I think they have different goals. Geoff uses his farm to actively train a lot of people per year, Holzer's farm is, as far as I know, mostly a demonstration site which produces a variety of things for sale, including vegetables and fruit which visitors harvest themselves. I'm not sure how either method isn't "sustainable."
Different resources. Sepp has way more trees and access to forest so he readily uses that. Geoff has free manual labor which is a resource. Both seem sustainable to me and exemplary of working with the environment you are in.
Having worked and dined at the homes of people from China, freshness of food is very important...more so than your average American. Fish served at dinner were swimming in the kitchen right before we ate it.
We have decided to give up most of our lawn as well. The kids have their play area; we don't require a stereotypical lawn.
Husband has a bad back and I enjoy permie-like outdoor activities so adiós lawnmower!
We are in the breaking ground and planning phase. We live in a quasi neighborhood. The drainage ditch area close to road will be converted to a rain garden. We have a big huge tree in front yard that serves as shade canopy for our long hot summers. Under the tree area will be expanded with different levels of seating nestled between the huge tree roots protruding from the earth. Past the perimeter of tree's large root system we are going to lay brick and rocks in decorative fashion all the way up to rain garden. Edible flowers and herbs interspersed for a potager garden.
I'm looking at lining driveway & some paths with lavender, creeping Jenny... haven't got this part nailed down just yet
I don't know if my reply necessarily answered your question. Sounds like we are in a similar situation and maybe something in our plans will help in yours! We have barely started ..as in that's it I finally got the go ahead from hubby to convert the yard into fabulousness :p
Not your place to instruct in knife safety skills. You need to be thinking about this from a homeowner's insurance point of view in regard to liability.
Besides where is the fun in that. If there is something that must be chopped do it before hand. When he's there throw on some music (OK - I think there should always be music in the kitchen to liven it up). I really like the suggestion of tearing and ripping up the ingredients. I think he'll really enjoy that.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:When the conditions are right then EM treatments will work wonders. The caveat is that the conditions have to be RIGHT. One portion; pH, soil temp, water content, nutrient supply, being off can create a non-function situation.
It's a catch 22 imo. If your soil is healthy and ripe with life EM will naturally develop on its own. If you're having to treat with EMs it's a question of whether or not your soil will ultimately have the capacity to support it.
tulip poplars are a favorite tree of mine. The leaf shape is so wide and unique and the mature trees make great shade. Eventually your tree will form flowers that look like tulips late spring, early summer. Birds love these flowers.
. The children's hospital in Birmingham AL is known for their excellent care of children with cancer and there's an intentional community within driving distance from the hospital.
However if I were in your situation and determined to move I would try to find some of the best specialists of your child's type of cancer and then Google for communities close to one of those doctors accepting new patients.
I also wouldn't move without discussing it with your child's current doctor. A move may very likely need to be coordinated between episodes of being well as moving is both psychologically and physically taxing.
kay Smith wrote:y'all gotta try tomatillo pineapple salsa:
Tomatillo puree + fresh pineapple bits & add some green chilies, garlic, cilantro, lime and hint of mint and ginger
Sounds delish! Could you help me out with some quantities, I'm really bad with scale.. I still have a bunch of peppers sitting on the counter from the last batch of salsa verde I made yesterday. I had way too many chilis.
1/4 cup puree tomatillo
1/4 cup pineapple
T GREEN chilies
T Chopped cilantro
Juice two limes
1/2 Tsp chopped mint
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt or to taste
I hope you like it
We have been busy going Swimming at the watering hole and making Popsicles with the left over juice from the fruit we are cutting.. This weeks favorite flavor has been watermelon lemon peach. Watermelon grapefruit Popsicles are freezing now for later!
I have toured natural water management systems in Jamaica. they are able to achieve levels of purity to within ranges of which we approve in the US. So yes in theory what you have in mind could be implemented on a homestead.
However it would be much more involved. Not to mention you'll hopefully want to treat the water as environmentally friendly as possible which means waiting months for all of those microbes to break down organic matter.
Monica Eger wrote:We live on 800m2 (1/5 of an acre) in the suburbs. We don't have any animals, as we don't eat meat and hardly any eggs. But we have a young food forest and vegetable garden that gift us with something almost every day of the year.
This leads into a valid point when making land decisions on a limited size plot and much of it has to do with familial preference. We have cats, so obviously not for meat ;p Animals require a certain amount of space - space my family isn't willing to give up. Our family happens to very much enjoy beans and legumes. Honestly we've just run with that.
Besides beans, greens and cornbread is always a meal worth running home for!
I must say it sounds impressive what you have done!
I wonder.. Have you attempted vertical gardening and \or using your roof to grow vegetables? A rooftop garden large enough would allow room for fruit and nut trees to grow in your yard
Very happy to find this thread. We are baby stepping into aquaponics and water plants.
To get our feet wet, so to speak, we are also going to grow sacred lotus and probably just have a regular gold fish in the container pot once the plants are established.
Quality matters. We wear wool socks. They hold up better , are healthier for your feet and can withstand the abuse of a7 year old child.
Almost all of our clothes come from the thrift store. Again, we shop quality and our thrifty finds last. I wear professional clothes m-f. We do however buy new underwear shoes and swimwear.
The family car has 130k miles on it. My goal is 200k.
FUN!! people spend so much on food and entertainment. This Saturday we are going to a local watering hole with water so pale turquoise you just wouldn't believe it was in Alabama. Later that day we will be attending an upcycle reclaimed art festival. That night we are listening to the Alabama orchestra play in a park under the stars. Free day except for our family's gas and picnic lunch and dinner.
We highly value frugality. It's efficient! It makes sense. It facilitates our family being more apart of our community even.
My husband, daughter and I live on a few acres right outside birmingham al. We don't earn a living from our land at least not right now. We will be adding more fruit trees, mushrooms and possibly aquaponics.
Our yard is basically just play areas. We grow vegetables but I like experimenting with things too. We found a great little thicket of moss in our forest area so we've been testing its limits on our property for purely aesthetic reasons. We've put together a fast hugelkultur bed for a late summer fall garden just to see what happens. We have other gardens should it not succeed.
I do research and biostatistical analysis at the university.
It's quite refreshing seeing how the members of this site choose to approach and interact with their ecosystem. I eagerly look forward to getting to know you!
Nicole Alderman wrote:
I love that this tree has never been pruned, either by deer or me, and I very much would love to keep it that way.
lovely idea to plant a tree on the one-year birthday of your child. It's one of those things that you wish you had thought of when your own was little.
I've been lurking for a couple weeks haven't posted until now. we grow a few pear trees. I noticed what you said about not pruning the tree and I didn't know if that was because it is how it would grow in nature or if there was some other reason behind it. I would really like to know the reasoning behind that if you don't mind sharing.