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Work exchange on in-town project Abingdon, VA

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In the Spring I bought an old house (original part built in 1900) in Abingdon, VA sitting on not quite half an acre (with a wooded lot next door which may be available for purchase) and I have been talking to folks in town government and also in local community about turning the back 1/4 acre into a permaculture community (demonstration) garden. I have presented to the Sustain Abingdon committee with an enthusiastic response, got buy-in from the guy running the local community college horticulture program who is also a permaculture designer (to be on Board and help with design) and am in touch with some of the folks in the immediate community. But I can't do it by myself. I can't offer a paying job at this point (my funds are running low) but I can offer housing, contacts and the potential for a paying job once funding is obtained. There is also the potential here for being a spearhead for permaculture community gardening both on private land and on town-owned lots. The local organic farming community is already well-estabished since this is a mountainous region not appropriate for industrial-style farming so there are also good potential contacts especially through the local farmers market.

If you have any interest in finding out more you can get back to me at or we could also get online and chat (Skype, Facetime, Google Hangout). Or call 276-206-8801.

Anita Manuel
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Love the area. It's perfect for this sort of thing. We have dear friends just outside of town. I hope it goes well for you.
please buy my thing and then I'll have more money:
A rocket mass heater is the most sustainable way to heat a conventional home
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