Cortland Satsuma

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Back to the original question...

A lot depends on which definition of greed one uses. In the common (and negative) sense; the answer is no. As to ambition; most definitely! Since Permaculture is not a religion that requires its' participants to maintain any set of standards; you will find people participating in permaculture who hold a wide range of beliefs and mores...the answer to the original question will vary from person to person. As such, each perspective is interesting but not definitive. Personally, I choose to achieve as much as I can in all areas of my life, while doing no harm to others. I also believe that how I choose to utilise or dispense my wealth is for me alone to decide.
9 years ago
@ Dale...

The last line of your post had me chuckling! It summed her up perfectly: A bossy busybody who wants to give away other peoples' money; but, considers charity a waste of Her money! She is not a local politician is she? lol

We too, have dealt with a few similar people. We make a point to produce quality items; and charge a fair to low price for the items. Several people want us to sell them at the prices of items that are nothing like what we sell. One guy had quite the tirade on a livestock matter. The irony is that his accusation of greed was motivated by HIS very real greed! He wanted high quality livestock; but, he wanted to pay less than cull quality market prices!

Be true to your own principles and do not worry about what names people call you.
9 years ago
Well, Jack-Jack was a beautiful addition to our paddocks. He was not warming up to our herd; and, then one afternoon, a fox ran right in front of me along the fence of his paddock after a Rooster and he did not care at all. I posted him for sale that day. We did not need a lawn ornament; particularly one that wasn't good with the goats. We took a loss on the sale when a large horse farm wanted him to be a pasture mate to their favorite horse. The farm owner was also a top trainer who planned to finish his training, show him, and use him in a starting riding program with small children. We wanted to be sure he went where he could develop his potential; and, were glad we found him a great home. We had bought a turkey; who was quite upset about the fox and seemed to keep them away from the main flock. He is completely fearless; and, will stand his ground with anything; although he does not do so in a very aggressive manner. His size alone seems to be why he is successful. We then added a pair of Roman Tufted Geese. Between the turkey and geese; the fox activity went down to almost nothing. We still have issues with people letting their pet dogs out to romp all day while they are at work; each time they have shown up, the Geese and the Turkey have raised a ruckus and scarred the dogs away. We had one fox show up a couple days ago in the predawn; but, it was chased off. Tried to track it down to shoot; however, lost it's tracks in our woods. Been ready every morning pre-dawn; since it is likely to come back again. For us, the poultry seems a better approach than any form of a guard donkey. I think it is important that with a donkey, they be raised with a mixed herd from birth. For Jack-Jack there was just too much new to sort out. Initially he was alarmed by everything; but, by the time the fox incident occurred, he had reached the point of accepting anything as normal. Since he was not integrated into the herd, he had no concept of us versus them. He was not a bad animal; he was just the wrong fit. If our situation had not been so immediate; he may have worked out in time; as we did not keep him very long. If a good home had not been immediately available, we would have kept him and continued working with him. He is a great little guy; and, it would have been ideal if he had worked out as planned.
Thanks! I am sending you a PM to work out the details.
9 years ago
We are in Central Virginia. Thanks!
9 years ago

Thank You! It is most likely too late this year to collect their seeds. On the roses, I am familiar with them...they make a great hedge fence filler! Which is what I am looking for. If you are able to get those, I can either send a PPE to you or I can swap you some other seeds.
9 years ago
Hi, I have a separate thread on what I have for trades, so I will just PM you. Thanks!
9 years ago
@ Sam...

If you are looking for root stock; I have info (somewhere) on a company that sells the root stock quinces (smallest qty was 100 I think). If of interest, I will hunt the info down for you.
9 years ago
We are still working on harvesting and drying seeds for trade. I thought I would get a thread going with some of what we have and keep adding as we go. Since it gets rather convoluted when posters add what is wanted for what; please just continue posting what you have to trade. The negotiation on swapping can be done direct through PM to the person with desired seeds. For us, we will try to make any trade work since we are seeking to grow diversity and encourage others to try to do so as well. Enjoy!
May 2018: We no longer are doing trades; but, feel free to utilize the thread

Grown in Zone 7...

Mixed Zinnia
Mixed Dock
Lambs Quarter
Purple Cosmos
Sugar Pie Pumpkin
Lady's Thumb
Mixed Rudbeckia
Mixed Okra
9 years ago
Hi Sue,

We need to establish a wild hedge on part of our property and want it to double as a wildlife food source. If you save the seeds from the autumn olive and the hips from the roses I could put them to good use!
9 years ago