I've put in lots of perennials (peach, cherry, kiwi, berries, etc) and have converted most of the lawn to garden space. The heavy garden work is mostly done! It's in a great neighborhood within walking distance of downtown, the Farmer's Market, library and Eastern Oregon University.
La Grande is a small town of about 12,000 people on the dry side of the Cascades. Our valley is mostly farmland surrounded by the Blue and Wallowa Mountains. The Eagle Cap Wilderness is in our backyard. We are 4.5 hours from Portland and 3 hours from Boise. It's close enough to the cities to take advantage of what they offer and far enough away to discourage those that aren't really into rural living.
I've read recently that the rural areas of the Pacific NW are considered some of the best places to dig in for the coming economic challenges. I'd say I have to agree. I don't normally promote our area, preferring it keep it to myself but if there's anywhere I feel comfortable doing so it would be here. We need more folks like all of you! I'd be pleased to attract some permies to the area.
I love it here. I'm not moving away, just simplifying life by selling one house and moving to the other place I own on the edge of town. cheers to all, Sue
Are you the Sue interested in the Inland Northwest Permaculture conference. if not, I hope you would be.
How do I reach permaculture-minded folk in your area? is anyone else using the term?
I think northeast Oregon is a great place (visited a couple times and put on a small restoration forestry event there) and I thought it would be worth moving to, but I am already too ensconsed in my current home bioregion. north-central washington.
Hi Michael, yes, I'm hoping to come to the conference. There isn't anyone else studying permaculture here that I know of. I've been spreading the word about the conference via email lists to those that might be interested. Don't know yet if anyone else is planning to come. Sue