Paul created a thread with the idea of trying to help facilitate folks into permaculture. He wanted to find alternative arrangements. We have arrangement we would like to offer.
Two years ago, we decided to take the plunge and try to develop an off the grid permaculturesustainable lifestyle. We purchased 80 acres of level pasture land. We call it the End of the Road Ranch.
It is 10 miles from the Oregon Coast with a house, 4000 sq ft pole barn, dilapidated horse barn, one mile of river front, and a stream.
This is looking across the dammed stream towards the pole barn and house. This is not the river.
This is the river.
Since we are retired, our intent was not to run this as a working ranch, but experiment with different permaculture ideas and pass them on to who ever would be interested in them. We wanted to develop DIY permaculture projects that anyone could do at the least cost. Some of our ideas are not pure permaculture, but a combination of technology and permaculture.
Our plan is to give a person time to find a location, arrange finances, and learn about permaculture while acquiring your dream land or join Pauls Farm.
Our plan is not necessarily designed to be a persons ultimate permaculture location; however, it could be if they choose.
We do not plan on having any permanent residences built. We encourage people to come with a 5th Wheel, travel trailer, or RV. When they have learned what they need, they take their home and move on. There are a lot of livable trailers on Oregon Coast Craigslist in the $2000 - $4000 range.
To promote this we have installed a separate septic system. A community bath house has been started with one flushing toilet in the barn with no walls yet.
A 200 amp service has been installed in the barn. Enough amps for 7 travel trailers or RVs.
New waterpump system is now operation with water running to the barn for travel trailers or RVs.
We have dammed the stream for a future micro hydro system.
A separate 21 X 16 outdoor community kitchen has been roofed. Three walls of glass and Paul’s type rocket stove in a box are in process.
EarthBeds ...We have built 8 automatic self-wicking growing beds to be irrigated without daily watering.
EarthBarrels ...We have recycled 28 fifty-five gallon plastic barrels into self wicking containers that one can grow any thing and can be setting on your patio or driveway.
Projects not yet stated but planned are:
Automatic self-wicking growing beds to irrigate your food supply without daily watering
Make/cook on a Rocket Cook Stove
Make and use a solar food dryer
How to produce hot water from compost Earth Heated Greenhouse Domes to raise food year around
Chicken Sanctuaries - automatic door opener/closer, water and feeders, to ensure a fresh egg supply
Worms raising for fertilizer
Heat your home using old hot tubs
Raise strawberries using water from a fish tank. - Aquaponics
Building and baking in an Earth Oven.
Heat your home with a rock wall and a Rocket Mass Heater Gray water – fruit tree treatment\water system.
Self-Sustainable Community Shower/Bath House.
Micro Hydro with a Golf Cart system
We are not selling any land or interest in the land. Material and tools for all projects will be furnished, only your labor is required. You would be expected to work on our projects a certain amount time in exchange for your stay and the learning experience.
A self contained RV, 5th Wheel, or Travel Trailer is required. There are only a limited number of full hook ups. You may remove your home from the ranch at any time, BUT you forfeit your site. Your site will be given to the next person on the waiting list. No tents or trailers homes or modular homes are accepted.
These are full hook up sites with sewer, water, electric, and wireless Internet. There is no site rent or charge for the sewer and water. Electric is metered - you pay for what you use. Wireless Internet, if desired, is a shared expense.
Guests: They are welcome with tents and/or campers for short-term, there are no full hook ups for guests.
Firearms: - These are encouraged, but not required.
Illegal Substance: No illegal substance allowed or grown on the Ranch.
Hunting: – No hunting. There are Elk and Deer herds on the ranch. They are our long-term protein - on the hoof.
Pets - it is depends on the pet. Our chickens are free range and have to be protected until we get the Chicken Sanctuaries built.
Farm Animals: We have goats, ducks, and chickens. You are encouraged to have your own animals. That can include: dairy cows, pigs, horses or cattle.
Shed: Each site may have its own private shed and/or garden. It is expected that the garden would produce most of site’s food. If a resident leaves they must take the shed and the contents with them.
The Ranch is near the Oregon coast located 7 miles from the nearest town of 1300 people with riverside park, bank, restaurant, video store, churches, laundry mat, grocery store, library, post office, roadhouse\sport bar, fuel station and mini market. The ranch is surrounded by 20,000 acres of logging land. It is like a land locked island of 80 level acres surrounded on two sides by one mile of riverfront with salmon, cutthroat trout, and steelhead. You are free to fish all you want, but you will need a license.
There are 5 miles of logging roads and three (3) locked logging gates to get to the Ranch.
Warning: only ATT cell service available at the End of the Road Ranch. We do have a land line. The number is 541-765-2109.
I am moving to Klickitat county Washington in August & would LOVE to chat with anyone who lives in the area or who would like to organize in & around that area... Projectperfectdayz@gmx.com
I will not & do NOT want to be an intern as fees to become one are complete bs in my opinion... If what is happening on the "farm" or whatever is NOT producing enough for food & lodging for the extra help the why bother joining up with ANOTHER corporate structure!
BUT, if indeed there are any WHOLESOME people that feel that money is no object then let me have it!
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
- Edison, Thomas A.
I have shared this in the past..it is a program called Ground Operations and it is for returning soldiers that want to become farmers..most of these programs are Organic Farms but they are constantly looking for outlets to help the returning vets and their families.. I think it would be awesome to see more Permies on that list, as well as you can contact the associations on this list to let them know you are seeking like minded people to come out.
here is the Resources Page where you can add your place, and also contact people to find some folks for your project.
Smoking pot does not make someone, slow, stupid, lazy, slovenly, or in any way less capable.
If someone IS slow, stupid, lazy, slovenly, or otherwise developmentally/socially/economically disabled while stoned, the same will be true when they are not stoned.
While I smoke pot every day. I work full time, recently now at only one job. But I was working full time at two jobs for the last two years. I've earned a promotion that allows me to now only work one. So I consider myself mildly success full. I've done this while purchasing and remodeling my own tiny home and developing 2.5 acres of land into a tiny farm and becoming almost entirely financially solvent. Yes I'm a pre-med drop out, but I left college because the medical field no longer appealed to me morally, and I realized that the financial burden of college would likely take longer to pay off then I was willing to commit to.
I am a peace loving, non violent, Utopian defined anarchist. Chances are I would work harder then anyone other then maybe yourself at making a permaculture paradise out of your land. In fact you could ask my current land lord for a reference. Yes I'm renting my 2.5 acres, I took Salatin's advice, and I'm marketing and developing my farm before committing myself to any land.
Within a year I will be completely solvent. Entirely mobile. It will take a lot to sway me who's land I will put my muscle down on. And a less then tolerant attitude toward my "drug" of choice certainly will not budge me. Not that I would ever insist on growing my own "drugs" on someone else's land. I would like to, to ensure it's content be pure, organic, and not fueling some seedy urban underbelly mafia. If it were not for this drug I might just be a corpse creating really terrible compost somewhere. Not that it's saved my life that literally, but it certainly made the my mental ptsd like collapse more survivable. I also personally know several returning soldiers that have also survived PTSD with the help of weed. And I'm sure these strapping young men would love to help too, if only their drugs were acceptable.
I did however make a typo in here, but I caught it and fixed it. I wasn't stoned, my poor grammar is thanks to public school.
My reason for banning illegal substances on my farm is because I do not want my property seized if the Feds make a raid. I am totally innocent, but that wouldn't make a difference. I could have my farm, vehicles, other processions, and bank accounts seized. Most likely that wouldn't happen, but it surely could. The Feds conduct Green Harvest raids here all the time. People get arrested all the time. Property gets seized.
Several times I've come across weed being grown on the back of my property. I assume the neighbors don't want to be caught growing it on their own land. After removing plants numerous times I had to resort to the expensive solution of fencing and stocking that land with livestock. Cost me thousands!.....just in order to safeguard my own possessions from the Feds.
Yes, I can understand illegal substances being banned even though the property owner doesn't have a personal issue with it. You can thank our government for that.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
posted 6 years ago
Beautiful remarks Valerie & very valid statement Su...
In less than one weeks time I'm going west to Washington to search for a welcoming environment...
By "welcoming" I mean accepted as the strong heartfelt & authentic person I find we all are in one way or another... accepted for medical or handicapping issues including the use of Marijuana as for it's legality in the State of Washington remains a major deciding factor for going...
I've found the community/group/click/some even labeled cult type situations a fearing in the way of placing what is acceptable on the course of free will... Value systems & personal feelings & be-lie-fs & authoritarian mechanisms have failed too many times...
What I hope to find is a place that is humble enough to do the "right" thing (not only internally but externally as far as our earth/country/& humanity are concerned as well) & too, expand logically buy implementing a "one world" goal with bunches of unique spirits who find connection rather than separation the medicine or cure & who too are attracted to resolve rather than conflict to begin with...
I see (in theory) a nice off-grid situation with enough acres to produce a heck of a lot of happy people within the living quarters of say 20+ acres (the more the merrier) with a healthy working environment of sustainable & mutually beneficial relationships with our lands & our counterparts both foreign or domestic to open eyes & inspire healing movements...
Our single selves and our own unique interpersonal talents & skills amassed into an open minded, yet ultimately "healing" community or village or what not... Seems quite peaceful in these times of troubles...
I guess if I had to answer the question "who are you?" to a crowd...I'd have to respond with "full spectrum"...
Connect with me or just say what's up with me here or FB & let the universe work it out...
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
- Edison, Thomas A.
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