Tyler Ludens wrote:
Carol Grosser wrote: I struggle on here alone in a land where people are clueless on permaculture.
Yes, I believe we know each other! In fact, it was one of your e-mails to a local e-mail group exchange that caused me to reach this site and for years, your interest in permaculture finally took hold on me. For a long time, I, being of peasant stock, frowned on permaculture because the cost of seminars and the basic text was so high. I thought it was just another money raising scheme on something that had to be free for everyone given the urgent need for people to change their lifestyle and return to the peasant lifestyle of the 19th century that I grew up in from the later settlers of Central Texas. Financially, we were way behind the earlier settlers of the 17th and 18th century that came here to rob the Indians of their land. After understanding more of the drought-protective effects of permaculture, I am now in, an admirer and student of it. I just looked at your projects and they are truly impressive!
I have only one project--planting fruit trees and growing my own food. I still keep goats and chickens.
I will continue on my fruitarian 80/10/10 diet as best I can the rest of my life, which now is probably better than the genetic/food choice lifetime of my nearest blood relatives, previously around 72. I am 68 now and plan on living, actively, to 100. Although I have expanded the lifestyle of my peasant parents, I will always remember their courage and wisdom in surviving a get-rich-quick world. Both of them were ethical in their treatment of the land they had, which was 635 acres, and the animals their livelihood depended upon. The land I have is because of their sacrifice. I am leaving most of it to nature except for building rock terraces on downslopes whenever I can. But for now, I am concentrating on the high-fenced area to determine the depth of the topsoil before it gets to solid bedrock. I may not be able to plant as many fruit trees as I wish. The only option would be to put an orchard in the bottom with a thick depth of mineral-rich topsoil. I do have the piping for irrigation there as well. The limiting factor though is ground water and how much will be available in the seemingly endless drought. My family survived the 1950s drought of central Texas, but just barely. I might have to return to meat, eggs, and goat's milk, but I have more energy and health without meat and hope that I don't have to.