HI Folks. I'm a dyed in the wool permaculture guy. Green thumbed for over 25 years and still love it. Currently everything I own has wheels under it to find a good place to grow again. My solar power plant on a custom motorhome is stored waiting for a new home and garden space. The solarenergy system is being wasted. And I'm paying to store it. So I figured I might as well ask to see if a trade for parking and seasonal living/growing space is possible.
I have a cabin in N. Idaho I can rent for $300. It's pretty nice and in the woods. The issue with it is I'll need to pay the rent while I go volunteer doing permaculture in the Winter. It's not in my budget. I'm a sun lover. I follow the sun and the birds South. I use my smaller camper and solar cargo trailer for travel.
I have tools and skills to to build a lot of different things. Designing stoves, energy systems, and construction are other skills I've gotten good at. I did two PDC courses. Temperate and tropical permaculture. The motorhomestead and trailers are in W. Washington. I was going to drive it to Idaho but decided to place this listing first. I was calling it the "mobile permaculture homestead project" for lack of a better name. The motorhome has been redesigned to be more efficient. Added insulation, better heater, big solar energy system, efficient AC. A composting toilet and other improvements are in the works.
I enjoy food forests very much. I've planted and tended some. And diverse hedgerows. But love to grow most anything. I'd like to keep a small permaculture and native plant nursery going. And perhaps do plant tours and native plant and seed collecting.
I had one offer in N. Cal that I like in many ways but a 4x4 is required to enter and exit the property. Well maybe not to exit as its downhill lol. I offered to redesign the steep driveway but it's not in the budget for the foreseeable future. The goal is to have a animal rehab center on that property. Currently some bears and cougars are euthanized in Cal because there's no where for them to go. This is a whole other subject for another thread.
I had another offer of a place in Oklahoma that is nice also. However the land is rented and the owner has little interest in permaculture. It's too much work to risk on such a uncertain foundation. I'm a sincere and dedicated grower looking for sincere place to make abundant and beautiful. Ever since at age 8 I took my Moms potato peelings and tried to plant them in her rose garden. Spring may be sprouting soon. Give me a holler. A community of folks is attractive too. At present I'm in Arizona planning the trip North. I can stop in for a visit on the way??
Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Thanks
I have 80 acres in the very southwest corner of Colorado. Raising grass fed animal proteins and gardening. Have a number of construction projects including a greenhouse, stone sauna, and finishing a pole barn. Lots of work to do in the garden space propagating trees and laying out a food forest setup. Have a life times experience with animals to teach! It's currently just my partner and I working on the projects but we have a community of other farmers and families around who come for get togethers and we're close to telluride and durango where there's lots of good culture growing. Let me know if you're still looking, would love to have you for however long you'd like to stay.
Thank you Mandy across the Atlantic. Im a British expat happy to make friends in Europe again. I'm still looking for a place to plant permaculture plantings and tinker on cool projects I recently found a penpal in England.
Hello Andrew. Thanks for contacting me and I'm definitely interested in a visit. Your project and that area sound great. I'll send you a email. Jeremy
Thanks for contacting me Gary. My quest to bring beauty down to Earth continues. I'm definitely learning a lot about what other permaculture people are doing from this great forum. And learning from my current situation with a modified solar motorhome and a converted Van. Winters are the biggest challenge. Practicing permaculture in the South would have definite advantages.
Hooray, it looks like I'm headed to Colorado next via central Arizona. I've gotten two fantastic contacts in Western Colorado now which are on my way back to Idaho. I'm excited to see some of Colorado as I've heard so much about it. And see some of the Canyonlands of Utah. In Colorado I'm going to help survey potential for a micro hydro energy system among other things.
My Winter in Arizona was mostly a flop as far as permaculture is concerned. I found zero permaculture contacts on the West side of the state. I was majorly distracted by the logistics of obtaining dental work in Los Algodones, Mexico. Now that is done I can get back on track. I read about the SE Arizona "Sky islands". This area sounds amazing. I wish I had time and funds to go there now. There is arable land near diverse mountains near Mexico. Sounds great to me!
I was not idle all Winter. I built 2 Solar energy systems. One in West Palm Beach to charge electric Porsche conversions. Another in Arizona to light and power a business with solar. And I improved my solar energy, built a custom heater, modified my expedition rack on the Van, and refined my solar cooking and diet.
I also planned to go to N. Cal to help with some beautiful land on a mountain but unfortunately it's on hold. A 4x4 is needed to access the property and I don't have one. " Oh Lord Won't You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz 4x4 Sprinter Van". It's a worthy project to also develop a animal rehab center. The Klamath/Siskyou area is amazing.
Ive learned that at 6'5" tall my regular height van is not comfortable for long term use. I bang my head if I start having any fun. So if I plan to continue doing roving permaculture a high top vehicle, like a Sprinter van, is required (I left my big motorhome in storage until I find a new semi permanent place for it).
So, in a nutshell, I'm headed back to Northern Idaho to regroup via Colorado.
It's hard to find a good base to do roving permaculture from. The timing and logistics are difficult. I'll work on my permaculture charismatic megafauna skills.
Funding is a whole other challenge. There's obviously lots of funds in the world for exploitative and extractive activities. Funds for creative and regenerative activities are a whole different challenge. Luckily I don't require a lot. But the initial vehicle infrastructure is spendy even when I do most of the DIY improvements myself. Currently I have a too big and a too small vehicle. It's sounds like the story of the Three Bears. I'm hoping with a Sprinter Van I'll get it " just right". And better fuel mileage.
That's my update for now. Happy Spring
Finally got the chance to view your post, and will be checking this site more often in anticipation of your reply. I think we could accommodate the season for you, as it sounds like you don't like the snow much. We are 2 resident PDCs, and 1 Affiliate PDC. We have many projects on the go, all dependent on workforce and weather. We are seasonally food self-sufficient, and working to be so for stock feed. We have taped the maple trees on the property, and are currently collecting sap to make a first time brew of maple beer. In the fall it will be cider.
Continued work on the outdoor kitchen building the walls with natural materials and more cooking surfaces.
Trenched hugel beds in the 1/4 acres kitchen garden, and field hugel beds.
Honey bees, 4 to 6 hives,at the end of the kitchen garden.
Passive solar dehydrator, and passive solar hot water.
The commencement of a pole greenhouse.
Creek bed weirs to continue.
Beaver pond harvesting.
Fish ponds to begin stocking.
First solar panel to be installed, with hopes of more to follow.
Continued work in moving off-grid.
Orchard swales and berms to tend.
As well as a small herd of free range dairy goats, free range poultry on the property, and 3 equine.
There are several Farmers Markets nearby, for those interested.
The list may seem lengthy, but "many hands make light work". The usual ratio is we'll get 2/3 of the way through the list by the end of the growing season. Hurrah!!
Many hands make light work.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Hey Jeremy... I have 80 acres at 900ft elevation in Northern California. There are apple/fruit orchards and fields that have been cultivated for decades. The property has been neglected for a while, but there is unimaginable potential. There are 2 wells and a year-round, spring-fed creek, complete with swimming holes. Gravel, county maintained road... Easy to get to, yet beautifully remote. Rolling hills and lots of beauty. Would love to meet. Just signed up on this site, so please get in touch. 323.243.6100
posted 1 year ago
It's great to see some responses. Thanks Christopher. I'll call you. I'm almost back to a place to regroup in N. Idaho. The places I visited in N. Arizona, W. Colorado were very worthwhile, educational, and inspirational. I definitely recommend visiting other permaculture sites and folks. Perspective is priceless.
I'm excited to build a cordwood addition, heated cob floor, and rocket mass heater/water heater in Idaho this Spring/Summer, 2018. Hope to learn how to document better. Will update soon.
Any chance you would be interested in coming to a 112 acre farm in central Kentucky? We have a herd of Dexter cattle. We are experimenting with a food forest for the last couple of years. We have fruit trees. Are practicing some permaculture. We have a pretty large garden. We save seeds. We enjoy harvesting and eating a number of wild foods including a few varieties of wild mushrooms. We have built and are finishing and continuing to build tiny homes on the farm. We do bees. Have a number of ponds on the farm. One with nice sized fish. It is a beautiful farm with lots of potential for all kinds of things.
Hi Jeremy - Since your last post was 5 months ago, I'm guessing you've settled in somewhere for now. If you're still hoping to head somewhere warm, I may be able to offer a place to park your RV soon. I'm hoping to buy a small piece of land near Fort Myers, Florida. I'll be living in a van-sized camper myself while building a ferro cement tiny house.
posted 2 weeks ago
Hello Folks, it’s April, sorry I was absent from this thread for 5 months of Winterlude and regrouping. Hope y’all fared well overwinter and yay it’s Spring!!! No, I have not settled on a place to do Permaculture, community, solar, and steward land yet. My travels got cut short and I needed to move my base to a friends property. That was a process in Winter!!. I’ve been in Washington where I store my old Motorhome. Have been upgrading the Motorhome solar and helping with a couple electric vehicle conversion projects. And doing a lot of reading and thinking. The plan is to fix a better short bus/cargo trailer I found to go visit sites and be semi nomadic. So this season is planned to install a lot of the van and bus conversion materials I’ve collected then sell and donate what’s left. I wish I was building a van or bus together with others. That would be fun. I’ve been catching up on rocket heaters technology wondering if anything could go in a short bus. There is and rocket stoves have come a long way since I was into them 20 years ago. The walker batch stove and double shoebox 2 stove with glass cook top look very promising.
But it’s not all work, this Spring I’ve a couple trips planned over the North Cascades to the Methow Valley to continue my nature studies and then down through Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, to N. Cal to visit a couple of permaculture sites. Then back to WA to work on the bus conversion and continue downsizing materials. If anyone wants a awesome solar energy system I’d love to bring the equipment I have and help install it. Can always use some productive work along the way to keep the “show on the road”. And of course to visit sites and share Permaculture.
Next week in “April showers” the Allis Chalmers model G electric conversion project for River Farm Community goes into full swing as all the parts will have arrived. After that’s done and I sell some extra solar stuff I plan to take much of May to do the trip previously mentioned. Mays a wonderful month especially if one enjoys botany and birding. April showers bring May flowers.
All for now.
My dream still is to check out permaculture sites and offer free suggestions, like a free consulting, and get to know folks. Please contact me if you are interested.
I'm in southern Oregon. If you would like a place to stop on the way to Northern California, I would love a visit. PM me if interested.
Living a life that requires no vacation.
posted 2 weeks ago
Ok, thanks, I’ll PM you. I’ll be stopping at my mining claim in S. Oregon as it’s a lovely campsite with old growth firs. I bought it mainly to keep it out of the hands of miners and to steward it. But it’s fun for a little gold panning, rock hounding, swimming, and r&r.
We have 5 acres of off-grid land in the Southern Sierra Nevada in California (elevation 6500') that we bought a little over a year ago. We currently live full-time in Southern California and want to learn more about utilizing permaculture practices/methods at our mountain property and spend more time up there whenever possible. We have tons of pinyon pine trees on our property and deeded access to the South Kern River a couple of miles away. The property is bordered on one side by BLM land. You can read more about Kennedy Meadows & the surrounding area here: http://www.kmpoa.com/ and here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia. On our property there's a horse corral that I'd like to fence off and turn into a garden, since we don't have horses. We have a well on the property with running water (including a sink, and two spigots near the cabin & the corral), definitely space for an RV, and we have an outhouse and a tiny cabin (with only one insufficient solar panel, LOL) that we're working on. I have a lot of ideas for the property, which I'd like to bring to fruition. Please let me know if you are interested in discussing this further, or in visiting when you start traveling south. The South Sierra Nevada is beautiful, and we are also very close to the high Sierra alpine meadows that are great for day trips or even overnight stays. There are lots of wildflowers, too! Safe & fun travels as you embark on your journey.
posted 2 weeks ago
Nice to hear from you again Kate and Amanda. Wow, the pictures in Visalia look fun. Thanks for that up close look across the pond.
And Maggie, your mountain retreat in the High Sierra looks sunny and bright. The Pinyon Jays are fun to see in that Pinyon Pine Forest. Have you checked out the work of The Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute? They pop to mind for high elevation.
Kate, you get the award for doing Permaculture in Canada. I think all the folks up there should get some recognition for exploring Permaculture in that climate zone. My friend near Guelph says she still has snow?
Jeremy in the verdure Skagit Valley near the Salish Sea (Puget Sound).
How do they get the deer to cross at the signs? Or to read this tiny ad?