A Dow

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since Mar 30, 2013
Depending on the time of the year: San Diego, California, or Louisville Kentucky
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That's a great video! I did some of the excercises and feel better already:)
5 years ago
This is an amazing testament to the strength the human spirit can possess with God!
7 years ago
Looking for people interested in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, natural parenting, eco-building etc.
My partner, Gregory, has an acre in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. He is currently traveling and working around the world and would LOVE to get in touch with people who are into natural building, and who have been interested in moving to Vilcabamba. He is envisioning putting a natural/straw bale/cob/earth brick/eco type house on the property, and would like to talk about the possibility of doing a land/house share with the right people who could help turn it into a family-friendly slice of paradise.
The acre is located in a developing neighborhood project called the “Garden of Paradise”, which is along a river and extends into 350 acres of surrounding forested hills (though only a relatively small portion is being built on or farmed). This is an amazing space and opportunity for the right people. Vilcabamba is an amazing place, and building materials and labor costs are extremely low. Also, there are no building codes on the books, so you can take liberties with your designs.
The acre itself is valued at $50,000. It is more than large enough for multiple respectably sized dwellings, and plenty of garden space or outdoor activities for children. We are a young couple planning a future together. Both of us have backgrounds in childhood education, but have no children of our own yet. Gregory is a music teacher, writer, and business coach, and I work in the Montessori method of teaching in San Diego right now.
We do not know when we plan to be in Vilcabamba next, but we have many connections in the area, including the founders of the Garden of Paradise neighborhood who will be able to assist you if you are down there now or planning to go there soon. If you’ve been looking for an affordable way to create your dream space in the The Valley of Longevity, this is your chance. If you like the cut of our jib, we’d love to get to know you. Please understand that though we will pursue this as a completely on-the-level business arrangement, we are looking for much more than just “business associates” to share the land with. We are seeking community.
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in this, please contact me to speak further, and we can talk about details. We are very agreeable and accommodating. Ciao!
Hello there!
I am not sure where to post this, but this place looks as good as any!
So, I have a friend, Gregory, who has land in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. He is currently traveling and working around the world and would LOVE to get in touch with people who are into natural building...he is envisioning a natural/straw bale/cob /eco type house on the property.
If we get in touch with the right people, he would love to talk about land/house share in exchange for building assistance.
If you , or anyone you know, is interested in this, please contact me to speak further:) Ciao!

here's a link with more information:

7 years ago
Hey Meghan!
I volunteered on a Goat farm just last summer...it was amazing:)
It was a small farm of about 100 nigerian dwarf goats in alll...bucks, grandmas, milking does, and then kids of various ages....I witnessed 3 births in the 3 weeks I was there, so there is definitely some of everything!It's a raw milk dairy, so there's lots of milking, but other things too...managing them, moving them field to field, hooftrimming, shots etc.
I really liked it because there were 9 other interns, 2 of them being the "managers" who oversaw things...it was nice working and learning from other people with similar interests.
It is located in a gorgeous region of washington state, about 40 minutes from mount rainier, although on a clear day, you can see it from the farm:)
The owner, Jeremy, is really kind and understanding and made the experience wonderful...weekly farm dinners, special surprise outings...he makes it a memorable experience because he knows all the hard work we put in as volunteers!
It's called Left Foot Farm, check it out!!!
~ Anna
This book looks amazing:) I don't have any questions really, right now, but I'd love a chance at winning !! Thank you :)
7 years ago
Hello there! I am from Kentucky, live there in the summers, and plan on moving back one day and doing a permaculture project/ starting a montessori school on some land there. Let me know if you ever need help with your project; ever since I graduated college 3 years ago I've worked summers on different organic farms, but would love to work on a permaculture one.
8 years ago
So one of my dear friends can no longer make the Swan Lake ballet for tomorrow afternoon, and everyone else is booked!!
details: Swan Lake,2:30 pm, in sAn Diego California!
About me: 24 year old girl,funloving, realistically an introvert but occasionally masquerades as an extrovert, intuitive, selective with close friends, happy, upbeat, I love reading,riding my bike, puttering around in the garden, learning about permaculture,baking, talking in a fake british accent at times,c films of all sorts, my family.I'm lifelong learner, and attracted to intelligence. I believe God put us here to bless each other and to be a light for those in dark places.

You!o you like classical music? are you not a southern californian meanie? Are you intelligent& kind? Would you actually LIKE to go to a ballet instead of a horrid football game?

If you're interested in being my friend tomorrow afternoon, message me:}
8 years ago
Love it ,Ken:)
Definitely growing herbs from cuttings would be lovely.
And since beans/peas are pretty easy, that would be an ideal "crop".

Ken Peavey wrote:When I was a kid it was always a treat to eat something in class. For fun I'd eat the pencils!

In 4th grade we did an experiment with peas. We put seeds and soil in cups, sprouted them, every kid had a marked cup. When they were a couple inches high, some aphids that had been ordered arrived. We all got 4 aphids, let them loose on our pea. I may have eaten a couple of them. We measured and recorded the height, any changes we observed, and counted aphids. Within a few days, many of the aphids had migrated to just a few plants. As a science lesson, it was pretty safe. The plants disappeared when the experiment was over.

While this sort of experiment might be a bit much for preschoolers, the notion of starting seeds in cups would expose the kids to the growing cycle from start to finish. Started at the right time will give the garden a head start when it is time to transplant. Quick growing plants (for attention span) would be in order. Edibles will be appreciated by the kids. Peas and beans, are prolific. Root crops are a nice surprise, I'm thinking radish, turnip and carrots. Leaf crops such as mustard for a taste sensation, all kinds of lettuce greens can make an attractive garden to satisfy the administrators.

Some herbs can add another level. Rosemary and thyme can be grown from cuttings (lesson here), but are kinda slow. These plants offer aroma as well as a taste experience. Something faster would be mint, basil, and cilantro. The kids would love fennel.

Next up is flowers. Gotta have more aroma. Some are edible, but it would be your discretion to explain what is and is not edible, and not to wander the neighborhood eating the neighbors azaleas. With the flowers you can talk about bees, pollination, and where fruit comes from.

Put all this together, you end up with a polyculture.

Love the strawberry,Sunflower, and raised bed idea!!
Haven't heard of a wattle fence though..what is that!? Thanks:)

Renate Haeckler wrote:Strawberries are always a hit with little kids. You can plant them now, mulch them in well then let the kids forget about them until the berries are ripe, or study the interesting insects and worms that are drawn to the mulch.

You can do the whole sprouting seeds thing in the meantime, let them try to sprout fruit seeds from their food, plant a horseradish root, try some ginger or sugar cane if you can find some fresh enough, grow carrot tops or celery middles... I home schooled my kids and they had endless fun growing stuff. Oh yeah, bean sprouts are fun too but some bean sprouts (like kidney beans) are toxic, so make sure you let them eat only the ones that are safe.

Sunflower seeds are fun and preschools seem to love the sunflower theme. They grow so fast that you can almost see them grow. I'd do the 10 - 15 foot kind like Mammoth.

They could also learn plant propagation like begonia leaves, violets, sweet potatoes, rooting willows, etc.

IMHO raised beds are the way to go - don't want their hard work trampled by little sisters or brothers or something. If not raised beds, if there is a brushy area to harvest you could make a wattle fence - weaving is probably something they could manage.