I am also from Minnesota.
Sorry to hear about your job woes. it is a hard market out there. I gave up looking and am starting a produce farm.
We are starting off with conventional methods, (minus the chemical and manufactured fertilizer) and will transition into a more permaculture styled system. On Paul's sliding scale of permiculture my goal at the moment is a 5 or 6. (currently at a 1 or a 2.) We will see how it goes from there. I have a long way to go and funds are as always short.
And then there is the task of building our sustainable zone zero.
Where about in Minnesota are you? My wife and i are living along 169 halfway between Mankato and the Twin Cities.
I'm newly arrived here in southwest MN, working on a small CSA fruit and vegetable operation with my parents following 6 years of voluntary service in Bolivia. It's good to see that there are others on here from this part of the world. I would really enjoy getting in touch with more people in this region working on issues related to sustainable living, since it can feel pretty lonely here at times.
Good luck to all in preparing for winter!
thaddeus owen wrote:There are a few of us. I am 8 miles from downtown St Paul.
Ryan Quinn wrote:
Would love to have you all out some time this spring/summer for a potluck or get together. The area is beautiful and the drive down is gorgeous.
I work and stay in the cities, where I'm from, Apple Valley, during the winter, except when work is slow, so if you wanted to catch a ride out with me that would be cool too.
I'd like to get to know other like minded individuals in the area and support one another in our permaculture goals. It's a lot easier, even just to have the moral support, rather than feeling like you're totally alone.
daniel zetah wrote:Hi all, my name is Daniel I'm a 36 year old guy who grew up on a farm an hour west of Minneapolis but moved to tasmania in 2001 where I met all kinds of permie folks and became a strawbale home builder, renewable energy installer, composting toilet builder and joined the permaculture guild of tasmania.
I came back to the farm 6 months ago to help my parents transition from farming and build the infrastructure needed to make the farm more attractive to csa / permie farmers. I love this land and its an amazing opportunity to be given a farm but as someone who is extremely unconventional, I'm finding the dominant culture here to be suffocating and am considering going back to tasmania where I may not have a beautiful farm but I have a community of critical thinking, like minded folks that pull me in the direction I want to go.
I am really glad to hear all you people exist in MN, thank you for being salmon swimming upstream in a very strong current. I personally need close community around me to be happy and was wondering if there were any other people on here that dont buy into the cultural norm of one nuclear family on one farm. I think I could stay here if I could find a small group of people who want to live a simple, honest life, creating and growing thing of quality and beauty, sharing land and infrastructure, tools etc. people who want to live with intention. Right now I feel like most people that have a similar mindset leave MN and go to the west coast or elsewhere and the few holdouts are dotted around the state like the handful of organic farms in the sea of corn and soybeans. It's nice to know they exist in theory but it doesn't make me feel less alone and isolated here. Are there any folks out there who like the idea of living closer together? Thanks for reading my long rant:-) Daniel