Gabriel Bane

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Katahdins or Barbados blackbellies are my suggestions; St. Croix might even be a good option if it's available to you. Bred for hardiness, parasite resistance, and little-to-no management of the wool (or hair). Katahdins produce yummy lamb, in my opinion.
Grateful to be 24 and out of the work-force to homestead (with the help of a super supportive partner). :) Glad to hear there's more and more of us out there.
1 year ago
Any time, I'm more than happy to answer any specifics regarding my experiences! Puerto Rico has many, many terrains and biomes, so I'm positive you can find exactly what you're looking for in the southern/central parts of the mountains. :)
1 year ago
I grew up in PR, so it's a relatively easy transition from the states. Most locals understand at least basic English. At the moment, there's a mass exodus, so yeah, it'd be advantageous to buy, but I suspect it'll be a while before rural properties are going to even be accessible by car to asses values and such, let alone the process of listing, selling, etc. Basic amenities aren't fully restored. (And a typical house for a family of 4 in PR can have a 500 dollar utility bill for 1 room with air conditioning. it's insanely expensive. solar would be a good investment if you're looking into moving there.) You'll find a lot of continental US migrants as well, so you definitely wouldn't be alone/would have resources to reach out to for employment.

Building in the mountains sounds nice, but the factors to consider there are constant land-slides and rivers bursting their banks (they call them 'golpes de agua' there, if you want to see the phenomenon on youtube)

Not to mention you sort of have to be  observant of  the politics in Puerto Rico. Every time you purchase an item that's an import, you'll pay more for it. Vehicles and their maintenance are incredible expensive. Locals are very involved in local government and elections, cars/pick-ups drive by blaring political ads during the campaign season (even in the country side, you get people painting murals for their favorite mayoral candidate). Students often protest the universities to the point where the professors don't work for weeks on end due to disagreements with the government. Truck unions often go on strike. Same goes for teachers, grocers, etc. There's a *lot* of corruption, and the average citizen is oft. much more vocal about their local government than most folks in the states (in my observations). It's part of every day life, in a sense.

However, Everything grows well there. There's no natural predators for livestock (besides feral pets). It really is paradise if you can tune out humanity.

I personally left as a teen because the environment was toxic to me and the path I'm living in life now, but I recommend everyone go see it at least once!Thankfully, our family is keeping our properties there and seeing them through repairs. My great grandmother's fruit orchard looks just barren. It really is heart-breaking.

I hope the island takes the proper steps to truly rebuild in a sustainable, responsible manner.
1 year ago
This thread makes me incredibly happy to see. Me and my partner are 24 and 21 respectively, and we haven't encountered many other members of the LGBTQ community who are also involved in permaculture. :)

Cheers from North Florida
Glad to see this thread here, I too have been burying wood over the course of about a year in hopes of improving soil quality. :) I am going to be planting on some of the buried beds starting tomorrow with a fresh batch of cow peas. :) Will report in with findings on the difference between areas with no buried wood vs. with the wood beds.
1 year ago
Hi there!

Just recently joined the site after caving into the suggestions of some others.

I'm from Jacksonville, Fl. (zone 9a)

Just wanted to share a bit about ourselves and our story. Me and my partner moved here a year ago to help my partner's grandfather during his final days. His home sits on 3.48 acres, and he's given us free reign to do as we please with it! 11 months later, we're drowning in chickens, goats, pigs, and more! plus, the gardens.

I briefly agriculture in college, so I of course took to conventional gardening here. Our soil was ****. Nothing took immediately (and what did dealt with weeks of stress, disease, pests, etc.). I stopped consulting my high school agriculture teacher and used the internet. I found some of Dan Barber's speeches online, and from there it was a whirlwind of wanting to find MORE!

It'd only been about 8 months since I began practicing permie practices here, but my plants look look much healthier (even after that pesky hurricane)

That isn't to say lots of mistakes were human error. I laugh at when I think of how I dis-regarded our soil, and would just plant willy-nilly into the full sun.

Just wanted to share photos from my little 'permaculture patch'

Curious to see what my fellow permies grow in the 9a hardiness zone, I've been reluctant to plant much this fall!
1 year ago