We all have a lot in common, but what exactly? There's a love of the environment -- like Gaylord Nelson, Aldo Leopold, Frank Lloyd Wright, and of course others whose names I wish I could recall right now. We share the Great Lakes, rivers, forests, and certainly our soils. Our state politics can be pretty different, for instance we fired Russ Feingold this year but our new odious governor might finally legalize raw milk. Community supported agriculture continues to grow. I keep seeing solar panels, solar hot water, hearing about people who have turned to growing fruit trees, vegetables, trees, chickens, grapes, and some, like us, who want to grow an entire ecosystem. I often see pieces of a growing community, but not the whole picture. And I definitely don't know anyone in my circle of friends, little nearby town, or anyone really at all who works with permaculture. Shocking now that I realize it!
I will hold my own introduction until a comment coming soon, but please introduce yourself if you count Wisconsin as your home. I think it would be great to establish more local and regional connections, which means learning more about our climate, which means trading heirloom seeds and grafts and bulbs and cuttings. It could mean all kinds of great benefits for us and our state, a place that needs more permaculture than it needs anymore disposable pop culture.
I'm completely new to permaculture gardening, but it really aligns with me. I'm currently saving to buy some land, which is challenging for me, but any guidance on that will help. I don't want to live too remotely, however. I would like to start small with a little land and to produce enough for my own sustainability and to just barter any surplus or sell to small local markets. I'm contemplating about a larger piece of land to do more in the future with nut and fruit trees, but that is out of my reach at this point.
I just heard of a week-long class in forest gardening at the University of River Falls -Wisconsin in March, but I can't take a week off from work, nor afford it right now. Perhaps others would be interested, however.
Enjoy the winter!
Keep me updated on any WI permaculture happenings. I may move up there soon anyhow -
Up here in the NW, in the area of the St. Croix valley, we're moving slowly toward toward self-sufficient sustainability. Many interesting projects going on in and around Polk County.
Please do share if you hear of anything going on in Polk Co. as I live there too.
Please do share if you hear of anything going on in Polk Co. as I live there too.
well Me equals 3 for polk county, just found this site today.
we have a couple gardens and are trying to figure out how to make the most of the land we have,
and the wooded garden/ layered permaculture seems ideal when we can work out what to grow.
cheers to you also
Have any of you tried growing mashua in WI?
I have experience building with strawbales if any of you want to play with those.
Do any of you have exp. with greywater here in winter?
I am always happy to lend a hand if I have the time and would love to stay connected to the perma community in Wisconsin.
Would love to get to know some permies in this state and region.
We have a 60 acre farm. This spring as the ground thaws we'll be working hard to permascape it. Doing permaculture u-pick strawberries and hopefully other veggies. Adding ponds, aquaculture and more grass fed cattles and some pigs n ducks.
Would love anyone to stop by if you're in the area. And maybe we could do a MN/WI potluck here on the farm. We're located on the bluffs, about a mile from the big Muddy and a mile north of Maiden Rock Bluff. Maybe you've heard of the Maiden Rock Winery/Cidery if you been up WI35 up here. It's just me and my mama running this farm, and now that she's on board with permaculture this should be a great year!
We have 16 acres and raise rainbow trout, dairy goats, heritage pigs and chickens...with a few stray critters here and there. Always looking for barter and knowledge opportunities. We are in year two of our new farm and trying to be as sustainable as possible. I enjoy having this forum as a learning space!
I live in community owned housing and we have several houses on the block and an empty lot that we are working on doing more perennial based planting with several fruit trees and shrubs. We are also trying to do small scale rainwater harvesting. Chickens became a part of our yard last fall and hopefully we will have a beehive in the spring. There is lots of good stuff going on here in Milwaukee with 2 PDC offered this summer and a good buzz about what's happening.
First official post here on Permies; looking forward so very much to learning as much as possible here.
my main interests lie in natural building (mostly cob) and hopefully one day building my own home as well as teaching others how to do it as well. hopefully even building houses for some folks and becoming an experienced person in the natural building community as a whole.
Most of our immediate challenges are a direct result of choices we made without the benefit of a practical understanding of Nature and its systems. We are constantly being reminded that almost every decision would have been made differently if the basic concepts of permaculture were applied. Doing lot's of reading, attending some classes, and interested in meeting with like minded individuals to discuss what works.
Here's to the journey...
I’m from Rapids area and am excited to see someone so close to home on permies.
I grew up in Junction City went to SPASH, so I know your area very well.
I am excited for your big taboo at your farm.
Hope it is coming together with ease.
Looking forward to meeting people with the same concerns and love from this lifestyle.
Just wanted to let you all know about an awesome event coming up in the Driftless region...
Local Food Day, October 24th, 2012, taking place at the Food Enterprise Center at 1201 North Main St. Viroqua.
Here's the latest line-up of events:
03:00 - 04:00pm
Open Session - tour of the facility, live music, informational booths, kid's events, farmers market and local food vendors
04:00 - 05:00pm
* Informational Sessions - round one
Funding Your Food/Agriculture Idea
Vernon County Community Food Assessment - 5 Years of Progress
See Jane Grow - How Women Are Transforming Food
05:00 - 06:00pm
Break and Open Session - tour of the facility, live music by Parrish Music Song Group, informational booths, kid's events, farmers market and local food vendors
06:00 - 07:00pm
* Informational Sessions - round two
Farm to School in Vernon County
How to Access Local Food
Farmstead Chef - Grow, Harvest, Prepare & Share
07:00 - 08:00pm
Social Mixer with live Music & Munchies
(catered by Rooted Spoon - produce & other food items donated by Just Local Foods and dairy products donated by Organic Valley)
Growing Community - come share your knowledge and passion for
local food with your fellow community members (nurture existing
relationships and build new ones).
* For session descriptions view them by time & topic here. You can learn more about each of our speakers here.
Info can be found at localfoodday.com
I have been lurking here for a while and look forward to joining the discussions with this fantastic group of people. For more details on our projects, check out my new blog. http://www.wholeviewfarm.blogspot.com
Big love to all you in WI... I'm just across the river in the NE corner of IA. Planning to close on 10-15 acres within the next few months so that the lady and I are ready for projects come spring. We're buying from a family member, so we've had access to the above mentioned land for some time. We've been building hugelkulturs, branching in the woods, and clearing trail. We're lucky that cattle grazed here for many years, so they've created nice trails...we're just trimming them up. We'd like to plant fruits and nuts in the spring. First order of business is a driveway, then the first building will be a sauna. Anyone have any specific apple/pear/nut varieties that have done well for you?
I am unsure if I want to invest time and money into a PDC, so am looking for someone to consult with. We both still work so we don't have time to hugelkutur and terraform everything so I will do the best i can for now and hopefully not screw up too much, but time is a wasting and i want stuff growing! I am not trying to change the world, or save it, just hoping to spread the message of self sufficiency and liberty with proof of concept and permaculture education to the monocroppers and fast foodites around here.
We are nearer to Madison, on a one acre lot adjoining a small airfield. Our hangar has a room for our hens, which number 10-15. The number varies as we generally keep them for life. I'm still relatively new to permaculture in specific, but I find that I've already got many of the "permaculture favorites" on our land, mostly because I'm so into food: paw-paws planted between our apple trees (four years old--no fruit yet), lawn removed (I've been on a 12 year course of lawn reduction, often achieved via mass amounts of free wood mulch I can get from the City of Madison--no issues with toxics) (yet) and perennials planted around the fruit trees rather than turf. I have comfrey plants, but I haven't tried putting them around the fruit trees--that may be a project for the spring. I have two plantings of blueberries, one 11 years old and one 2 years old. My 11 year old peach tree is not long for this world, sadly, but it put out a big crop last year so I couldn't cut it down! I have winecap Stropharia mushrooms colonizing the wood mulch by the chicken pen, and they are finally starting to come into regular production.
I have a big patch of sunchokes because, well, because I haven't burned them--they will multiply unless severely harvested! I have not tried feeding sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) to my hens. I have 2 foot raised garden beds in a formal garden and more free-form plantings (a rapidly developing tangle of prime-Jim and prime-Jan blackberries in between pumpkin patch and sweet corn/tomato/edamame bed in the "back back" yard. My asparagus patch is a disappointment, actually--I think they need better weed control. My blackcurrant bush amazes me with how much food I get with no effort on my part beyond harvesting, and the gooey blackcurrant jam I make is my daughters' favorite.
My raspberries in the back are less than a year old, as is my horseradish plant. My strawberries aren't producing like they used to--I may need to redo the patch--but my alpine strawberries are self-seeding into new parts of the garden, which is fabulous. I installed a hugelkultur berm in my front yard this fall--that's how I found this site, looking for more information about hugelkultur. I have camassia bulbs in the new front garden, planted as an ornamental but I will try cooking some in a few years if they multiply. I plan to add aronia (serviceberry) and elderberry to the new front garden, along with a weeping mulberry tree.
In the house, I've enjoyed making soap (yes! with the scary lye stuff!!) from the tallow that I got from a half steer we butchered. We bought our third whole hog this fall and butchered it ourselves so that nothing went to waste. I was successful in making prosciutto from both hams of our first hog (the second one aged more than a year) and delicious traditional smoked hams from this third one. (I'm slightly embarrassed to say that at least one hind leg of the second hog is still in my deep freeze, waiting for me to make sausage.) We've made more amazing smoked bacon than you can shake a stick at, and large amounts of really nice sausage as well. (I can bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, with a lard/butter crust, and it is to die for. Just sayin'.) We started our butchering adventures at least ten years ago with runty lambs, and we continue to buy local grass fed lambs along with the pastured hogs and beef.
My latest culinary adventures involve fermentation, various salt fermented vegetables and right now my first batch of ginger beer is brewing. I'm proficient at yogurt and kefir, made paneer with supervision but would love to learn to make more kinds of cheese. Honestly, I dream of having a cow but with two kids in grade school and limited space, it ain't happening. More likely I will finally get a bee hive this spring. Aside from hens, we also have a cat, a dog, a house bunny and two big planted aquariums.
. . . and, I like to blather on sometimes (and I use parentheses more than is reasonable). Sorry!