Miles Flansburg

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since Feb 03, 2011
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Miles was born into a ranching family. His Mom and Dad moved to the big city so he has lived in both worlds. Miles is married with two college aged children. He has been gardening all of his life , in Colorado and Wyoming. A Wyoming Master Gardener and Permaculture newbie. Miles loves hiking, camping and fishing in the Rockies. He and his family live on a small suburban lot outside of Denver and own a ten acre forested lot in Wyoming that is slowly being planted with food crops.
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I was lucky enough to find a "co-op" program through a local community college when I was in my 20's. I went to school for 3 days a week and worked, applying the things that I was learning, and making a good wage which more than paid for the program. The program was industrial maintenance which taught mechanics, hydraulics, welding, electrical trades and blueprint reading to name a few. All of these trade skills, and that 2 year degree have landed me jobs with 12 different large companies over the last 35 years. Anytime I wanted to try working at something else with a different company , I had a job waiting. I still get calls from headhunters who see my resume online and want  to know if I am looking for a new job.

So find out if there is an opportunity through the college. to work as you learn. I have heard that Trump's administration is going to focus on new programs like this, so look for new programs to be rolled out.

Is there a need / jobs in your area for the degree you are looking at getting? Does the college offer job placement help after you graduate? Ask them if local employers have come to them asking for certain trades to be taught because they cannot find qualified help. Then take those classes.
1 day ago
Howdy Michael, welcome to permies. I am going to say that this is mother nature at work and is all very normal but if you have any pictures we could be a bit more sure about that.
5 days ago
Hey Ryan I am gonna add this post to the "Wheaton lab" forum and bump it back up in hopes that Paul or someone at the lab will see it.
2 weeks ago
Roberto, There are piles of them across Wyoming too. I was thinking about getting some for fence posts around my 40 acres but when I called the UP they said that they do not allow the public to have them and have sold them all to a contractor who sells them to power plants as you have mentioned. I know of older towns in Wyoming where the old ties were used to build "homes" (shacks) and walls for snow fencing. Not sure if the old ties were treated the same way or if they are just so old that the treatment has worn off, but some of them no longer smell and are dry and grey.
2 weeks ago
Howdy Chris, welcome to permies!  I didn't see the attached soil test but it looks like you could use all of the organic matter you can get ! I wouldn't worry about the nitrogen loss for now, can you get any manures ?
2 weeks ago
Joseph are you collecting all sorts of wildflowers or just certain ones ? I might be able to collect some from our property in Wyoming if you like?
Thanks Ken, I had not thought of that but it makes a lot of sense!
2 weeks ago
Ya Bruce My two trees in Denver do the same thing. This year the squirrels have been "pruning" the fruit for me. They are not even waiting for the fruit to get ripe! Anyway I am lucky to have fruit every three to four years. If it isn't the animals it is snow, hail, frost, etc.
2 weeks ago
Good stuff Jeremy ! I am going to go with elk droppings. I love your ingenuity and creativity ! Keep up the bush crafting.
3 weeks ago
Looking good Alex ! Thanks for the update. Have you had any time to learn more about your property?  What did you find out about fixing up the barn? Sure would be sad to loose that.
3 weeks ago