I am just south of st louis (25 miles from the arch). I am looking for people interested in dang near anything on the forum list.
I need inspiration and assistance. I have the location for anyone that would like to work, learn, and experiment. I'm thinking of a small group meeting on weekends to do what interests them as well as group projects.
I have been devouring permies for years and am trying to get our homestead plan in motion. We bought a 5+ acre woodlot on a west facing slope. Just about ten miles off I-55 across the county line into Ste. Genevieve. Mostly post oak, red oak, hickory, and a handful of very nice cedar trees. Fully canopied, open stand, all the undergrowth thoroughly browsed by the deer. Know anyone with a portable sawmill?
We closed on the property almost two years ago and after watching it through several seasonal cycles, we are ready to start laying out driveways, building sites, digging test holes and marking trees for removal. It is in a private development of 5 to 15 acre lots. Mostly wooded. There is a HOA with minimal restrictions (1600 sq ft minimum residence, attached two car garage, max two outbuildings). Annual HOA fee $450 to maintain nice chip-seal roads.
Electric (co-op) and phone at the road front. Need to drill a well (good water at 200 to 250 feet). Install a waste water system (planning to do grey water wet garden, black water septic or aerobic). Being in an unincorporated rural area, county codes apply. The county requires no permits or inspections, building or waste treatment. Guess you are on the honor system to get improvements assessed and on the tax rolls. The electric grid-tie will require an inspection from the co-op.
In a perfect world, Jay C. Whitecloud calls out of the blue and says he has time to design a timber frame for the residence, using trees from the property. I plan to use precast air-crete blocks for infill. Exterior finish TBD. Right after that, those guys from western Missouri (I'll find a link and post later) call and say they are interested in using their mob building technique to build it. Anyway, this is the beginning of our permaculture sojourn. I plan to share reports of progress.
Tell us more about your property, your plans, and any thing you think we could help with. I spent the first two decades of my life in the area, lived in the STL metro area all my adult life, and still have strong ties. If you are not a native or new to the area, I will gladly help with intros or contacts, if I can.
Location: East Central Missouri, a few miles from the Mississippi River. Perryville Karst
I've been in the St Louis area for most of my life. My plan was 40 acres and a yurt. My wife had different ideas. I got 20 acres and a house.
I've been here about five years. I was traveling during the the first half which made it hard to get anything done.
The barn burned to the ground while i was on the road.
Our well is around 450' which makes it hard to use without electricity. There is a stone lined well near the bottom of the property that may work in a pinch if i cleaned it out.
I've been working on projects without a consolidated plan. It's starting to come together. My chicken coop doubles as a wildlife feeding station most years but I'm working on it.
I have an unheated greenhouse that gives me a bit of a head start in the spring and runs later into the fall..
I built a hexyurt the first year for the goats, i'm thinking about giving that another go with the lessons learned.
I bought a starplate building system, i'm in the process of placing it now. We've been building with cedar logs and an alaskan chainsaw mill attachment. I'd like to dig a root cellar someday,
This year i tried the 'straw bale' gardening method. I had a friend with moldy round bales. I planted straight into them with mixed results. Mulching the garden with six inches of hay worked well. Not a weed in it and the tomatos loved the moisture.
I have a warm weather (outdoor) aquaponics setup. I used solar panel to power the pump and sized it for the aerator but havent' hooked up the inverter yet. The catfish didn't fare well this year, so i have some really expensive goldfish, .20 cents at the fish store, but around 20 when you figure my inputs.
I have some help now and again, it'd be good to have some ideas from someone else with a similar mindset.
I have a day job that keeps getting in the way. I'm working on projects that require less daily input.
Happily living in the valley of the dried frogs with a few tiny ads.