Charles E. Young

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Many of us are or have probably been members of the Nature Conservancy.

They are very effective at land preservation and trust and have this down to a science.  they welcome all levels of community, government and industry coming to them to settle ecological and land use differences. they set up diverse land trust, many different types, most all with local leadership in the are of compliance. I bet they would extend their trust services to those moving this direction. In the past they did not have to be a beneficiary of the property being entrusted. they also know about managing a trust and the difficulties that arise from poor writing and planning. We could learn much from them, not work as hard as we might, not make a lot of mistakes and get a good start as a result.

Well you get the idea.  Would they mentor this direction by this new Perma-culture Trust, as we are a sister organization? Board members could reach out and see.
8 months ago
Good questions, lots of good ideas above, so here are several thoughts.

I've taught in Bachelors and Masters degree programs and hail from farm country (Iowa, Oklahoma & California Central Valley). Disclaimer: I do not qualify under the definition of farmer, though my Dad and my Father-in-law did.

In our country most people who get Ag degrees have a family farm, have families in an Ag business or have a specific Ag related path they are pursuing. They know what education to get in order to pursue the career they have selected. From your comments you don't have a small acreage waiting for you when you graduate and even if you did, if you don't have practical experience, good application and business guidance, and tools/materials and similar, you couldn't do what you want for a while after college.  but that shouldn't be a problem at your young age.

If you are not pushing hard down one of those specific career paths I mentioned, then I agree that you are obtaining a lot of debt without a plan for repaying (this is now a Dad speaking).
Danger! Will Robinson, Danger! Beware of College Career Counselors - their primary purpose is to get you to take more classes and they do not care about you getting a career unless failing to do so hurts their college. Hence all the 5 and 6 years long college careers in order to get their 4 year bachelors.

So what to do? Consider...

Explore Ag career paths that fit with your education path. Is there one that will get you where you want to go? Do you need to alter your current course path?
Pursue education grants in Ag related careers. Work at this like it is your job. There is money out there, so try to get it (ask professors, department heads and yes those career counselors for funding leads).
What colleges, schools and type of courses should you take?
As one person mentioned, business courses are a strong plus for Ag related businesses. Can you mix the two and get to where you want to be in ten or so years post graduating.

Answer the above questions and you'll answer:
Whether you should get a degree?
What to study?
and if  it is financially worth it?

Finally, if the permaculture approach and application is for your own goals, then do as another has mentioned and get a good career that pays the bills, save some money, get to know people doing what you want to do, spend time in their dirt, learn all you can about this knowledge area, then with money saved, applicable experience gained and adequate beginners knowledge, get your own small acreage and give it your own try, while you keep the paying job to cover the bills.
Then when it all comes together, you'll be set up to take advantage of your success.  

One last thought, seek out a mentor, they are priceless.

Trust this is thought provoking.
8 months ago
As a Health System CEO, I work with this virus every day in California.
the symptoms which you stated could be Covid 19. and your actions have been good.  If your health department has the ability to assist, call them and ask their advice about getting tested or waiting longer to go out. Should you go out, wear a good face mask (home made is ok), that will lessen the likelihood of you spreading whatever virus you've had and maintain the 6 foot distance.
The problem is that a person with Covid 19 can move through the symptoms and still be able to spread it, hence contacting your health department for guidance and waiting for a longer period just to be sure.

Good health to you and your house mates, and yes they should do the same as you, because they do not know if they are carrying a virus.

We will all make it through this together.
8 months ago
Just a few thoughts.

If you are keeping this greenhouse long-term, then consider long-term decisions/upgrades.
Do you have a footer? If so, place the frost barrier just to the inside of the footer on the greenhouse's drop side.
Can you move the door and get rid of the old furnace, to make available the southern light?
    Unless falling apart, doors aren't that hard to move if one has basic handyman skills.
Can you dig down and make a heat battery/retainer under the greenhouse?
    This can work well with your heat jet and a simple air movement system.
Can you obtain rigid UV polycarb, 2 layer the next time and better control heat and heat loss?

Just some thoughts.
wish you the best harvest and good tasting food.
1 year ago