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jon hanzen

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NW Montana -new homesteader. vermiculture, food forest, organic gardening and food preserving, bushcraft, backpacking, snorkeling, spear fishing and fishing, ATV -off roading, sailing, massage therapy and the healing arts, travel.
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Great ideas here.  I haven't checked out your add yet, however can offer some valuable information that you might consider before purchase.  Create a Community Land Trust first to purchase the property.   Then you can lease the plots of land to each individual whom builds their accoommodations.  This works well because the C.L.T. is able to manage the whole as well as internal projects and outside business ventures as a non-profit in the interest of the community!  Their are certain steps you need to follow to be successful however this approach is much more viable in the long term and can offer you protection, privacy, and clout to having a say in development of your outer lying community to assure a thriving presence and positive associating with your organization.
Do some research.  Here is a website to get you started.  Good luck your vision sounds amazing


IF you have anymore questions let me know. :)  JT
9 months ago
Thanks everyone.  It looks like some of the fruit tree are still alive but willl remain dormant this year.  I am leaving them in the bed for another year and hoping for the best.  In between them I have planted filbert nut trees.  Also a risky endeavor to survive our winters.  Cheers
1 year ago
in Edmonton, AB., where I was living previous to living to NW MT. I joined a local group the gleaned fruit from peoples unwanted trees in their yards.  They met up occasionally over a wonderful pot luck and to can and process some of the fruit to sell for the group.  (They each had routes they signed on for to collect the unwanted fruit then cleaned it up and donated it in person to the local homeless shelters and retirement homes.  They were allowed to keep up to 25% of the fruit the gleaned.). It was an amazing, fun and positive cooperative to be a part of.  Just a suggestion in case your interested in starting up something like this.  It sounds like it could be up your alley.  Also, there was an organic grocery store who had the cleanest bagged produce dumpsters that took no issue with people gleaning from it as well.  Consider food banks too.  They helped me out many a times.  Cheers
1 year ago
We are all a 'work in progress.'  As they say; "A Gardeners work is never done."
When it comes to homesteading your first year you do everything wrong.  (I recently read this on-line, fb I think, and laughed). However, because I waited most of my adult life, 25 years, before finally acquiring a piece of land to work and homestead on I had already become a seasoned veteran.  And I used my instincts and managed to get it right the first time (on some things).  First and most difficult, refrain from making a plans that cannot live up to your dreams / vision when you finally acquire the actual property after the real estate deal has closed.  (This holds true with travel as well.). Second, watch everything interact.  Listen to it all too.  Enjoy while waiting before diving in your massive farm construction projects.  (of course doing some things which might be important to accomplish).  Third, respect peoples space and they will respect yours, for the most part.  I feel lucky that where I chose to relocate too, the people actually opened up enough to extend a connection to the community -in whatever state it currently was in.  This is more often than not, a hurdle when moving to small towns among old farmers.  They embrace change very slowly, if at all.
The main thing I am learning about growing my permaculture homestead in conjunction with the community in which I live is love heals AND time heals.  Be patient, be reserved, and most importantly be passionate about what you are doing.  An honor system vegetable stand is a wonderful way to warm up a community whom may or may not be frigid with old school ways.  
Funny, what seems to have helped me in settling into the community in which I live better is buying a sparking new pick-up truck, and ATV -something in which I had initially had contention with.  It seems as though this is something they relate too.  It's reliable and communicates Americanism I suppose.  Whatever works.  Being a part of the volunteer fire department is more than I am able to muster at this time.  However I am on the waiting list to serve as a board member of the local water district.  I also attend the annual Electric Cooperative meetings.  Slowly, I am gaining some semblance of acceptance in my area and beginning to form a sense of community which along with the glaciers near by are beginning o melt away fast.
Temp. Fix: Natural weed spray.  1 gal. vinegar to 2 cups epsom salt to 1/4 dawn dish soap.  Spray this solution atop the poison ivy and it will burn away the leaves and possibly the root.  (non-toxic to the environment and strawberries).  I tried this recently and even after to applications I had to go back with a hoe and dig out the roots which seemed to be still alive.  Good luck, be persistent.  
Hi, last summer I planted a dwarf fruit tree orchard atop a huglekulture 'windrow' I made.  Everything looked great going into autumn but we had record temp. drops and snow falls.  It appears that the cold got the best of the little 3 ft. saplings.  I learned later that if I had stopped fertilizing (or not at all) mid way through the summer it would have given the tree a better chance of hardening up to prepare for the winter cold.  Is there any chance that the tree can go dormant if I leave them in and spring to life next year?  (One of the tree appear to have some life at the base although none of them have any green shoots.).  Also wondering if atop the huglekulture mound made the tree more susceptible to the cold temp. because of not being planted directly in the ground??  Thanks for any feedback.  Cheers
1 year ago