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Virginia Ratliff
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I have been a member of this forum for months...avid reader, podcast fan, wonderful videos...so much to take in here! Thanks for this site! Now it is time for me to "come out of the closet"! A couple years ago I "accidentally" ran into Joel Salatin...back when I was a TV subscriber...on the TV show "Farm Kings"...that has led me here! One thing kind of grew upon another...then I found Bill Mollison, geoff lawton, Mr. Wheaton and my favorite sepp holzer! It just started growing exponentially! I have always had an affinity for nature and God's beautiful planet and actually thought I was a pretty good "steward" until I started learning Permaculture principles and it has changed my thinking completely! Eventually, I hope to be able to afford a PDC course...in the meantime I have purchased several books, videos and trying to establish an infrastructure on our existing property which we have inhabited for over 30 years. It is an acre in a residential neighborhood close enough to walk to Lake Allatoona in less than 3 minutes.

I have used container gardening and had a raised bed for very long time...I have used rabbits for compost tea and worm beds for a long time. Now, I have four rabbits who "float" around my back yard on a "tractor" plus I have several stationary raised bunnies who do an awesome job keeping the grand boys supplied in fishing worms! I have added 6 ducks...which was more of an "OMG" moment than anything planned...we had one drake Pekin for years who thought he was a dog...even used the pet door! I truly lucked out...not knowing a thing about duck breeds...I ended up with a "matched set" of Black Swedish, a matched Pekin set and then a female Cayuga and a female white crested! The eggs are wonderful! They have truly been a blessing with their debugging and eggs! I have installed 2 hugelkultur beds...which has been thrilling! The first one was installed in the fall and planted in peas and oats to over winter, that spring I put in 2 blueberries and 6 asparagus...I was so thrilled so fast I built another one which is in its first year and I just filled it full of any annual seed I had that the animals will eat and then I put all my "fruit" seeds, etc out there. I have had a greenhouse for years...which now has to finally have new covering! The wind really did a number on it this year! There is so much I have learned and so much to do around here every day I seem to "find something new"! I have started seriously shifting our yard out of ornamentals and this spring we can actually plant fruit trees! That I am extra excited about! Until 2 years ago...90% of my yard was shaded...now I am down to about 30% shade...hence a boatload of azalea and hosta has had to be moved! And, still needs moving!

Anyway, I am very thankful to be here and am looking forward to meeting other permies! Hope everyone has a great day!
 
Judith Browning
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Welcome to permies, Virginia...great to have you here. Your post is actually inspiring to me, because our plan is to downsize from 40 wooded acres to an acre or two in a small village/town near by in the near future
...looking forward to a 'project' thread with pictures!
 
Miles Flansburg
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Welcome to permies Virginia!!
 
Virginia Ratliff
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I have so many projects...I have finally put several things "on hold" until we get the water harvesting issue resolved. This has been my "most severe" learning curve and I think the slowest one to sink in! Water! I need to literally start with a blank slate! That thread may take a while, hubby's idea of "water harvesting" is walking to the kitchen sink: and we are on county water and it is horrible! You take a glass straight from the tap, hold it under your nose, and your nose and eyes will burn and water! I need so much help still with water!

In the meantime...I have Cayuga egg questions and started a thread on mixed ducks...zoning will not allow chickens or ducks...but I literally live on a lake and my ducks just blend right in! I promise I am mostly an obedient civilian! Or at least I try to be!

This morning I am going to work on a hugelkultur post...I did two with pine! That has been amazing and this morning I actually have some extra down time!

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!
 
Cassie Langstraat
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Wow Virginia! Sounds like you are already well along your permaculture way! Great to have ya in the permies family.
 
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