Stuck in ND for a while for work and while I'm here I want to make the most of it. We bought an old farmhouse with 15 acres last year and boy do we have plans! I'd love to connect with like minded folks in the area.
What we have now:
30 Plymouth Barred Rock laying hens
12 ish acres of rested pasture
We are right on the border of SW North Dakota and NW South Dakota (Lemmon, SD).
Sadly, here in the Dakotas there aren't very many good examples to point to of people doing awesome permaculture stuff (although there are a few!). Down in SW South Dakota there are a couple people in the early stages of developing some permaculture projects (specifically on the Pine Ridge Reservation). Also over in eastern South Dakota there is the Glacial Lakes Permaculture site http://glaciallakespermaculture.org/home.
The best example of sustainable agriculture in the Dakotas definitely has to go to Gabe Brown by Bismarck, ND. Here is an AWESOME video of Gabe talking about what they do at his farm/ranch. IMO, it is the best video to convince a conventional farmer/rancher to consider adopting some better techniques.
Hey Wyatt. I grew up about 50 miles north of Grand Forks.
I live in Florida now but my parents still live up in the Grafton area.
My family and I are planning on a visit in a few months and we are sure to be spending some time in GF.
You could find a spot along the Red River to grow plants, see who "owns" that land first. I would see if you can find a spot down there and use some Seed Balls along the bank of the Red. Being that you are downtown you are not that far away from the river. Maybe it will catch on with other people.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT