Jason Philips

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The building of a homestead in Eastern Ontario, Canada by a boy and his dog. Hoping to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, prepared and resilient, able to live off the land, and explore new and interesting hobbies and things.

Having survived our first Canadian homestead winter, Jason and Kino the puppy are now planning their gardens and gardening, preparing to receive chicks for their first chicken flock (and then guinea keets for bug management), and sorting out the many homestead projects that need doing inside and out.

Our ethos is to Start From Seed. If you aren't able to save seed from harvest to the sprouting of said seed the next year, you can't be sustainable. This ethos will translate to keeping livestock as we plan to raise our animals sustainably as well. We're using permaculture principles to establish perennial gardens to ensure repeat crops in future years with fewer inputs as the system matures.

Join us as we take on this adventure!
Ontario, Canada
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If I may share my channel, I've been working on improving the quality of my videos and I'm at https://www.youtube.com/startfromseedhomestead

I moved to my homestead in November and I'm now getting started planning for my mixed fruit orcahrd/food forest/forest garden, my first flock of chickens, and more using permaculture techniques where possible. Trying to build a resilient and sustainable place to be. :)
Hey Michael! Just popping in to belatedly say how amazing this project is, looking forward to seeing more progress this summer! Did you have to do any permitting to establish this pond on your property?
2 years ago
Hey, thanks for that! So is the temperature at the lowest point the same temperature it would have been if it was flat, and everything elevated is just warmer? We aren't creating even-colder areas, just places for the already-cold air to move into, warming the rest?
2 years ago
Hello all,

I've heard, on the topic of starting your homestead with earthworks, that adding texture to the terrain is important for (among other things) "controlling frost pockets".

So, say you had a flat pasture. Easy to break up for rotational grazing, easy to convert to traditional monoculture garden beds/plots, fairly consistent across the whole area. Obviously, water doesn't move well over the area, you aren't creating much in the way of warmer microclimates, etc.

With your earthworks, you're adding texture to the landscape. This creates slope to catch more sun with, swales to move more water with, wet zones and dry zones and edge effect. But what I don't understand is frost pockets. With north facing slope in mostly shade (Northern hemisphere) and wind falling down the slope, you're creating areas that are more prone to frost. As I'm in zone 5, I've already got more frost than I know what to do with.

Does "controlling frost pockets" simply mean pushing them into these low, north facing zones to hold off on frost in the ideal areas longer? Is it just a deferral against a flat pasture which would all frost simultaneously? Or am I missing some key benefit to this, some oversight about how these frost pocket zones can be put to use?

2 years ago
Hello Permies!

I've been increasingly interested in permaculture over the past couple years (started gardening in 2015, got carried away with it in 2016, and now seriously considering relocating to acreage in 2017) and finally decided to make an account here so I can join the conversations. These forums have been a great resource for learning new things and exploring new ideas while I'm in the planning phase, and since I have some questions regarding the things I couldn't find preexisting information on, I figure now's the time to do it!

2 years ago