Nissa Gadbois

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I own a 300 acre farm in central Massachusetts. Working to restore an abandoned farm and farmhouse. I am also starting a permaculture project in Bulgaria.
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Anne Miller wrote:A lot of work went into the making of the Permaculture Playing Cards by Paul Wheaton and Alexander Ojeda:

This deck of cards is one of our favorite tools for spreading the knowledge of permaculture

Here are some threads that might have other ideas:

I actually own a deck and I love it.  I'll check out the other links.  

2 weeks ago
Oh now, that sounds perfect!  I'll put that on my list of games to try.  I bet it's going to be a hit.  Also?  DO IT!  Build that game.  And let us know when you're ready to roll it out.

Christopher Weeks wrote:Wow. Just two days ago I was thinking about building a permaculture-themed game based on the Engle-Matrix system which is more commonly used for free-from wargames, but is flexible enough, I think.

3 weeks ago
Hey there,

I'm looking for a few fun ways to introduce permaculture thinking to groups who visit me.   I am going to use Rosemary Morrow's "Environment Game" from "Earth User's Guide to Teaching Permaculture".

Anything else you can think of?  I feel like games are a great way for both adults and children to learn, and also a fantastic ice breaker.

Thanks heaps,
3 weeks ago
Hey there!

Registrations for the 2024 Summer Intensive PDC and Advanced Permaculture Practicum are open.

Who:  Nissa Gadbois

What:  PDC - 72+ hour certification course in Permaculture
           APP - 72+ hours of practicum on the farm (projects tbd)

When: July 1-14 (PDC)
           July 15-28 (APP)

Where: Renaissance Farms in Barre, Massachusetts USA
             300 acres of preserved farmland in central Massachusetts
             Renaissance Farms

How much: $1500 for each course
                    payment plans available to all through Klarna and AfterPay

Other info:
. Omnivore meals included (provided by local farms when available)
                         BYO tent/yurt, limited tiny house/RV space
                         Daily Yoga Practice
                         2+ miles hiking trails on campus
                         Drug-free, sober campus

You do not have to take this PDC in order to take the APP.  If you got your PDC elsewhere, you are very welcome to take the APP here!

Links here: 2024 Summer PDC and APP

I think that covers it.  But if you have any questions, let me know.

Dane Geld wrote:The easy answers are cranberries, rice, and mushrooms.

There are a few viburnums for edibles used less often.

If horticultural\ornamental answers are allowed, might make an interesting bog or rain garden.  Willows or dog wood for cut stems.  Willows for coppicing.  Black gum trees, for honey, and as the internet is fond of saying, frequently used in preserves.  The internet is somewhat less forthcoming with exactly what kind of preserves, so consider the source.  Would the internet ever do you wrong?

I always forget rice can be grown here.  Ben Falk did some up on his place in Vermont, after all.  I had thought about cranberries.  They prefer sandy soil and ours (in that area) is a little clay-ey (thus why it holds water).  Bogs are flooded for harvest to make the fruit float up.  And then those wet harvested berries are only used for 'sauce' and juice.   Willow is a strong contender here as we have many uses for them.  I have a friend with lots of experience growing mushrooms and she could be a good resource in guiding me towards what varieties could suit the area. It's rather open and bright,

We have edible viburnums growing natively here on the farm.  Perhaps I can consider propagating more.

Thanks heaps!
2 months ago
My yoga practice gives me immense peace, particularly chanting.  It makes it possible for me to go out into the world grounded and easy.  

Chanting with Deva Premal a lot lately with tracks from her YT channel or on my music app on the phone.  She's amazing, if that's your sort of thing.

4 months ago
Hey there,

Looking for a weight comparison air/hemp/dust/styro crete to conventional wall system.  My mind runs to things like this.  I'm curious about how the load compares across the 'cretes' and ultimately to a conventional wall system.  Our house now has typical 2x framing, board, plaster, and fibreglass insulation.  I'm wondering if panelised 'crete' products would be lighter (or heavier or comparable) on a frame.  

Anyone know?  Or know of a calculation?

Thanks heaps,
4 months ago
Hey there,

I have a farm in central Massachusetts.  I have an area of about 1/2ac. that is just... it's boggy.  This particular area of my farm was created as a drainage/manure pond for the dairy cattle that have been gone from here for about 30 years.  It's a catchment of all of the runoff from the hill, but it does drain, otherwise I'd have a lovely pond.

So I know that I'm going to put some spicebush down there.  What else likes similar conditions?  Can be edible, medicinal, or 'industrial" (useful material for building, handcrafts, etc.).

Zone 5b/6a

Thanks heaps,
4 months ago
You can also order raw linseed oil in bulk from a place like Jedwards and use orange essential oil (you can also get that at the same place) to 'boil' or thin and mix that up.  You never actually boil anything.  It might be less noxious.  Although EOs are fairly potent and you still want to have good ventilation.  I discovered this 'recipe' when I wanted to oil my floors and I didn't want turpentine or mineral spirits in my house.  We added the same oil to beeswax and carnauba wax to make polish for other wooden things in the house.  

Also, I think it smells a whole lot nicer.  I'm thinking to make some oilcloth with mine for goat and sheep shells and maybe some paniers for the goats when we're hiking. :)

Orange oil is cracker jack at getting coffee pots and mugs clean from stains, and also excellent at getting wooden countertops clean.  All you need is a little bit and a good scrub brush.
5 months ago
Well I'm in central Massachusetts.  The worst of winter gets well below zero F

John F Dean wrote:How low of  temps do you get?

6 months ago