Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture
, is an author, producer, certified advanced master gardener, and owner of. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts
, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs
, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks
dehydrators and much more.
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Burra is a hermit, and a dreamer, and an eternal optimist. She loves ideas, and she loves testing them out and sharing what she finds out. She's constantly starting new things but rarely finishes them. She is hopelessly disorganised and lives in a state of total, blissful chaos. She loves apricots. And cherries. One day she'll grow all her own food so she never has to venture off her farm.
She is currently taking some time off to spend with her family.
We manage a 40 acre
wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native
vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees
in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
an insomniac misanthrope who enjoys cooking, textile arts, farming and eating delicious food.
and who almost never replies to pm's or emails.
Chronic reader, creative dreamer, a LOT of hand skills to make things real, intense health issues that limit my activity, but not my creativity or dreams. Moved to southern Missouri with enough
tools and junk to build a life that might work well with my health. One of god’s gigglers, I punctuate with smiley faces and exclamation points when I type, and smile and laugh a lot in real life. (Often at things no one else understands.) And I both curtsy at people
(even when wearing grubby work clothes) and purr when hugged, both online and in real life. “Normal” is not a word that has ever been used for me.
Been organic gardening
all my life, and bought 4 acres that I have designed from the ground up. Making it happen is being the most fun I have ever had in my life, the best 3D jigsaw puzzle ever! Reading Mollison’s Designer’s Manual was like coming home, ah, THERE I am! A reality where I can use all of my multifaceted talents and skills!
Dumpster diver, recycler, second hand store shopper, I tell people I am attracted to rust and lace. I have violated every warranty I have ever met, I’m a tool using animal, and I use my tools to modify everything in my world. And it only gets weirder...
Five acres, two little ones, one awesome husband, 12 ducks (give or take), and a bunch of fruit
trees and garden beds
. In her spare time, Nicole likes to knit, paint, draw, teach kids, make fairies & dragons, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
My dream has always been to live close to the land
. My goal is simpler, sustainable
, more self-reliant living. In 2009 my husband and I bought a neglected 1920s-built bungalow on 5 acres, which we've gradually built into our homestead.
grew up on the farm and in the community
that was settled by his ggg-grandmother and her son. He still farms there. Growing conditions are high-altitude brilliantly-sunlit desert mountain valley in Northern Utah with irrigation
, clayish-silty high-pH soil, super low humidity, short-season, and intense radiant cooling
at night. Joseph learned traditional agricultural and seed
saving techniques from his grandfather and father. Joseph is a sustenance market farmer and landrace
seed-developer. He grows seed for about 95 species. Joseph is enamored with landrace
growing and is working to convert every species that he grows into adaptivar landraces. He writes the Landrace Gardening Blog for Mother Earth News
Promiscuous Pollination and ongoing segregation are encouraged in all varieties. Joseph's style of landrace gardening can best be summed up as throwing a bunch of varieties into a field, allowing them to promiscuously cross pollinate, and then through a combination of survival-of-the-fittest and farmer-directed selection saving seeds year after year to arrive at a locally-adapted genetically-diverse population that thrives because it is closely tied to the land, the weather, the pests
, the farmer's habits and tastes, and community desires.
Joseph lives under a vow of poverty and grows using subsistence level conditions without using cides or fertilizers. He prefers to select for genetics that can thrive under existing conditions. He figures that it is easier to change the genetics of a population of plants than it is to modify the soil, weather, bugs, etc. For example, because Joseph's weeding is marginal, plants have to germinate quickly, and burst out of the soil with robust growth in order to compete with the weeds.
Joseph is preserving the genes of thousands of varieties of plants, but does not keep individual varieties intact or pure. The stories don't matter to him. What matters is the web of ongoing life. For his purposes a squash is a squash is a squash. Plant purity doesn't exist in Joseph's world, other than in very broad ways like keeping hot peppers separate from sweet peppers. Some landraces might even contain multiple species!
Mike is a homesteader, gardener, engineer, wood
worker, blacksmith and most recently a greenhouse
designer. He heard about permaculture
in 2015 and has been learning ever since.
Beau M. Davidson
Beau Micah Davidson is a permaculturist and natural builder, lo-tech mycologist, herb farmer, acoustical and audio engineer, homesteader, tradesman, artist, husband, and dad. Prior to homesteading and permaculture
, his experience
included a successful career in the Nashville music industry, a painters and fine finishers apprenticeship in Melbourne, Australia, and an analog recording studio in the urban core of Kansas City
. This is where he met his wife, Kristen, and together, they fell in love with soil & microbes, started a family, and moved to Beau's 6-generation farm in South Central Kansas, where they now specialize in growing and wildcrafting culinary and medicinal
, and woodland goods. Beau and Kristen serve on the Leadership Team for Estuaries, a ministry seeking to incite a cultural ecology that fosters spiritually holistic
, emotionally healthy, and intellectually rich believers who are capable of engaging meaningfully with culture. He holds a B.S. in Recording Industry Management: Production & Technology, with minors in Mass Communications and Film.
Devaka started programming with Pascal and BASIC languages when he was 13, and he has been coding with Java since 2003. Devaka got his bachelor's in computer science from the University of Moratuwa, and currently holds SCJP, SCWCD, and SCBCD certifications. He is mostly known as the author of ExamLab
, which is a popular exam simulator for SCJP certification.
When he is not wrangling with his JavaEE and enterprise projects, he likes to play with sneaky web application security stuff.
maker, forest gardener/edible landscapist, plant breeding dabbler, forager.
Steve started his first "permaculture" garden
when he was about 7 years old and has been addicted to growing things ever since! It was only about 20 square feet back then, and he didn't know much about gardening except what was on the back of the seed packet, but he knew he didn't want to use any fertilizer or pesticides, and wanted to grow everything as naturally as possible.
Years later, when he got some land of his own, he started planting a larger garden, berry bushes, and fruit trees, and also discovered permaculture and Permies! Permaculture has made growing things so much easier and enjoyable! He is passionate about growing things naturally using natural farming
and permaculture methods to minimize work and maximize enjoyment!
He is also passionate about saving seed and creating new and locally adapted vegetable and own root
fruit varieties to increase the natural growing vigor, flavor, and pest and disease resistance of the plants, to make them easier and more enjoyable to grow.
Creating a plant nursery selling these types of plants occupies most of his free time right now, and he is hoping to start selling these types of plants and seeds soon! He has learned so much from the Permies community and is excited to learn and share our experiences together!
Jocelyn's life is all about balance. Maybe that's why she's an accountant and is such an advocate for keeping our natural systems healthy.
As a child, she perched on branches, collected moss and fungus, caught frogs and snakes, and climbed up into swaying tree forts in her beloved Pacific Northwest woods. Then, as a teenager, she learned that reining in sugar kept her more alert and energetic. These youthful observations grew into passions for walks in the woods, gardening, herbal remedies, and natural parenting with whole and traditional foods. More recently, Jocelyn's interest in the natural and healthy led
to all things permaculture and she completed her first permaculture design course
Jocelyn enjoys helping 1- and 2- person micro-businesses spend less time on their bookkeeping, growing and wildcrafting herbs and greens, plus cooking and fermenting veggie filled, health-promoting goodness.
James is in his forties, is an active homesteader who is married, and has no children aside from five cats. He is a graduate of The American Brewers Guild and while he no longer brews beer he does dabble in the fermentations of food and dairy
. He resides in the state of Tennessee where he runs a small farm. An avid gardener for more than twenty years, he also raises chickens
and cows, has a few fruit trees and hopes to add bee keeping, pigs and goats to the farm. When he has free time he enjoys hikes through the woods and reading books
Permaculture is my passion, and I intend to gain hands-on experience in permaculture and make the world a better place! It's time enough to stop being angry at the bad guys and get to work making a new world!
At the moment, I am currently looking for farms, intentional communities, and ecovillages that I could be a part of, so that I can get hands-on experience and practical knowledge of permaculture.
I am always available for hire for any in real life or online projects. Just make me an offer, and we can start talking.
software developer, moderator at coderanch, a father, husband and nintendo switch owner
Pediatrician with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences. Moved to Portland
, Oregon in the summer of 2013. Took Geoff Lawton's first online PDC
Tracy is an artist, graphic designer, musician, gardener and permaculture addict. She has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, and is enjoying getting to know a new area.
Cassie is the glue that holds the Water Stories team together. She is a Water Stories Jill-of-all-trades but primarily focuses on marketing
, outreach, copyediting, and subtitle creation. She is the main social media and communications correspondent so she is who you will be hearing from in newsletters and posts. Growing up on various ranches across Montana, Cassie has had a diverse exposure to land stewardship from a young age. Since then, she has become entrenched in the land regeneration sphere. When she’s not working on Water Stories, she runs a grassfed beef
company in Montana. At Gallatin Grassfed Cassie and her partner use holistic grazing techniques so they can put Water Stories strategies into practice by improving the soil in order to increase water absorption to feed
watershed. Lastly she is equally as passionate about personal health as she is land health so she works as a Crisis Counselor, where she supports people in often their darkest moments. In her free time, she's an avid rockhound, bookhound, and gardenhound.
zone 7? 8?: woodland, washington and portland, oregon. grower, builder, beekeeper, engineer.
Adrien grew up in Northern Quebec where he was exposed to gardening, hunting, fishing, and small fruit gathering. He was also exposed to large scale farming as his parents owned a farm for some years growing barley, canola and at one point raising milk sheep. Growing up he always had rabbits
and various other small livestock.
Now an avid gardener, foodie, amateur woodworker, and raw milk
advocate, he is experimenting with hugelkultur and polyculture
, cooking from scratch, experimenting on reducing his ecological footprint
, and much more.
Adrien was introduced to Permaculture few years ago through Joel Salatin
’s techniques and travelled down the rabbit hole to end up at Permies.
Craig is a permaculture designer and consultant with a focus on temperate climate, perennial food forests and homestead management. He has been testing and implementing his own designs while sharing knowledge and experience with others for the past seven years. In 2014 he completed his PDC
and began a larger expansion of his homestead and business. The future is bright, as long as you're willing to face it.
Retired ariwing jarhead working a second career as an engineer in the semi-conductor world to be finally free.
Wallingford grew up on organic farms that supported his mother's organic body care business.
He started training technical support representatives for Hewlett Packard when he was 16.
When he turned 19 he joined the united states army as a 19D (Cavalry Scout).
After the military, Josiah worked as a project
manager installing video on demand systems in luxury hotels.
Josiah was recalled by the military after being out for three years to go to Afghanistan.
After his tour in Afghanistan Josiah became an intern of Jack Spirko
of The Survival Podcast.
During his internship, he started Brink of Freedom
and PermaEthos as a partner with Jack Spriko, Nick Ferguson, Kevin Keegan and Charlie Mitchell.
In 2017 Josiah became the sole owner of PermaEthos and launched a community building site called ThriveThrough.
He lived abroad in the Sultanate of Oman until ten, then came back to Italy. After roaming around Italy, he stopped in Siena in 1998. He has three kids a beautiful partner, and now has brought some land and wants to set up a farm based on permaculture design.
He's a book geek, loves reading and one day maybe he'll write something down.
He translates from and to english articles for different magazines and online sites, and writes book reviews
He loves building stuff with reclaimed wood, he loves to say: our hands are our first tool.
A Christian & devoted Patriot, wife, soap
maker, herbalist, formerly a homeschooler, baker, truck driver, and more. I was born in the South, but actually grew up around the Great Lakes. Both of my families had big, lush gardens,& preserved everything they could for the winter. I carried that into my own life. But, change happens and for over a decade, it just wasn't an option. Now, retired in the Ozarks, on 29 heavily wooded acres of mostly ravines, our best crops are nearly inaccessible wild blackberries, rocks, wild herbs, and ticks. We're utilizing our burgeoning small-livestock collection, straw
bales, raised beds, and containers to build soil, and a better, healthier life for ourselves and our beloved critters, who provide us with eggs, meat, milk, fiber, fertilizer, tick control, loads of entertainment, and even help turn the compost
A graduate scientist turned automotive engineer, currently running a small shop and growing plants on Skye: turning a sheep field into a food forest.
John F Dean
I began homesteading in the early 1980’s. I presently live on 11 acres. I have Nigerian Dwarf Goats, KuneKune Pigs, bees
, and an assortment of chickens
. My driveway is the boundary between zones 6a and 6b. Annual rainfall for me is at 46 inches. I don’t consider myself an expert on anything. I am thoroughly enjoying myself in the adventure I created for myself.
I live on a small acreage near the ocean and amidst tall cedars, fir and other trees.
I'm a female "Jay" - just to avoid confusion.
Hi, I'm Clay and I love Appalachian folk lore, folk skills, modern appropriate technology
and experiments in building community and local scale economies!
I live in eastern Kentucky zone 6b where I enjoy tinkering with AT and growing meat and veggies in the most contrarian ways I can think
"A human being should
be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
- Robert A. Heinlein
So far, I haven't had the chance to plan an invasion, conn a ship, design a building, set a bone, or die gallantly. I hope I'm not called on to do those things soon.
I have survived things that probably should have killed me, and seem to serve as a good example of "What *Not* To Do" for certain situations.
I have a black belt in Ishin Ryu and Tang Su Do that turned into a more MMA version a few years back when my instructor decided that he wanted to learn Krav Maga. I earned that Dan and I'm going to see if I can get another.
I tend to "write a book" every November for the NaNoWriMo self-assigned challenge. I almost earned a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries, which has made me an expert in Natural Science trivia.
I have done historical costuming, am refreshing my skills at handwork, and am debating whether surgery for cancer is a means of The Powers That Be to slow me down enough to improve my skills at certain crafts, or learn patience with myself and human limitations.
I was an active member of the SCA Inc., and enjoy a wild variety of medieval things and stuff.
I am married, have no children, and currently share my home with The Most Wonderful Husband in The World (TM) who has been with me for more than 30 years.
I have managed to keep all the fully-feathered poultry in the backyard, though I do brood them in the kitchen. I'm sure I have other questionable habits, but they seem to center around handwork and crafty things, books, plants, and critters.
I came to Permaculture a few years ago by way of a book of essays on Distributism. I fell in love with the way Earth Care was joined to People Care, and observing both being essential to the Permaculture framework.
Currently a housewife and mother, I have had life-long interests in languages, literature, history, people-watching (personality/temperaments), and, of course, ethics/philosophy.
13 acres in extreme rural Montana 100% off grid since 1983. Solar
and micro hydro. Summer time piggy farmer. Restoring 2000-04 Subaru outbacks wagons for fun and a little profit
. Not quite old enough to retire YET but closing on it fast... until then I must occasionally leave Paradise "home" and run large construction cranes on union job
sites across the inland northwest. I make (Well try) A-2 A-2 cheese, I love cooking with my wood smoker for everything! Would not live anywhere else but rural Montana ! My wife Liz runs "Rocks by liz" a successful Etsy store and we have a summer booth at the Missoula peoples market. We currently breed and raise persian cats but are about to retire all the girls and let them be happy kittys for the remainder of their days.Oh and my biggest thing is... I LOVE MY RMH
I'm a quiet goatherd establishing a permaculture homestead on old logging land at the edge of the wilderness.
Just a girl, in love with getting dirt under her nails and restoring the earth.
helianthus is my calling card
I'm afraid permaculture is only my second passion. My massively transformative purpose is to reimagine education. I believe our education system is not serving our children or preparing them for the future. In 2017, I pulled my daughter out of school. In our second year of homeschooling, I helped to co-create a non-profit, Chinook Free Learners, and facilitated the students learning there for two years. It was a space inspired by the Sudbury model and used Agile Learning Center tools. I then founded a learning pod, Calgary Colearning Community (CCC) in September 2020. I failed in my bid for CBE school board trustee in the fall of 2021, but I still hope that I can nudge public education into the future. So, with the help of others, I am applying for a charter school to be called, the Calgary Charter for Self-Directed Education. In the meantime, I am running a space, The Dandelion Community Center in the Calgary Beltline, where learning pods can meet to run their programs. That space also has a co-working space so that busy professionals can homeschool their kids and participate in co-mmunity events/classes, so that 'school' is not isolated from life and learning is not just for kids, but for everyone! The pod that I am running in the space is called the F.H.R.E.E Learning Pod (Full Human Rights Education Experience). My wish is for every child to get the best education possible, in order to prepare them for a future that is uncertain, but full of possibilities!
Im an artist living in a very special jungle jumping from farm/conservation efforts to art
creation in both the digital and physical realms
Montessori kid born and raised in Cincinnati.
Father of two, 14 years apart in age,married to an Appalachian Queen 7 years my junior,trained by an Australian cattle
I am Unitarian who declines official membership, a pro lifer who believes in choice, a socialist, an LGBTQ ally, a Black man, and perhaps most of all an old school paper and pencil gamer.
I make, grow, and serve, not because I am gifted in these areas, rather it is because doing these things is a gift
I'm a transplanted New Yorker living in South America, where I have a small urban farm to grow all almost all the things I can't buy here. Proud parent of an adult daughter, dog person, undertaker of absurdly complicated projects, and owner of a 1981 Fiat.
I cook for fun, write for money, garden for food, and knit for therapy.
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My name is Jennifer, I'm married to a wonderful man for 28 years and counting. We have four grown children. Two girls and two boys. Being a mom is my most important and favorite job. I love to garden, paint, crochet, read, go to the movies, upcycle/refinish furniture, and do just about any art or craft project. We have 3 dogs, 5 indoor cats, ? cats that live on our property, and 21 chickens. All but the chickens are strays that just showed up and demanded we love them, so we do.
After a long career electro-geeking for R&D labs in the electronic industry Mike has checked out of the rat race & moved to the woods. Not entirely off grid but trying to achieve that goal. He raises a few animals & enjoys growing healthy food in various gardens. He is a life long nature lover, adventure seeker, & to a certain extent a minimalist. Eventually bears will probably eat him & turn him into compost
. He is ok with that.
Thekla has been studying soil life and the process of soil development since 1965, also, the then new idea that fossil fuels were a limited resource.
She farmed 2 1/2 acres in western Colorado, starting with fine grained ancient blowing desert sand but was 6+ inches deep rich black soil! Using nothing but seeds and water, and strategic mowing and grazing.
What a lot of fun that was.
In 2022 , purchasing 14 acres in NE California, with ponderosa pines and incense cedar, once again planning to retrofit a conventional building for green and comfortable living, with the idea that there are millions of conventional houses that need improvement in energy
efficiency, and to accommodate quality of life.
Can’t wait to see what happens next.
Certified translator for Spanish, former Project Manager in the software business, gardener, book-lover, mother, home-maker, hobby genealogist, crafter and much more
tree crop and perennial vegetable enthusiast. co-owner of the Asheville Nuttery and the Nutty Buddies orchard group.
musician, forager, cook, beverage savant.
My wife Fran, and I live in a compressed earth brick house that is completely off the utilities except for NBN wireless internet. We have had solar power
since 1986 and a backup wind turbine. In 2020 we upgraded our system to 2 dual axis trackers with 4 Kw power output. As far as possible we try to grow as much as we can and live with a low to neutral carbon
foot print. We are in the process of putting in a geo-heat exchange system for cooling our home in summer. My next project is to refurbish the hydrogen gas generator in our car or the out doors kitchen, honey
room and larder - which ever I can organise time for.
Any one coming down under to NSW is most welcome. Send an email to hook up
Food forest in a suburban location. Grows fruit, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms. Forages for food and medicine. Teaches people how to grow food. Shares plants and knowledge with students at schools.
I am a professional dabbler. I am on the path to become a construction and maintenance electrician, but I also know a little bit about bike repair, welding, gardening, psychology, guitar, piano, photography, philosophy, and more. Doing my best to help build a better world!
I manage a smallholding in Pembrokeshire, Wales with my partner. We have established a small coppice (mixed species, mostly hazel) and are growing edible mushrooms on hardwood logs. The majority of the land is managed as haymeadow, rich in wildflowers. We grow a large amount of food on our small, polycultural vegetable area with a focus on perennial and low-input varieties. The site is a haven for wildlife and we keep conservation in mind whenever we make changes.
Rebecca has lived in Ladakh in the Himalayas since 1992. She's a bit of a crabby, grumpy character but is trying to Be Nice
Early education and work in architecture has given way to a diverse array of pottery, goldsmithing, and recently developing the family property as a venue for the New York Faerie Festival, while maintaining its natural beauty and function as private homestead.
I live and work in rural Japan and do my best to live a responsible life.
I like green woodworking, hugelculture, food forests, woodlands, bicycles, DIY, cooking, cleaning, minimalism, board games
, D&D, folk music, good storytelling, and people.
Professionally I work in applied linguistics and education.
D. Logan has made a point of broadening his perspective to the fullest in life. He's learned first hand a broad variety of jobs in the pursuit of knowledge. He's achieved a BA in Early Childhood Education, hiked the entire Appalachian trail in a single trip and done everything from working in a hospital to serving as a correctional officer. Each new area of life has given him a wider base of experiences to draw from when writing. He's written on many topics, crafted roleplaying games and published works of science fiction and fantasy.
In the last decade, he's focused a lot of attention on deepening his understanding of subjects such as homesteading and Permaculture. While there is always more to learn, he's come to a point where he is comfortable writing with a degree of authority on a number of topics within the scope of those subjects.
I have home movie proof that I started in agriculture at age 3 1943.
Native of Oregon, love the forests, now staying warm and dry in the desert.
Part Nakota, part Irish. The Nakota took over long ago but still lives in two worlds, the European world and the first people's world. He lives on a small (15 + acres) piece of mother earth deep in the woods. Was trained in the cooper
's arts as a child, since the family owned a cooperage. He has been a carpenter, and timber wright but love all aspects of farming.He holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology and a MS in Horticulture. Worked for the USDA for 16 years. Then PHD in Microbiology
defended. Redhawk and his wife Wolf are setting up to be fully self sustaining, growing all their own foods and collecting rain water. "Soon we will be self sustaining and closer to being off the grid" he said when asked about future plans
. They continue their own research both in Agriculture and soils with the hope to make the world more like it used to be, before mankind began screwing up the Earth Mother. This is the only way humankind will survive, we must fix what we have broken.
No big gardens but many patches of food and herbs.
Currently live in the middle of the desert where a RMH
is not needed but that doesn't stop me from helping others create their own Dragons.
Daron is a restoration ecologist, lifelong gardener, and founder of Growing with Nature. He created Growing with Nature to help people enjoy wildlife, grow food, and help heal our living world. He has managed the restoration program for a local non-profit, and he’s applying principles of restoration and permaculture to transform his property in western Washington to forests, wetlands, hedgerows, food forests, and permaculture gardens. He holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resources. He loves sharing the joy of growing food with his two beautiful children.
Dan Boone gardens, plants fruit trees, and tends wild fruit and nut trees and vines in Central Oklahoma.
I love Eckhart Tolle's views on spirituality, Neil DeGrasse Tyson's cosmic queries, Anne Carson's poetry, Anne Lister's secrets, Sally Wainwright's storytelling, Vandana Shiva's fight for food sovereignty, and of course all the permaculture heroes!
Was born, raised, and turned loose on an unsuspecting world. Originally an educator, now growing into writing & publishing, fire fighting, family care teams, and mountain ecological maintenance. Prone to extended explanations. (I like to explain things so that a 5-year-old and her PhD grandparent can both enjoy and 'get it'... no offence meant if you're somewhere in between!)
Peter van den Berg
He's been a furniture maker, mold maker, composites specialist, quality inspector, master of boats. Roughly during the last 30 years he's been meddling with castable refractories and mass heaters. Built a dozen in different guises but never got it as far as to do it professionaly. He loves to try out new ideas, tested those by using a gas analizer.
Lived in The Hague, Netherlands all his life.
Just a little guy with big ideas, trying to get it done in the Canadian Rockies.
I've long felt the 'call to cultivate'. I found Paul and his stuff in 2017, and have been steadily watching and learning since.
I'm a Pod People, and have listened to all the numbered podcasts, up to #514.
I've visited Wheaton Labs several times now! Simply put, it's been awesome.
I (still) feel pretty un-knowledgable about a lot (all?) of this stuff, but I'm really excited to learn, and learn, and learn.
That's part of why I am really into SkIP
; because I can learn, and also because it is awesome.
My big-wild-crazy-scary-to-say-out-loud dream is to live in a town with no cars that can feed itself, even if I have to build it myself.
Expat Brit and stay at home Dad, currently living in the US after six years in Singapore. Keen outdoorsman and photographer, cook and gardener. After three years in the souless suburbs of New Jersey, escaped to Dutchess County, NY and bought an 1857 neglected townhouse with a small garden.
(Picture courtesy of Pearl Sutton)
Ashley is a small scale market gardener and permaculture student. She is the owner and founder of a micro poultry operation and composting
program. Ashley is a participant in the SKIP
program and is passionate about acquiring homesteading skills.
Showed up for a PDC at Wheaton Labs and decided to stick around. He's now planning to build a passive solar/hobbity wofati
on a deep roots
plot at Wheaton Labs.
Temp avg range 15 F to 100 F (cold temps are sporadically scattered through winter)
Avg rain 36 inches (plus or minus 25 inches)
Flood and drought both are common here.
Alkaline limestone/caliche based soil
We make our home in sunny So. Cal., where we've been able to transform our average suburban lot into a food forest with about 60 fruit and nut trees and dozens of veggies. Our chickens add fertility and provide eggs and entertainment. I teach, and so my backyard has become a classroom for my students who are deeply curious about growing their own food, yet have never had their hands in the soil. All this is a natural expression and extension of my faith. Life began in the garden. It continues therein.
Old Geekina and all around bodger with some engineering training in there somewhere. Been gardening since 1966. Like things like growing unusual things, playing with passive solar and solar heaters/cookers etc. I also speak clutch... heh. Been playing with yarn and beads since about then too, 1966. Can make torchon lace.
Rocket Researcher and Grumpy Old Sailor, years in alaska fishing and oil exploration, years off the grid, years firefighting and other stuff to fill in the time.
I started working with Paul Wheaton here at Permies.com in January of 2016 as a virtual assistant, spreading the influence of this site, and assisting in matters such as customer/tech support, page design, promotion, advertising
, and a smattering of other things.
Personally, I'm a work from home mom, trying to juggle living a more sustainable life in a very rural place while giving my husband and son the best life I can. I love hiking, foraging, hunting, and growing our own food, but I'm also a greatly terrible knitter, a devil-may-care cook, and a clumsy snowboarder.
When I'm not running from one end of my house to the next after my son, I'm handling official Permies business, busily running virtual errands for Paul, or managing my workflow through my personal freelance business as a copywriter.
In the midst of living so feverishly and fully, I try to remember to breathe, but I find the lack of oxygen only makes you appreciate it more when you finally get a deep lungfull.
I am a carpenter/mason/gardener etc, living in France, Morvan. Have small garden with about 200 different plantspecies a small natural pond
, wild fish. Share a veggie plot/tree nurserie/mushroom grow operation with a local bio cattle ranger, it is being turned into a permaculture style bio diversity reserve. Seed saving and plant propagation are important factors.
Every year i learn to use more of my own produce, cooking it, potting it up. As well as medicinal herbs/balms. Try to be as self sufficient as financially possible without getting into debt. Spreading the perma culture life style and mind set, which is the only sustainable path forward on this potentially heaven of a planet we are currently ravaging with our short sighted and detached material world views which lead to depression, loneliness, illness, poverty and madness.
My current fever dream is to make an earthbag dome house somewhere in North Carolina which meets code (or gets an occupancy permit somehow.) I love to exert myself building things under the sun then relax later in the home I've created.
Just moved back to NW Pennsylvania after being away for over 32 years. Starting a little homestead with my lovely wife. So far we have chickens and a few sheep. Found Permies in our search for info on rocket mass heaters. Hope to build one this winter (2022-23).
Use the watchword "wattmagner" to get my attention.
Thyri picked up Ianto Evan's "The Hand-Sculpted House" shortly after it was published because it was on display at a local bookstore and looked interesting. She's been picking up information about alternative building techniques, passive solar, gardening, etc. ever since. She loves learning new things and tinkering, so Permies helps keep her brain sponge decently saturated.
I'm Karen Donnachaidh (pronounced donna-key). I grew up in a large Scots-Irish family (poor by many people's scale) where we grew most of our own food; had large gardens and many fruit trees; raised cows, hogs and chickens; preserved our bounty through canning and freezing anything that we could grow or forage; and, we made most of our own clothes. Growing up, these skills were necessary for our survival. While not exactly necessary today, I choose to live a frugal life and live close to nature just because it's in my very soul. Things I love: reading everything; word games; saltwater fishing (well, any kind of fishing) mostly for flounder, croaker and sand mullet; abundant sunshine; the smell of the marsh; creating new recipes and eating great home cooked food; lots of gardening; drawing and painting when I find time; secondhand shopping for great bargains; and, listening to music from the 40s/50s/60s. And I love Gaelic music, bagpipes, knobby knees in tartan kilts and a jolly fine céilidh (party).
Shawn spent the most formative years of his life working at a summer camp where he quickly gained a passion for nature and for building a better world. Struggling to see how his future career in computer engineering was going to solve these big problems, he decided to leave it behind and dedicate himself to finding practical solutions that people can implement in their backyards. Shawn looks forward to starting his own homestead in southern Manitoba in the next few years, where he plans
to implement many of the techniques laid out in his upcoming book and come up with a few more solutions along the way.
Catholic. Happily married! Writer/blogger. Vegetable & herb gardener and wishing to learn more about permaculture and frugal, simple-living. Interests include Distributism (economics as if people and families matter, as opposed to Capitalism and Socialism, where they don't. See "Small is Beautiful" by E.F. Schumacher, "Outline of Sanity" by G.K. Chesterton, "The Servile State" by Hilaire Belloc, and "Rerum Novarum" by Pope Leo XIII and “Quadragesimo Anno“ by Pius XI and anything by Dorothy Day); reading (Tolkien, Tim Powers, Flannery O'Connor, and gardening); Cats. In alcoholism recovery (sober since May 22, 2002; I blog about that at https://sobercatholic.com
). I'm also a Trekkie.
Somewhere in between a software developer and agroforester. Once upon a time I built a lot of software in a very fancy city, but now I can usually be found running around in the mountains.
Leaping Daisy is my main gig. It's an old high country ranch in the Sierra Nevadas. In the summers, I spend my time fixing 100 year old log cabins, improving the forest, and building out infrastructure to host small events. In the winters, I strap on my snowshoes and play in the snow.
In between that, I'm still trying to figure this whole life thing out. I spend a bit of time writing software to pay the bills, a chunk of it caring for my parents, and the rest playing around the mountains near Tahoe.
Wife of a retired Army guy. Mom of 3. I love the "old ways" of doing things. Always striving to learn more about good stewardship. Love a good thrift store!
Penny is a Canadian hippie gypsy, mama of two. She has lived her life with an amazing man for over 25 years. She believes in a Creator, real food, sustainability, regenerative practices, intelligent plants, magick, the importance of family and community, unschooling, and self sufficiency. Penny loves music, the outdoors, and the pursuit of knowledge. She is always happy to meet a new friend. Hello!