I posted this question a while back when I first started getting seriously interested in the permaculture concept and was quite overwhelmed with the how far my current life and property was from the outstanding models that so many people share. I've come up with a couple of solutions to deal with the poison ivy field. First, goats. Although buying goats is not economically feasible for us this year, I found a friend that will let me borrow her goats! And they shall feast on poison ivy, weeds and multiflora rose.
The reason I was so concerned with the ivy is because our bee hives are in that area and I did not like to go there. I would neglect the bees because I did not like to go there. Which brought me to the second, and most important, realization: WHY ARE MY BEE SO FAR AWAY?!? The ivy area is clear over at the corner of the property by the only few trees on the land... Why not put them near the house? Why was I trying to develop 5 acres of land with permaculture principles when I should be developing the 1/2 acre around the house first?
Hours on the computer reading permaculture threads has paid off!