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Jahnavi Veronica
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Hello fellow permies! My partner Noah and I just launched our crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo today! We would really appreciate if y'all checked it out and if you like what we're doing, consider contributing or help spread the word! Thanks so much!

You can find our campaign here!

We live in SW Washington outside of Vancouver. We've spent the past several years learning about and practicing permaculture on our little homestead; collecting plants, creating food forests and various other projects to make this place more abundant, beautiful and awesome! We've put in so much time, energy, love and resources into this place and now we're ready to help others create their own healthy human habitat.
We're starting a business...

Abundant Earth Design & Nursery






Who are we?
Noah grew up here in the woods in SW Washington. He became interested in gardening and self-sufficiency in his early twenties. In 2009, he took a permaculture design course and began converting the land here into gardens as well as planting the beginnings of our food forest.

Jahnavi grew up in Olympia, Washington in a home where herbal medicine and healthy food was preferred. In her late teenage years, she began to learn more about plant medicine and gardening. While studying at the Evergreen State College, she interned at Calliope Farm, an organic vegetable CSA farm and took workshops on Permaculture, which inspired her to keep learning and doing more.

We met in early 2010 as two young people seeking better ways to inhabit the earth. Now we live in the foothills of the Cascade mountains in SW Washington state. Together, we have been cultivating our little space of Earth, planting as many food bearing and useful plants as we can find.



Expanding outward
With all that we've learned and all the biodiversity we've collected, we are now ready to help others grow their own healthy human habitat!

Your habitat may be different than ours, it may have straighter lines, be more densely populated, it might be a few garden beds, a whole farm ecosystem, or an untended nut grove to feed wildlife. All of these can be designed to provide health and beauty for their inhabitants, human and otherwise.


The nursery

We started grafting our own fruit trees three years ago. Each year, we've increased the number of plants in our home nursery. We started to do this to save money, as our designs require many trees, shrubs, vines and other beneficial plants.

Now we are ready to scale up our nursery to provide plants to others. Our goal is 10,000 trees, shrubs, and vines this year, along with ground covers, herbs and flowers. This is many more plants than we've propagated yet and we are confident we can pull it off.



The designs
Our home design


Once fully planted, our homestead will have over 100 productive fruit trees, two dozen fruiting vines, 300 shrubs, around 40 nut trees, and 1500 square feet of vegetable beds. Our goal with this property is to grow lots of delicious food while collecting biodiversity for propagation, two goals which are perfectly symbiotic.

Right now we're starting year six of development. We're still planting trees, and along with that, we're installing shade structures on our buildings, creating an outdoor kitchen and building a passive solar cottage made from our own posts and on-site milled lumber.

We're not done, the learning never ceases! We've built our knowledge and experience base and we are ready and eager to help others develop the life-sustaining potential of their surroundings.



Designing for others

We will provide clients assistance with the many aspects of ecological design such as site analysis, installation of edible and productive landscapes, improvement or rehabilitation of established systems, and long-term maintenance.

Urban and rural, forests and orchards, small and large.

Community gardens?

Food forests?

Regional fruit and vegetable grower cooperatives?

Village development?

The potential is infinite!

We will strive to be a full-service ecological design company, able to assist families, farmers and organizations to realize these potentials.



What we need:
Government licensing - Our funding goal includes two years' worth of administrative costs. Two years to build our client base and nursery inventory.
Much of our business will be that of a general contractor. In order to be fully legitimate in this respect, Washington state requires contractors to have several things: Contractor and state business licenses, surety bonding, and liability insurance. Some are annual fees and some are monthly costs that we will incur.

Truck and home office repairs - Last year, we got a 1980 Toyota pickup with only 77,000 miles on it. It needed many little repairs at the time and still needs a few things; new tires and some rust removal, paint repairs and signage so we can get to our clients safely while looking snazzy in our work truck as a driving advertisement for regenerative design.

In addition to the truck, our home office has a 30 year old asphalt shingle and plywood roof that has been leaking and slowly decaying. A portion of our funds will go to replacing this with a metal roof which will likely last the next century.

Nursery stock - We collect edible and useful plants. A large percentage of funding will go toward acquiring many species of seeds, live plants, cuttings and rootstock for grafting, as well as fencing to prevent deer from demolishing the baby fruit trees they love nibbling so much.

Through our past searches, we're already aware of many possible sources. It has never been easier to access the genetic material of our planet. There's more material out there than we could ever use individually, we just need funds to acquire a small portion of it.



IndieGogo fees and taxes - This amazing platform we are using takes 5% of raised funds, and charges transaction fees. The amount we receive is still taxed by federal and state governments, so we've allotted around 15% of our funds to cover these costs.

Odds and ends - Business cards, flyers, stickers and postcards for perks, and website creation.



Where your contributions will go if we exceed our goal:

If we exceed our goal of $15,000, any extra funds will go toward obtaining more seeds and plant material, soil for nursery beds, extra nursery pots and more months of website hosting.

Perks
Postcards


Our postcards will be standard size and feature a still from our video. Here's an example:



Stickers

Our stickers will feature our logo, a design that Noah and Jahnavi thought of together, and drawn by Jahnavi!

4"x4" circle with white background and suitable for stickin' indoors or outdoors:



Plant perks

Some of our perks, such as the Personal Pawpaw patch, will be available immediately after our campaign is over. Others, such as Apples All Year, will be grafted in springtime and sent out this coming autumn. If choosing a perk, notice the estimated shipping month, and let us know if you have any questions.

Also, plant perks will only be sold in the US due to federal legalities regarding exporting plant material overseas. If you're outside of the US you can still get our non-plant perks.

See below for more information on pre-orders.


Other ways you can help:
Share! Excited about what we're doing? Share our campaign on your social media accounts. Tell your family and friends! Word of mouth is HUGE.

Foodscape pre-order! If you have some idea of what you need, and our perk options are insufficient, tell us and together we can determine a fair value of plants for your contribution!


Share plants! If you've got granny's black currants from Holland, a rare pear that stores until May, nut seedlings or some other plant material that you feel like sharing, more biodiversity is always appreciated. Let us know!

Hang flyers in public places! Here's a ready-to-go flyer that you can save and print. You could put this up in the break room at work, your college campus, the local food co-op, bookstores, or anywhere that people congregate:




Thank you so much for helping us do this work!
 
Jahnavi Veronica
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Bill Erickson wrote:Jahnavi, I have added this topic to the Blatant Advertising forum for you. This post will self destruct in 24 hours.


can it exist in both forums? or is it just one or the other?
 
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It exists in both.
 
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thanks Miles! I misunderstood Bill's reply at first.
 
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You know, I actually thought to myself after I did that, "You know, I should put, 'MY post will self-destruct'", but I didn't edit it."
 
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We just added some new perks today, like some different price levels for fruit trees/shrubs/vines as well as homemade elderberry elixir!
 
Jahnavi Veronica
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Just wanted to post another little update:

there were some new perks added including one where you could get some rare Gideon Sweet apple trees that we'll be grafting from the only known bearing tree. Our friends over at Friendly Haven Rise Farm offered for us to come get some scion wood, which we'll be doing sometime this week.

More details on our campaign page!
 
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I'm in a cash flow choke myself right now, but I have some special elite Robinia seeds that need good, abundant earth to grow in and I can send them. Seeds of named Hungarian varieties selected for nectar and timber production, and tree form R. neomexicana which is being threatened by the SW drought and needs to move north. This is a tree form type, super drought tolerant by NW standards and likely to enjoy the Columbia Gorge in a couple decades, hardy here now. just send an address to rick valley at gmail etc. and I'll send them to you. When you have plants available I can certainly buy bundles- I'm a landscape contractor in OR. Saw ya in SE Portland at the potluck!
 
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Speaking of scion wood, I have a secle pear which has a cinnamon flavor. It is from a tree that was planted in the 1920's as a pollinator for the bartlet. My sister planted 4 seedlings and one came true. The other three produce huge crops but they are astringent like a persimmon until over ripe or dried. The secle pear has a wonderful cinnamon fragrance when dried. Depending on how my taxes com out I have been craving a pawpaw for a long time.
 
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It's a pity I live so far away from your nursery
I wish you the best!
Greetings from the Netherlands,
Inge
 
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I Like! It's so energizing to see people doing what their dream is. Good for you!
I live just north of you perhaps 35 minutes.
I've been living on our new place for 8 busy years now and have planted a dozen or more items each year and would share cuttings of any of what I have.
This includes heritage apple/pear/peach/plum trees, black currents, several types of strawberries, comfrey, herbs, and a bunch of other plants.
If you are interested I am also collecting names of folks that would like to do a meet up when it dries up a bit. Perhaps a seed/plant swap? Those are always fun.
Send me a purple moosage if you would find that helpful.
C

 
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Rick Valley wrote:I'm in a cash flow choke myself right now, but I have some special elite Robinia seeds that need good, abundant earth to grow in and I can send them. Seeds of named Hungarian varieties selected for nectar and timber production, and tree form R. neomexicana which is being threatened by the SW drought and needs to move north. This is a tree form type, super drought tolerant by NW standards and likely to enjoy the Columbia Gorge in a couple decades, hardy here now. just send an address to rick valley at gmail etc. and I'll send them to you. When you have plants available I can certainly buy bundles- I'm a landscape contractor in OR. Saw ya in SE Portland at the potluck!


Hi Rick! That would be great, I'll email you soon. Thanks for offering! And we can definitely let you know when we have more plants available. Glad to hear you're interested
Not sure how you saw us at the potluck though, 'cause we didn't go! We wanted to, but weren't able to make it. Did you maybe see us on the event page?
 
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Hans Quistorff wrote:Speaking of scion wood, I have a secle pear which has a cinnamon flavor. It is from a tree that was planted in the 1920's as a pollinator for the bartlet. My sister planted 4 seedlings and one came true. The other three produce huge crops but they are astringent like a persimmon until over ripe or dried. The secle pear has a wonderful cinnamon fragrance when dried. Depending on how my taxes com out I have been craving a pawpaw for a long time.


Nice! We have a seckel pear tree that's probably 5 or 6 years old now. I'm looking forward to getting to try the fruit, it sounds lovely. I think this year we'll be able to let it fruit finally.
Let us know if you'd like some pawpaws! We still have plenty of plants. :)

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:It's a pity I live so far away from your nursery :(
I wish you the best!
Greetings from the Netherlands,
Inge :D


Thanks so much, Inge! :)

Carma Nykanen wrote:I Like! It's so energizing to see people doing what their dream is. Good for you!
I live just north of you perhaps 35 minutes.
I've been living on our new place for 8 busy years now and have planted a dozen or more items each year and would share cuttings of any of what I have.
This includes heritage apple/pear/peach/plum trees, black currents, several types of strawberries, comfrey, herbs, and a bunch of other plants.
If you are interested I am also collecting names of folks that would like to do a meet up when it dries up a bit. Perhaps a seed/plant swap? Those are always fun.
Send me a purple moosage if you would find that helpful.
C


Thank you Carma! So glad to hear that!
And thanks for the offer! It would be great to connect with you... Kalama isn't too far. We'd definitely be interested in a meet up/plant swap! I will message you with my details :)
 
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Just posted another little update here!

Thank you so much to all you permies who have checked out our campaign or contributed! We really appreciate the support!

And thanks so much to Cassie and Paul for including us in the daily-ish email Y'all rock!
 
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You can also find us on facebook here!
I think I forgot to include this link before.


We have just under 2 weeks left!
 
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new update on our campaign page!

here
 
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6 days left!
thank you so much to all of you who have checked us out or contributed!
your contributions help us out so much, and we're excited to return the favor with plants that will provide you with lots of yummy fruit!
 
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4 more days!
 
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2 days left!
Just posted another update on our campaign page!
 
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Just 1 day left!
Funding will end tomorrow at 11:59 PM!
 
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Last time I'm bumping this!

Only 8 hours left! Our campaign will end just before midnight (Pacific Time). Last chance to contribute or share!

Thank you all so much for your support.
 
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Got my pawpaws and planted them according to instructions. Used my Island Meadow Creature special built brod fork to clear the soil then a long handled trowel to dig to the depth of the tap root. backfilled and mulched with branch and vine chips. The pawpaws will be shaded by a large clematis that has taken over a dying plum tree.
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