Hello Virginia. I realize this is a late response to your request, but here it goes. I have 7.5 acres in Dawson County GA, close to GA hwy 53. It will be a permaculture site for teaching in the future. I am already starting to use permaculture designs on the property and plan many more. Construction is underway for a house and a garage has been installed. So much work to be done. Sadly, I was informed that the zoning I have will not allow me to sell food grown on my property, so my primary focus will be education. I hope to teach many aspects of permaculture in the future. At the moment, I am constructing a strawbale house, have hugelkulture beds, and working on a permeable driveway. When things really get rolling, I will create a website and start teaching. Plans are to have a Trust and start a non-profit organization to hopefully last for generations. The long term hope is to have a SouthEast region where folks that like www.permies.com can visit North Georgia and receive classes and promote permaculture back in their home towns. At the moment, I am deployed serving my country, but still need volunteers to help with many goals for the property. Once the Food Forest gets growing, I hope to share the food stuffs with volunteers. In the beginning, the teaching I provide will be free for volunteers. Once the training starts, I may even be able to hire teachers as classes grow in size and number. Lots of plans. Wishing you luck. Feel free to contact me. Regards. Richard
Nice to hear from you Richard! I am always wanting to meet new permies! I love your goals about teaching...that is also one of my goals! I just keep working this Acworth property and educating myself every day knowing that something will fall into place eventually! We will definitely have to meet when you are home! Thank you for your service and I am looking forward to meeting you!
Hello Virginia. Greetings from the desert. So, you are interest in teaching as well. Great. That is good news. It may be a year or more out, but really feel the Permaculture movement is taking hold. Just look at organic food in the grocery store. That has only caught on in the last few years, but it will not go away. Of course Permaculture is so much more that organic food. If fully realized, it can change the world for the good. Now, I am a realist and understand, change is slow and one person at a time. What I also know is, those that think alike and team up can do more than a stand alone in the dark. So, that said, I would like to explore your thoughts and inputs on teaching. At the moment, I have not taken a course in Permaculture yet. I have been studying on my own. That said, I also am of the belief that it is best to do then teach, than to take a class and teach others what you learned out of a book. So, what my plans are is to do on my 7.4 acres and then teach the hands on portion on the property. For example, I have some large hugelkultur mounds due to lots of tree removal during the grading of my property. Of course, 90% of the time, I work alone, so it is slow work. I am building a house and left if unfinished to deploy. It is a strawbale house with a rubble trench foundation and will use natural walls and floors with minimum concrete. Later structures will be a "shed" or root cellar mostly underground. Lots of plans for swales, pond, raised beds, aquaponics, food forests/ guilds, rain barrels, rocket mass heaters, permable driveway, companion crops, and more. So, lots of plans. My goal and this is where I really would like team work, is to work with others with the same thoughts so that we can help each other and not compete, but promote each other. There are millions of people in the Atlanta metro area. Reaching between 10 to 20 one weekend a month, once I retire, is the goal. Once the classes get above 20, you really need an assistant or help to be effective with a hands on class. I hope to have some big names visit to give classes, but will need numbers to get in front of them. I don't believe big names will sit in front of 20 people. I am also looking at making the property a trust and creating a non-profit, hoping the school lasts beyond my years. LOL, lots of goals. So, drop me a line, what are your thoughts goals ideas. Really sharing this for the first time outside of family. There are a few groups teaching permaculture in Atlanta. There are a few demo gardens. My thought are more organized where local Elementary schools show up with a bus load for half a day. Where busy seniors that are retired, learn to grow there own food/ medicine. The more I learn, food is medicine. The baby boomers are aging, America is ageing. Shoot, I am no spring chicken, 48 with 30 years in military reserves. I have 4 kids, one still in middle school, the rest graduated. I have a step-son as well. So, busy guy, yepper. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Regards. R. oh, btw, you may have noticed that the name on my account is not Richard. Richard is my middle name, but I have also learned not to use my real name on the internet due to my military job and the fact I have had my identity stolen twice. Not a fun problem to have.
Good morning Richard! I will call you that for now! Teaching....has always been a passion....and this journey that I am on now started with a TV show several years ago called "Farm Kings"....I took two things away from that show...a recipe for tomato basil pie and Joel Salatin. I watched youtube videos and bought 2 of his books...it has pretty much been on from there! That lead me to finding people such as Geoff Lawton, Bill Mollison, Sepp Holzer (I have spent many a winter hour reading subtitles!) and of course Paul Wheaton! I am a true believer in what I call "muscle memory"....and that we all have the capacity for physical memory and mental memory. So, I have to learn it before I can teach it! And, I am in a position to go at this full time. I have recently started my first "formal" permaculture training, I am taking a free PDC class online thru Oregon State U. I am so excited! I have lived on 8/10ths of an acre for over 20 years, you can almost hit the lake with a rock from our front yard. And, I am married to a hoarder who has occupied this property for 30 years! It becomes very challenging and we purchased 7.5 acres further out in the county so I don't have to look at everything the man collects and brings home! (We are local business owners in an industry that is fossil fuel dependent and the goal is to reverse that as much as possible! But, also to utilize all the big equipment needed to install the design for the change!) Hubby is finally crossing the fence! LOL! There has been a couple of those "don't ask permission....just seek forgiveness" kind of decisions made without him but he has been patient enough to wait and see! And, it is paying off! He is "seeing"! Our yard is slowly transforming into a heavenly oasis! You can't quite "graze" your way thru it yet...but, it is coming! I still have so many infrastructure issues that are not in place...water harvesting being my main "pain" right now, that and a chicken coop! We are in a 30 year old doublewide that I am determined to retrofit more efficiently. We are starting from the roof down...tin roof will be finished Thanksgiving (we will ignore the fact that the front was finished last Thanksgiving!) windows, solar panels....you name it! I am researching it! I am documenting the transformation around here...getting that all together will be a challenge for a cold winters day! After this property is up and producing then I will focus on the 7.5 acres. It has been killing me to make a trip to Missoula...but, that will come at a later time and I just have to be patient! I am thrilled to engross myself with people and ideas that are so rewarding, practical and pretty down to earth! I am looking forward to talking more with you! Have a wonderful and safe day!
Hey! I am North of Atlanta. About a two hour drive, we are continually building our permaculture land and soon to be selling at local markets, and grow from there.
I hope to hear more on this Thread! Been looking for local permies to befriend! Thanks for the post.
Hey Virginia i just moved back to Atlanta from Colorado where i was an organic farm manager and am looking forva place to get back in the dirt.Are you still looking for help.give me a call asap.770-203-7817
Hi, Aaron...just found this...sorry for the delay! It has been a rough couple of years for us around here. If you are still interested please call me at 404-697-0298 and let's see what we can work out! If I don't answer please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible!
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