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Want to help a permaculture community garden get started in Abingdon, VA (Southwest Highlands)? With the possibility of there being other gardens nearby. This garden will be mainly in the back of 320 Madison St SE (take a look with Google) but the old farmhouse also needs a lot of work so it can be an effective shared space and the side yards and front area will also be included. What is in process right now is the initial planning and establishing a financial infrastructure so that funding (first offers already in the wings) can be accepted. In addition the local horticulture instructor who is also a permaculture designer has plans to involve his classes in April. Folks from the town government are already on board and enthusiastic and some people in the immediate neighborhood have an interest though more needs to be done to bring them in fully. The house has four upstairs bedrooms and the ceilings have just been fixed so the rooms are ready to patch and paint. I am hoping I can exchange for a place to live right now (and we can talk about meals/cooking). Other local farm employment may be available as well (there is an active farmers market) and for someone who is good with paperwork and people there is the possibility of creating a director/administrator job once funding is obtained.

Most of the work right at the moment is in or on the house (some carpentry skills would be great) but there is also some outside work and there will be more in the next couple of months. If you're interested in exploring this as a possible perch or longer-term project please Reply here or get hold of me at almanuelnw AT gmail.com.

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Anita
 
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You not super far from me, I'm In Flat Top, WV. I see it's been 3 months. Can I get a update on things. I should be able to sneak away from my project to help a few times this summer. ( I'm transforming my Farm Stay B&B into a Permaculture / Sustainable Living Education Center plus some Appalachian history thrown in.

Anyway. Hope things are going well till next time!

Cheers
 
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Hello Anita how has this project gone for you the last couple of years?
I have been learning permaculture and herbal medicine in Florida during the same time and have come home to focus on building my businesses here. About 90 minutes east of you.
I am not up for traveling between the two often but have many skills to offer for larger projects. Over a decade of experience contracting, in carpentry especially fine woodworking. (have some pieces still) Garden ponds and native landscaping as well.
Today Im harvesting, propapating and cultivating medicine and food plants native or otherwise.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
 
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