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Leaf Bailey

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since Mar 07, 2020
Single father of two young children. Looking to realize Lifelong dreams of learning and Living with the land. I own 80 acres of wild mountainous forestland outside of Ashland/Medford area. Looking to develop a community of rightful Living that supports itself and the greater community through offering educational opportunities.
Southern Oregon
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Hi cate,
I hope your search has been fruitful. If not, you may want to check out ic.org (intentional communities magazine). They’ve got a near complete list of communities, as well as job offerings, and other useful info. I know I recently saw some positions available at a place called breitenbush (so?). They are a community in Oregon, centered around the hot springs on the property, offering retreat facilities. There’s also Aprevecho (so?). Also in Oregon and I believe more centered around permaculture eduction.
I myself, am in southern Oregon, close to Ashland, which is a pretty “progressive” community. I have some off-grid forest land with minimal infrastructure that I am hoping to find a group of folks to make into a community. If you’d like to discuss what I’ve got going on in detail, let me know and I’d be happy to share. I do have an ad here, in the intentional communities forum.
Good luck,
Leaf
3 months ago

Lisa Stanleyson wrote:You should put in a request for a zoning change. As long as it is uncontested you usually can get it changed.




- rezone to what? And for what purpose?
3 months ago
Ben,
Thanks for the heads up about the permaculture guild. I’ll check it out. I’m not on the FB but maybe I need to start a page. Anyone out there want to help this Luddite with process?

It seems like we all may be forced into missing gatherings for a while but I’ll try to make the one in April if I can.
3 months ago
Hi everyone, it’s great to hear from you all. I don’t seem to be getting notified about your replies so if you want to expedite this process, send me a Purple Mooseage  Those seem to get to me quickly.
3 months ago
Hi Cate,
I’ll be around in May. Make sure to look me up. It would be great to connect and discuss how our visions may support each other’s. If you’re not familiar with Ashland, look it up. There’s a lot of cool stuff going on around here.
-Leaf
3 months ago
I’m in southern Oregon, where I have 80 acres of off-grid forest land that I am currently working on restoring to greater health and have dreams of creating a community and learning center on. I’m right outside the town of Ashland and pretty much equidistant to San Francisco and Portland.

I have two young kids half time and doing my best to guide them into the amazing human beings they are.

Between the kids, the rural property, and my aversion to bars, I don’t get out much and have recently found this site as s resource for information. Finding this particular forum seemed like a good place to cast my line. I’m happy to share more or chat. Good luck out here.

4 months ago
Hi Permies,

I’ve got a forest restoration project I’ve been working on in Southern Oregon, just outside of Ashland. It’s a beautiful location with an amazing amount of diversity. There are at least 8 different species of native trees on the property as well as an endless array of edible/medicinal plants and wildflowers.

The forest was logged probably 40-60 years ago and since then has gone pretty much uncared for. This has resulted in an unhealthy density. Instead of trees being able to thrive in their own space, they’re overcrowded and competing for resources this results in a lot of broken and misshapen trees, or situations where the conifers have pieced the canopy of the shade intolerant oaks, killing off limbs, and in many cases, whole trees. While the conifers are great as a marketable resource, the presence of the oak, and diversity in general, are key factors in supporting the teaming wildlife communities. Aside from poor forest health, this overcrowding also makes the forest inaccessible to us humans to enjoy. Instead of being able to go out for a hike (or easily manage the land), one must bushwhack through the understory, literally,  unable to see the forest through the trees. As you can imagine, this also make for an extremely volatile situation when fires come through, which are an ever growing threat out here in the west.
There are also a few springs and riparian zones that we’ll spend some time addressing in a way that slows the flow and keeps the water on the land, and recharging the groundwater, as much as possible.  

We are trying to take a wholistic approach to this process, honoring the plants, animal, and land as we go. Instead of piling and burning the slash, we are chipping where we can and laying the fallen logs on contour in order to basically make swales, again keeping the carbon and water on the property, not putting it in the air or enabling mass run off and soil degradation. We’re also building
wildlife habitat with some of the debris. Where it’s not possible to get the chipper, or plausible to drag it out, we are doing some debris burning.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in checking out and helping with, I would welcome a discussion about specifics. The property is pretty wild and “off-grid”. There is a solar generator on site and amazing spring water to drink. A shared propane shower and composting toilet. There are a couple of domes available for Living or sites to park your bus,van, or tiny home. There’s a veggie garden site available to grow some food but our growing season is pretty short.  Work would primarily consist of hauling and piling limbs and log sections. You would definitely have direction and help. You’d also be able to bring your own ideas to contribute.  Some time would also be spent on creating and maintaining some infrastructure to improve yours and others’ time on the property. Running water and kitchen access come to mind. Here are some photos of what it looks like after the work is done.
4 months ago
Hi Danielle,
How’s your search gone? Were you able to find a project to get involved with? Are you looking for something this year? Give us an update.
I’ve got a forest restoration project I’ve been working on in Southern Oregon, just outside of Ashland. It’s a beautiful location with an amazing amount of diversity. There are at least 8 different species of native trees on the property as well as an endless array of edible/medicinal plants and wildflowers.
The forest was logged probably 40-60 years ago and since then has gone pretty much uncared for. This has resulted in an unhealthy density. Instead of trees being able to thrive in their own space, they’re overcrowded and competing for resources this results in a lot of broken and misshapen trees, or situations where the conifers have pieced the canopy of the shade intolerant oaks, killing off limbs, and in many cases, whole trees. While the conifers are great as a marketable resource, the presence of the oak, and diversity in general, are key factors in supporting the teaming wildlife communities. Aside from poor forest health, this overcrowding also makes the forest inaccessible to us humans to enjoy. Instead of being able to go out for a hike (or easily manage the land), one must bushwhack through the understory, literally,  unable to see the forest through the trees. As you can imagine, this also make for an extremely volatile situation when fires come through, which are an ever growing threat out here in the west.
There are also a few springs and riparian zones that we’ll spend some time addressing in a way that slows the flow and keeps the water on the land, and recharging the groundwater, as much as possible.  
We are trying to take a wholistic approach to this process, honoring the plants, animal, and land as we go. Instead of piling and burning the slash, we are chipping where we can and laying the fallen logs on contour in order to basically make swales, again keeping the carbon and water on the property, not putting it in the air or enabling mass run off and soil degradation. We’re also building wildlife habitat with some of the debris. Where it’s not possible to get the chipper, or plausible to drag it out, we are doing some minimal burning.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in checking out and helping with, I would welcome a discussion about specifics. The property is pretty wild and “off-grid”. There is a solar generator on site and amazing spring water to drink. A shared propane shower and composting toilet. There are a couple of domes available for Living or sites to park your bus,van, or tiny home. There’s a veggie garden site available to grow some food but our growing season is pretty short.  Work would primarily consist of hauling and piling limbs and log sections. You would definitely have direction and help. Some time would also be spent on creating and maintaining some infrastructure to improve yours and others’ time on the property. Running water and kitchen access come to mind. Here are some photos of what it looks like after the work is done.
4 months ago
Hi Andrew,
I’ve got some acreage in southern Oregon, outside the town of Ashland. It’s fully off-grid, wild, and an amazing mixed conifer dominant forest. Diversity of flora is next to none. Would be great explore herbalism and wild crafting. Abuts to thousands of acres of public lands.
There is some infrastructure but it’s limited. Hoping to creating more this year. I am hoping to open the place up as a community and learning center. Perhaps your knowledge of growing, plant care, and permaculture could support a class/workshop. I am still on the early end of my education of these things.
I am doing a restoration project in the forest that could be some paid work for those additional hours if you’re looking. If you’re interested in talking more, let me know. Good luck.
4 months ago
Hey guys,
You still looking? I’ve got some off-grid forest land in southern Oregon, outside of Ashland. Despite being 25 minutes from town, it’s full on wilderness out here. Some minimal infrastructure. Want to create more. Could be a good fit. Realistically, however, four dogs is probably more than this property could handle. If that’s not a non-starter, we can talk more about the place.
Good luck.
4 months ago