Ken Akesson

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Greetings Friends Of Pineolia, Fellow Cascadians, And Whoever Else,

Happy New Year! (This is probably the latest New Years greeting you'll get.)

2014 for me, was a year of getting familiar with the local area and getting my bearings.

It was also a year of mainly planting trees. A new friend, Matt, was a tremendous help as he clued me in on many details concerning the planting of tree seedlings. I ended up planting 160 trees in total, mostly evergreens. A lot of work but it was a labor of love. By the end of October, 80% had survived, which I have been told is a good score.

By August and September things were getting real, real, dry up at the Chesaw/Pineolia area. It got so I had to be up there every other day, hauling water and watering my trees. It's 65 miles round trip from Tonasket to Pineolia. The gas bill was bad. But had keep making those trips otherwise all the trees would die, and all my work would be down the drain.

So it became absolutely very clear that I need to live at Pineolia. This commuting is no good. I have decided to get a trailer to Pineolia and start living in it as soon as possible this year, live in it through next winter, and then build a natural house in 2016; a daunting task but it must be done. This year I shall concentrate on leveling the site where I want to build, getting a trailer there all hooked up and start living in it, putting in a drain field, and maybe installing a composting toilet. I also have ordered 30 more tree seedlings to plant and there are 30+ wild Chinese Elm seedlings I have out on the balcony of my Tonasket apartment that will need planting. I figure that's enough for this year.

The pictures in the attachments:

#3: View looking south at future windbreak along the eastern boundary; two staggered rows. Inside these tubes are all evergreens: Junipers, Ponderosas, Western White Pine, Blue Spruce, and Doug Fir. In the middle of the picture is an old army tent I pulled up that had been lying just below the surface of the dead grass. It was another nice day to plant trees.

#4: Looking down one of the tubes. Inside a seedling has sprouted. Most of what I planted are evergreens but this is Blue Elderberry, I think. These are Blue-X Tree Shelters. The film inside screens the sunlight providing the perfect environment for a seedling to thrive. The tubes also protect the plants from animals chewing them up.

#6: Looking south along the upper slope western boundary. This is a line of 20 Hackberrys, one Black Lucust, and one Chinese Elm, so far. I'm marking all the boundaries with trees in a line. This is the upper most part of the upper slope. Here I am planting whatever deciduous tree that grows best in this climate; very hot to very cold, and when its hot, very dry.

Down from the upper slope boundary area will be fruit and nut trees and vegetables. Basically, the upper half of the slope of the land I plan to have it be a food forest with fruit and nut trees and everything else growing in irregular lines along swales. Roughly, the lower half of the slope of the land I plan to have it be an evergreen forest with trees placed randomly to emulate a natural forest. Hey, if it's Pineolia, it's got to have a pine forest! A pine forest feeds the heart.

65 is the new 35!

Forward!

Ken
5 years ago
Thanks Mo. I appreciate your comments. I am in the process of moving into an apartment in Tonasket. Where abouts in Okanogan County do you live?
7 years ago
Thanks for the info John. I'm probably going to go the pure veg oil route eventually.
7 years ago
Fantastic! Howdy! Hello!

I just noticed mention of your message down below. Well this is great! Recently I posted a message in the permies » forums » building » green building forum, "Okanogan Highlands", in which I mention you folks because not long ago my friend Diane Emerson sent me the link to your video about the rocket mass heater that you demonstrated in your living room. Love that video! I believe Diane is a contributor to the cause.

Hey, Tonasket isn't in the Highlands. It's in the valley. )

I posted another post about biodiesel on the energy forum that you might want to take a look at.

I recently bought land near Chesaw. Right now I am continuing to live in Portland, Oregon, but I am making preparations to move to near my property A.S.A.P. I've been working on getting a diesel truck, checking Craigslist and ebay, and getting an apartment, been filling out applications for that. I plan on moving within the next couple of months (I hope!).

Just yesterday, I saw Paul's 2 hour 39 minutes video of the talk he gave down in San Diego earlier this year. Wow! What a guy!! The length of it screwed up my plan for the day, but not a problem. That unexpected treasure was certainly well worth it!

Well let's stay in touch. I am determined to become your Okanogan County neighbor!

Sincerely,
Ken

7 years ago
Where can I get biodiesel in or near the Okanogan Highlands, or in the Oroville-Omak general area?
7 years ago
Hi Everyone,

I've been looking for land for the past three years, and finally I got some land, 22.65 acres, in the Okanogan Highlands, near Chesaw, Washington!!! I would love to meet my natural building/permaculture Cascadian neighbors! Is there anybody reading this who lives in Okanogan County or nearby across the border in Canada? I know you're out there somewhere.

I recently saw a video by Paul Wheaton with Ernie and Erica Wisner showing their rocket stove in their living room, in the Okanogan Highlands, in the winter. I look forward to meeting you on line and eventually in person.

My next steps:

1. As soon as possible I'm going to get myself a biodiesel pickup truck. Then rent some place near my land and move there from Portland, Oregon, to my new digs in the Chesaw/Oroville area.

2. My land has been surveyed previously but three of the four corner pins are yet to be found. Anyone know of a good place in the area where I could rent a good metal detector?

3. I'd like to discuss with experienced persons: septic system, composting toilets(I know the county has a short list of approved composting toilets.), and your dealings with the county officials concerning these things. I've talked with many of them many times in my preparing to make my land purchase and on the whole they seemed quite reasonable. It would be good to hear other peoples experiences with them though.

Forward!

Ken
7 years ago
Hello,
I would like to establish an experimental progressive community in the form of a commercial camp with the unique feature of the campers building their own permanent seasonal shelters.  It would be a matter of multiple structures on one property, made primarily from natural materials and recycled materials.  They would be built using green building methods such as earthbag, strawbale, cob, etc. It would be a very affordable place where people who like building things could come and learn about natural building methods as they make their own shelter, that they would be able to come back to and camp out inside of repeatedly into the future.

I have been searching for the right piece of property for this project. I'm looking for 20-40 acres in the country, off the grid. Lately I've been focusing on Okanogan County in north central Washington State. I have never bought any real estate before in my life. I've been trying to get the hang of this land buying business for a while and I'm having a hard time getting a grasp. What I need is an expert, someone who knows all about buying land in the State of Washington, who is very much into Natural Building, and who believes in what I'm trying to do and would like to help. I'm thinking someone who is a real estate lawyer that deals in Washington State, is very pro-Natural Building, and who could guide me through this critical phase of buying the land. Do you know of someone like that?

Sincerely,
Ken Nelson, 503-222-2177
Portland, OR
8 years ago