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Brent Jmiller

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Room in Sustainability-Oriented House for Work-Trade and Utilities

Growing both businesses and plants are our main goals. We are looking for a self-starting, hard working person who is looking for access to land and resources to pursue their own dreams in concert with our goals.

We offer
-Access to quality tools
-Available internet in shared space
-Workshop space
-Opportunities to keep chickens (and more?)
-Garden space
-Laundry on site
-Pet-friendly (for good pets)
-Guidance for entrepreneurial endeavors

We ask
-$100/month for utilities
-Attendance at meetings (1 meeting per week, about 30 min)
-10 hours/week of work on community projects or business needs
-Respectful presence
-Honesty

We are a community that is forming around these ideas and ideals: to care for each other, to cultivate the land, and to share the bounty. We are hoping to find help and like-minded people. We are already maintaining and improving living space and growing space just a few miles outside Montgomery, Alabama. We have a new, but successful business sharing our space with temporary guests, but are looking for more permanent residents. We have space on offer for an individual or couple who want to participate and hustle alongside us.


We want to work hard and play hard, building hoop houses for long growing seasons, crafting rocket stoves for sustainable warmth, collecting rain for drink, brewing biodiesel (or beer!), and creating relationships. We want more ideas, too. We want to do this with our neighbors, and we want our neighbors to be our friends. Do you want to be our neighbor? We want to live lives of our choosing and feel good about our choices. We want to be prosperous, and do right.
We are a community that is forming around these ideas and ideals: to care for each other, to cultivate the land, and to share the bounty. We are hoping to find help and like-minded people. We are already maintaining and improving living space and growing space just a few miles outside Montgomery, Alabama. We have a new, but successful business sharing our space with temporary guests, but are looking for more permanent residents. We have space on offer for an individual or couple who want to participate and hustle alongside us.

Some administrative notes:
-This is a space for rent.
-Community participation is required (30 min meeting 1x/week)
-Projects above and beyond are encouraged.
-Entrepreneurial mindsets nourished here.
-Responsibilities fluctuate, but rarely more than 30 hr/month
-Opportunities to earn on-site exist

Contact us with a short bio and your goals for the next year, and we’ll be in touch.
Look for us on FB under "Permala".

We have an opening for a Permie Intern in Montgomery AL.

Everything is furnished in a shared home.

PM me if you're interested.

Eric Hanson wrote:Brent,  I trust you that they break down woodchips even better than wine caps, but honestly I just can’t picture that in my head.  Maybe faster, but so much of my existing chips in my wine cap bed have so thoroughly broken down that most are no longer recognizable as wood chips.  By now, after I scrape away the top inch of residual wood chips I find a lot of material that looks like a very large volume of coffee grounds.




I can find no research indicating mushrooms add nitrogen, or fix nitrogen in soils. However, I assume that there is ample nitrogen in the fungally-decomposed remains of the woodchips, as I've seldom had to add anything to them (altho I do side dress by composting in place) for excellent vegetative growth! Maybe NPK isn't as important if the other nutrients are dense? not sure

Yes, to me, faster equates to better. Better tasting equates to better too. I really like Wood Ears tho.

Happy Experimenting!
5 months ago
[quote=Dennis Bangham]Brent,  Where could I get some of this spawn?  I am in Huntsville and the wood ear I find is much smaller and always up in the trees.[/quote]

Doubtful the spawn or spores are sold commercially, but if you can get some of the fruiting limbs and bury them in the chips just below the surface, that should inoculate the pile. They grow in much larger clusters in woodchips.  
5 months ago
Try everything! Throw enough experimental stuff at your chips straight from what your heart and gut tell you. Never stop experimenting please. No 2 truckloads of woodchips I've worked with over the last 7 yrs has been exactly the same in make-up. Therefore, add all the wood-eating fungal species' spawn you can find. Feed it layers of grass clippings, grass or grain straws and hays, water diluted manures, ground tree leaves, or soaked hardwood sawdust with oatmeal mixed in, etc, etc, .  

Since the wood varieties can vary considerably in each pile, or sections of any 1 pile, the more diverse the variety of Fungi and Bacteria need be it seems.
5 months ago
Wood Ear mushrooms are even better at decomposing old wood chips. And, they are a delicious "Choice" edible mushroom. I gathered several cabbage-head-sized Wood Ear mushroom "blooms" from several chip piles in NC KY last summer. The spawn is large and easy to relocate. Their name does them just...

[img]https://permies.com/i/923375/wood-ears-missouriDOTgov.jpg[/img]
5 months ago

Timothy Markus wrote:

Brent Jmiller wrote:
Have you considered free-ranging with a chicken tractor?



I think we have different definitions of 'free-ranging'.



I guess my definition includes anything that allows the chickens to freely choose their natural diet outdoors.
However, I believe they call chickens ranging in pastures under mobile pens to keep them from being eaten by predators, "pastured chickens".
my bad

https://youtu.be/H2ALtfweMtc
6 months ago