Vova Wasabi

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It feels awkward using plastics in permaculture because in essence, a permaculture system can reproduce itself after some time. Chances are you will not be able to reproduce the things that use plastic, and plastic products like pond liner. Therefore these things are not renewable and not sustainable. It's a shortcut to use plastic liner or a plastic rainwater tank, but there's no real lesson learned, like how to leakproof a pond or make a wooden tank, and next time you might need a shortcut, it won't be available.

Another thing to consider is scavenging plastic versus paying for it. Having no good way to dispose of it, scavenging at least makes it useful in the goal of permaculture, and paying for it supports unsustainable production practices.
9 years ago
are you focusing on anything specific? If you are working for yourself, you'd have to do some sort of design, unless you team up with some one who does the design and you do.. ..manual work?

the plus is that permaculture is encompasses a great variety of things, basically everything people need, so you can focus on certain aspects and put a permaculture twist, like earthworks, water systems, energy systems, food systems, and then work with permaculture consultants who do overall design.

I don't see any other way really, we have to be the leaders in this. Any government agency or private company I know that one might seek "conventional" employment in is not on this level yet, and if you take a PDC, you'll see infinite amount of ways to improve their processes. It's hard not being able to do anything about it.

Sell something you produce, be it food, energy, fabrics, materials, etc etc
9 years ago
I think the main problem is designing the property for profit. I'm not saying you can't make money, but earth and people should come first. If you are planning on living there, first take care of what you need, and see how much extra income you actually need to live there, which should be very little. Then you can observe and find out what the property is best suited for. It doesn't make sense to raise cattle if you can raise eel and make 10x more money, i understand diversification, but it seems you are grabbing up more things that anyone can handle, and looking for advice how to implement them. That's the whole point of an ecovillage with a common work model, that all these things can be achieved by say 12 people, sharing work and benefits, instead of you doing all the work and hiring cheap labor who isn't intersted what they are producing, resulting in a lower quality, and allowing the people who buy your produce to do anything they want to get the money, like working for FDA, the FED, drug dealing, insurance, etc.
9 years ago
sadly, no. Everything I found on the internet was too expensive, beachfront or properties with good view to be developed. I'm there now, and even realtors dont understand what we want to do, and why we might want to get something off the grid, even if its cheaper. I drove around the island, there were some "land for sale" signs, first one was selling 22 acres in 1 acre lots for 22.5k an acre. But it's looking like if you want to have a selection in front of you and being able to pick form a lot of choices, one has to go down here and search. I have yet to check the newspaper, but I'm leaving tomorrow, hopefully to get some leads from the contacts I made to look at a bunch of land. it's definitely there.
they are trilingual! It's part of british commonwealth, so official language is english, and everyone speaks it, official business language. The locals speak a french patois, and it's similar enough to regular french that most can speak it too. I found it to be perfect in that regard, as you can start learning french there, and that will open up all the french speaking carribean islands.

After buying land you get resident status, and can apply for citizenship 8 years after, or earlier if you do something outstanding.
I'm looking for land in Saint Lucia, and for 50k you can probably get 2-3 acres in the bush, ie no utilities, gravel road, and generally overgrown area. Which is pretty much perfect for homesteaders. Solar panels and diesel generators are common in these areas for electricity, and enough rainfall to catch more than enough water. After doing all my research, this seems to be one of the better Carribean Islands to do the kind of homesteading permies think about.
What I do is I put a couple of mullein leaves together, roll them into a cylinder, tie with some string to keep the form, and dry for a week. When ready, apply fire to one end of the cylinder and inhale from the other.

What better way to ingest an herb that helps the respiratory system than by smoking it?!?

Other than the propaganda of marijuana and tobacco, I was first introduced to herb smoking with mugwort, just by reading about it. Then I looked into what other stuff people smoke, and mixed in with controlled substances was my old friend mullein. It additionally servers as a great substitute for rolling paper, and since my first encounter with the home made 100% mullein cigar, I've resorted to using it to contain other smokable herbs, mixing in mugwort, mint, and chamomile.

Let me know if you guys want to amend the mullein video with Forest and sharing some mullein smokes. Even though he's 16, it's legal!
9 years ago