Kim Hill

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Travis where is Michigan are you? I am in the thumb. Anyway there is a website called freeplants.com by Mike Groate (sp?). He had a book on plant propagation that was not very expensive and he also tells you a ton of information on his website and email list. I would take a look to see if you can gleen any information from his site. He does mainly non edible plants but does go into detail with soft wood and hard wood cuttings. I believe he has a money back guarantee for 30 days on his book so it might be worth the risk to you because if it is not helpful, you can send it back.
2 years ago
For some reason none of the "clickable links" through Permies is working for me since the redesign. Anyone the url for the subscription instead of the link? Thanks
2 years ago
I got mine but wanted to report that I am unable to "click" any blue links in the new system to have them take me to the information. It happens whether I am signed in or not.
I agree with the other permies here who have health issues. I have rheumatoid arthritis which flared so bad 6 years ago I was almost completely bedridden. It took a lot of work and pain but I can basically do just about anything I want to do now...with time and effort that is. I say begin the learning process with something the interests you. I had a huge flower garden for many years and converted to growing food crops instead. Once I felt I was getting the hang of that, I learned how to dehydrate food and then water bath can fruits and tomatoes. I eventually went to full our canning a few years ago. In the years it took to get to that point, I took classes on making my own yogurt and cheeses. I taught myself how to tap maple trees and boil down the sap to syrup. I took classes in blacksmithing and can make basic handles and hinges now. I had 3 hens hidden in the city for fresh eggs and to learn how to care for them. You will not do all this in a day, week or even a year but you need to start learning as soon as you can.

In October, I finally took a complete leap of faith and bought my little 3 acre farm at the age of 53. I do have my brother living with me now since his divorce so had someone who can do some of the heavy work with me (no FOR me but with me). I can drive a tractor and use a winch to pull logs out of the small forested area for fire wood now. I now raise a dozen chickens and started with turkeys. I will be picking up my new bees in late March after I found a mentor to teach me the ways of the bees. I also will be picking up a couple of pigs soon. Believe me, if I can do it so can you. Don't expect to buy the land and jump in full time. Give yourself the gift of knowledge now and in the near future you can do it. I should also add another thing I am doing is volunteering 2 days a month at a dairy so I can learn how to take care of milk cows. My dream is to have my own girl as soon as I retire in a few years and to get into making homestead cheeses, yogurt, butter and ice cream on a larger scale. My ultimate goal is to grow/raise at least 75% of the food I and my 4 dogs consume.
3 years ago
I would offer the neighbor the opportunity to work for the food instead of buying it. In this way he/she has the opportunity to see how much work goes into growing, harvesting, cleaning, processing etc the food. I plan on doing a work share type thing next year with my apples for those who cannot afford to purchase the apples (or do not want to pay). They will pick pound for pound what they leave, for example, pick and keep 10 pounds but pick and leave 10 pounds for sale as well. You will find out quickly if you just have a greedy neighbor or one in need. Kim
3 years ago
I am looking for someone who would like to help take a 3 acre farm and turn it into a permaculture paradise. I can offer a nice place to live in exchange for help around the farm. I would like someone who knows a bit about permaculture and animals. I just purchased the farm so there are no processes in place yet except for chickens and turkeys. I want to get a food forest in place and start animal production. You will get to renovate a 14x24 outbuilding into your own place to live, I will pay for the materials. In exchange for a place to live, you will help with whatever chores need to be done including getting a market garden from over-worked field to production, fencing for soon to be animals on the homestead and putting permaculture practices into place. Once we begin to make some money, we will split the profits.

The farm is located in Michigan's thumb area. It is a true 4 season wonderland with hunting, fishing, off road fun and more. If you enjoy your time off at the beach, it is only a few miles away. If interested, please send me a message so we can begin to get to know each other.
3 years ago
I just purchased a 3 acre farm that was sectioned off of 40 acres. I have a house, 30x80 barn and a couple more out buildings. The barn is in rough shape and could use some work. Do you know of any grants to help fix up old barns so they can be preserved?

Also I will be going with a permaculture base with plants and would like recommendations for the best ones for a smaller scale operation with chickens, turkeys, rabbits, pigs and hopefully a milk cow in the not to distant future. Any grants for purchasing food plants for the above mentioned animals or the animals themselves?

Lastly, Any known grants for someone to come do a PDC on a smaller farm? or help with the infrastructure on land that has been overworked?

Sorry so many questions in one post but I am so happy to have you here so I can pick your brain!!!
3 years ago
Hi Cody,

Read up on hugelkulture, there is a complete forum to peruse. In my current home, I have inches of topsoil and then total clay. I started with raised beds of about 10" prior to finding huglekulture which helped the drainage issues. Whenever it rains, even just a bit, my backyard is ankle deep in water. The raised beds helped to keep the plants from drowning but in dry times, I had to water like crazy. I changed over a few of my beds into a modified huglekulture type bed as an experiment to find out if I could not only keep them dry but, would they take care of watering themselves also. I have to tell you, huglekulture is definitely the way to go for me and I think it would work great in your area also.

In traditional huglekulture, you pile up lots of wood such as logs in a pile about 6 foot high, cover with a bit of soil or compost and plant. As the wood begins to rot, water is absorbed and you no longer have to water the beds. My very small yard would have only allowed me maybe 2 beds so I did a modified version. It probably is not as good as the traditional one but it works out great for what I need. My beds were already 10" deep soil filled beds lined with weedblock. I dug out the soil and cut away the weedblock. I then filled them heaping with all the wood chips I could get and then put most of the soil back on top. The plants are thriving and I no longer have to water (well this year has been wetter than normal at the beginning but in times like this I still had to water if no rain in 2 days, this year NOT).

Anyway, take a look at the hugelkulture forum, I really think this is what may work for your situation. Kim
3 years ago
I am in Zone 5 and have been eating off the land for a few weeks now. So far I have popping up dandelion, wood sorrel in tiny amounts, French sorrel in large amounts, walking onions, garlic sprouts, hosta shoots, lettuce seedlings from seeds sprinkled out last fall and enough mint and lemon balm leaves along with raspberry leaves for a nice cuppa tea daily. My started plants went into the ground last weekend consisting of brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli and kale. I can snip off leaves to add to green smoothies daily as well. The fruit trees are just starting to break bud as well! Maybe spring is finally here.
3 years ago
Mindy as I mentioned on another thread and Ben agreed A wood gassifier to do basic cooking could be easily made with a couple of cans that you may cook on and boil water. Ben mentioned this was a good idea for an urban environment as the other ones weight about 500 pounds. Kim
4 years ago