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Dee Martinez
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I have approximately 3.5 acres that I would like to turn into a profitable permaculture "food forest." However, working full-time really limits the time I can devote to this project. If you are a permie in the Sauk Valley area who loves to play in the dirt as much as I do and would be willing to trade your labor for a cut of the profit, I would love to hear from you.

-Dee
 
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Nick Vic
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Not in the Sauk valley area but I would love to help out on weekends if you need it. I'd drive down and lend a hand for whatever you need, the working fulltime bug has me bit too.
 
Dee Martinez
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Hi, Nick.

Thanks for offering to help. How far away are you from Dixon? The reason why I ask is because I don't have a lot in the ground right now so profit sharing this summer will be less than you'll probably be spending in gas. If you're in it for the experience, then by all means come on down (or up)! I have so many plans for this place and so little time. I currently have a few sapling fruit trees (apple, peach, apricot, pear, and a ton of volunteer mulberries). I also have a few mature walnut trees, wild gooseberries, and wild raspberries. Mostly, it's just grass/alfalfa and random "weeds" (useful plants nobody likes).

I'd like to develop it into half orchard/half annuals/pick-your-own berries area. The orchard would be interplanted with nitrogen-fixing/fruit bearing trees (mostly seabuckthorn) and ideally, once I have the orchard area fenced in, I'd like to run a couple of pigs and some chickens/guineas/ducks/geese through there to keep the floor clean and the bugs down. The annuals/u-pick area would be on the other half. I'm thinking of limiting the u-pick section to berries only so the annuals don't get trampled and the ground compacted. That, and berries take a while to pick and go bad fast so it's better for people to pick on demand.

I'm open to new ideas/suggestions. I jumped in head-first (Chicago transplant), so am learning as I go.

If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please PM me and we can discuss further.

Thanks again!

-Dee
 
Nick Vic
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I'm in Chicago so about 100 mi away. I love going for long drives and it would be fine with me to leave early in the morning spend the 3 hour drive to get there and help out then maybe grab a hotel or something near by and make a weekend of it.

Life has caught up to me a bit recently I have s pressing deadline for work and a vacation coming up from this Friday until the 4th. I plan on talking to my better half about coming too. She loves gardening and planting and all the same kind of stuff and I'm sure will jump at the chance.

Maybe sometime in Mid july we could setup a day.

Thanks ,

Nick
 
Dee Martinez
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Sounds good! Just let me know when you guys are ready to come by.

-Dee
 
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