I am going on my third year in south central Missouri and I have seen 7-10 consecutive days of overcast. Its a concern for me preparing now to go into the coming winter and for that we plan on adding an additional array and addition battery bank to run parallel to our existing one in hope that we can scoot through this next winter.
Peter how do you separate those different prioritized loads? How are you switching them on and off?
Hey Bengi what kind of TV do you have? Mine draws way more and it is close to the end of days so I would like to get another.
As for me water is not a problem as we catch on everything: sheds, house, chicken coop, etc. We we can transport water to house fro jugs/buckets when the need arises and it does arise from time to time.
I have designed such a system but not really implemented it. Most of my system was built out of necessity and as I had funds to build it. I do diversify my system in the sense that I use a separate system for a shed, a separate system for my chicken houses, etc and of course my main focus is on my house which has it's own system. I plan on building a wood working shop and it will have its own solar system for it as well.
We run appliances and have refrigeration and a freezer. We have run out of battery storage before (due to AC unit in battery house not being on timer to turn off at night) and our inverter does automatically turn back on. We have an AIMS Power 3000 Watt 24V Pure Sine Inverter Charger w/9000W Surge. It works well for our needs. We have to pay attention to power consumption but the system provides our needs.
We charge phones, multiple laptops, run TVs, Surround Home Theatre / Receiver, computer monitors, coffee grinders, blenders, mixers, shallow well pump, tankless water heater, samsung propane stove and oven (not efficient! The oven uses 500w), Fridgidaire Energy Star fridge (800w per day), egg incubators, lights throughout the house, air compressor, power tools, fans. We run three fans a night, plus we have a 60w whole house fan, and Xbox regularly (I like smashing kids at NBA), and more I suppose.
We are forecasted for several days of overcast and we just don't use the TV, Xbox, electric eating oven, and etc until it passes.
We plan on another battery bank and 900w array to run a chest freeze mid fall that will probably run on its own circuit to the house.
Add: I have some plans in mind to use arduino to wirelessly communicate with my battery house to my house to control the system. Maybe sometime in the future I will have time but it is not necessary now.
I don't have answers to your questions but I do anticipate a family cow early next year and I am planning on going with a Jersey. I too am in the Ozarks, in Cabool actually. I am looking for local support for Jerseys and hope to buy local. Any suggestions for that would be appreciated.
Thank you for your participation. I have personally found your sites very informational and entertaining. I read the newsletters and blog posts as often as I can.
I am providing a link where I have posted your website information. I extracted or paraphrased content from your websites to add to my blurb. For future participants I will do the same unless you would like to provide a custom blurb for me.
Thanks again. You can find your link here at Homestead Crossing. This is the old website (as of this posting) I am working on replacing it with an updated site but will probably keep the blurb.
Dan Grubbs wrote:I'm not in the Ozarks, but up near Kansas City.
Great site Dan! I am seeking homesteading sites...it doesn't matter where they are located. Whatever a person is doing with their homestead is what I am interested in posting. Real stuff, just real stuff.
My homestead and blog is not a business, it's my chosen lifestyle
My mom lives on Kaua'i. And if I could I most certainly would. Oh that growing season.
I have not made a formal introduction on this site yet but I am a new homesteader in Missouri as of this year. I grew up on a homestead in Illinois so I am not completely new to the life but lived the professional consultant life of traveling abroad for nearly twenty years. Anyway, I am finally where I want to be. We, my wife and myself, plan on starting a community online magazine promoting the local community here in the Ozarks. That will not be published until January-ish of 2017. Currently, I am working with a land office providing owner financed land; they are great people. I work there as a web developer consultant to help them sell their product: land.
I have professional interests at Permies.com but mostly I have personal attachments and believe in the permaculture principles and practices and hope to promote permaculture in this region through the outpost of the Homestead Crossing, Inc's website. That's the company i am working for at the time being. So how do you come in? I would like to get Homestead Crossing more exposure to the homesteading culture / permaculture movement. They have currently several clients that are homesteaders as well. Its kinda their business. I have the idea of building healthy relationships with you, homesteaders, that can help immerse this company into the arena of promoting permaculture in this region by helping them achieve their goals and objectives while at the same time helping us, permaculturalists, achieve our goals and objectives by educating people about permaculture.
So i am looking for you guys that have websites, blogs, youtube videos, or facebook groups, and etcetera to be a part of this idea. How? Anyone that would like to have free promotion of their website, blogs, etc to post your information here and I will create an area on HomesteadCrossingInc.com promoting your website, blog, etc with an excerpt from it or a brief description of what you have to offer.
I really think that this is great opportunity to help promote permaculture and I truly believe that this region needs the exposure and education. I have a lot of great ideas for permaculture workshops / education and the such with the funding backed by my current employer.
What about owner financed land? We have cheap land in many states (nothing out west at this time).
We have 40 acres in Missouri that is non-restricted for lease at $995/year. You can lease it year after year. You can camp, build, garden etc. We'll even break it up into payments if need be. The only restriction would be no cutting of the trees.
Thanks Cassie! I got your email this morning about this article. I subscribed too and can't wait to get my first mag.
This was so timely cause we are off-grid with solar and use water catchment solely for our drinking water and creek water for all else. We also use a composting toilet outside and plan on plumbing an indoor toilet for later use with a septic system for next year sometime. We are in the final stages of design of our garden house and the grey water situation is still in the design stage. I am planning on septic going one way (to septic tank / leach field or something else [don't know yet]) and grey water to another. So this was right up my alley.
Well if it weren't for the email this morning in my inbox about beards I might not have found this post. Thanks Cassie as I am a first time bearder as of this year. I have sensitive skin and right now my beard is like wire and is difficult and painful to comb or even brush. So I am going to try all the suggestions here to see what suits me.
I have used stuff for my mustache such as paste which contains the beeswax. I never used to like pine essential oil scent but it was in the mustache paste and I have come to recently really like it. I know that sandalwood mixed with other essential oils is a wonderful thing. I commonly mix cedarwood with sandalwood and I also mix pine with sandalwood. You will have to experiment to find the right mix. Usually, I do one drop pine or cedarwood as they are strong to two to three of the sandalwood. That combination is great in the bath as well.
In one office I am currently consulting for there exists some staffing issues. The issues boil down to professionalism.
There is a well defined article at the link below on professionalism. Please read it first.
I personally think that each and every company has to define its own definition of professionalism and consider the trending definition of the core standard of professionalism. Meaning that we need to set our standard of professionalism based on the company values and beliefs, those we work with, our clients, and other businesses that we deal with. We need to consider, when doing business, what the other company may consider as being professional and respect that standard when doing business with that company. Its a respect of culture and belief of others. We may not believe or practice as others do but we should respect others for what they believe and practice. It makes for healthy relationships.
As far as professionalism within an organization, I believe it is up to that organization to define their own standard. It may be inappropriate for one single employee to wear a suit and tie while all the other employees wear jeans or of course the other way around. As far as permaculture is concerned I don't see a set hierarchy or set standard for behavior. I think in my mind that a permaculturalist is a person who is conscience of the world they live in and those around them. Therefore I would expect that person to conduct business in a respectful and considerate (to other) kind of way and be professional as defined by some set of respectful and considerate value system. Who's or what system is the question.
I suppose if you are selling organics that they need to be truly organics. You should not say you are selling organics if they are truly not organics. So who defines organics? My point is that according to the article at MindTools.com (their standard definition of professionalism) expects a professional to be honest. Also, If you are selling organics then you should be knowledgeable about food production especially the foods that you are growing and selling. How you conduct yourself on your farm would be your set standard of professionalism and how your conduct yourself with others such as consumers and other farmers is also your set standard of professionalism as it should be when dealing with others.
One person may say that another is not professional. Where is that standard derived? Who sets it? Maybe there needs to be a loose set of "permaculture" standards of professionalism.
Today I was in the marketing director's office where I work and this magazine caught my eye. I have never read an article of this magazine before. Later I found out that this magazine has been around for quite some time.
I picked up the magazine with a shade of ambivalence and was curious how they were defining "Modern Homesteading" as implied in the cover page's heading. I thought I am a homesteader, I know other homesteaders, hmm, let's take a look.
The article written by Jerri L Cook is in support of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) biotechnology and mocked those cynically who are not. The author basically called us who are not bioengineers as stupid and not able to comprehend anything of this science. Since this has passed the editor's eye I probably won't be subscribing to this modern method of homesteading.
Alfrun Unndis wrote:...or maybe just go full pirate and get a bantam to perch on my shoulder.
There are other benefits to this as well, such picking ticks and fleas off your head. Which where I live would be a GREAT benefit. We have a lot of ticks and I suppose not enough chickens. We do not have mosquitoes and I have not attributed that to the chickens although maybe...
Hey Paul its two years later. Do you have any updates on your pond? Does it function as intended? I have recently and hastily built a pond out necessity and plan on building more downstream from this one. I am curious to know how this turned out.
Anyone alive can attest to how time flies and how the older we get the faster it appears to fly by. It was the summer of 1990 in Tinley Park, Illinois that I went to my first Grateful Dead concert (show) and I actually remember most of it.
This is my call out to all my fellow Dead Heads and friends. If your out there and I know that you are what was your first show, how did it go, and how has it linked your life to find this website and permaculture in general?
As I already mentioned, Tinley Park, IL was my first show. I was drug along as a last minute decision with as many people as we could fit into the car. No plan, very little money, no expectations, and blammo when we got to the stadium there were VW micro-buses and psychedelia everywhere. Cars were backuped for miles like I have never seen before. They were on the expressways, highways, byways and everywhere. People were hanging out of cars walking the highway selling food and whatever else. There was music blaring and flags a flying.
I grew up on a small ten acre homestead in western Illinois. In 1991 I endeavored to study horticulture. I found many people similar, like minded folks that lived a simple life and believed in organic foods, homesteading, community living and good music with Bobby and Jerry. Many years later I found living and growing practices that make good logical sense in permaculture. So therefore just recently I found this site.
Do I deserve $500k a year? Nope. People I know that make that kind of money are toooooo uptight.
"Uptight" could possibly be rephrased as "extremely focused on the job."
Here I sit, in my office and the only reason that I don't work 100 hours per week is that I am trying to keep from making myself sick by working too hard. And rather than take a vacation or do the things that normal people do (root for the home team, hang out at a bar, go to the hot springs, travel ...) I try to find ways that I can relax for fifteen minutes so I can go and work for three more hours.
It was a similar sort of thing during my software engineering days. I did not like it, but it seemed like I worked with five other people like me, and 80 people like you. People like you got stuff done, but at 5pm you went home. And there would be the same five of us there every evening. We left at 7 or 8 and the same five us were back at it at 6am. We would see you come in at 8 or 9.
Eventually, I traveled your path as my time outside of software engineering was being consumed with permaculture.
So, "toooooo uptight" is spot on. Others will say "let's all go the hot springs!" and I will stay and work. The idea of sitting in the hot springs seems boring to me - what is accomplished? At the same time, I respect that I am in the minority on this. For every person like me, I am sure that there are a 70 people that would rather go to the hot springs, or to the bar, or the coffee shop, or the movies, or bowling, or to see the missoula maggots, or play for the missoula maggots, or go on a hike, or go rock climbing, or go on a bike ride, or visit some far away country, or play golf, or rent a boat, or go shopping ... I confess that I am a much better person because jocelyn makes me go to stuff like this once in a long while ... but my nature is "toooooo uptight."
Oh Paul, that is so me. I work. That is what I do. I have always taken pride in all that I put forth my effort into. You mentioned Salatin's re-coin of a phrase I had adhered to since I was a teenager: "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." When I was in a crunch time and the project was being a pain in the hind side I would remember "Anything worth doing is worth doing well" it got me through that tough situation.
Now it is more at what I choose to put my effort into...my family and land. I am the guy, like yourself, that worked the weekends, took the jobs no one else would, worked alone at 3am (still working from 6am the day before), came in early to get ahead of the day and worked to meet the goal, not 8 to 5. I was (still sort of am) in IT. I was an IT manager 3 times for three top achievers in the world market, systems engineer, network engineer, blah blah blah. New stack of books constantly at my door. I like to read, I even like to read the technical literature that constantly consumed me. My last venture was at an ISP where I was an IT Manager because I needed the money but for what? I suppose to keep up my high level of professionalism I tried to maintain which included the whole package.
I still work but really try to avoid putting too much effort into the wrong battles. There is always something that needs to be accomplished.
As for professionalism, could the levels you use to categorize the pro be synonymous with "responsibility" depending on the context? Because I am a professional with my family in that regard, or with my farm and in that I should take the same level of professionalism I exerted to the employer and apply it to my family, farm and neighbors now.
I thought about this topic more this morning. The person(s) that takes the 100% (99.95) responsibility should be paid more that one only taking a portion of the responsibility. As a manager or employer needing someone to fulfill a job role I want the person who is dedicated and "focused" on my objective. Too many times I ended up with the level 4 and unders... I would pay to meet my ends and to get the right person for the job.
John says; "Many of us would rather do a good job working 40 hours a week and spend time with our families than work 80 hours a week, be rich and neglect them."
I totally agree with you about this and is exactly why I "dropped out" of the rat race so to speak. I was working and working and working but my kids were at home without me. The "give a shit" really has to be defined as to what you care about. Is it the productivity of the company or the quality of your own life including those around you. Professionalism as defined here could be categorized with selling yourself out to a life that is empty and void.
I don't make much money now. I struggle financially but by choice. I am rich in family life and doing what I feel matters most.
I am a capitalist and believe in entrepreneurship but now I am more careful about weighing the costs to all the stakeholders involved in my endeavors. I care and like to figure things out. Am I less professional because I don't make BIG money? No, I don't believe so. I have a small startup farm and I work as a web consultant. I dress relaxed and don't cut my hair and beard. I wear old comfy shoes, faded blue jeans, and wear my shirts out. I am neat in appearance but most would not consider me professional by looking at me. But when there's a problem my clients know they can call me and I will get the job done and get it done correctly.
Do I deserve $500k a year? Nope. People I know that make that kind of money are toooooo uptight.
Yes...Yes...Yes...I love this site and Paul you hit it on the head!!! Relationships is the key to building a warm community. I will be glad to link to this site and amazing people. Glad to be connected.