Firstlymost, I am new to the permaculture game. I have been watching videos and stalking this site for a long time now. I currently live in Billings, MT but I was born and raised in south eastern Montana. I am going through an electricians apprenticeship right now and my goals are to move back to the family ranch in 4 years. When I do go back to the ranch I would like to rehabilitate it and go in a permaculture direction. Right now my parents raise cattle in a very conventional way. (ranchers are very slow to change I find ) Hopefully over the next 4 years I can create a permaculture design and plan that will work well out there.
The ranch is 1600 acres with a leased school section so about 2400 acres. Two draws that I plan on creating dams and swales with. Hardly any timber and only cottonwoods in the draws. Otherwise it is nothing but buffalo grass and sagebrush. I have wild and insane dreams of planting hundreds of trees and diversifying the animal crops.
Obviously this is larger than a backyard garden! I need to have a real plan in place. Possibly help! I have a crazy dream that maybe someday I'll be able to teach others by using the place as an example.
"be the change you want to see in others"
^ this quote sums it up. The area is very slow to change and is extremely conservative. I hope to show people first hand that the way they've always done it isn't always the best way!
Anyway, enough rambling.
I hope to learn as much as possible and make some trips up to missoula when money and time permit!
Welcome to permies, Ryan. I've been all over this great state - except the southeast corner. The Bride has some family out that way, and I do love me some fresh speed goat. That part of Montana is so different from up here, but yet it is the same.