Julia Winter

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Pediatrician with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences. Moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2013. Took Geoff Lawton's first online PDC in 2014.
Moved from south central WI to Portland, OR
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Fascinating project, I don’t know if it’s starting or still needs funding.

A quote (I’m on my phone and don’t see how to format this):

“My own journey has led me to understand that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale degraded landscapes, including restoring vast areas degraded over historical time. I have also learned that while this is possible, it is in no way easy. There are certain natural principles that it is necessary to understand—including that biodiversity, biomass, and accumulated organic matter are central to evolutionary outcomes and ecological function. When humans shift away from this scenario to degradation of these essential processes, it inevitably leads to ecosystem collapse.”
2 weeks ago

Nice to see.  I like the story of the cricket farmer who feeds cricket frass to black soldier flies.
2 weeks ago
I'd like to hear about what you designed, Robbie!
2 weeks ago
I have now gone longer than just a day three times.  The first time I was out busy in the garden, got hungry about 5:30pm and texted my husband, but got no response.  Both kids were eating with friends so I just kept working in the garden (I can get a bit obsessive with the ol' chop n drop) until I noticed it was getting dark.  Here in northern Oregon that meant it was 9pm, so I just decided not to eat.  I was a little concerned I'd have a hard time at work the next day, but I was fine.  This almost 2 day fast dropped my weight about 3 pounds.

I noticed that according to my fancy scale (it tells me my total weight and then it tells me how many pounds of fat I have) I am burning 3-4 pounds of fat every day, and then re-making that fat at night after eating.  So I suppose it makes sense if I can go two days, I will drop 3 pounds.

I'm at a retreat at the Omega Institute in the Hudson River Valley (beautiful).  I ate dinner with friends in New York City Saturday, then spent Sunday traveling north.  I decided not to eat Sunday as I didn't have any really good options.  Then this morning I noticed that breakfast is the only meal here where they offer animal products (eggs and cheese).  So, I've decided to switch my single meal to breakfast.  We'll see how it goes!  I'll probably feel hungry tonight at 6pm, but there's lots to do here, I should be fine.  Hunger never goes on and on, it just pipes up for a while and then settles.  At least, that's what it does for me, since I've got all this fat to burn.  That's what it's for, after all.
2 weeks ago
I see it - it really does look like lettuce.  Probably very bitter, though. At the front of the picture above I think I see some brassicas (kale or mustard or similar).
1 month ago
https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/  might be able to help.  He has strategies for saving and when to know you've saved enough that you can retire.
1 month ago
The Smithsonian had an article about kudzu a few years ago: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/

The myth of kudzu has indeed swallowed the South, but the actual vine’s grip is far more tenuous.

In news media and scientific accounts and on some government websites, kudzu is typically said to cover seven million to nine million acres across the United States. But scientists reassessing kudzu’s spread have found that it’s nothing like that. In the latest careful sampling, the U.S. Forest Service reports that kudzu occupies, to some degree, about 227,000 acres of forestland, an area about the size of a small county and about one-sixth the size of Atlanta. That’s about one-tenth of 1 percent of the South’s 200 million acres of forest. By way of comparison, the same report estimates that Asian privet had invaded some 3.2 million acres—14 times kudzu’s territory. Invasive roses had covered more than three times as much forestland as kudzu.

And though many sources continue to repeat the unsupported claim that kudzu is spreading at the rate of 150,000 acres a year—an area larger than most major American cities—the Forest Service expects an increase of no more than 2,500 acres a year.

The hype didn’t come out of nowhere. Kudzu has appeared larger than life because it’s most aggressive when planted along road cuts and railroad embankments—habitats that became front and center in the age of the automobile. As trees grew in the cleared lands near roadsides, kudzu rose with them. It appeared not to stop because there were no grazers to eat it back. But, in fact, it rarely penetrates deeply into a forest; it climbs well only in sunny areas on the forest edge and suffers in shade.

Still, along Southern roads, the blankets of untouched kudzu create famous spectacles. Bored children traveling rural highways insist their parents wake them when they near the green kudzu monsters stalking the roadside. “If you based it on what you saw on the road, you’d say, dang, this is everywhere,” said Nancy Loewenstein, an invasive plants specialist with Auburn University. Though “not terribly worried” about the threat of kudzu, Loewenstein calls it “a good poster child” for the impact of invasive species precisely because it has been so visible to so many.

1 month ago
Food waste can sometimes be had for free, depending where you are.  Ideally you use the food waste to grow black soldier fly larvae, or earthworms, and feed those to the chickens.  

Chickens can catch some viruses from humans, so there is some risk in wholesale feeding of, say, cafeteria or restaurant food waste to chickens.  I don't think the virus will survive a trip through a worm.

(This is also why my idea of every restaurant having a couple of pigs won't work.  Pigs also catch colds and flu from humans.)
1 month ago
Ooh, I hope you get a lot of pecan trees!
What does prickly lettuce look like?  
Is there a plan for the adobe bricks?
1 month ago
I'm doing an experiment with a patch of black medic in my garden.  I've got a volunteer pumpkin and I'm quite confident those two will be fine.  I've also tried planting pole beans into the black medic, I'm less confident about that, but if they can sprout and quickly get above the carpet, it should work.
1 month ago