lisa goodspeed

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born and raised in montana, living in kansas. husband born and raised in louisiana. 2 totally different worlds converged in the middle. been reading and watching alot of videos about permaculture. trying to put what i can into practice within city rules. looking for property out of town to work with. also looking for like minded people a little closer then lawrence, topeka or kc. south of wichita we are in a completely different climate zone then the rest of the state. being from montana i watch alot of paul wheaton videos. i started with larry korns free on line pdc but got sidetracked with so much other information out there. glad i finally came here. looking forward to the wealth of knowledge and wonderful people out there.
southcentral kansas, south of wichita. zone 6b-ish. more like oklahoma.
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:

hau Lisa, if you like, you may pm me with any questions that your kids come up with and I'll do my best to help.
I used to teach and am happy to help.


thanks.  i will definately keep that in mind.  and am definately following this thread
11 months ago
this is awesome information.  thank you for putting all your hard work and studies up for all of us to see and learn from.  i will be working with youth on a community garden and this will be helpful when having the kids learn about growing stuff.  we are starting out with different beds in different sun and wind conditions, with different basic types of soil, and using companion planting. i can see where learning about different microbes in the soil will help with production.  maybe we can even get to the point of having a different compost pile near each bed to go with those plants.
11 months ago
when i give, i do it as local as possible.  we give alot of our time and money to our local vfw, as we are active members and see where that money goes.  i only put money in the charity jars if i know the person, or at least someone who can confirm the story.  all my volunteer time is now going toward a community garden that i am getting started at our post with the local youth.  i feel that giving is important, but what you give should make you feel good about it, whether it is your money, material goods, or your time and/or labor.  every time there is a disaster somewhere the donation buckets come out.  my money doesn't go in these, but rather i try to find a local group i trust that is organizing a drive to help the disaster area and donate time or needed items to them.  this way i know i am helping someone through a tough time as opposed to helping line someones already full pockets.  i am new to the whole patreon and kickstarter things, but think these are awesome ideas of ways to contribute on a more global level, and have starting to support one patreon page, maybe i will do more when my budget allows for it.
11 months ago
i found this looking for information on community gardens.  i am a member the vfw auxiliary,and we are the only post left in our county. I am spearheading adding a community garden to our post youth activities program.  we will be having meetings later this month to start the ball rolling.  i have no experience as committee chairman or organizing anything, so am not sure how it will go, but i can see it going way big and creating its own local nonprofit organization that is networked with all the local veteran and youth organizations.  we have a few different locally started nonprofits here, and a monthly resource meeting, so there is already help with starting the business part of it, if it evolves to that.  we are starting off with just a few raised bed gardens to get it going, and to start teaching,  with my dream of turning the property into a food forest over the years, acquiring land in other towns and growing little edible forests in every town in the county. and having a platoon of volunteers to apply permaculture practices in available yards, with an emphasis on helping veterans. i have never been to a pdc, just have experience in my small back yard and lots of research i have done. i am talking to every person i can and trying to get as many people and all their contacts involved as possible.  There are very few people here that even know the word permaculture, let alone anything about it.  with no real experience of my own i am aspiring to teach what i know, and infect brains so that others will hopefully seek the knowledge and experiences either on their own or through group projects and assignments.  in talking to others and spreading the word i have found a couple local people who have at least heard of permaculture and may have more experience then me.  i intend to use every resource i can find.  I have been handing out paul's permaculture cards to those strong individuals that i am sure can bring in more support, and planning on using them, by having members and volunteers pick a card and research whatever that card has on it. another thing that may or may not be or turn out to be important is that i live in a very large agricultural area.  If anything permaculture finds its way into the hearts and minds of some of these farmers, it could go so much farther.  I have no idea how this journey will pan out, but i do know that it won't happen if i don't start somewhere.
11 months ago
my 70 year old husband has had chronic pain for over 30 years.  we use turmeric in just about everything we cook.  We try to have a nightly cup of herbal tea to which i add some infused honey.  I infuse it with turmeric, ginger, a little bit of cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and a little wild lettuce.  my husband also takes turmeric pills like he use to take pain pills.  2 every time his pain starts getting the best of him.  I have to say that since we started this about 6 years ago he has only had 2 pain pills, and that was the first day or 2 after knee surgery.  the rest has been all natural.  His pain levels are much less now then when he was taking pharmaceutical pain pills, allowing his activity levels to increase.  He is in way better health now then he was at 54 when we got together.
1 year ago

Chris Palmberg wrote:So a couple of things...
First, with volunteer service organizations, the best way to reactivate membership, particularly "stale" ones, is to ask.  They have maintained their affiliation with the organization because, at least to some extent, they believe in the purpose.  Call them up, introduce yourself, and explain what you are looking for.   you'd be surprised how many people who haven't darkened the door of the post in decades will show up to help, particularly with a youth program.

it is my hope that a lot of those that don't get involved is because there isn't anything going on that they want to get involved with and that the garden project, and youth activites in general, will help "stale" members find a way to get involved.  we are also trying to recruit younger veterans, as most of our post is of the older generations.  we need young blood with young ideas.  that has been a problem with many vfw and american legion posts, since wwii.  each generation seems to put out the vibe, or even sometimes straight up says "you didn't fight in a real war like i did, you don't belong here" and then wonder why they don't have any younger members.  we are trying to change that here, and other places like denver post one have made great changes to that atmosphere.  it is hard to get some of these old guys to understand that you gotta change with the times or you just won't exist any more.  I really just want to put out there that if any of you on here are vfw or auxiliary eligible or american legion, please join and help us make some change.  there is a lot that can be done with the power of these organizations.  i am using my membership to be the change i want to see.
1 year ago
we have dates for our initial committee meet and greets.  now i have to get a lot of letters out to our vfw and auxiliary members, and put up flyers to invite everyone that works with youth.  we will have younger kids working with older kids to research the plants they want to start growing right away.  this will lead to learning what makes up different types of soil conditions, water needs of different plants, what creates different shade and sun conditions, and what plants to plant together and which ones not too, as well as what other beneficial plants we could add to help our food plants be more productive.  i think starting with container gardening, raised bed, self watering and whatever ideas the kids come up with will really connect everyone involved with how plants grow, how soil lives and works, how insects and our local wildlife interact with the gardens, how it all forms one great big web, and how we are a part of that web.  we will be working on rain harvesting  to help get us through the dry hot part of our summer.  our gutters currently drain right to the edge of the building.  the insurance has already said we need to change this, they said run it out to the street like everyone else, but nooooo, not gonna do that.  the rain barrels will direct feed self watering beds.  we have a decent size building with a decent size roof so will have several barrels for this purpose.
the permaculture smackdown this last tuesday about residual incomes got my mind really working and opened up a whole new area of the project.  we hope to have the youth start a web page with videos, blogs, maybe some step by step instructionals on projects.  with my lack of computer expertise i will probably be learning a lot more from the youth then they will from me.  the awesome side affects of permaculture in action.  
excitement is growing.  when i first started talking about putting in a community garden  i got replies that ranged from  "i would donate a couple plant starts" to "people will just come steal all the produce or destroy it so that is a bad idea."  but nobody really wanted to help or even thought it was a good idea.  i still get some bad replies sometimes, but i pointed out about the stealing issue, it isn't an issue because it is for the community, there will be a sign or 2 stating that the produce is free for anyone in the community, but please remember your neighbors may be hungry too.  some of them don't quite get the logic, but others are catching on.  people that were against it all together are starting to think maybe it is a good idea, those that thought it was maybe a good idea but not something they wanted anything to do with are starting to talk about it to others, and the ones that actually liked the idea are stating that they are really starting to get excited and think this is something we really need here.  i am riding high on the excitement of not only the garden project, but that i am actually becoming an active member of a positive change for our community and doing my part to help spread the ideas and actions of permaculture.
we will also be putting up pics of our work days on the vfw national website, as they have a page just for that to show what individual posts around the country are doing in and for their communities.  i hope that other vfw post will see this and maybe do a something were they are.  what better way to help veterans, their family and there communities then sharing a little permaculture.
1 year ago
thanks for this.  i haven't purchase from any of these but will be in the future.  it is nice to be able to read honest reviews before i buy.  have been leery of buying on line as you can never seem to be sure of what you will get.  this will greatly help me in finding some of those plants that i really want but haven't been able to find locally.  i will come back and review once i have ordered and received from the ones i end up ordering from. much appreciation to you all