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Greg Spevak

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Peter!!

If you feel like expanding at all on those strategies for overcoming the humidity and heat challenges one faces when cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms in arid environments (or Northern/Central California, where there's generally [but not always] a fair amount of moisture during winter months and then lonnnnnnng stretches of very little moisture/precipitation/humidity) I'd love to hear them. I'm curious what if any low-tech, outdoor-based approaches to edible mushroom cultivation in such climates you've seen working well. Related to that: any thoughts on the use of greywater or collected rainwater (i.e. in what contexts might these sources be great to use vs. what situations would they not be)? Feel free to take an answer to this broad topic in any direction that you'd like. – Thanks for your time and insights, Greg
6 years ago
Awesome! Thank you!
7 years ago

The Brattleboro Permaculture Guild will hold one of its sporadic
meetings next Sunday, December 7th, 5-7 PM in the Community Room of the
Brattleboro Food Coop



Thanks Brian! I plan to be there. Looking forward to it...
7 years ago
Here are a few more fun ones...
7 years ago
Man, it bugs me so much that you can't drag/drop images into forum posts on this site. And you can only use 3 images per post? Bah. I immediately saw that the first image I attached wasn't displaying, and went to edit the post and "re-attach it" – no dice. The button to attach a file wasn't really responding. It wasn't a very important image.

Anyway... let's see if this image of Vermont's physiographic regions works. I'm going to attach a few other fun/informative maps of Vermont.
7 years ago
Well, I honestly haven't been thinking about it in terms of towns/counties, but to answer your question I see Rutland, Windsor, Bennington and Windham as being "Southern" Vermont. The idea behind creating a "Southern Vermont" group was to draw together anyone who remotely considers themselves to reside at the southern-most end of Vermont. There's a whole lot of neat permaculture and/or regenerative agriculture activity I know of in the Central and Northern parts of Vermont, but I haven't encountered much – nor any dedicated online platform to connect folks in this area – in the Southern end, where I am living now. I want to help change that! I just don't feel like driving north (or south to Western Mass or New York) all the time; I want more permaculture-related activity happening right here. I'm near Brattleboro, for reference.

As I see it, this needn't be exclusive to Vermont residents, nor to residents of any particular towns/counties. I see it being available as a resource to anybody living NEAR the loosely-defined area of "Southern Vermont" (meaning, it can include folks living just over the state line in Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire or New York).

That said... I ultimately think it'd be neat if "permaculture guilds" (or whatever we want to call these self-organizing groups) were clustered throughout the Northeast based not on state boundaries, nor on their sharing an #-mile radius from an urban center, but by physiographic region (http://academics.smcvt.edu/vtgeographic/textbook/physiographic/physiographic_regions_of_vermont.htm). If indeed these physiographic regions represent distinctly different sections of the landscape we call Vermont, I feel like it'd beneficial to us (as far as productive ecological restoration is concerned) to ally ourselves with other folks in the same regions and collectively share best practices for producing [____ form of food, fiber, fuel, shelter, etc.] in our particular physiographic region. Different regions will (I suspect, I could be totally wrong here), TEND to be best-suited to particular forms/methods of land use. Anyone else have thoughts on this? Am I crazy?

For now, to fully answer this question, the attached image with Google Earth roughly represents what I see "Southern Vermont" to mean – parts of nearby states included. I hope this clarifies!
7 years ago
This is being created as a "forum", for now, to function alongside the Souther Vermont Permaculture Meetupedia page (http://meetupedia.com/groups/southern-vt-permaculture).
7 years ago