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We wash and reuse our zip lock bags. While we were doing dishes the other night, my wife brought it to my attention that the bag she was washing had the date on it of 2007. We had no idea that we were THAT bad.
2 months ago

Daleen Weight wrote:Kelson I could sure use some help. I just moved to HS & an starting garden from ground up. 😁

The only way you can start a garden is from the ground up. Plant. Evaluate. Respond. Repeat. Learn.
2 months ago

Thomas Dean wrote:

gary calery wrote:All organic food and garden scraps are reused. The only organic thing to go to the dump is chicken feathers from butchering and bones that have been boiled to get the stock out of them . If I bury them the dog will dig them up. I guess I could ground them and scatter them before I till in the garden. All organic matter from the kitchen is sorted into garden compost. Some goes directly into the garden plot. Some scraps go to the chickens and dog scraps may or may not get cooked before they are fed to the dog. The egg shells are dried and ground to be mixed with the chicken food. Coffee grounds are put into the greenhouse beds directly. Paper and boxes go into the outdoor wood furnace for our home's heat and the ashes from the furnace go into the gardens and greenhouses. Our kitchen island and refrigerator has 4-6 bowls of various materials that go out daily to the designated animals or garden. Some bulky garden items go to the cattle or donkeys to be turned into pasture fertilizer. We have no compost pile. What would typically go to a traditional compost pile is directly added to our garden for the birds to pick through before it is tilled under.



You CAN burn chicken feathers.  I burned the feathers from 6 turkeys (thanksgiving and freezer birds) in a barrel.  It takes a while, and you might argue that the energy input is not worth it.
After making stock, you should let the bones air-dry and then burn them in your wood furnace.  We burn ours in the fireplace.  The bones mostly burn up, adding calcium to the ashes that you are putting on your garden.  You might have little bone shaped bits in the ashes, but if your fire is hot enough, those bone shaped bits will just crumble to nothing.  Our barn dog has a habit of bringing old bones home (roadkill, probably) and he doesn't want to chew them, just collect them.  They accumulate in the yard, so in the fall, I gather them up and burn them when there is a hot fire in the fireplace.  Deer femurs, skulls, etc.  They all burn down to basically nothing.  Smoke smells funny... but not an issue for us.  Dog doesn't even notice they are gone.



I know a butcher that burns fat in his outdoor furnace year round to heat his shop in the winter and his hot water in the summer. He throws the fat in with the burning wood. He has massive quantities that he collects in 55 gallon drums.
3 months ago
All organic food and garden scraps are reused. The only organic thing to go to the dump is chicken feathers from butchering and bones that have been boiled to get the stock out of them . If I bury them the dog will dig them up. I guess I could ground them and scatter them before I till in the garden. All organic matter from the kitchen is sorted into garden compost. Some goes directly into the garden plot. Some scraps go to the chickens and dog scraps may or may not get cooked before they are fed to the dog. The egg shells are dried and ground to be mixed with the chicken food. Coffee grounds are put into the greenhouse beds directly. Paper and boxes go into the outdoor wood furnace for our home's heat and the ashes from the furnace go into the gardens and greenhouses. Our kitchen island and refrigerator has 4-6 bowls of various materials that go out daily to the designated animals or garden. Some bulky garden items go to the cattle or donkeys to be turned into pasture fertilizer. We have no compost pile. What would typically go to a traditional compost pile is directly added to our garden for the birds to pick through before it is tilled under.
3 months ago

Joshua Radish wrote:Hello Adam and others! I just wanted touch base with y'all to say that my partner, two kids and I have just moved to NW Michigan and will be starting our permaculture ventures and soon as we finish our house and can see the ground again! We live in in Copemish on ten acres of mostly wooded land. I wonder if there is potential for any sort of gathering or something? I know there is a permaculture potluck group that I haven't had a chance to attend yet, but other than that we don't know anyone in the area and would love to remedy that. Permaculture is new to me and my gardening experience is limited to a year of working on a csa so I have a lot to learn.

Anyway, good luck and I hope you find something!




Joshua,

Go to the potluck group. There is nothing like meeting people who are doing what you want to do in your area. I'm sure you will get an invitation to see some places that will inspire and encourage you.



1 year ago
Andrew, I sent you a PM.
1 year ago
Jeremy and Brittany were at my place for a while working on a trade agreement. They had to move on because they couldn't keep out of trouble with the law. A while after they left, my wife was nosing around on line to see what kind of further arrest record they were accumulating and she ran up on Jeremy's obituary. No details on the cause of death.
1 year ago
Hey Kenny,

PM me and we'll get together on some details. We are in Logan County which is on the TN border, north of Nashville. We aren't looking for a lifetime commitment but want to help someone sort out the lifestyle. It is always best to have some practical experience when making an informed purchase, so the property one buys is the one of their dreams based on real life experience and future needs.
1 year ago
Thanks Dave and Joylynn. I appreciate your help and kind words.      I'm not really looking for experience. I'm looking for character, drive and the ability to stick to a plan. I wouldn't mind a few visitors who need something to think about as they sort out their future.
1 year ago
Are you a self-motivated person who is driven to be productive? If you have a family, is their health, education, and growth your number one priority? Can you work independently and live without a lot of other people's input and influence for your sense of self-satisfaction or do you need an intentional community for your sense of self-affirmation? Are you the type who wastes energy worrying about your next meal or dollar or do you just make things happen? Are honesty and integrity important values in your life? Do you have the energy to apply it day and night to a project, if need be, or do you just think you can? Do you have the ability and desire to learn and use a variety of skills?

I'm a 66 year old relic from the past who lives on 180 acres in southern Kentucky with wife. We are looking for someone or a family to grow and learn in the country lifestyle. We would prefer a family.  I have been here 40 years and have taken my ideals and drive and have worked my place into what it is today. We have orchards, gardens, landscaping, cattle, chickens, greenhouses, etc. We are Catholics so you must not be close minded to one's religious beliefs. We cannot provide you with an income only a place to live. We will assist you in any projects that you envision so you can earn an income. My wife and I both work in town for income. We have not monetized our farm to be financially self-sufficient. We are more food self-sufficient.


My main purpose in reaching out for the right individual is for me to be able to pass on some skills and assist someone in achieving their goals of living a rural life style. I do want to receive some labor for the living situation and am willing to financially back a project for a cut of the income. Besides farm oriented projects, I have a building that has some woodworking tools that would be a good situation for someone with that interest. There are Amish neighbors that reclaim barn wood and plane it. That style of wood  makes very nice pieces of furniture.

It takes a lot of practical effort and the ability to be able to grind out a self-sufficient lifestyle. One doesn't learn it while clicking on a phone for hours a day or becoming the best Google Gardener on the internet. I'm not looking for dependents. I'm looking for the thrill of watching someone or a family thrive and grow in the country.

I'm not interested in taking on someone's addictions, mental health issues or reading their life history on their tattoos. I don't want someone who is racist and thinks their group is better than another group based on color or belief. I believe you can do and think what you want but not necessarily on my 180 acres. I don't think the government has the answers for all our social needs. If you have an elitist attitude that leads you to believe that if people would live like you believe, the world would be wonderful, then another opportunity awaits you elsewhere.

If you know of any other links that I can post this please let me know.
1 year ago