Dennis Lanigan

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Philomath, OR
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WANT: Guatemalan Indigo (Indigofera Suffructosa). Please oh please!

HAVE: Katy's Sugar Meat Squash (C. Maxima; featured in Carol Deppe's Resilient Gardener; best tasting pie squash ever!).
Still looking. If you're in the area, or want to live in the abundant Willamette Valley, this is a great opportunity!


Hi Everyone, I have a room available (about 20' x 14') at a beautiful mature permaculture homestead near Philomath, OR.

The gist: $100/month plus 30 hours of worktrade. Shared kitchen and bathroom (outdoor composting toilet). If you can't do the worktrade it's $10/hour you couldn't do. Bills (phone/internet, propane) are about $80/month. Opens December 1st.

I'd love to use google hangouts to interview prospective roommates, but phone will work too. If you live in the area we can get a beer or coffee in Corvallis.

I'm looking for people who are: responsible, hard working, mentally/financially secure (or can figure it out on their own or asking directly for help), enjoy sharing/mutual aid, quiet, humble, respectful, great at constructive conflict, empathic listeners, relatively clean, funny/enjoy laughing and play....You get the idea!

What is there to do in the winter?: pruning willow and fruit trees, mulching garden beds, various farm projects, cleaning goat stalls, etc.

This place is for people who: want to homestead as a passion, love basketry and doing projects, want to learn more about raising animals (goats, rabbits, chickens, etc) and gardening.

I'm personally more focused on rewilding myself, so if you're interested in stuff like that (wildcrafting, hide tanning, etc.) I could be of help. Katy, the owner, mostly wants people to focus on homesteading projects however.

PM for any questions or e-mail dennis.lanigan at gmail.com


Hi Everyone, I have a room available (about 20' x 14') at a beautiful mature permaculture homestead near Philomath, OR.

The gist: $100/month plus 30 hours of worktrade. Shared kitchen and bathroom (outdoor composting toilet). If you can't do the worktrade it's $10/hour you couldn't do. Bills (phone/internet, propane) are about $80/month. Opens December 1st.

I'd love to use google hangouts to interview prospective roommates, but phone will work too. If you live in the area we can get a beer or coffee in Corvallis.

I'm looking for people who are: responsible, hard working, mentally/financially secure (or can figure it out on their own or asking directly for help), enjoy sharing/mutual aid, quiet, humble, respectful, great at constructive conflict, empathic listeners, relatively clean, funny/enjoy laughing and play....You get the idea!

What is there to do in the winter?: pruning willow and fruit trees, mulching garden beds, various farm projects, cleaning goat stalls, etc.

This place is for people who: want to homestead as a passion, love basketry and doing projects, want to learn more about raising animals (goats, rabbits, chickens, etc) and gardening.

I'm personally more focused on rewilding myself, so if you're interested in stuff like that (wildcrafting, hide tanning, etc.) I could be of help. Katy, the owner, mostly wants people to focus on homesteading projects however.

PM for any questions or e-mail dennis.lanigan at gmail.com
2 years ago
I'm right on schedule down here in Philomath. If anything things are early than what I've been used to in Olympia, WA. Lots of fruit set. Peppers are almost ready. Tons of summer squash. Some outdoor tomatoes (mostly cherry) and lots of greenhouse tomatoes that I planted in early April (I planted mostly siberian varieties). All my spring stuff has bolted. My tomatillos are acting stupid, but somehow I have tons of volunteers everywhere.

I'm enjoying the cooler weather and rains because I always have a hard time keeping up with watering during the summers. The clay soil down here and summer rain are letting me relax and focus on weeding and winter starts, rather than watering every other day. I've seen some powdery mildew though, which is sketching me out.

2 years ago
In reference to the canvas winter wear mentions above, I think buckskin is much better than cotton canvas, definitely more "natural"/non-industrial and "sustainable" as well. Both Snow Walker's Companion and Lure of the North (canadian winter guides) recommend buckskin "if available". Having worn buckskin mittens (that I made, see above) in two Minnesota winters, I'd have to agree. I'd say buckskin is even better than furs [edit: this is just my speculation], because buckskin breathes better to release dangerous sweat. To gather sinew you need A LOT to sew anything substantial. With buckskin you can just use the hide itself. Though, buckskin definitely fits in the cold (less than 25 F) than temperate climates.
I'm seeing some bluing on my dried japanese indigo leaves that I've picked two days ago (mid-June). I'm thinking of picking all summer, and then picking the flowering plants too to compare.

By the way, I'm growing japanese indigo outside in the foothills of the coast range/mid-Willamette Valley Oregon if anyone wondered if that could be done.

This is the recipe I'm going to use for my dyepot. https://maiwahandprints.blogspot.ca/2013/08/natural-dyes-indigo-fruit-vat.html
2 years ago
Both buckskins sold. The bark tan hide is still available.
2 years ago
Still working on the book. I decided to focus it on bark tanning for now. Have the writing done. Just need pictures.

Just wanted to mention to I have some buckskin and bark tan for sale. Check it out here: http://permies.com/t/56967/ancestral-skills/Buckskin-Bark-Tan-Leather-sale

2 years ago
Here's some buckskin and bark tan leather that I made for sale. PM me for details, pricing, etc.




2 years ago