The weather can be extreme in terms of temperature. As in 10 below zero for a couple of days but mostly 20s in the winter, and up to 108 with heat index in summer, but mostly 90s.
Reliable workers can be an issue, especially your "wood man" being a lazy redneck trying to sell you giant chunks of green wood figuring you won't know better 'cause you're a woman.
A beautiful area with what you seem to be describing is Shannon County to Carter County. Maybe Ellington area.
Mike Jay wrote:
I'm more tempted by a kickstarter where I'll see:
Something cool that the world needs
Some reward that is somewhat reasonable given my donation
An especially worthy situation that needs some help
I'm sure a yurt would be very cool. But many thousands (millions?) of people could use a yurt as well. What makes your need more worthy than theirs? Why should my funding go to you instead of some other worthy cause?
Making the viewer of your GoFundMe campaign clearly see why your project is more "worthy" would probably increase your funding chances.
That's just my guess though. Good luck!
I don't know if you've visited the campaign page, but I, too have been struggling with how to get that sense of worthiness and urgency across. This was the same advice my sister gave me, who has some experience with fundraising. I just am having trouble doing that. I'm clueless. I did just post an update with images of the bad living conditions we currently deal with. I don't know if that addresses this issue.
Another question: I don't know if this is done, but I think printing off the info onto flyers and posting locally might have a greater effect. Is this done with Go Fund Me? There are a lot of people around here who would see those. Maybe at the local health food store, juice cafe and farmer's market.
Dan Grubbs wrote:The creek flow is one factor, you will also want to understand your head distance. That's essentially the vertical distance you want to lift the water.
So is lack of a drop not as huge of an issue as I first assumed? I understood it to be essential. I really don't think damming it is possible. Maybe not even legal. It is fairly flat land. The area where I was going to put it has decent flow rate, though I haven't yet done an official test. The vertical distance it needs to be lifted is not more than 15 feet. I will see what measurements I can get this weekend (if the heat doesn't kill me!)
I have little funds, as a single mom. I plan to live in a yurt and would like to divert grey water from the sinks to a reed bed. What is the simplest and cheapest setup that would work? I often see most men telling you how to make systems that just seem like an excuse to use lots of tools and make something that should be simple into something difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. I don't have the time, money or experience for that. Help me out here?
I live in Swampeast Missouri where it feels like you are swimming in slime all summer. I plan to live in a yurt temporarily until I can build a cob house. But I hear naysayers telling me cob won't work in our high humidity. What say you?
I have been learning the permie way for years and want to launch some awesome local food in Southeast Missouri, but need shelter to move forward.
Would any of my permie comrades be interested in helping me out- whether by donating or sharing?
This makes me think of the Chicken Tractor book. Didn't he use those to build up beds and then just move them along down the line then over to the next row and so on? Then when the manure had composted enough he planted in them.
I am interested in this topic. I am looking to buy a homestead myself with similar goals. I was wondering if 5 acres was about right. Here in Missouri, the land tends to be somewhat rocky and timbered. I am concerned I will have trouble finding land cheaply except fully timbered.
Thank you for the info about over-mature grass. My husband separated a calf from his mother and accidentally picked the wrong calf to leave orphaned. This calf had pink eye. It got worse and now it appears the calf is going blind in that eye. Is there any turnaround cure at this point or could it be too late?