Hello Permies, My name is Tom, I have been interested and learning the culture for a couple of years now, but definitely
a newbie, I recently purchased a several hundred acre farm just outside salem Oregon, largely because it is geographically key to my current source of income, but also because i wand to change the world just a little(or a lot). I have equipment, lots of out buildings, 5 cows, one new calf as of last week, 12 goats, two horses, two ponies, 4 lamas and a crazy outdoor cat we call dog. I am open to all ideas, i would love to work towards a farm to table restaurant, even a farm to glass brewery( one of my most enjoyed hobbies) I have looked into lots of CSA models, land share, intentional community, long term leases, tiny home bed and breakfast, and ....... Lots of great farmable area, currently have two ponds a creek and a spring. If i brainstormed all the ideas i have i would be here all day and then some, just throwing this post out to see what kind of conversation and future it can begin.
Hi Tom and welcome! What a great way to get started, by jumping right in Do you have short term goals in mind? Have you met the community around you and found any local allies? I'm up in Seattle, I've found it easiest to meet like minds through a few different social media sites like meetup.com, or facebook pages of local farms/permaculture groups. I'm hoping to go visit a couple project nearby this year!
I currently live in Central Oregon but want to be closer to Salem. What is the current living situation on your farm? I have a fascination for permaculture, some physical limitations, a small SS income and when I sell my house, some money for investment.
I am in Salem too. I have 1 acre that I am about to get started with zone 1 & 2 gardens, and some fruittrees. I'd love to learn more about you ideas for your place. How about a beer sometime? My CBP (closest brew pub) is Gilgamesh. Does that work for you?
Drop me a pm and we can set something up. My schedule is flexible.
wow that looks like an amazing area to be in! can anyone tell me how the prices for some land to start our pwn permaculture place would be out there??? its so expensive in washington state....im not sure our dreams will come true up here.....and i refuse to buy land in a desert area.
Hi Tom.... I know the area well... nice climate.... we are wondering if you might be interest in sharing your property with a few experienced homesteaders..? here is our post under homesteading;
We are looking for a long term (permanent) Land Sharing Situation in the Western States, (West of the Rockies) or in Southwestern British Columbia..... We have the skills and means to build a homestead from bare land... We have a small, steady life-long income.... so we can be on the land, not working away to earn a living.
We are looking for property to share that has a strong, clean year-round creek or strong Natural Spring, lake , ponds... in other words, abundant water. But not too rainy (less than 45" annual) ....we do love the sun! Privacy, some trees, shrubs, some meadow or pasture..... and at least a 100 day growing season.
I am a Natural Builder of many types of buildings; underground Earth Lodges, log Cabins, Stone Houses, Tree Houses, Hobbit Homes, Thatched Huts using wattle & daub, Cob, Straw Bales, Adobe, slip straw, Board & Batten, hand hewn logs, hand split shakes, etc. I am also a very Handy Man, Being able to fix or repair just about anything needed on a secluded Homestead.
My wife is a passionate food grower, having managed market gardens and small community gardens.... but prefers subsistence gardening. She is a cheese maker, goat herdress, greenhouse grower, hugelkulturist, budding permaculturist, plant person and homeopathic practitioner. We have been growing and raising about 90% of our own food for many years. We are really into both self-reliance and interdependence with like-spirited folks.
We are Devoted to living Simply on the Earth. We are committed to Enhancing the Web of Life, wherever we live. We are Being the Change that we would like to see in the World. And we enjoy teaching and sharing our knowledge and experience with others who are on the path such as interns and apprentices. We have lived with, and shared land with other people for many years so we have developed good communication and cooperation skills. We would like to plant fruit trees and bushes, put in a big garden, build a small Hobbit house, build a small goat barn..... and root ourselves At Home, on a piece of Beautiful land with you, being good friends and helpful Neighbors. If you might want to share your property with us.... as long term caretakers, please contact us. Buying land together with some similarly- focused folks might also be an option for us.
Email: sunnybabaspirit at yahoo.com