Charlie Michaels

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Its caused too much trouble with my neighbors. It just hasn't really blended in with the neighborhood. It looks pretty great in the summer but it looks bad in the winter. This spring we're willingly taking out most of the front yard, but we're keeping the whole load of stuff I got in my backyard.
6 years ago
An experiment in homescale permaculture. Species include fig, comfrey, peach, golden margeruite, strawberries, bee balm, yarrow and jchokes. Planted 2010 onto regular lawn, pictures are from summer 2012.























6 years ago
In my opinion, enough people have gotten behind this movement that there is now alot of hope. If we can reach a critical mass, I believe the inertia will drive all the cronies out of power, but if we don't reach it, it might become a police state. Its really all or nothing here. But its ok, it really looks like we're winning this one from my eyes;

-More and more Americans are enlightening on things such as diet, agriculture, environmental destruction
-I heard a poll that said the majority of Americans support the movement
-Its not attached to any particular race, candidate or belief; its nonviolent; spreading to celebrities and other Americans w/ social power
-The true problem is exposed; That Wall street and Washington are One entity
-Bank of America is totally afraid of people closing their accounts it seems like
-The internet is on our side
-The people at OWS are lovely and supportive and creative and no crusty dead bankers can keep down real collaboration

BTW they don't NEED tents and a literal occupation to continue and they can always reoccupy once the momentum gets greater.

I'm inclined to believe we've got this one won, Permaculture can solve all our material needs, we just need someone fighting for us on the political end.
7 years ago
Hello Mountain Chick, my name's Charlie I'm 18 I live in Hackensack, New Jersey and I'm currently searching for farms to visit in the northeast that demonstrate good permaculture techniques. I'm hoping to get a Permaculture design business set up in a year and have a farm somewhere in the northeast within 5-10 years time. I'm into herbalism, foraging, and health through eating nutrient dense wild foods, fermented foods, and raw dairy products. I was looking into DACRES in New Hampshire where your at, you should check them out they seem to have a great model for 20 person farmstead for a cold climate.

Uplifting to see young Permaculturists with interests, almost, identical to mine. Let's reach the tipping point baby and enjoy the ride until then.
7 years ago
Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire seem to be great areas for this stuff because of all the forested land and likeminded people up there.
7 years ago
Imagine someone coming to your dinner for dozens of people and telling you you have to pour bleach on your food and throw it away! That's government for you.
7 years ago
I want to scream when I hear this stuff.
7 years ago
That Groasis waterboxx seems like an excellent solution to the dilemma of "Its too much dam work to water my trees every day!" Watering once a month compared to once a day in the desert climate, man, that would make it possible to grow like 50 or 100 times the amount of trees you want.

Definitely sounds good for large scale "Greening the Desert" type things. 
7 years ago
Love love love intentional community stuff. Waiting for intentional community podcast #3 

More on dictator-style, feeding everybody year-round off the land, perfect scale (20 per house seems to be best?) More people than that, then you can't all join one table for dinner. I think constant casual interaction is critical to maintain a sense of community. No better place to do that than dinner.
I'm thinking one of the great side affects of HUSP would be super-localized cuisine. They say every province of India has a very distinct cuisine that's very different from any other.

Perhaps inland floridians could use their semi-tropical climate to produce something like a raw-vegan diet.  Great plains states would continue their meat-eating traditions. But still, I'm thinking even more localized than that. Like every village's cuisine will vary.

Also ridiculous amounts of varieties. I think potato would still be part of most of the HUSP local cuisines since its useful and adaptable. E.c. the Incas had 7000 varieties of potato or something like that. HUSP might have 20,000 varieties of potato or something.

Sharing just in case my thoughts are useful to anyone.
7 years ago