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Charles Thompson

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Hi, Sietske:), we're glad to meet you, too. There are actuallyany permaculturally minded, sustainability focused people in Montevallo. Many of us belong to a FB group called central Alabama permaculture enthusiasts (CAPE). There we exchange ideas, offer support, share others successes.

We'd love to learn more about you. Look us up?
7 years ago
Sorry we won't get to meet you this time, but please do let us know when you'll be back through again. I would have liked to show you some of the great permaculture things happening in town, but--as it turns out--we're likely to have rain and flooding (at the forest garden) for several days.
7 years ago
We did buy three pawpaw trees at the Birmingham batonical gardens fall plant sale. The leaves are thicker than the pawpaws that I have seen growing around here. They are about three to four years old and I'm hoping that they will flower in the next year or so. There are a few native pawpaw trees upstream from our forest garden, so cross pollination may occur.
7 years ago
That's a great price on Pawpaws. Let me know it you get any this year and he has more. Sounds like it would be worth the trip.
7 years ago
How about coffee at Eclipse Cofee Monday morning. We could show you the forest garden that we have started.
7 years ago
We are in Birmingham a lot. We have family in Hoover and friends all over. I went to UAB and lived in Southside for over a decade ( it still feels like home). We would love to meet up. I love to talk about permaculture and see what others are doing.
Thanks for joining Central Alabama Permaculture Enthusiasts on Facebook. This is where we chronicle the progress of the Blue Heron Edible Food Forest Garden, post notices of permaculture and community garden events in our area and the serrounding area, share links that we think others in the group would be interested in, and generally help each other out. So please join the conversation. Looking forward to hearing from you!
8 years ago
We bought three pawpaw trees at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens fall plant sale. They have thicker leaves than the local wild Pawpaws, so I'm thinking that they are most likely a northern variety. I've planted these along side several local transplants, hoping for better yields. All are planted in the Blue Heron Edible Forest Garden along the Montevallo Parks Trail. We hope that this garden will be enjoyed by hikers for its beauty as well as for its fruit.
8 years ago
We saw many beautiful farms in Foley when we were down for Mardi Gras. If we had not had a car full of people, we would have stopped by some of the nurseries there. Do you know of anybody that has pawpaw trees? Our source in North Alabama is sold out.
8 years ago
That's a great start! Love seeing the great work others are doing. What area of south Alabama?
8 years ago
Hi, Gail. Montevallo really is a wonderful little town, and the university and a rather quirky populous of free thinkers, amid a more traditional group, make it ripe for the Permaculture cultivation. Among the offerings one finds in the area are two community gardens approx 2 miles from each other, with others in the planning stage, a bike share ($20 a year, week to week check out, 2.5 miles of parks trail with a eight miles in discussion), hiking trails to waterfalls, a summer farmers' market (ranked second in the state), a university with beautiful grounds (Olmsted designed), an anagama kiln (university), various recreational areas, arts Fest and walks throughout the year, free to low cost exercise programming, and really cool people in a rural atmosphere.

Walking is the way I get around most of the time. I live downtown, off main street, and we have sidewalks and trails that make it relatively easy to get to the grocery store (two:)), or just about anyplace else you'd need to go in town.

As far as affordable living goes, I think that has a lot to do with from where you're coming. Montevallo may seem higher than a few other similar places because we have a student population to drive up rent, but in comparison up most of the broader country, the US, I mean, Alabama living costs are fairly low. There are lots of smaller rental homes in the area, many in the historic areas, too, and the outlying areas (Wilton, brierfield, dogwood, pea ridge Aldridge, etc.) offer lower rents in even more rural settings than the town proper does. These areas are farther out, and may present a problem for a walking person, though.

I'd love to answer more specific questions if you have them. Alabama bred and born, I see great things in our future and hope more like thinking people will find their way here.


Please feel welcome to join Central Alabama Permaculture Enthusiasts (CAPE). We're in central Alabama, but we're interest in diverse people and perspectives.
8 years ago