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Amit Enventres

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It's that time of year again!
3 days ago
Fig trees are warm loving trees and can be planted any time it has enough time to establish a good root system. The root system establishment does depend on your soil. In short, fig tree planting ok.
Spring: the point in which my cold tolerant seeds/seedlings hit a growth curve great enough to harvest.

Summer: the point in which my cold tolerant crops start to bolt and my cold intolerant seeds can be planted and quickly germinated.

Fall: the point in which it becomes uncomfortable to just hang out outside, but it's not too cold for plants to grow and live, though some have slowed growth curves.

Winter: the time in which plant growth is pretty well null.
Hi! I live in Ohio too! I also worked with and work as a small farmer. Farming is awesome, but as for money, it takes a while to build up enough to do anything, and I wouldn't rely on it for income for atleast 5 years, and one acre is probably a good start, but long term I think five acres is minimum...but starting with 0.25 acres is not a bad way to go because there's a learning curve and getting set up and through that curve takes time and energy. Also, many farms have a secondary "agrotourism" or educational aspect.

If you are close to Cleveland there's many small farmers who are willing to show you what they have going on.
6 days ago
Hi,  I  am in Ohio working in urban agriculture and permaculture. Nothing I do is free, it's all work, all day, but it's enjoyable to me and moves us towards what we see as a better world. You can check out what I do on FB or Instagram at Imitating Eden Garden Design. What attracted us to Cleveland is a combo of things, including Cuyahoga  county being mostly urban but zoned "agriculture" and our city allows chickens too.  An adjacent city is toying with allowing goats. It's therefore not uncommon to see lawns converted to edible gardens and I am working with several public schools on integrating urban agriculture into their curriculum. There are permaculture classes in this area sometimes too. The housing is also relatively affordable.

Dale Hodgins wrote:I did some very simple cooking today. I got an old Macaulay frying pan at a thrift store. And I started a new house today that has good appliances. So I put the stove on cleaning mode and cooked all of the old gunk off of the pan.

In more tasty news, my fiance is good at cooking many things as evidenced by these photos.

The last one is steamed eggplant that is flattened then sliced lengthwise and finally scrambled egg mix is poured over it. It's quite tasty but ends up looking like a bird that has been hit on the road.

Very cool! Did you grow all that stuff?
1 week ago
Spinach and white bean soup. Spinach is from the garden.
1 week ago
Fresh picked spinach with finely chopped kale, collard, mint, and chives. Plus, slices of radish and a sweet vinaigrette dressing made with local honey, balsamic vinegar, oil, fresh squeezed orange juice, and salt.

I only had to buy the ingredients for the dressing. I love this time of year.
1 week ago
The green stuff in the tabouli is from my garden. Mint, French sorrel, and chives.

The rain drop cakes are jello with a little vanilla extract  and an edible flower inside.  They are a fun dessert or Mother's Day treat.
2 weeks ago
Congrats on saving up and welcome to Permies! You have a lot of good questions.  I think what's best is based on a lot of factors yet unknown to us. I know when we started up there was a cost associated with learning (i.e. finding out we made the wrong decision and have to do something else). The good news is we were saving more so we kept bouncing back faster and faster.

When I make decisions, I try to use the tools from Alan Savory's holistic management decision making (at least how I remember being taught it.)

I suggest inventorying your resources. I.E.  I assume you have land. Do you have dirt? What type? Do you have tools to move the dirt? Do you have snow and ice? Is there permafrost? Do you have trees or shrubs or any on-site foliage? Transportation: what are your options for hauling to and from the site? Seed? Do you have enough to live on and a place to grow it? Water sources? How much snow and wind do you get? How much sun? How close is the closest shipping place where imports and exports can be exchanged? Etc. Answering those will help a lot in answering your questions.
2 weeks ago