Welcome to Michigan! We're loving our new home here too, just moved in last month.
Yam Hendricks wrote:I am new to Permies and new to the Mitten as well. We just moved up from Texas this February and bought a house with a big barn and a small amount of land.
I am also into brewing, although I couldn't bring any equipment with me. Any recommendations on a good homebrew supply store?
I would be very interested to talk about anything permaculture related, especially in relation to our new home state and completely different environment!
Daniel Morse wrote:I think we all should have a meeting at a park and bring in baskets of lunch? I am game, or one of out many beaches.
Adam Briggs wrote:Little slow around here eh?
Hey, I hear we might get frost tonight. I'm going to bring in some plants.
Michael Graydersicks wrote:Hi all, I'm in Detroit suburbia. I don't know anything about farming and never grew anything (except about of pound of tobacco in 2010). If they ever legalize growing industrial hemp, I have the lawn that proves I can grow weeds!Saw the TED talk with the guy that says he can fix the African desert with controlled grazing, which led me to Geoff Lawton videos. The Lawton videos were, to me, amazing. I read alot of truth news, and have read Rawles's, "The Patriot" and "America Overthrown," by Dean. I may have 100-200 hours of reading and video watching in. Marcin Jakubowski's machine interest me at Global Village Construction (so, I took a welding course)
Here's my early idea, please critique.
Cheap/frugal is my budget.
5-10 acres farm/recreational in St. Clair, Lapeer,or Jackson county. 2-3000 $/acre. Zoning expertise welcomed.
Organic or better crops. Bypass USDA org cert
Food forest of nut & fruit trees (I love nuts). If possible grown from seed that I bought as groceries. Thoughts, please.
Get a decent crossbow & become proficient with it,
Learn how to make dams and ponds.
Oehler 50 bux underground house. Heated by rocket mass. Electric via wood gas & a generator? & maybe brew beer with those high temps, too?
I know nothing about water wells, help. Suppose I'll need filtration, too.
How & what fruit and vegtables do I polyculture for fertilzation, pest control (& pollination?).
Can I have perch & pickerel fish ponds?
I like milk & steaks (and those Meatsmith Economy of Thrift videos)
What about making herbal oils (17 bux an ounce for oregano oil)?
Peter Ellis wrote:Currently my wife and I are in New Jersey. Saline MI is her home town and we're looking to get back into that area within the next 24 months.
Looking forward to the adventure of homesteading. Right now we're doing small steps - we've got all the chickens our township won't fine us for; I've added a seasonal greenhouse to the house and built my first RMH in there. Trying some modest hugelkulture and generally trying hard to get things to grow in soil that is one hundred percent sand.
I really look forward to farming someplace that actually has soil
Current plans have us looking for a place on the 10 acre scale, but that could sifit up or down depending on price and opportunity. Lots of reading and watching videos. We both come to the table with some hopefully useful skills and interests to start with and the whole permaculture concept resonates pretty well for us.
clay smith wrote:Hey folks I'm a young farmer in Dowling mi on 92 acres and am working towards establishing a perennial polyculture. I would love to host a meeting at the farm to get know you all. I'm also planning on hosting a few workshops this summer on key line design and perennial poly culture and also a cob shop to finish the cob on our masonry rocket mass heater. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and or find my farm on Facebook by searching "earthsmith food & forest products"