but i think a larger wider swales would do well if it were capable of holding a reasonable amount of snow anmd i know from this summer that contour planting beds make great use of any irrigation
 
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So if you have a lack of surface runoff, it seems your soils must be doing pretty well unless its sandy?

We used microswales because the hill behind our house wouldn't be able to handle a large one. Kinda small and compact and steep back there.
 
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almost pure sand and rock - though i suppose saying MOST of the soils in the entire state is a bit of an overstatement, merely the ones ive tried to do anything with
hugelkultur preforms pretty well as one may expect but surprisingly mulch only seems to benefit the soil for a maximum of one week after a full days rain, meaing its really only good in the spring and fall because during mid summer most of the rains are short lived without much water in them, basically enough to wet the mulch and temporarily increase humidity but the soil seems no better for moisture after a rain storm
something im still trying to come up with a "solution" for that will make a difference in a season...
 
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What does the mulch do after you lay it down? In terms of water retention, it might help to add more mulch every so often in succession, giving the mulch a chance to break down and become soil.

Do you have raised hugelkulture beds, or are they in the ground?
 
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the hugelkultur beds that ive done were full scale holtzer style and the work surprisingly well if only they were tended and i had more seeds to feed them (tough to get germination on them but afterwards its pretty good results
the mulch stays dry as well, after it is perhaps a foot thick it then begins to produce moist soil underneath but at that point only bindweed will grow in it
this year i had a garden with a very thin mulch that worked out really well, but it was also layed out on contour and flood irrigated when i had the time and money to haul water out to it
 
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I've got a year left of college, and can't wait to dive into permaculture when I'm finished. For those of you that already have land, how did you get it? Did your parents help you out, or have you saved up money? I've got about $9,000 in savings, and hope to be able to buy some land soon after I graduate...
 
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I'm 17 and a senior in highschool in NH. I go to school in a city and I'm also in a class that builds a house using all the modern methods for a development. I want to rip my hair out.
I want to buy land in Maine as soon as I can and get away from the unlike minded people.
 
Alex Mantey
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Hello, is this thread still active? I'm Alex and just recently discovered this website!
 
Dave Burton
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Welcome to permies Alex!
 
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Dave Burton wrote:Welcome to permies Alex!


thanks!
 
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