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gian pierotti
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Location: Richmond VA
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I am interested in attending event in the Richmond area. I have been following Mr. Wheaton on Youtube for the past five years and I am not at a place in my life were I want to practice some of the examples shown online. In particular I am interested in the rocket mass heaters. I'm wondering if there is anyone near by who is also interested in permaculture and the like.
 
Judith Browning
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Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
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Hi Gian and welcome to permies! I'm not mid atlantic but I know those folks are here somewhere
 
Chris Lumpkin
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Location: Richmond, VA (zone 7a)
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Hi Gian, well met! I am currently renting a place not far from Richmond in Fredericksburg. I am looking to buy a small cheap fixer-upper house, or land to build a small off-grid house, in the Richmond area. PM me your contact info and I will hit you up next time I am down that way!
 
Audrey Huring
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Hey there! We are everywhere! Maybe Virginians don't like to get pegged down? I'm here in Tidewater, hey there!

-I also see that us Virginians are torn between "Eastern US" and "Southern US." Do we need our own area? lol.
 
Jason Taylor
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Pm me if you want to meet up. I am starting a homestead now, and am looking to build a rocket mass heater. I know people that use a lot of off grid tech near richmond, and could possibly introduce you.
 
Emilie Tweardy
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Location: Palmyra, VA
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Hey there, I'm Emilie Tweardy with the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute. There are definitely lots of Permies around, it's exciting! Check us out at www.ShenandoahPermaculture.com. We taught a PDC at the University of Richmond this Spring, and are teaching another one next Spring (in the long format - over the course of about 6 weeks), but we are teaching a 10-day intensive this August, and we've got a couple of workshops coming up between now and August. In particular, maybe come check out our Campout July 9th and 10th in Palmyra. Should be a fun and casual time to meet some cool folks. It's a work-party/educational/campout format. We'll have details on the website soon. We're also collaborating with Polyface for a workshop in late June - again, check the website.

But aside from all that, courses and such, if you're just looking for Permaculture connections, PM me and we can meet up some time. My husband and I run ShireFolk Farm www.shirefolkfarm.com in Fluvanna county, but we sell in the Richmond area at Goochland Market on Tuesdays and Manakin on Saturday mornings. Stop by and say hello sometime! There were a lot of great folks at the last University of Richmond course, So I have great hopes for the Richmond area Permaculture scene growing into the future! Cheers!
 
Chris Lumpkin
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Location: Richmond, VA (zone 7a)
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Audrey Huring wrote:...us Virginians are torn between "Eastern US" and "Southern US." Do we need our own area? lol.


I like to think of us as the "Middle East of the US". In many ways I think that fits us.

Well, I bought my property! It ain't much, but I am the sole owner and proprietor of a germinating 1/6 acre urban permaculture project in Church Hill North, Richmond Virginia. I need to tear down the house that's there now (1916/not energy efficient/gutted/termites), design and build an off-grid house, and work out from Zone 0 to mortgage-free debt-free community regeneration! Til then, I am renting close by in Fulton Hill.

Last time I lived here, there was a Transition RVA group that I think can be revived. There is a network of PV-solarpunk-DIY-artistic resourceful weirdos, an amazing diverse music scene, several hospitals and universities, an urban intentional community, an indie low-power FM station (or two), a Bread-and-Puppet-style Halloween parade, in a fairly chicken-friendly city with more community gardens and local markets than you can shake a stick at. So I think there's lots to keep us permies busy in Richmond and central Virginia.

Y'all hit me up on here or Farcebook. Well met, amigos!
 
Shawn Rowell
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Location: Virginia
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Hi Gian, I'm close to Richmond (about an hour south).  We're hoping to build a rocket mass heater before winter to heat our Florida room.  If we can actually get things set in motion, I'll let you know.  I have a friend who is an all around genius and handyman.  He's working on someone's boat motor now, then he's going to paint our car.  I put a bug in his ear last year about the RMH and he was quite excited. 

There are a few Permaculture enthusiasts out here in the sticks, but not too many. I live a small town that is rather...hostile towards people who attempt to engage in Permaculture-esque activities. It sucks, but I'm here and I'm hard-headed enough not to let it hinder me too much.  

 
Melissa Swartz
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Location: Greenville, VA 24440
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Hello I'm a native Shenandoah valley VA. Not sure I'M a Permies or not ( not real sure I even fully know what it is) but like lots of the ideas and Information I find on these sites. My wife and I have chickens, rabbits and garden. Would love to meet others in this area to swap ideas.
 
Marianne Cicala
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Hi Gian,
We are about 1 - 1.5 hours west of Richmond, depending where you're coming from.  We open our farm monthly (not in the summer though) for workshops and tours etc.  Would love to have you come over.
Big hello to other VA-Permies!!
Marianne
 
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