Thomas Pate

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I paid $156,000. I am willing to take a loss, but I am not desperate to sell. It is 7.5 acres roughly half farm and half wooded with a stream. Would be great for permaculturalists, homesteaders, survivalists, or hunters.
I used this property for my Geoff Lawton on line PDC design.  I never implemented any of my design, but I would pass it along to give you some ideas.
I have been dreaming of having a homestead here, but it doesn't seem to be fitting into the equation of my life at the moment. There are plenty of trees for timber building and firewood. Mostly hickory with some walnut, oak, maple, poplar and 2 redwoods. I think a couple browsing type sheep and 30 chickens would work out well.
This property is ideal for someone who likes privacy or is concerned with economic collapse type scenarios. The field is located at the top of a hill. No one would be able to see your animals, gardens or food forest except for the 2 neighboring properties. All you need is a gate at your access and some strategically placed fencing and it would be very difficult for someone to trespass.
I purchased it about 6 years ago as an investment. It has been chemical and pesticide free since I've owned it. I only cut the grass a couple times a year, other than that it is untouched.
I just took Geoff Lawton's online permaculture course. He said that there is information in the designers manual on different non-profits and I think he said on how to start them up. He did not go into much detail in the course, it was more just for inspirational purposes. I did not want to put out the money for the manual without knowing if it would be information that would even apply to me in the united states.
If I decide to pursue starting up a non-profit I will talk with an accountant and a lawyer for advice. I would think between the two I should be able to figure it out.
4 years ago
Non-judgment day is coming. I saw this on a bumper sticker once. I think it was supposed to be an atheists reason for being an atheist. Just a thought; if we didn't judge others this would be a much nicer place to live.
I think Paul's use of language adds to his material he puts out. When someone speaks freely you know you can trust them.
To those who don't share Paul's greatness because of a few words here and there, only share his works that do not have words you find offensive.
4 years ago
Honey flavors are at least as complex as wine. Buckwheat honey has a strong flavor that is better on toast in my opinion while clover honey is more mild and better in tea. One of my favorite honeys is from neem flowers. The worst I've had smelled like cat urine and had a taste similar to apple, so I assume it was apple blossom honey. I've had honey from an Asian pear orchard that had a definite pear flavor to it.
4 years ago
Bees keep their cluster at about 95 degrees, so I would try for as close to that as possible. You wouldn't want to start them in the rain because too much moisture can cause mold issues inside the hive. It's probably easier for the bees to add moisture than it is to take it away. Try to make sure there are plenty of flowers around or you will have to feed them sugar.
Anytime is better than no time. A couple years I waited too long and had to do without.
4 years ago
I am an amateur so my 2 cents might not be worth much. My guess is that your hive had a primary swarm and that's why they seem calm now. As far as hive beetle control goes, I had a few in my hive so I took the fat bee mans advice of using a small peice of political sign, fill it with boric acid and seal it with shortening. He says the bees will chase the beetles so they go in to hide and the boric acid kills them. I only caught a few this way but I don't think I had many anyway. His YouTube channel is 'fine shooter'. That's usually where I go when I'm stumped or need inspiration.
Good luck and spend a lot of time near your bees without your suit on, it gets you more comfortable with them. I very rarely wear a suit and the only time I ever get stung is when I do something silly like swat them out of my hair
4 years ago
My first hive I left the queen cage in for a week and when I tried to take it out it was completely embedded in a tangle of comb. This time I pulled the cages out after 4 days. I can't really tell if the comb is straight this time, but it's definitely not a tangled mess.
I am using langstroth hives as top bar. I think I am going to do warre style adding of boxes and harvesting. This time I am going to try to leave the bees alone for the most part and let them do what they want. I guess you can't really do that with TBH.
4 years ago
The wood structure for your root dome is beautiful and I don't know why you would ever want to take it down. I suppose the fused roots would make for an interesting interior.
Do you think the rootdome would be able to be built parallel to a hill with the hill covering the structure to the middle of the roof? This scenario would work better for me but I'm not sure it would support the weight of all the backfill between the structure and the hill.
Thanks for your post konstantin. It's a great design and I think you should sell detailed plans.
5 years ago
I only get page numbers at the bottom. Probably because I am on an IPhone.