Jeremy Baker

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since Feb 19, 2013
Keen student of Nature. World traveler. Managed properties, permaculture sites, nature guiding, plant nursery and propagation, energy efficient design and heating, solar technology, electric vehicles. Building a custom RV to see as much of N. America and Central Anerica as possible.
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Bumping the thread.....Thanks, I’ve got a Instapot pressure cooker with me in my van but needed inspiration and information to make bone broth and other recipes. My refrigeration is limited so that’s been discouraging me from making batches of food. One of the challenges of vanlife is food preservation, preparation, and electricity (I’m limited to solar and propane for cooking). Another challenge is too much packaging because I don’t order in bulk. I’m working on it.
1 week ago
Wow, what a stash of meat provisions, that would last me years. So I’d need to consider freezer burn.
2 months ago
Turn, turn, turn, we are again. It’s Nov. 1 and holidays are here. Call me a grinch but I think holidays are for children. I don’t have any so I don’t pay much attention to holidays. I can entertain myself in other ways. And we don’t live in villages anymore. We are sometimes hundreds or thousands of miles apart. I can’t walk across the street to my families gathering because they are 250 miles away and I don’t like Winter travel. It’s stressful and dangerous. And as mentioned way too much alcohol is consumed.
I like and appreciate the suggestions on how to cope with SAD, nutrition, loss, illness, and other hazards. And now we have Zoom. Kidding.
2 months ago
Maureen, sorry your Permaculture venture went sideways on you. I imagine your children keep you busy now. Thanks for sharing. My dreams of doing Permaculture in Kenya have not fruited, yet.  I went back to Kenya several times hoping to do Permaculture. My mother was renting a house on the outskirts of Nairobi at the horse race course and I started planting fruits and mulching there. I could get horse manure from the horse owners. But it was not sustainable as it was a rental. So after 3 glorious months of tropical Permaculture I returned to Washington. But I did take a Permaculture course from Dee Raymer and others. This is when I learned about constructed wetlands which is a fascinating topic.
I also visited some elderly British folks who were going all out on a Permaculture project out at the Athi Plains. With a little money they could hire lots of help to dig the swales, construct beds, wetlands, nurseries, etc. I asked how it was going and they said “great”, they just wished they had started earlier in life. On a subsequent trip to Kenya I wanted to visit them again but my mother could not remember who they were. I couldn’t find their contact information.  
I went around Nairobi plant nurseries looking for useful plants and found very few. It was shocking and disappointing. I hope it’s improved.
 Rock dust is what one German agronomist told me was a key missing nutrient for Kenya soils. Many of the soils in Africa are ancient and have not seen fresh minerals for millennia. In Kikuyu land in the highlands of Mt Kenya, and also Mt Kilimanjaro, was amazing fertility. I saw incredible produce up there. The highlands really attracted me. Same in the tropical mountains in Panama. Also, there are fewer tropical diseases in the highlands than lower.
  My Dad had malaria in Kenya. He was very secretive about it. I don’t know if he suffered from it later and hope Maureen is not. There’s better therapy now than when my Dad had it.
Growing up in Kenya we would frequently deal with thievery. We were poor but privileged whites. My mother would often argue with the hired help over missing items. My Dad was a government geologist in Kenya, a scientist, until he was promoted into managerial roles. That was it, the corruption, backhanding, and shenanigans with both the British and Kenyans rubbed him the wrong way. He took the first chance to bring us all to the USA where he could teach geology.
My older brother has returned to live and work in Kenya several times . He really likes it and misses it but does not miss the headaches. They make it VERY expensive and complicated to do live and do business or work in Kenya. In some ways what Maureen did flying under the radar on a low budget was brilliant. Living almost like a rural Kenyan. Ive considered doing something similar but am up to my neck in projects here in Washington.  
Is Maureen still on Permies? Bravo, I really admire what you did. Did you get Kenyan citizenship?
2 months ago
It can take a lot of patience and time to coordinate “farm stays”, volunteering, internships, etc. I had maybe 20 or so folks come to stay at my Permaculture site. It took a lot of effort on my part but was worth it. Now I’m semi nomadic and am the one visiting and volunteering. I’m finding it very challenging to connect with “hosts” largely because plans change, communication issues, financial issues, health issues, and timing. Getting the timing to work out is harder than I thought. For example, I’m getting ready to to leave for California and Arizona and have no contacts there yet. That’s because my plans changed due to health and financial concerns. I was going to have shoulder surgery but I cancelled it. I thought I wasn’t going to leave but now I can. And the virus concerns has me vacillating on my plans.
2 months ago
I explored that area a little bit. It’s nice. If I was to live anywhere “back East” it would around there. Sounds like a good opportunity.
2 months ago
I was toying with a similar idea. If every gardener adopted a rare plant to propagate and plant then there would be exponential increase in the species richness. They could share on various websites and NGO groups such as the Native Plant Society and Permies. Same applies for rare cultivated and edible plants. If every gardener adopted one it would make a much more effective conservation effort. They could share through groups such as Seed Savers Exchange, etc.
I like to study California native and edible plants. I’d like to move down there with my school bus but don’t have a place to go yet. I’d like to stat a food rest and naysay be plant nursery somewhere also. Start small and see how it how’s. Please contact me if you know anyone with land who might be interested. I also am a solar technician so can help with any off grid projects. Thanks.
2 months ago
Ive never used a donut spare so am not speaking from experience. But they might hold up for a lightweight vehicle. I’d love to have them for around the farm. Even better might be on a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) but that might not be legal or safe. I wish NEV’s were legal in my town and had caught on with drivers.
2 months ago
What a fun recipe!! I don’t use my oven but could make it on the stove top or in a Dutch oven. Thanks
2 months ago
What a lovely garden, house, and surroundings. Thanks for posting the pictures. I’d love to help out when I’m in the area. I visited two Permaculture sites in Wester Colorado 3 years ago last time I was in the Southwest. I’m planning to take my small bus there again as soon as we get a handle on the corona virus situation. Please give us a update.
3 months ago