Okay, so my wife thinks it's rural. To me it is an urban space right up from Lake Lanier and around the corner from the Forest Park Country Club. Seeking permaculture minded individuals to tenant on property for ridiculously low rent.
You get a 3 bedroom, 1 bath, single level home in Martinsville, VA. Here's the Zillow listing … https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1102-Cherokee-Ct-Martinsville-VA-24112/108124840_zpid/
And, I'll pay for the permaculture projects. This includes converting the 1958 brick home into an energy efficient eco-house. There is work in the area, jobs paying fair wages. However, if you fit one of two descriptions, then this place is perfect for you:
1) You are a blogger or podcasters. The city has 1GB internet, this location can have 150MB/s if desired. All the better if you write on a permaculture topic, sustainable living, or homesteading.
2) You have a Permaculture Design Certification. There are a number of opportunities to work on paid projects doing permaculture design -- even outside the property.
The first floor of this home is ready to move in. You will be next several permaculture inspired gardens. Landscaping and general maintenance is provided for you. Your participation in other projects is desired, but not required.
In the works is a large victory garden with chickens behind the property. It is pending the removal of several large trees and permitting from the city for the chickens. I am arranging soil and equipment to terrace the space.
There is a market cut flower garden, rainwater capture, solar roofing, and insect habitat demonstration areas. It is not a perfect home, and there will be trees in/out, ponds being dug, plus other exciting projects.
A large empty in-ground pool is across the street for a possible aquaculture project. While the possibilities are endless, I'm very methodical about getting projects done. Gardens left of the house produces a volume of food.
Here are the projects currently in full swing:
• Organics recycling, including composting. There are 8 to 10 cubic yards of leaves and materials turned into about 8 cubic yards of compost each year.
• Insect habitat. Large wildflower beds and insect hotels are stationed across the nearby properties. More hotels will go up as materials come available.
• Small bird habitat. From a few bird species to now more than 25 now. A purple martin house is going up as of this morning. Several birdhouses are going up too.
• Market flower beds. The first market flower bed was a success, hundreds of flowers. Looking to expand this to several other beds then a large market area.
• Worm castings. Every week in season I get several totes of worm castings. These worms are great for fishing and building the soil. Would like to go bigger.
• Hugelkultur, hugelkultur, hugelkultur. Several beds have been in for more than a year. Great climate for this design and I'm building them everywhere.
My objective is to grow enough, in partnership for several other farms, to demonstrate food sustainability and resilience. There are other permaculture and naturalist certified individuals in the area to work with on projects too.
The house was recently acquired for this eco-house project. You must be comfortable with possible publicity around projects of a permaculture nature. I've got a PDC from Geoff Lawton, years of experience, live nearby, and intend the house to be part of an urban permaculture demonstration center.
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