Hi Scott, if you haven't seen it yet there are regional boards on these forums. You should be able to find permies near you. I'm based in the UK, but come from Melbourne originally - had a memorable camping trip to the blue mountains when i was little (flooded campsite, sitting in the car while dad attemptd to pitch a tent in a torrential downpour.
I hope you find someone nearby to play fire with!
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Of course, I found a very beautiful couch. Definitely. And this tiny ad:
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work