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A. Soto
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Hello,

My name is Andrew, and I had recently found Paul Wheaton on Youtube through one of his videos.

After a few weeks, I stumbled upon this site numerous times, but hadn't applied for membership until today. I must say, it appears Permies.com is a very comprehensive resource of information regarding Permaculture and Homesteading.

My life until about three years ago could be considered very unconcerned with survival techniques, building shelter or producing my own food. But a visit from my grandfather and a discovery of my family heritage (mother's side family tree was practically all farmers), I came to appreciate food produced by real farmers, who care for their animals and the environment they live in. I became accustomed to Organic Eggs, Milk and other important staples. A few years had passed, and I had learned a bit more about these subjects, and I bought my first herb plants, which I grow indoors, as I currently can only afford to live in a cramped apartment with two other people. But we manage.

Anyway, long story short, I became greatly interested in all things farming, gardening, alternative energy and homestead related, until I began looking into new ways to maintain a garden. I saw a video with a man, walking through this forest land he had purchased, and I witnessed this forest teeming with life. And nearly every aspect of a standard farm existed on this property, but the beautiful vegetation and diverse ecosystem added a rather strange but comforting new level of interest in this new thing called Permaculture.

My goal, now, is to accumulate a wealth of knowledge. As much information as I can, before I can finally say goodbye to the apartment and begin looking for my own land, and to begin the slow but worthwhile practice of sustainable growth in homesteading, incorporating Permaculture influences and reducing my reliance on the grid to its smallest possible level. Perhaps eventually turning a profit.

Thank you, everyone, and it's nice to meet you. I can tell from what I've seen that I'm going to have one hell of a good time here.

Sincerely,
~Andrew
 
Jennifer Wadsworth
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Hi Andrew and welcome to Permies.com!

There is a wealth of information here, that's for sure. It's inspirational that you are "working with what you've got" right now and growing herbs indoors in an apartment. Starting small and observing is a key permaculture principle and one that is often overlooked in our quest for "more and better". (I'm guilty as charged). We can learn even from the smallest bits of land and growing things.

Jen in Phoenix
 
A. Soto
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Thank you for the welcome

Well, I can't say I'm immaculate when it comes to my pursuit of permaculture methods. Nobody's perfect. And that's something I think is a good thing. Because mistakes can beget knowledge. At least... that's what I think.
 
After burning through the drip stuff and the french press stuff, Paul has the last, ever, coffee maker. Better living through buying less crap.
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