Tristan Alexander

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Hi! I love WWOOFing, or any Permaculture Landscape work/worktrade. I want to learn to grow all kinds of medicinal/edible mushrooms, make Sunhives, and graft!
Panama City, Florida, USA
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Michael Turner wrote:ISO,  eco-village. Does anyone know of a Permaculture ecovillage within an hour at most from Palatka? It would have to welcome children which I will have every other weekend.  I would love to rent a cabin. My goal is to move from the cabin into an MCI bus conversion that I plan to buy in the next few months. I want my kids to learn Permaculture and community and have other kids to play with and other parents who teach an inspire them so they can know what a toxic free environment is like.  Also I want to be around knowledgeable permies so I can learn the things I don't know and teach what I do know.  

Michael! I am living at a permaculture-inspired egalitarian community in Interlachen just less than 40 minutes from palatka! We have a terra preta humanure composting system, graywater pond, gardens in the works, 2 large beautiful lakes on the land, 80 acres of beautiful forest that we are planting like crazy on! We have epic music jams all the time, wild plums, wild sparkleberries, wild blueberries, owls, hawks, cranes, etc.
We Dumpster dive 99% of our food and feed any and all. Come visit any time!! 525 Lily Trail is the address.
1 year ago
Lots of things for your zone will work fine for us. Seeds of legumes, seed crops, herbs or vegetables, fruit or root crops, etc. Definitley need fast-growing pioneer species to cast shade and make certain sector barriers-specifically cold winter wind, firebreak, highway (which is now visible). Looking for stuff to plant for the chicken flock(10 now, growing later), pollinators and wildlife species too. Small but open list of plants desired - Mulberry, Raspberry, Loquat, Legumes of all kinds, , PawPaw, Mayhaw, Nut seeds, berry bushes, tubers, etc. thank you!!

2 years ago
Hey everyone! I am from panama city florida, and we got absolutely hammered by the recent hurricane, Hurricane Michael. My dear teacher and friend, Bill, who introduced me to permaculture 5 years ago, lives full time on his land is wanting to get more heavily into growing lots of food and reforesting. He runs the non profit of Wildcat Creek Educational Center, which can be found on facebook.

We are asking for any and all permies to help us spread this so that we can get seeds, cuttings, roots, etc. We are looking to become a local regenerative food hub and consciousness hub. Please help us quickly re establish. Thanks ❤
2 years ago

Tristan Alexander wrote:

What do you guys think? Its only my second video.

2 years ago

What do you guys think? Its only my second video.
2 years ago

Basic uses include: drinking water filtration,  sanitation of human and kitchen wastes, and as a composting agent. All of these uses have been documented in many different pre-industrial cultures. In the modern world, the uses multiply: adsorber in functional clothing, insulation in the building industry, as carbon electrodes in super-capacitors for energy storage, food packaging, waste water treatment, air cleaning, silage agent or feed supplement.

What do you guys think??

Is there a more appropriate forum section to post this to?
2 years ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:

bob day wrote:I hear all these ideas about economics and producing microgreens, but not much about the permaculture/ sustainable side of the operation.

It is one thing to buy a bunch of stuff, put it together and then sell a bunch of stuff and say I have this much profit, or can pay off this much of my debt, or buy this much of my food, etc, but the permaculture side has to ask other questions

where does the seed come from, where does the electricity for lighting come from, where does the plastic for the high tunnels come from, etc.

In this world today, many unsustainable product streams are made viable by environmentally subsidized  production. Ie, things necessary for production would not be so cheap if the true environmental costs were being paid.

I personally love microgreens, a girlfriend of mine grows and sells wheat grass trays as well as other  microgreens, but i could never call her operation permaculture or sustainable.

I grew some Kale last year, it was the only cruciferous green in the garden and let it go to seed. I harvested many of the seed pods, and let enough scatter seeds so that i have some "wild " kale coming up now. I also have some seeds that i can process out for sprouting this winter, and it's pretty cool for me to have some of that not just sustainable, but even with little to no work., but no way could i even grow microgreens for myself  all winter long, although i can probably keep myself in kale growing slightly larger plants and making the seeds count for a little more biomass before i eat them.

In short, I would like to hear people talk about all the aspects of the operation and how they are making them sustainable, not just how they are turning a meager profit based on large outlays of fossil fuels and products made cheap  by fossil fuels.

I seriously doubt that any microgreen operation could ever be called self sustaining.
The very nature of selling seedlings for food does not permit the food to mature and so produce seeds.
I also don't think it wise to over indulge in a product that is more enzymatic than nutritious.
How could you permaculture microgreens when what you are selling is plants at the start of life not the middle or the end.
The only way I could see this particular "trendy" food stuff being sustainable would be if you planted some of the seeds and allowed them to mature to seed so you could be planting your own seed.

We eat greens but they come from the older leaves of the plants we grow, things like beet greens are plucked from the outside of the growing beet plant.
I've eaten microgreens before but I much prefer the fuller flavor of more mature plant material on my plate. It has more nutrients and more developed flavors than those just getting a foot hold on life.

I know this is a really old comment; still want to make a note of it for other visitors to follow- "According to microgreen research conducted at the University of Maryland, the 1-3 inch delicacies were found to pack anywhere from 3 to 39.4 times the nutritional content of the plant’s mature counterparts. Scientists considered the vitamin and antioxidant levels of 25 varieties of microgreens and compared the results to the full-grown versions. Cilantro showed 3 times more beta-carotene, while red cabbage showed almost 40 times greater vitamin E and 6 times more vitamin C.

In her book, “Becoming Raw”, Vesanto Melina (et al) describes living foods. The soaking and sprouting of raw foods “results in an increase in the activity of enzymes, which are generally dormant in raw foods. The enzymes serve to release storage of carbohydrates, fats, and protein."

So.. they are suited to a really efficient feeding system, when they can provide so much food, SO QUICKLY (7-12 days!), with little inputs. Solar lighting. Rainwater for misting, filtered with carbon, gravity fed. Seeds could be harvested from your own broadacre cropping harvest. Everyone wins.
2 years ago
Yeeesss. This is my favorite answer.
2 years ago
Hey, Derrick! So glad I found this. I emailed you a while back, I am from Panama city, and we had talked about working together and swapping plants and stuff! Lost your email. Text or call me at 8508677467 some time!
Awesome. And same with my 55 gallon drum that's almost full? It's OK if it just sits and anaerobic composts for a year?
3 years ago