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Gc Shadden
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Hi all you fellow permies! We at ABC acres have been working on an 80 acre piece of property in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana for the past few years. Recently, we have begun to film some videos of what we have been up to. We will be sharing them here for those that find them of interest, and hope people get some ideas, as well as us receiving insight through the collective intelligence of people on these forums. Happy growing to you this spring season, and blessings. Our video for this week is our process of making and filling our chinampa bed demonstration in our crater garden.



 
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Grant of ABC acres here again with this week's video from our permaculture farmstead in Hamilton, MT. Give it a watch, if you like!



 
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Thanks for posting this, I look forward to watching more videos from you.
 
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Thanks, Devin! Looking forward to putting out more permaculturey video goodness...
 
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Another week, another video from ABC acres...hmm, I see a pattern developing! This week I share a technique for propagating autumn olive from branch cuttings, but it could be applied to many other shrubs as well. In addition, I follow-up on previous videos, and bring together some of the methods we have been trying out here at ABC acres to create a place of abundance. I also get a little silly...I think it was the heat!

 
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This week's video from ABC acres show a couple hand tools we regularly use and would recommend for others interacting with their land to make it more permaculturey. Give it a looksie!
 
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Hi there! Grant Shadden from ABC acres here agin to share this week's video, where we show a couple of our management methods that increase the health and production of our agroforestry tree systems. Thanks for watching!

 
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Great Chinampa video. any follow vids coming?
 
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Thanks Wayne! You should be able to see more videos in this thread from posted as a reply to our first video on the chinampas. Also, you can go to our "ABC acres" Youtube channel and subscribe to get access to all our past and future videos as well. Thanks for watching!
 
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Thanks. You have just enuff witty humor to make watching it enjoyable. Great job on the series.
 
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I love what you are doing. Clear videos, and enjoyable to watch. Thanks for sharing what you're doing.
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John, thanks for the feedback, and glad you are enjoying them!
 
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This video, while maybe not the "sexiest" of permaculture topics out there, is nevertheless a key component to having a successful permaculture property. Monitoring your permaculture properties while they are establishing will set your system up for success, and ensure that after some years of interactive stewardship, one will be rewarded with a more relaxed, harvesting-management system. Here I give a practical example of monitoring sectors that can be ever-changing, especially when dealing with neighbors!

 
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I subscribed and watched nearly all your vids. I found 2 chinampa vids but nothing that would be a follow up with stuff growing.

You guys are gonna have a heck of a property in a few years.  Great work overall. Envious!
 
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Wayne,

The chinampas are still in process, and not a priority project at this point in the season. We will follow-up on them next season with what we have planted and growing on them. Thanks for watching and for your interest in what we are doing!
 
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Our weekly video is about wildcrafting, as we enjoy the huckleberries, "the Treasure State," provides this time of year!

 
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It's hard to beat purple mountain huckleberries.
John S
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Foraging the wild edibles is a great topic. There is so much that nature can provide that gets overlooked. A lot like huckleberries are things that really aren't even commercially available in any real way. So you can get produce that you can't get in stores.
 
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John, yes! I have found few flavors finer than wild mountain huckleberries fresh off the bush!
 
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Devin, right you are. There is such rich, diverse flavors offered up by nature that we can enjoy. What is offered in stores is much more about what ships and keeps well than what is most nutritious or flavorful. Growing our own or sourcing from local growers, and wildcrafting what is in the wild is how we can truly get the good stuff!
 
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Happy Wednesday! To celebrate we have another video to share. This week's video is on a method for controlling thistle from going to seed, and a few ideas for what to do with the useful plants. I also show a useful technique for quickly clearing any area of vegetation I learned while living in West Africa, and could be of use to those not wanting to use machinery, but who do not have a scythe.

 
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Great info and great how to.  Thistle be a great video for people to watch who have thistle in their yard.
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Thanks John!
 
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Another Wednesday, another video! This week I give an update on all the life we have seen happening in our Crater Garden project while it is still in development. And, you get to see thousands of baby frogs...bonus!
 
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Using what is old, to bring you something new!



 
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cool video Grant. i've heard that about frogs and baseball- if you build it they will come. life the web toe fish egg thing too.
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This week we look at our rotational grazing plan involving goats, pigs and chickens... same ground, thrice the use!



 
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Here is another video for your viewing enjoyment! In it, we use old straw bales for mulch for the purpose of restoring a pasture in desperate need of some help.

 
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Hi all! Here is our weekly permaculture video on homegrown fertilizer with comfrey tea. We hope you enjoy it!

 
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Greetings! Our weekly video is ready, and this week is about how we partner with our feathered friends here at ABC acres. Hope you enjoy it!
 
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Hello! Our weekly video is ready for your viewing enjoyment, and shows our method for setting up a productive and efficient tree nursery raised bed using old hay bales.

 
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Great video and strategies, Grant!
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Thanks John! It has us thinking of scaling this operation up next season to create nursery stock for our own future planting projects, as we as for sales to the local community. I weeded to clean it up a bit for filming, which was the first time since we healed in the trees in early June, and it only took about 3 minutes to do so. It seems to have the potential to be an incredibly time-efficient and cost-effective way for nursery stock propagation.
 
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Greetings! This week's video from ABC acres was actually filmed last fall, but is a relevant subject for those in cold temperate climates for fall permie-projects and maintenance. It is all about chop and drop mulching. Give it a look-see!

 
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Happy Wednesday! This week's video from ABC acres sure is a tasty one! Tim shows the step-by-step process of smoking a pastured pork hindquarter, and it was delicious!

 
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This week's video explains how we have enjoyed 3 1/2 months(and going) of berries from our cane fruit through planning and selection of varieties, and why you may want to do the same. Enjoy!

 
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This week's video shows how we have introduced new chickens to a pre-existing flock. Enjoy!

 
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Time for our video of the week. The title says it all, but watch for a fashion accessory-themed joke as well!

 
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Happy Video Wednesday! This week's release shows speedy footage of chicken poop being thrown around, and who doesn't want to get in on that action? Plus, more corny dad-style jokes from Grant as an, "extra bonus."

 
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Happy Wednesday! We are about rainwater harvesting in this week's video, and as an added bonus you can see Tim sprint though while I am filming. Action packed!

 
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