J.D. Burnette

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Ive been curious about this too. especially root systems and nutrient dynamics. These, and the mushrooms would be excellent on the boarder of social spaces in a design but that's about all i got.
9 years ago
I am curious about how a nomadic community might function following an iteration of the following thread/post

take care,
This is probably the quickest growing method for farms who are getting started to acquire funds for farms/PC projects. I've also seen a crowd sourced loan and am considering both options for the upcoming growing season. What do you think it takes for a successful and campaign that stands out from all the others? How important is avoiding competition on a crowdfunding network? In order to produce a quality video and have exciting rewards, I'd like to team up with videographers, photographers, artists, musicians, give those that contribute a percentage of the received amount but I'm not sure what's appropriate percentage wise.
9 years ago
This is somethings I've been brainstorming on. Ultimitley I'm curious what suggestions you would make in terms of the contracts with the land owners.

"5-10 semi trucks / trailers, all typically similar designs for livestock, crops, and people for a mobile village with event production capabilities: Horses for transpiration on site, Goats for clearing brush, Pigs for uprooting trees, Chickens and Guineas for sanitization and pest removal, aquaponics for meat and kitchen vegetables along with a vermicomposting and pollinator trailer. A nursery, sprouts, mycology, and humanure toilet/shower trailer are excellent possibilities too. Each of these would be outfitted with appropriate electrical fencing and housing as well as hammock space for volunteers who would still be responsible for their own travel but would have a place to sleep and take break on. The cabs could sleep 4 and allow for 2x2 driving shifts and resting shifts along with animal/farm duties on site. This means 20-40 permanent staff with transportation and I am guessing double that of volunteers (40-80) would have sleeping space and meals on site leaving room for 130-190 for “seasonal” passes who all have some responsibilities in the community ranging from manual labor to specialist labor and good producers will be required to figure out their own transportation although buses could be arranged and added into the mix. Festival or event size could be 250 minimum to whatever size we wanted to scale this design for.

Each of the trailers could form a stage during the event providing a teaching function and gathering point. Some of these could become media and or art areas. Each trailer would have an outfitted water harvesting system complete with a first flush diverter. Water filtration beginning but not limited to activated carbon, de-chlorination, de-flouridation, and alkalinity correction will be on some of the rigs to hook up to municipal sources. Greywater and black water will be considered and used before discharge from our system. There are many options when it comes to fuel ranging from solar charged batteries and electric, wood gas, flexd fuel, bio-diesel, standard diesel supplementation, and potentially methane or pyrolysis. The electric fencing would have to be double enough to house a set stocking density of animals on a given land size for 24 hours before having to be moved on a rotationally grazed plan that increases fertility, prepares the space for temporary human habitation, and jumpstarts the local ecology. Each trailer could provide temporary, fold out lean-tos/tents coming off of the sides and parked according to access, solar aspect, and micro climates.

Some of these trailers could have specialized use. The vermicomposting could be stacked with functions becoming the kitchen while onsite so that methane gas coming off animal manures from the bio digester could be used to cook with. Compost from this entire operation will be cycled through at least once, or more if needed and then deposited for a final prep on site to form perennial, biannual, and annual gardens beds while utilizing the human potential on the landscape for earthworks and plantings. Actively aerated compost tea could be brewed on a scale to match the acreage of our animal stocking density (I’m guessing 2 acres here). Mushrooms and sprouts could be combine on a trailer or done on larger scale in independent trailers for food and medicine providing staple crops for humans and animals as fodder. Products coming off of the farm could be traded for local help, supplies, as part of the land lease, and use for the event and staff.

The horse trailer seems to have lots of potential for development of some sort of HQ/Quartermasters/BoxOffice facility. Equipment that does not make sense to have mailed could be stored on the trailer that becomes main stage.

Leases could be set on land for 10-99 years if semi-permanent infrastructure is to be needed on “home” sites. “Home” sites are special relationships develops with the land owners and comes with a free Permaculture assessment and design. This means plenty of time to build for a future there or elsewhere and ability to adjust accordingly. Shorter term contracts could be worked out between “home” sites. Home sites would have to have a certain density in each bio-region as to ensure animals are not trucked for more than 24 hours at a time. In unison with completely temporary “grazing” sites, the “home” site density could be increased and thus reducing our need for as resources. Home sites would function as market gardens during some stage of ecological development. During our long term leases we will be building but not limited to: earthworks, ponds, dams, swales, terraces, hugelkultur beds, berms, cob, humanure composting toilets, larger hoop houses, shade houses, open aired barns/lean-tos, wofaties, potential housing for land & farm managers. Most fencing will prefer to be temporary, battery and solar/wind powered. All of this semi-permanent to permanent infrastructure will require a repayment for the initial costs plus appreciation and inflation over the length of the contract prior to early termination. Agreement to no repayment required if maximum contract length is reached. Memorandums of understanding enter both parties into an understanding of what is expected from the relationship and an agreement that mutual termination of the contract is the only legal action you will both take if the relationship is no longer beneficial to both parties. Permanent infrastructure will have to be repaid for by the land owner to the lease holder for 100% of costs, minus depreciation, plus appreciation, and inflation over the already completed time of contract minus maximum contract length. IE: The contract lasted 25 years so the land owner has 25 years to repay the costs divided equally over that period in quarterly payments.

Move from area to area based upon need. You can chase seasonality demands while harnessing energy inputs from all sources. Access to inputs such as vegetable scraps from restaurants or communities as well as vegetable oil, saw dust at mills, mulch from utility companies, leaf litter from the curb side, etc becomes more viable. Seeds and many supplies could be mailed to each individual site and reduce our traveling weight. Visibility of needs and project increased.

Some weaknesses in land holding defenses. Whims of land-owners, Cost of fuel. Bio-regional hardiness of chosen livestock and crops, therefore, travel would have to be restricted to an east/west pattern and not given much north/south travel options as to stay inside of bio-regional zones."

Sorry for any typos.
9 years ago
Awesome opportunity!!!

Welcome back Zach!!! Thanks for coming on the show and contributing
9 years ago
Hey Paul,
I just wanted to write and apologize for not speaking to you until the closing dinner party at the permies house. I wish I had more to say but didn't want to be a star struck bumbling idiot. Not to mention that by the last day I was especially drained. Also, I was always afraid I was going to be interrupting when you were in conversation with others. I humbly apologize for not spending more time being assertive. I really felt somewhat intimidated talking to you and other stars. I think part of that was just from trying to relate on something other than permaculture for conversation's sake.

While not as valuable as a handshake and a face to face thank-you, I do want to humbly thank you for all your efforts to this great work we call permacultre that the people, and the earth needs. Thank-you.

I hope all is well in Montana,
Hey guys,

I just wanted to add my 2 cents to the discussion on your disappearing stream at Wheaton Laboratories.

It begins with a question, what is your geology like? It sounds like you have property on some karst terrain. If that is true, then it is dominated by limestone, which it is slightly porous. The stream has likely eroded a channel underground over the years. The silt fill and clay are often associated surface features from sediment washing out of or into caves.

To add to Geoff's google earth diagnosis you can look for "gentle" rolling landscapes, which is sounded a little like you were describing, and saddles. You may also be able to locate geologic maps of your area, often kept on public record at a university library or similar institution.

If all else fails, you could probably contact these guys: http://nrmg.cavesofmontana.org/

Hope Geoff's visit, the earth works, and everything went well after the voices conference.

Hey man, sorry I went to bed early that night. I hadn't gotten much sleep. Thanks for reaching out.
10 years ago
Ok, so my greyhound bus was supposed to arrive at 9pm tonight in Temecula but my bus is 4hrs behind and our whole bus will be missing their transfers.

Will anyone be in Phoenix around 10 or 11am today (3-12)? I won't know more until then but I could very potentially need a ride or I may miss the first day of the conference depending on when the next bus comes through.

edit: there is a bus leaving Phoenix at 1:30am and 3:30am 3-13. Its a 10.5hr bus ride after that so I will miss half of the first day, possibly more as the 3:30 bus is sold out.

That being said if anyone is passing through and has room for a passenger I'd appreciate hearing from you. I can help with gas.
10 years ago