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Hi all. I am very excited to have stumbled into the world of permaculture. The last few weeks have been a feeding frenzy of youtube videos, podcasts, and reading articles. I love how it just makes sense. However, it is a little overwhelming. Where to start? How to start designing? How to make sure my wife doesn't think I am crazy? All the stuff that I am sure all of you have dealt with already. I would love to meet anyone remotely close to American Fork, UT to see what has been working for them. Looking forward to meeting some new friends and getting my hands dirty.
 
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Howdy Adam, welcome to permies!
 
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Hey Mr. Barley, why don't you come up and see me sometime?
I'm up on the border, but not that far. I can take you on a tour of projects that I have done around here and talk about what works in our climate. I also have gobs of little trees and bushes in my own food forest that you can have if you dig them yourself. Service berry, choke cherry, bird cherries, Utah honeysuckle, Black Walnut, Sumacs, Elderberry, Currants, heirloom apples, Oregon Grape, herbs, wildflowers, mushrooms, etc.
Just shoot me a PM.
 
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Thank you. I will send you a PM.

If there are any other permies in the 'neighborhood' we would love to get to know you as well.
 
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Howdy fellas,
I'm newly returned to Utah (don't even have a place to live yet. Will likely end up in an apartment in SLC for the short term). I grew up in Utah, mostly along the Wasatch Front, but a few years in Ephraim and Logan as well. Been out of state for a few years, but a job that was too good for my wife to pass up brought us back. Also, proximity to family is a good thing. Honestly, being smack in the middle of 2 million people has me a bit down, but I know there are some good folks around. I'd definitely be interested in chatting and getting to know some permies in the area. I have a few family/friends who say I can experiment some in their yards, and I took a bunch of seeds/cuttings from where I came from, so I hope to keep some good things going and who knows what else. And Adam, my folks live in Pleasant Grove, so I'll be down that way some. I don't currently have another reason to head up to Cache valley, but Bill, I've seen several of your posts and I'd love to see what you have going, at some point, if you'd be willing. It sounds like you're doing some good things.
 
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Hi Adam,

Welcome to permies!
 
Bill Bradbury
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Any time Derrick, I love giving permaculture tours!
 
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Awesome! I'll send you a PM once the weather warms up a bit. Not that winter observation can't be informative, but I definitely like seeing deciduous trees with their leaves on!
 
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Sounds great Derrick, I will be taking a few photos of the deer activity in our most recent project and posting then tomorrow. Even though the 1 acre property is right down town, there is a herd of 6 deer living there at night. They seem to love the hugelbeets for bedding on and the abundant browse keeps them fed.
 
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