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Justin Hitt
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Location: Martinsville, VA (Zone 7)
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Okay, so my wife thinks it's rural.  To me it is an urban space right up from Lake Lanier and around the corner from the Forest Park Country Club.  Seeking permaculture minded individuals to tenant on property for ridiculously low rent.
You get a 3 bedroom, 1 bath, single level home in Martinsville, VA.  Here's the Zillow listing … https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1102-Cherokee-Ct-Martinsville-VA-24112/108124840_zpid/
And, I'll pay for the permaculture projects.  This includes converting the 1958 brick home into an energy efficient eco-house.  There is work in the area, jobs paying fair wages.  However, if you fit one of two descriptions, then this place is perfect for you:

1) You  are a blogger or podcasters.  The city has 1GB internet, this location can have 150MB/s if desired.  All the better if you write on a permaculture topic, sustainable living, or homesteading.
2) You have a Permaculture Design Certification.  There are a number of opportunities to work on paid projects doing permaculture design -- even outside the property.

The first floor of this home is ready to move in.  You will be next several permaculture inspired gardens.  Landscaping and general maintenance is provided for you.  Your participation in other projects is desired, but not required.
In the works is a large victory garden with chickens behind the property.  It is pending the removal of several large trees and permitting from the city for the chickens.  I am arranging soil and equipment to terrace the space.
There is a market cut flower garden, rainwater capture, solar roofing, and insect habitat demonstration areas.  It is not a perfect home, and there will be trees in/out, ponds being dug, plus other exciting projects.
A large empty in-ground pool is across the street for a possible aquaculture project.  While the possibilities are endless, I'm very methodical about getting projects done.  Gardens left of the house produces a volume of food.
Here are the projects currently in full swing:
• Organics recycling, including composting.  There are 8 to 10 cubic yards of leaves and materials turned into about 8 cubic yards of compost each year.
• Insect habitat.  Large wildflower beds and insect hotels are stationed across the nearby properties.  More hotels will go up as materials come available.
• Small bird habitat.  From a few bird species to now more than 25 now.  A purple martin house is going up as of this morning.  Several birdhouses are going up too.
• Market flower beds.  The first market flower bed was a success, hundreds of flowers.  Looking to expand this to several other beds then a large market area.
• Worm castings.  Every week in season I get several totes of worm castings.  These worms are great for fishing and building the soil.  Would like to go bigger.
Hugelkultur, hugelkultur, hugelkultur.  Several beds have been in for more than a year.  Great climate for this design and I'm building them everywhere.
My objective is to grow enough, in partnership for several other farms, to demonstrate food sustainability and resilience.  There are other permaculture and naturalist  certified individuals in the area to work with on projects too.
The house was recently acquired for this eco-house project.  You must be comfortable with possible publicity around projects of a permaculture nature.  I've got a PDC from geoff lawton, years of experience, live nearby, and intend the house to be part of an urban permaculture demonstration center.
Write with questions. 
Sincerely,
Justin
 
Nina Turner
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I'd be very interested. I'll show this opportunity to my dear BF tonight.
I checked out the home listing and looked on the map. Your property is suburban ☺
Helping with the site's development for a couple of years while taking a PDC, developing a blog, and re-acclimating to life in the East would help us develop our own plan for the more restrictive urban Roanoke area. We are looking at properties which could anchor a community block with a network of gardens, like https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2713-Mansfield-St-NE-Roanoke-VA-24012/49660945_zpid/
We are currently near Boise, Idaho at a rental property learning the permaculture homestead life. Working with people who are all on the same page would be a delightful change. Our local landlord is not environment-minded (massive lawn), and only 3-4 households out of 10 are interested in using the garden. I have come to terms with the fact that a move to Virginia would mean no more chicken breeding or dairy goat, but quail and rabbits would be more suitable for urban density.
To see our progress, zoom the western portion of the green triangle (chicken habitat unchanged, compost bins and raised bed garden updated since last photo) 17855 S Pleasant Valley Rd, Kuna ID 83634
 
Justin Hitt
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Location: Martinsville, VA (Zone 7)
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Nina,

Nina Turner wrote:I have come to terms with the fact that a move to Virginia would mean no more chicken breeding or dairy goat, but quail and rabbits would be more suitable for urban density.

Not necessarily.  Animal opportunities are available nearby.  I work with the Sustainable Homestead Institute out in the county -- they have goats, cows, and chickens.

There is a non-profit therapy farm nearby who has lama and milk goats, plus a collection of petty zoo of animals who are friendly with children.  Some opportunities to work with duck habitat at the lake.

Qual and rabbits fit in really well -- they are on my list.  I think they changed the rules on chickens, I'm checking into that.  Until I know for sure I'm expanding the worm farming.

Google maps didn't zoom in too much but I get the concept.  Anyone ecologically minded would be a delight, it would help projects come along, but is not required.

Behind this house here will be a large victory garden demonstration with a food forest below it.  Plenty of room for gardens, cut flowers, and hundreds of plants going in all the time. 

I'm getting a nursery license to start gathering trees for an food forest style orchard area.  Right now there are nursery beds being built, hugelkultur, and fish culture coming soon.

While I'm working on a certain curb appeal with cut and wild flowers, grass areas are slowly receding. If you have questions about the property, simply write.

Best,

Justin
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