I've been meaning to introduce myself here for a long time, so here it goes... I'm 53, a single gay male, kid at heart, living along the central Oregon coast currently, looking for connections with other Permies in the Pacific NW and beyond. I have a dream of living simply, close to nature, growing my own food, design and implement a food forest system, living more sustainably, incorporating Permaculture, Biodynamic, Natural Farming (Fukuoka) and sustainable principles, away from the chaos of big cities and proliferation of cell towers and wifi. I worked in IT for 16+ years and developed a sensitivity to microwave radiation. Sure it was a kick in the butt, but life gave me a great opportunity to be doing what I've been wanting to do for a long time, so 3 years ago I began this new chapter of my life...
I've been trying to plant roots and find land to homestead, but I've not been able to feel settled along the coast. Land is spendy, but mostly the unstable geology of the area is unsettling to me, seems to be in the back of my mind as I go about my daze here. I greatly appreciate the geologists who have uncovered the history and mystery of the Cascadia fault system along the west coast, but guys, ignorance is bliss!!!
I've looked at various Intentional Communities in the US and in the NW, trying to be open to all options out there. I'm looking for connections and friendships with other kindred spirits out there wherever you may be... If you have any suggestions for communities or Permie-friendly areas to look at, please lemme know. I have family that keeps me from looking outside the mainland US at this time though...
I'm also looking for a husbear who is interested in sustainable living, growing healthy organic food, avoiding the rat-race and is open to living more rurally in a farm or smaller town setting, if you are out there too! I've got a profile on OK Cupid, so if you are a top guy looking for a loving relationship with another Permie; my handle is: coastalOR. Honesty, sense of humor, monogamy, romance, compassion, integrity, direct and open communication, ability to be playful, emotional intimacy, peace and harmony, healthy eating and living are important things in a relationship for me. Whew! What's important to YOU?
You can reach me through email: firstname.lastname@example.org. No one knows how much time you'll be given on this third rock from the sun. So I say... Carpe Diem!
I love the mid coast of Oregon. Cannon Beach, Seaside, Lincoln City, Hebo, Newport are all places I have visited and love. You live in an area I hold special in my heart. Being north of California and west of the Cascades puts you in a great place for permaculture. I am going to guess at about 75 inches of rain a year. Wow, you have a great opportunity there for someone to join you.
I, however, am not gay and I am not moving right now. But, I would love to visit and/or learn how permaculture is working in your area. The area I love so much.
Permaculture People - Good; Evil People - Bad; Evil Permaculture People - Trolls.
Location: Central Oregon Coast
posted 4 years ago
Hey MD and Donald...
Thanks for the reply. Most folks have responded directly, not publicly and I welcome both approaches. Yeah, living on the Ring of Fire is an adventure, such beauty and such powerful forces working underneath. I love the climate of the coast, very mild winters and summers, lots of sunshine, ample rainfall, but best to know your geology. Oregon has some outstanding geologists, and I religiously consult the Haz Vu maps for geologic hazards when looking for land. http://www.oregongeology.org/hazvu/ With climate change, Oregon may become the new California!
The IC Aprovecho, south of Eugene, is a great Oregon Permaculture resource... http://www.aprovecho.net/ Oregon has lots of Permaculture folks and a large Biodynamic group as well...
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit