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Apolonia Paulusse
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Looking for permies to help create another permaculture place in California, South /East of San Francisco. I am still looking for land. Do you know of some land or have permaculture skills?
We have created a beautiful site with self sowing veggies, a Wofati passive solar greenhouse that did a great job in keeping plants happy during 19 degrees frost. Also my 16 year old son built a small house (5 by 8 ft ) for himself with adobe as mortar and some bricks, logs, windows and tree trunks that were laying around there in 2 weeks. That was 4 years ago. Still cozy and cool and warm when we need it. It is our lunch cabin in the wildernis. We bike there, work, harvest, eat and have so much fun designing and growing! We feel as happy as 2 year olds in the sand box.
We donot own the land but feel like creating another place in the Sierras, I think. Any creative permies want to join?
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    George Lafayette
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    We are a 45 year old intentional community in the east bay, with 23 acres of land in Lafayette. We've got a bunch of fruit trees, we sheet compost, and we have all the kinds of food waste that people tell us would support chickens and pigs. Of course we have a large coyote population as well as the usual racoons, skunks, gophers, etc.

    When we bought the land 45 years ago it was eroded and over-grazed, now its tree covered, and the acres we've been composting on have lots of topsoil. We have a tiny lake and an idle well.

    Personally I keep hoping some permaculture folks would come along and fall in love with us, and we with them, and then we'd be doing even more with our land.

    Our group is an ongoing experiment in how to have the best quality of life, and we've done a lot of research and experimentation on how to live together pleasurably. We are one of the longest lived intentional communities in America - notable for the long-lasting high quality relationships we have - you could say that we have researched and practice 'sustainable friendships'. Over the past 10 years we've been slowly rebuilding all our old infrastructure to be more energy efficient and sustainable.

    Anyhow, have a look - http://www.lafayettemorehouse.com

     
    Mic Moriarty
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    George - your group sounds like an incredible community. To thrive for 45 years like you have been doing is quite a statement to what you're doing - that's definitely working. I have begun this year to seek out an intentional 'community' that is a good fit for me. I am having some good experiences with the communities I have visited so far, meeting some great people, and am looking forward to finding the community/relationships that I seek. My focus is and will continue to be 'permaculture and sustainable living-in community, as well as loving, laughing, and satisfying my soul, while adding value and enhancing others' lives as well.
    I have checked out your website link and will continue to read more about your community, as it has moved upwards on my list of potential communities for me to invest my life energy with.
    Personally I keep hoping some permaculture folks would come along and fall in love with us, and we with them, and then we'd be doing even more with our land.

    I would be interested to know how other members of your family feel about 'some permaculture folks coming along and falling in love with each other and doing even more with your land.' Your land seems like a perfect location for an incredibly rich and sustainable food forest !
     
    Apolonia Paulusse
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    Are you coming to California? Would like to meet with you. I am near Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo.
     
    George Lafayette
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    Mic Moriarty wrote:
    I would be interested to know how other members of your family feel about 'some permaculture folks coming along and falling in love with our group and doing even more with your land.' Your land seems like a perfect location for an incredibly rich and sustainable food forest !

    Hard to know - no one has ever been able to talk about what it might mean specifically. Which meadow(s) would go from fallow to <what>, what would we do with all the "extra" pluots? Everyone is in favor of more sustainability, planting trees, continuing our composting, etc. etc., and each specific new proposal gets discussed as it arises.
     
    Frank Tozer
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    Apolonia
    I am intrigued by your post. I see it was posted a few months ago, have you made any progress yet? I am a 59 yr young writer, gardener, carpenter with more permaculture (and other) skills than I know what to do with. I love the Sierras, particularly in winter and have been thinking of ways to spend more time there. I live in Santa Cruz, which isn't too far from you. How can I get in touch with you to learn more?
     
    Apolonia Paulusse
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    You can call me at 805-229-1321( My acupuncture practice number)
     
    Apolonia Paulusse
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    I got a poor reception message from Frank but my answering machine didnot pick up your phone #
     
    it's a teeny, tiny, wafer thin ad:
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    https://permies.com/t/69742/FT-Position-Affiliate-Manager-Loves
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