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Scott Vernon

Joined: Aug 18, 2011
Posts: 14
Location: Ridgeway, VA
Hello fellow permaculture enthusiasts!

My name is Scott.  I am very much into permaculture, awareness, and happiness.  I recently purchased a 141 acre former goat farm and shop facilities in Southern Virginia right at the NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I am very much excited to continue the evolution.

The plan is to have a working permaculture farm with art installations over the property in addition to a blacksmith forge, glass blowing, woodcarving shop and similar exhibits around the 2 acre pond site to be stocked with fish.  Much of the property is wooded for hidden art/food/sit spots.  25 acrea of lob lolly pine will provide any building material for the future.  I have talked to a friend of mine who owns a solar company who has estimated the cost and sending me an email prefaceing a meeting.  He said the system could be up and running in under a month - very cool.  A forest of oak, maple, and cedars surround the house.  Daily deer feast from the apple trees in the front yard, 3 hawks call each other from the sides of the top field, and cayotes can be herd in the distance as night falls.  It is truly a calm yet exhiting piece of land.

There is so much to do, but I wanted to introduce myself and what I got going on.  I am happy to meet up for a tour or just a hang out if there are other sane people in VA or NC.

Lots of love already


Scott Vernon
Sustainable Homestead Institute Founder
Jeanine Gurley

Joined: May 23, 2011
Posts: 1393
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
Welcome!  Sounds like an ambitious project.  I'll be interested in seeing/reading about your progress.

1. my projects
Madden Elout

Joined: Aug 18, 2011
Posts: 30
It sounds like you've found a wonderful place.
I look forward to hearing more about it as you move through the different phases of molding it.
Shailor Clark

Joined: Apr 16, 2011
Posts: 34
Location: Roanoke Island, North Carolina
Heya! Welcome to the forum I've just joined recently too

I live in the Outer Banks of NC on a small piece of land my grandfather owns with a few fruit trees & I have since brought in a few chickens & have planted more nut and fruit trees as well as vegetable and herb gardens.

I would like to find a little plot of land further out west near the mountains of North Carolina or Virginia sometime soon to begin a food forest

Cheers it is glad to finally hear from someone near!

Joined: Oct 29, 2011
Posts: 1
  You have definitely jumped into quite an adventure.  Having spent the last 7 years struggling to make the dream happen in Colorado we are now going to be relocating to KY so perhaps sometime next summer we could plan an outting to see where you're at i this grand adventure.  Positive vibes.
Jay Hatfield

Joined: Nov 09, 2011
Posts: 11
Welcome. I am new myself but I have been lurking for a year or so. If you haven't heard Paul does a podcast on permaculture subjects as well. I am very close to the region you are in. I just started my permaculture homestead this year as well. Not anywhere near as big as yours though. Hollar if you need any help.

One of the real Hatfield's on here, and a direct descendant of Devil Ance Hatfield.
Wyche Robinson

Joined: Mar 28, 2010
Posts: 8
Location: South Central Virginia
Hey what county are you in? We live in Halifax County about 25 miles Northwest of Danville. We have been here around a year. Lets talk.
Tyler Ludens

Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Posts: 5727
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
I love your ideas for a permaculture art facility.

Idle dreamer

John Cabot

Joined: Dec 01, 2011
Posts: 12
Sounds fantastic! If you pull it off it could almost be a tourist attraction. Keep us posted.

Ken Peavey

Joined: Dec 21, 2009
Posts: 2523
Location: FL
Another 141 acres taken for permaculture. The planet thanks you.

Got pictures?

Seed the Mind, Harvest Ideas.
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