Timothy Green

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I have a friend in Tucson, xxx xxxx, with the Sonoran Permaculture Guild.


At least, I assume he's still around. Truthfully, it's been a few years since I talked to him. At any rate, several years ago, I spent a long weekend in Tucson, and he laid out a permaculture tour for me. It was incredible! The town has a lot of activity, permaculture-wise. There's so much to see and do. It's been so long ago, I can't begin to name everything, but here are a few ideas:
Farmer's Markets everywhere. Buy desert honey.
The University of Arizona campus is pretty cool. There's a building (Can't remember the name. Engineering building?) that harvests the condensate water from the HVAC units on the roof and has created an oasis in the middle of the campus. Incredible. Also, a couple of cheap and interesting museums on campus.
The Avra Valley swales. A must-see. Mentioned by Bill Mollison, these swales were installed by the government in the CCC, depression era. Possibly the only good thing to come from government.
There are rain collection systems EVERYWHERE! They put a real artistic flair on them, making some of them look very nice. There was a co-op on the south side of the city that held the distinction of being the largest in the city, at that time. Massive.
Community gardens, everywhere!
And, if nothing else, lots and lots of desert hiking.

A fascinating community. Just reminiscing about my weekend there made me realize how much I enjoyed my stay there.

3 years ago
I am selling a 1.25 acre parcel of land in Apache County, Arizona.

Witch Well is one of America’s last frontiers, with close proximity to the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. The land remains virtually unchanged since the days the first settlers arrived in Northern Arizona.  It is a land abundant with history. Today the area consists primarily of small ranches and a small town atmosphere that makes you feel welcome. Wildlife is abundant in the White Mountains. You can see antelope, deer and magnificent elk on the plains. Witch Well is located half way between Sanders (I-40) and St. John's, AZ on Highway 191, at mile marker 340. The towns of Greer, Springerville, Snowflake and Show Low are very close. This is a great area for hiking, fishing and hunting.
This property is located near the Witch Well Tavern at the intersection of US 191 & AZ SR61. It is an old family operated business. The unincorporated village consists mainly of the tavern and ranches. The area will be appreciated by people that want to live life off the grid. You'll find straw built homes, underground homes, cabins, site built homes and manufactured homes. Some people live year round in their RV's and thoroughly enjoy it!

The town of St. John's is 25 miles away and it is the County Seat. It provides the local residents with gas, groceries, a drug store, hardware store and restaurants.

At an altitude of 6,400 feet, the weather in Witch Well offers a cool, secluded respite from the heat of the surrounding desert. The average maximum temperature in July, the hottest month, is 90.1 degrees. Winters are mild with maximum lows in the mid-teens. Snowfall averages 18.3 inches per year and generally melts off within a day or two. With little or no light pollution and the clean, clear skies of the desert, you’ll be able to witness gorgeous red sunsets and beautiful starry nights.

Many people haul water from St. Johns. It is economical and easy. Some people prefer to have their own well drilled. There are many qualified local well drillers in the area.

parcel # 205-11-364
Nearby attractions include:
• The Canyon De Chelly National Monument
• The Petrified Forest National Park
• Grand Canyon National Park
• Four Corners National Monument
• 3 hours from Albuquerque, NM
• 4 hours from Phoenix

Incidentally, you can grow medical marijuana in Arizona, if you're so inclined.

Asking $1,000 but will consider owner finance. Please send text to (817) 301.4695
3 years ago
When I was a kid, about 30 years ago, I struggled with my weight. One summer, my stepmother and dad put me on a low-carb diet. I remember the small paperback book was blue & yellow, and had a subtitle about "the diet formerly known as the air force diet" or something like that. I lost a bunch of weight that summer, but when I went back to live with my mom, she couldn't understand a diet that did not have it's base foundation as bread. Consequently, I put back all the weight I lost that summer.

Fast forward 30 years: I still struggle with my weight (some) but I'm not obese anymore, and I don't worry about it all that much. From my childhood, I have an interest in different types of dietary regimes. The common thread I see to all "successful" diets is that they reduce or eliminate carbs in the form of refined flours and sugars. Even the Atkins, which I think has been proven to be nutritionally deficient, has a foundation of reducing carbs.

The Mediterranean, Paleo, others all seem to eliminate or greatly carbs and focus on proteins and fats. Some seem to include various levels of fruits and veggies. Almost all agree that veggies should be a substantial part of any diet. About ten years ago, when my first child was born, I did one called, "No Flours/No Sugars". As the name implies, anything with flour or sugar on the ingredient list was off-limits. I lost substantial weight and felt really good.

From that jumping-off point, there seem to be variations: Differences in beans/lentils/cheese/the amounts & types of fruits/types of meat/honey/etc are present in what I've read from the few I've studied. I am not a dietary expert.

To me, the similarity of the various dietary programs seem to be the reduction or elimination of refined carbs and sugars.
7 years ago
Mike -

I live in El Paso, and would be interested in talking with you, if you are still looking for labor.

9 years ago