Kasey Mire

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Vero Beach, FL
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Sounds beautiful! Thanks very much for posting, we'll keep it in mind as we continue to explore options.
5 years ago
Hi all,

I am Kasey and my partner is Michael. We are currently working as "eco-caretakers" on a property in San Antonio, TX. We are looking to move on in the fall to a long-term situation.

We are really ready to put down roots and expand some of our experimental income streams. We are looking to do so with landowners or a community of likeminded folk, i.e. permies or people who otherwise have reasonable experience working with permaculture or holistic management techniques.

About us: PDCs in 2012 with Mustafah Al Bakir. Since then, have lived as enlightened peasants (to borrow a phrase from Darren Doherty) in FL and now in TX, passionately pursuing knowledge and practice in permaculture. We started out knowing nothing; now we know a bit, and we want to know so much more. We have beginner/intermediate experience with and would like to expand on the following things: "radical" mycology, holistic management, mob grazing, elaine ingham-style soil health (love studying microbes, have microscope, lots of room and desire for expansion of knowledge in this field), teaching children and adults, design and construction (chicken tractors, walapini, bunny complex, natural building, various garden designs, kickass compost toilet, to name a few), planting, harvesting, food preparation and preservation, dairy goats, cheese-making, rabbitry, herbal medicine. We have more experience with some of these things than others, but at least a bit of know-how and definitely interest in all.

What we need: Like-minded community, even if "community" means one other person or couple. Can't express this enough. By "like-minded" I do not by any means mean "the same," but I do mean people who enjoy planning and designing as a group, thinking holistically, communicating directly and often, collaborating constructively, speaking boldly, listening intently, and actively considering community needs/common goals at least as often as individual wants/needs.

What we offer: Deep commitment to continuing and expanding our knowledge and interests within permaculture. Desire to work full time towards that goal. Willingness to give up creature comforts while improving on such things. Drive to use this knowledge to create independent or shared income streams. Internal consideration, respect, courtesy for others. Honesty and integrity. Laughs and good conversation. A bit of musical entertainment. Travel stories.

Location desired: TX or CA would be our first choice. I am drawn to more arid environments because of my desire to reverse desertification using Allan Savory's holistic management techniques. However, we would consider any locale given the right circumstances.

Other: We have two dairy goats who are soon to give birth and to whom we are deeply attached. We'd really really like to bring them with us. We also have a very well-behaved dog who is accustomed to hanging peacefully with all manner of farm animals.

We're looking to move on in late summer/early fall. If you think we could be a good addition to your family or community, send me a purple mooseage or email me at kaseym85 at gmail dot com. Thanks for reading.
5 years ago
Hi Morgan, that remains to be seen! The summers are very harsh and we would definitely not want someone coming out here right in the middle of it. Rather, if a volunteer were to come soon and gradually ease into it, it would be decided as time went on whether it would be worth their while to stay, or ours to continue leading projects.

So what we are really looking for is someone to come asap. As time goes on, the invitation window narrows and by say, May it will be closed. Hope that answers your question. If you'd be available to come sooner rather than later I'd love to tell you more!
5 years ago
Hi all,

I'm on a 50-acre property just north of San Antonio, TX where there is a kick-ass primitive skills/survival school called The Human Path (www.thehumanpath.org). My partner Michael and I are caretakers here, and are in charge of leading the WWOOFer community. We're trying to keep 3 volunteers on hand for another month, and would like 1 person to stay until mid-late June and possibly for the summer, if there is such a brave soul (the summer heat is brutal here).

At the end of this month, there are 2 positions opening up: one for 4-6 weeks and one for at least 10 weeks. Both positions involve a chore rotation for animals/waste systems and work on a natural home building project. Volunteers are allowed to sign up for classes for free, which I think adds tremendous value to working here. The values and community here are fantastic, and interested volunteers would also be welcome to join in on our land remediation projects. This land was a limestone quarry site and is severely degraded- we are very excited to lead restoration efforts using keyline design and intensive grazing techniques.

If you're interested let me know, I'd be happy to answer further questions!
5 years ago
Is anyone driving from Texas? My partner and I are in San Antonio looking for a ride, and hoping to leave on the 2nd.
5 years ago

Josef Theisen wrote:Kasey and a. mark, I have sent each of you a 10 doge as a test. Please let me know when you get them and make sure you can log out of and back into your wallet ok.

Done and done.
6 years ago

Elizabeth Ü wrote:Buying "my own land" or starting "a new business" or developing "a new permaculture demonstration site" or anything else new might not actually be the most appropriate way to achieve your goals, make the most efficient use of resources, take the best advantage of your unique skills and whatever else you bring to the party, etc... though it certainly seems to be the preferred option based on the questions here. Why is that, I wonder?

There are so many forms of capital: financial, social, ecological, intellectual, cultural, experiential... I realize that this part of the forum is dedicated to finances, AND let's not lose track of the other forms, as they will also be crucial in launching a new venture, or supporting an existing one.

If you are in fact starting from "zero," one possible path toward your dream (and I don't make any assumptions about what that is!) would be go get some experience working with others who are doing something similar to what you want to do... while perhaps getting out of debt, and even building your savings, in the meantime. Even if you find yourself in a position where you are not actually earning money while contributing to a project that's not "yours," if you are intentional about it, you can make significant gains in the other types of capital.

I can attest to this, and to Josef's point above! My partner and I received our PDCs 2 years ago and were invited the following year to "practice permaculture" on a family member's land. We could live rent-free, join the CSA at the organic farm just down the road to help cover food costs, practice permaculture with food and animal systems, get part-time jobs and start up a few small ventures which could help us achieve financial independence down the road.

Sounded ideal, but we didn't take into account a couple of vital things, namely the family member's understanding (or lack thereof) of what permaculture on her land would look like, as well as how much a like-minded community (or again, the lack thereof) to learn with/from would mean to us as beginners. So although it seemed like we had plenty of resources at our disposal to make things work, it turned out social capital was at the top of the list of resources we needed, and it just wasn't there.

To make a long story short, things didn't work out with the family member and we are now down the road work-trading at the little organic farm with the CSA. We've been here since January and thankfully we've had no food or rent expenses, which allowed us the time and space to develop a few small income streams while starting up an oyster mushroom-growing operation. While things are much better here, development has been slow and we are still lacking a community of people with whom to interact around permaculture, either in a business, learning or social setting. The owners of the farm, while committed to organic practices, are not all that attracted to permaculture. I think they are a bit weary of farming here (I would be too, after 14 years of trying to make modern ag models work in the tropics!) and they see adopting permaculture techniques as "starting over," for which they just don't have the energy. They are looking to move elsewhere, they don't want to be here anymore and neither do we. We are going to stick it out for the upcoming busy season, when hopefully we'll see a bit of return for all our efforts we've put into the mushroom operation. After that, we are outta here, and we'll be a helluva lot more thorough in deciding where to land next!

I'm really enjoying this thread, and a lot of Elizabeth's points have certainly rung true with some of the conclusions we have been coming to recently. Wherever we end up next, we won't be so bent on "making it work" with permaculture in a financial sense, at least not yet. Certainly, we'd love to find employment with something permaculture-related. Certainly, we will continue to practice permaculture and experiment with creating valuables for our community. But we're realizing that as beginners, our relationship with permaculture right now should be one of stress-free learning, not financial dependency. Once you remove the pressures of making something produce for you, suddenly you get to interact with that thing in a way that allows you to see the full beauty of it. Deeper learning and understanding can take place, successionally and at fuller maturity. That extra time spent in the beginning will save you time in the long-term.

If you wanted to plant a food forest, you wouldn't just spend a bunch of money on trees and plant them around willy-nilly, at least not if you expect those trees to flourish. Instead, you would take time to prepare the ground, research what works in your area, visit people who have fruit trees, and plan slowly and carefully to maximize the health and efficiency of your forest. You might even decide to mimic nature's successional stages, in which case it may be a few years before you even plant your first fruit tree. Why wouldn't we take the same approach in launching a career in permaculture? I certainly don't mean to suggest that anyone on this thread is being rash or careless, and I would be the last person to judge another person's readiness in such matters. But I am now in a place where I can critique my past self, and I can assert that for me, haste makes waste. This time around, I'll be more humble and cautious in my approach, and I will be diligent in seeing each learning stage through to maturity before moving on to the next one!
6 years ago
Me too me too!

I like this idea, as I am new to the crypto-currency awareness. I created a Bitcoin wallet recently and want to "invest" in Permacredits when it launches, but would really like to get a better idea of how it all works before that happens. So thanks for the opportunity!

Mein wallet --> DJgz51641kLTAyRjTVaAqGmXxpjWpD9bLv

Someone earlier mentioned changing their "label" to their name. Is this recommended? If yes, how do I do it?
6 years ago
Hey, I hear this place is the Moscow of Idaho....!

I'd love to see a breakdown of the course costs (the whole thing vs 2-3 days, for example). This is simultaneously bad timing and excellent timing for me. Excellent because in June my co-conspirator and I will move to South Florida to begin redesigning his aunt's traditionally managed 100-acre cattle ranch, so the learning would be immediately put to good use. It is also bad timing because we will have just spent a lot of money and fuel flying halfway around the world (we currently live in Thailand), so it'd probably be a good idea in general for us to lay low, financially and ecologically. Does anyone know of a similar course coming to the southeast states any time soon?

7 years ago