Hugo Morvan wrote:I'd like to use it in water control. Water is essential it's ok to put on a little solar pump and walk away, but if you forget to switch it off you're wasting water. It would be great to automatize these things. An Arduino can fail too, don't get me wrong, but probably not as many times as me.
I got an automatic door for the chickens that lived in the caravan. It opened in the morning a lot earlier than i would have opened it for them, but in nature, chickens are out at first light, because that is when the bugs go hiding, a lot of their protein comes from that moment. I forgot to check the batteries and apparently it was open constantly,at night a marter came in and killed all of them. If i had had some kind of battery low warning system that wouldn't have happened, but since it was pretty complicated as it was, to get that system working, i didn't do something like that. I didn't think of either, but that aside.
If a greenhouse gets hot an automated system to open the doors would come in handy. I'm sure it all exists already, but it would be nice to make it myself, so i can fix it as well. Chickenfeeder, automated.
I saw one little system that was even lower tech, which i am going to put to use when the new chickens come.
It's priceless to have things automated, i am a hobby farmer, i need to go to work, and it would be nice if things run smoothly so i don't have to do it after work or before.
For real farmers it's the same. My neighbor wants a system that uses the well water when it's above a certain level, pump on..but wants it to shut down when it comes below a certain level so it doesn't suck up muck. And still you can walk away in stead of doing chores closeby and maybe forgetting when an emergency arrives.
Stuff like that. Maybe i'm dreaming, i wouldn't know, but i guess these systems will be worth a buck for farmers to install. Bridging the gap between the cheapest chinese stuff which breaks and the fanciest systems that cost a fortune. Stuff custom made.
Me being me, i started to worry the farmers would deplete the watertable. And the love for electronics was over when i just got too busy with a new project outside, but it's just shelved.
Hugo Morvan wrote:Yeah partying is good for a bit. Let it all hang out. No skills you say? Doesn't sound like it to me. Nothing you can't learn. Electronics can be of great help in permaculture, i bought a beginners set, it's just sitting there, waiting for me to be motivated. It can be of great help though! That's a skill. Heroin is a bummer, not as damaging as alcohol in itself.
Having a child makes you want to fight harder normally. Gardening has helped me a lot in staying away from alcohol and cigarettes. Permaculture has given my creativity a boost, i guess i was bored really, filled that gap with drugs, which can teach you a lot, but man, the hangovers. I guess i have filled that gap with gardening now, it tastes great, i feel much cleaner , clearheaded and healthier and love that what i am doing really makes a difference. I build nature, it's god's work really. Deeply satisfying. Drug culture never gave me that, it's a lot of talk and waste and consumerism and more talk about quitting and geting away, chatter. Feeling despicable afterwards. Gardening is about producing, about being more clever than the critters, about the wholeness of life.
Good luck with changing! Aren't children just magical?
Hugo Morvan wrote:Welcome. Looking to change your life, you've come to the right place.
I don't know, if your skilled you can join a community, they are usually looking for people.
Or you could find an older homesteader who has land and an extra small house, they need manual work doing , you'll learn skills.
Some people are WOOFFING, helping out on organic farms, but with a young family less choices, they're usually looking for students. Although right now, the local farms need hands, less immigrants and lots of demand.
Or just wait this out, learn on here, find a job, put all the money aside you can, not get sucked back into consumer life and jump out.
I don't know, good luck. Talk to us.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:Good thoughts. It all starts with a garden. Have you ever grown stuff?
Tell us more about your hopes!
bob day wrote: Yes, welcome, knowing you want a change is the best beginning, before there is a catastrophe and you are simply being swept along with the flood.
This is certainly a good place to start and develop friends and possibly even find the situation that suits you. In the meantime, save your money, develop your skills and keep your eyes open.
I would be looking at Permaculture courses, some are free online, and develop a new way of organizing your knowledge
Orin Raichart wrote: Welcome Earl,
The Community forums will provide you contacts of people who have large farms and need help (but you need to bring skills and a work ethic or it won't last long). That forum is here. Read the right hand side of the screen carefully for all the sub-forums contained in the Community forums.
You will also find other folks there who are looking for a place (maybe find a way to make the leap with seven of them (very tough since most people have no idea of what living in community really is like).
Under the Experience forums, you may also find what you're looking for here.
Anne Pratt wrote:No avoiding the fact that this is easier to do with money. But a good start is either gardening where you are (and thus learning permaculture principles and how to grow food), or getting a job in a rural area, moving there, and setting about getting yourself some land. It's all a process, and the process (while hard) is mostly all good. We are all on the road; none of us has arrived.
I am hopeful that this pandemic will cause others to take a second look at our wasteful, harmful, stupid-consumerist way of living, and seek alternatives.