gary calery

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Joshua Radish wrote:Hello Adam and others! I just wanted touch base with y'all to say that my partner, two kids and I have just moved to NW Michigan and will be starting our permaculture ventures and soon as we finish our house and can see the ground again! We live in in Copemish on ten acres of mostly wooded land. I wonder if there is potential for any sort of gathering or something? I know there is a permaculture potluck group that I haven't had a chance to attend yet, but other than that we don't know anyone in the area and would love to remedy that. Permaculture is new to me and my gardening experience is limited to a year of working on a csa so I have a lot to learn.

Anyway, good luck and I hope you find something!




Joshua,

Go to the potluck group. There is nothing like meeting people who are doing what you want to do in your area. I'm sure you will get an invitation to see some places that will inspire and encourage you.



1 month ago
Andrew, I sent you a PM.
5 months ago
Jeremy and Brittany were at my place for a while working on a trade agreement. They had to move on because they couldn't keep out of trouble with the law. A while after they left, my wife was nosing around on line to see what kind of further arrest record they were accumulating and she ran up on Jeremy's obituary. No details on the cause of death.
5 months ago
Hey Kenny,

PM me and we'll get together on some details. We are in Logan County which is on the TN border, north of Nashville. We aren't looking for a lifetime commitment but want to help someone sort out the lifestyle. It is always best to have some practical experience when making an informed purchase, so the property one buys is the one of their dreams based on real life experience and future needs.
7 months ago
Thanks Dave and Joylynn. I appreciate your help and kind words.      I'm not really looking for experience. I'm looking for character, drive and the ability to stick to a plan. I wouldn't mind a few visitors who need something to think about as they sort out their future.
7 months ago
Are you a self-motivated person who is driven to be productive? If you have a family, is their health, education, and growth your number one priority? Can you work independently and live without a lot of other people's input and influence for your sense of self-satisfaction or do you need an intentional community for your sense of self-affirmation? Are you the type who wastes energy worrying about your next meal or dollar or do you just make things happen? Are honesty and integrity important values in your life? Do you have the energy to apply it day and night to a project, if need be, or do you just think you can? Do you have the ability and desire to learn and use a variety of skills?

I'm a 66 year old relic from the past who lives on 180 acres in southern Kentucky with wife. We are looking for someone or a family to grow and learn in the country lifestyle. We would prefer a family.  I have been here 40 years and have taken my ideals and drive and have worked my place into what it is today. We have orchards, gardens, landscaping, cattle, chickens, greenhouses, etc. We are Catholics so you must not be close minded to one's religious beliefs. We cannot provide you with an income only a place to live. We will assist you in any projects that you envision so you can earn an income. My wife and I both work in town for income. We have not monetized our farm to be financially self-sufficient. We are more food self-sufficient.


My main purpose in reaching out for the right individual is for me to be able to pass on some skills and assist someone in achieving their goals of living a rural life style. I do want to receive some labor for the living situation and am willing to financially back a project for a cut of the income. Besides farm oriented projects, I have a building that has some woodworking tools that would be a good situation for someone with that interest. There are Amish neighbors that reclaim barn wood and plane it. That style of wood  makes very nice pieces of furniture.

It takes a lot of practical effort and the ability to be able to grind out a self-sufficient lifestyle. One doesn't learn it while clicking on a phone for hours a day or becoming the best Google Gardener on the internet. I'm not looking for dependents. I'm looking for the thrill of watching someone or a family thrive and grow in the country.

I'm not interested in taking on someone's addictions, mental health issues or reading their life history on their tattoos. I don't want someone who is racist and thinks their group is better than another group based on color or belief. I believe you can do and think what you want but not necessarily on my 180 acres. I don't think the government has the answers for all our social needs. If you have an elitist attitude that leads you to believe that if people would live like you believe, the world would be wonderful, then another opportunity awaits you elsewhere.

If you know of any other links that I can post this please let me know.
7 months ago
All this input is great. The question has been answered sufficiently. I'm in Kentucky and everything in this thread, I would agree with. Don't try to fight what grows in your climate and soil conditions. Add the grass and conserve the soil. Let the animals enrich it and rotate your pastures. It is expensive to establish and maintain a proper mixture but worth it for nutrition and soil management. I'm speaking from 40 years of getting in the dirt and watching stuff grow, not clicking on a computer and theorizing.  
1 year ago
No response to my email or PM. I find that it seems many people, who post, are finding this site for the first time and do a big production of a post and don't even have the courtesy to respond with any reply whatsoever. I liken them to fishermen casting out to see if they can get a bite.
1 year ago