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Oxford Nova Scotia 7 Acre Start Up

 
James Wheeler
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Found out that my family held on to a small fraction of my grandfathers land. I am attending the P3 PDC starting this May and then starting the project. I am looking for like minded people to network with. I need to find a good source of plant diversity. I am up to speed on a bunch of the nursery's around but I would like to find a cheaper way to get started.


Seed sharing?
Tree Air layering for work trade.
Aquaponic pond ideas
Food Forrest ideas
Natural buildings Straw bale or maybe recycled tires.

I'm getting this started and I'd love to get some people around the area moving in the right direction!

 
dakota Varen
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Hello Hello,

Im super new to this site, this is the reason i joined . My partner and I have been really starting to think about starting a project along the same lines as yours and are also looking for someone to start it with. We're traveling farmers and have been traveling for going on four years and would love to start a project somewhere closer to home. Vincent is from Quebec and im actually also from Nova Scotia.

We have contemplated the idea of buying land but traveling farmers aren’t the most well off and private land doesn’t really interest us that much. we are looking to start working towards building (or joining!!) a community centered small scale ‘farm’ ( for lack of a better term) . We want to help move a community closer to self-sufficiency by growing food, brewing beer, working with alternative energy, baking, working with materials found locally for eco building( eg , clay, hay,wood cow poo.. what have you ),working toward having a free school; creating a learning space for people in the community to come share and learn from one another, growing a medicinal garden so people needn’t rely on pharmaceuticals, learning how to personally reuse the things we consume and not just send them AWAY & to treat natures gifts as exactly that and not as ‘resources’.

If any of this sounds like the same sort of thing your looking for we would love to talk more. We're currently in Costa Rica Farm sitting and the internet is dodgy but yeah if you have any questions or anything feel free to write me..
 
James Wheeler
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I am planning on gathering information, over head photography, weather patterns, soil samples and potential access.

I want to become a seed of permaculture in my community. I plan on gathering a diverse mixture of natives, legumes, bee forage and insect attractions.

I really like Maui so I plan on moving back when the growing season is over in Canada.
 
James Wheeler
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Thanks for the reply, I am happy people like you are out there. I will post whatever problems come up and I do appreciate everyone reading this. And helping each other.

 
dan collins
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Hey James, I have a small permaculture farm here in Upper Stewiacke. I set up a topic to find more local likeminded people in the maritimes, http://www.permies.com/t/14263/great-white-north/Nova-Scotians.
My wife has family in Parrsboro, maybe we could meet up one day and trade ideas when I'm in your neck of the woods. Also if your in my area (Truro) contact me, visitors are always welcome to visit and see what we have been up to the last 3 years since we migrated from Victoria, bc.
 
dan collins
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Looks like you had already found my topic. thks for the post
What is the P3 pdc? I haven't heard of it. Is there a local permie meetups that I should know of?
I rarely have the time to leave the farm during the summer months so you would likely to drop by here.
We will be building a 1/2 ac pond here some time this summer and maybe a rocket stove too, you would be welcome to come by to help out.
What types of seeds would you be looking for?
 
James Wheeler
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Bees, worms, natives, nitrogen fixers, diverse perennial edibles.

Hearty kiwi, sea berries, Hawthorne berry, black alder, black locust. Ameranth, comfry etc...

 
James Wheeler
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P3 search them! Spreading the knowledge through Quebec to the Maritimes.
 
Will Fletcher
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James Wheeler wrote:Bees, worms, natives, nitrogen fixers, diverse perennial edibles.

Hearty kiwi, sea berries, Hawthorne berry, black alder, black locust. Ameranth, comfry etc...



If you are still looking, I'm in Dartmouth and have worms (not in large quantities, yet but growing population). I'm using my urban property to propagate lots of plants, to hopefully start a larger site in the Cumberland county.

I've found Charlie the Tree Guy outside Truro to have some of the best prices and good stock on a great diversity of natives and edibles trees and shrubs. For more herbaceous fare I look to Ocean View Nursery & Garden Centre outside Chester (They also have good trees/shrubs but aren't as competitively priced).
 
James Wheeler
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I am coming back to Nova Scotia in March and am more committed than ever to try to go all in and really get something going. Thank you so much for responding! It is very exciting to hear of you others that have been working on your projects. I would love to come check you out! I arrive on March 3rd. Please update me on what is new in the area of Nova Scotia permaculture.

I would love to network and share ideas and labour!
 
Bradley Dillinger
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James, if you end up staying in CA during the winter, read up on Eliot Coleman, the four season harvest. If I remember correctly he stated that Cold Frames would be a viable foodsource up into Nova Scotia.
 
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