John Suavecito

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Food forest in a suburban location. Teaches grafting and helps people learn how to grow food. Involved with a local food exchange group.  Shares cuttings and knowledge with schoolchildren.
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I'm just doing all of those things as a preventative for cancer. Many people in my family had cancer. Some died of it.  I'm not ready to join them yet.  I fasted today.  Plant based. Many specific mushrooms, plants, etc.
John S
PDX OR
6 hours ago
My suggestion is to contact your local branch of The Grange, a farming organization that has existed for 100 years, I think.
John S
PDX OR
1 day ago
I see them in lawns and disturbed areas.  Hard to notice out of the blooming period, though.
John S
PDX OR
3 weeks ago
I have read about how oyster mushrooms, in particular, can destruct certain toxins so that they are no longer toxic.  In this instance, it was only because they changed the molecule into something benign.  This wouldn't be the case for a toxic element, like arsenic, lead, or mercury, because it won't be able to pull an element apart.

John S
PDX OR
3 weeks ago
I think you're onto something here about the balance of the ecology, James.  Even native borers could play a role, killing a few trees until it replenishes the soil, they become too numerous,  and the healthy trees survive.  They should provide tide over food for animals such as woodpeckers.  When a few trees are felled, the soil is replenished, the excess borers are eaten by other animals, and the healthy trees remain because the unhealthy ones were culled.

John S
PDX OR
3 weeks ago
I feel like this discussion in general has been great.  However, I don't think any of us gain from blaming one generation or another. I think we can all gain some perspective from understanding how the advantages are gained and lost at various times and rediscovered.  I feel we are all specifically called to fix the problems that arise as we are growing up and try to hand off as good a situation as we can to the next generation.  Some situations are really difficult and unproductive and we all need to pitch in and try to improve it.  Like the carbon in the atmosphere, toxins in the ecology and the selfish attitude of "pull up the ladder, Jack, I've got mine. "

John S
PDX OR
1 month ago
I tend to follow Francis of Assisi, both in faith and as it applies to permaculture:
"Go out and preach the gospel, and if it's absolutely necessary, use words!"

or
"Go out and feed your family, deliciously, healthily, and inexpensively, while helping wildlife, for fun.  If they ask, explain how." (permaculture version adapted by me)

John S
PDX OR
So it looks to me like James and I are pretty much in agreement:
easier to find super low cost housing and grow lots of food in the country.
Wider variety of jobs and economic prospects in a suburb or city.
Some people don't realize that the prices vary tremendously from say,
downtown of a city like Portland, to the suburb where I live,
to further out in a country suburb, to the country.
It's almost like a cost/price/stress ladder, where you can find your preferred level
of type of work you like enough, for how much you get paid, for
what else you can do in that situation.  There are lots of variables.

Will Allen is doing amazing urban permaculture in Milwaukee, WI.
Ron Finley (sp?) is doing great stuff in Los Angeles.  I don't want to live
in the middle of a big city, but it is really possible.   We need everybody
to wake up to what is possible to save our planet.

John S
PDX OR
1 month ago
I would say that a suburban or urban permie life is just a different permie life.

I have had a food forest for almost 20 years and eat food from my standard suburban lot every day.  

I switched to a less demanding, lower paying job so I could ride my bike to work and spend more time in the garden, playing music and doing things I like, such as skateboarding with my dog.

I don't aspire to grow 100% of my food, but I have great control of many parts of my food supply.

I can ride my bike to several different kinds of Asian, organic, and specialty grocery stores such as Trader Joe's.  I ride my bike to the library every week and read many books for free.

It's easy to meet up with other kaykers, baseball players and hang glider pilots.

It's easy to meet people to listen to or play music.

I can go to presentations on sustainable living and also make presentations on them, such as the Home ORchard Society in town.

There are as many advantages to suburban permaculture as there are to rural, but you need to pick the one that fits you best.

John S
PDX OR
1 month ago