Over the course of the past eight years I have been living here in Boise, Idaho and working full time for an environmental consulting firm. That firm laid me off back in September and it looks like I am going to have to leave Boise to find a reasonable job in my field (archaeology). Over the course of the last eight years I have taken an otherwise standard quarter acre urban lot in a nice neighborhood and transformed it into a permaculture homestead. It has served as a center for community gatherings and a demonstration site from which we have hosted a community garden and lots of permaculture presentations and workshops. It pains me to leave, but if we can find a permie to take the place on it'll ease my heart.
Enough of my emotional rant... the property is at 2701 North 29th Street in Boise, ID. If you check out the Google Earth image you can already see that it is different from everything else. The basics:
-Urban lot in a great neighborhood on 0.2 acres of land -Three bedroom/one bath house (also has an outdoor shower/bath)
-New or nearly new heating, cooling, water heating, and plumbing systems. Also an "eco-friendly roof" done in the past couple years with light-colored UV reflective shingles
-Has a woodstove for supplemental heating with a cord and a half of wood laid in for next winter
-Has an orchard, vineyard, food forest, herb spiral, lots of established farming space
-Has hosted a community garden for the last six years
-Hugelkultur bed and sunken hugelkultur gardens are a couple years old and rocking
-Has a semi-subterranean, earth-sheltered, four-season greenhouse (a la Mike Oehler)
-Has a greywater irrigation system and an unregulated hand-dug groundwater well
-We've got a couple Langstroth hives of well cared for bees and a great spot for them
-Developed biochar kiln system for production of biochar and reuse of woody carbon-based waste on site
If anyone is interested I'd love to pass on more info and share photos or tour them around. It'd be a great spot for an urban permie and a great way to help me continue the legacy of this place.
Hey, did you sell it? I don't see any replies here.
posted 8 months ago
I did sell it to a guy that seemed like he got the permaculture idea... sadly it doesn't look that way. The few times I have been through Boise in the past couple years the place is not being well maintained (though thanks to the permaculture bones it is still mostly intact).
Good night. Drive safely. Here's a tiny ad for the road: