Yes this is the farm- but what it is truly about is my badass homesteader friend Alison- building a sustainable homestead with 2 sets of twins, a hubby that is an Officer in this current mess, dealing with multiple weekly therapy trips for her eldest twins who suffer from cerebral palsy. PLEASE follow her quest- Riley, the eldest son, has a goal of 1000 followers. Let’s get him there!! Btw, he also runs an egg business all by himself from hatching to feeding to gathering and selling eggs. BE INSPIRED- they inspire me every day with their grace and positivity in an amazing life of challenges.
Yes, this is a you tube of my farm BUT, more importantly, this thread is about my friend Alison, a young homesteader. A woman’s journey to sustainability with 2 sets of twins, the elder pair with cerebral palsy. This is their blog about the journey and the eldest son Riley, who I have to admit I have a Huge crush on, wants 1000 followers. Please like their blog, follow their journey and make Riley’s day. Imagine, building a sufficient homestead with 4 kids, a husband that’s a decent warm Police Officer in this environment, multiple weekly trips to therapy for the kids wrapped in grace and positivity every single day.
Good morning Gabe and thanks so much! You’re only a couple hours away so yes, please come down. I’m sending you an email shortly.
We have found a place, or better put, it found us. Hubby is an artist blacksmith and has taught at the Penland School of Craft, in Penland NC for decades, which is where our once forgotten & neglected next adventure is.
Log homes and timber frame homes have always made my heart happy- good for you continuing this lost art of building. Hope to connect soon.
Very interesting thread and I will simply add my 2 sense.
I was introduced to Permaculture at 50 and prior to that, spent decades in the business world. I have a working profitable Permaculture farm & have always wrapped my planning around being profitable aka a sustainable farmer. Just as noted in the first entry, I did infrastructures, hardscape, water scape and trees, layering from there.
As a business, when layering additions and guilds, I approached much of it from a “profit per square foot” scenario. I too spread tonage of barley seeds (to also attract birds and pollinators) and chipped loads of hardwood branches to creat pathways which I inoculated with wine cap mushroom spores. At this point, and it takes a few years, my only expense is packaging and maybe $100 in purchased seeds. We have a variety of layers, not only in the farm but from a variety of income streams. We held monthly workshops, started as many seedlings for sale as we did for planting, infused honey for sale, dried herbs for winter sale.....
We never planted (for sale) things like broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower since they take up so much valuable space and bring in far less then leafy greens planted in the same area. We had weekly foodie emails for preorders so when we went to a farmers market we already had hundreds of dollars of presales & only harvested just a bit extra for walk ins and when we were sold out- we invited interested folks to get in our email list so we could have exactly what they wanted waiting for them. It also stopped wasting harvested food that didn’t sell (yes we dried and canned plenty ) and once sold out, our time at the market done. It is doable and I was able to continue what I love because it sustained us physically and fiscally.
I’ve been doing some research since this land has been clearly occupied for centuries. We often find artifacts from past residents, almost always made from the quartz that is everywhere. The Meherrin Nation occupied this area, a group wrapped in Iroquois language and customs. Their name translates to “People of the Water” which seems so incredibly appropriate for this Permaculture haven edged by a river, bisected by a creek and many springs throughout. I love this and wanted to share with y’all.
Thanks so much Tom. Right there with ya brother- I’m in awe of his work and so torn about leaving so much here, but they were created for this place and that’s where they belong. I may have to request visitation rights
I’ll pass along your kind words; they are appreciated.