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Nathan Pieper
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Where's the permaculture designers in western/southwestern Wisconsin at!? Vernon County area to be specific. Anyone more than 100 miles outside Vernon County probably need not apply, unless you're pretty sure you could be a great help. Looking for relatively local help if I can find it, and given the region, I'm pretty confident it exists.

I'm also not in need of super comprehensive commercial market/cash-flow planning as offered by the likes of Mark Shepard down the highway, but more in search of down-home less-than-commercial permaculture design for 11 acres of abandoned pasture. South facing meadow, stream, north facing bluff slope with lots of briars and worn cattle paths, old degraded pasture trees. Basically a big barbed wire triangle just waiting for permaculture to smile upon it.

I fully understand the advantage of having a comprehensive and structured education in permaculture design. Various leaders of the permaculture initiative have spent a great deal of time and energy developing systems for addressing the most practical and influential components of land stewardship in a comprehensive way, in part so important things are less likely to be overlooked. That's part of why I will one day do a permaculture design course myeslf!

But guess what. I haven't done it yet, and I already own the land I intend to steward for the rest of my life, and want to design a modest home THIS WINTER (along with preliminary site plan) to begin building on the property NEXT SPRING! Sure, I could wait a year, take a pdc in the mean time, and do it all myself, but why not offer some design work to someone who's looking to consult, and hit the ground running? Time is fleeting with those perennial systems I gotta put in for the grandkids!

A lot of the particulars, I will work out myself, slowly but surely, and certainly with the help of a bonafied PDC at some point to help me along the way. But for now I'm looking for timely help with the BIG PICTURE- water management and general placement of permanent structures, so that I don't unwittingly diminish potential productivity down the line basically.

I have to tackle access, home/solarium, and shed sites, in a way that will integrate well into many of the other typical permiculture/homestead type systems, including various livestock, annual, and perennial yields. I probably need help with zones. Maybe I even need to address mild to moderate earthworks or longer term perennial systems, PRIOR do even picking home/shed/garden sites etc? What does someone with a more comprehensive understanding of permaculture design know, that I don't, that they should encourage me to consider before getting started, for a fair price? I'm not talking many thousands of dollars worth of work and insight, but potentially up to $2,000 for someone who sincerely knows what they are talking about. All depends on how much help is available or needed or appropriate basically.

Thanks in advance for any input contacts or referrals!
 
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