In an effort to get involved with the forums I have been browsing around and found this 'introductions' forum, so I figured I should post here. My name is Daniel, not quite 36 years old, and currently looking for a small piece of land to do some smaller scale permaculture projects. I planted my first tree about 9 years ago and slowly got interested in nativetrees here in Florida after watching the deforestation of huge amounts of land. Right before the 'housing bubble' burst, there were large amounts of land that were leveled and swamp areas turned into bare land for building houses. I was a cog in that wheel framing houses and condos and such. While I did enjoy the work, I didn't like the destruction of wild areas and building gigantic and unnecessary houses that people can't even afford to live in.
I have since put a lot of time and effort into learning about tiny living, alternative energy, growing plants of all kind, and living a life that is less destructive to the land around me. I have always liked to learn and do things for myself and a small permaculture homestead seems to fit in well with my skill set. I still have a lot to learn about growing things, but I have been learning a lot from reading and observation. I have experience with carpentry, electrical, and mechanical work. I have been running a single 145 watt solar panel with 100AH of batteries which I have been using to charge my cell phone and MP3 player, run lighting in my shed, and do some other experiments such as running a low power computer. I like the idea of reducing my electrical needs as much as possible and using energy while the sun is out to reduce the number of batteries I need for energy storage. Minimizing my need for energy and finding alternative methods like using hand tools instead of power tools or a wood fired stove instead of electric is very appealing to me.
I've been following the tiny house movement for a while and think it fits in well with permaculture and living a healthier lifestyle. Working in the garden, walking amongst the trees, creating outdoor living and working spaces - I kind of got used to being outside all day even in the brutal heat here when I was framing houses so it feels normal to spend most of my day in spaces without air conditioning. I have a few ideas revolving around tiny houses that I am hashing out in SketchUp and look forward to sharing my results with others.