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Location: Southwest Wisconsin: Zone 5b: Clay bottomland soil near a river
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Hello from the Southwest, Lafayette county!  I know most of these posts were put on here years ago...but it's nice to see so many interested in Permaculture in Wisconsin! I live in a small village on about 1/2 an acre. When we moved in 8 years ago there was only grass, a broken up and down inground pool, and a couple mature trees.  Now? We have a couple apple trees, 5 grape vines, a kiwi vine, elderberry, 2 cherry trees, a peach, lots of blueberries, currants, gooseberries, red and black raspberries, mushrooms, and a garden that is slowly becoming gorgeous with awesome soil! Now...most of this is still on tje smaller side...but I'm hoping within the next 2 years we'll be able to have fruit available every day during the summer. Yum, right?
 We also have rabbits. We were raising them for meat, but have put that on hold for a couple years, and now just enjoy them...and the great fertilizer they give.
  We're looking at expanding our fruit trees this year again, and setting up more intricate guilds under them.  We have a possibility of buying a lot behind our house with lots of mature trees on it, I'd love to be able to turn it into a small orchard...we'd have plenty to share with our friends/family/community then!
  It's nice meeting you all!
 
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Hi Kat!  There are permies sprinkled all around the state.  Those that are able can partake in the Madison Permaculture guild.  

Aren't fruit trees and berry bushes the best?  I'm still eating fresh apples from the root cellar.  So you can still eat fresh for more than just the summer and fall
 
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Hi Mike!
 I'll definitely check out the Madison group.  It would be nice to talk to people who already know what I mean when I say "fruit tree guild" or "herb spiral" or "zone 1 around the house"!  
  Eventually sometime faar in the future I want apples and frozen fruit in the winter too! It's going to be awhile though. We have 6 young kids and they all like to snitch off the bushes/trees/vines too.
 I dream of taking a PDC some year soon. Do they have those/host them in Madison?
  -Kat
 
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Here's their website and they are doing a PDC this year.  It's  series of 3 day weekends which makes it pretty doable.  They were at the WPT Garden Expo in Madison two weekends ago and they are good people.

Kids snitching off the bushes is what it's all about!  It just means you need more bushes

 
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Hey Wisconsin permies. The fifth annual Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence will be Sept. 14 - 16, 2018 near Rio, Wisconsin (about 40 minutes north of Madison). The convergence will have several tracks of talks, workshops and hands-on projects, and all are welcome. Many meals, camping and lots of fun, networking and learning are included with the fee. Learn more at http://www.wisconsinpermacultureconvergence.com/ You're welcome to come for some or all of the weekend, and there are still openings in the schedule for additional speakers - please fill out a facilitator proposal here http://www.wisconsinpermacultureconvergence.com/facilitator-proposals/
 
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Hello all Wisconsonites !!! My husband & I are from Dunn co. ( left for job & some family reasons 3 yrs ago) & are planning to move back when our place here sells. Am on a few FB permies & regen. ag groups, but am not on fb a ton.. ( havent been on here much either, but am seeing this as a great resource to use more, with all the categories) .. anyway, hoping to really connect with area permies & homesteaders there, when we move back. Plan to be in northern Dunn co. To Chippewa co. this time ( my bff is just west of Bloomer on an organic dairy farm). While definitely have a lot to learn & hone still, I have been into homesteading type stuff all my life, grew up daury farming & roaming the countryside & my husband grew up rural & since being married 11 yrs ago, have had chickens & gardens most yrs. & planted a lot of perennials & trees. Hubby is a diesel mechanic with wide experience base, good welder, good shot, knows trees quite a bit, & overly adores chickens & really wants honey bees. He hasnt put in the time as much, learning about permaculture type growing, regenerative ag etc., other than bits I've shared with him,  but is on board with all this kinda stuff. I am huge fan of Richard Perkins, Charles Dowding, Allan Savory & Joel Salatin, & love Singing Frogs Farm farm also.
 
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Dunn county is a pretty area.  The missus and I traveled through there on our homestead search.  Welcome back home
 
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Mike Jay wrote:Dunn county is a pretty area.  The missus and I traveled through there on our homestead search.  Welcome back home


Thanks ! Yes, it very much is ( beautiful !) .. not so much east side of Menomonie, but most of rest of west/central WI is, the driftless region tops it overall, but a lot of our ol stomping grounds is quite similar. Organic/natural/alternative & homesteading have been very popular for a long time ( continues to grow) in the area, too.
 
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Hey Angela, not sure if you have a place yet but this one just popped up in the Menominee area.  11 acre homestead - apple orchard - $75K
 
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Welcome, Angela and best of luck!
 
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