New to this forum. We just bought 0.42 acre house/lot in Sacramento, and I'm looking to turn it into a mini permaculture food forest. Being new homeowners of a fixer property, my permaculture garden budget is currently $0. Looking for local permies to connect with and also if anyone is willing to donate any cuttings/seeds/divisions/scions of trees/shrubs/herbs/perennial vegetables - that would be great!! I have a couple baby goji berry plants that I started from cuttings last year that I am willing to give for exchange, that's about all I can part with right now, but I'm sure there will be more to come in the future and I love to share/exchange knowledge and plants!
Also, I want to get into top-bar beekeeping, but I've never done it before. I've read Les Crowder's book and watched his lectures, that's the extent of my knowledge. Would love to connect with some local top-bar enthusiasts who would enjoy having a shadow for a while!
Welcome to Sacramento. Which part of Sac are you in?
My wife and I live in Citrus Heights with our two kids on 1/2 acre and do as much permie-type stuff as we can learn. We currently have 4 500 gallon water storage tanks, a grey water system, American Guinea Hogs, muscovy ducks, 2 topbar hives, fruittrees and lots of gardening space.
We have kept top bar beehives off and on for 5 years now. We just installed 2 new colonies last spring, and they are going strong with the flush of flowers due to the heavy rains this year. I've also read Crowder's book cover to cover twice, along with watching his video multiple times:
If mistakes count for building experience, I have that to offer in terms of help with getting started with topbar beekeeping.
In terms of cuttings, I don't have anything started at the moment, but longer term, I have an amazing fig tree variety that I could propagate this summer for you. Concord and Thompson seedless too. The concords are very productive here.