K Bassett

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Missoula, MT
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Hey everyone,
Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances and the general trouble finding housing in Missoula, my girlfriend and I have made the (painful) decision to get rid of our 5 laying ducks. They're between 1-3 years old and still laying well. They're all pretty broody and would probably be great at raising ducklings! They're all pretty much mutts; some magpie, rouen, runner, and mallard, and who knows what else. They're very sweet, and Olivia, the all-white one, is probably one of the sweetest and most intelligent ducks you'll meet!

We're posting on here instead of craigslist because we want our ducks to have a cool and awesome home, like a permie would give them. This is also why we're giving them away. It's actually really sad for us! So we'd really like to see them go to a place with other ducks and people who'll treat them well. We're in Missoula now and are willing to drive somewhere to drop them off. Let us know if you're willing to give them a great home!

Thanks,
Kevin
6 years ago
Hey everyone,
I'm living in Missoula and have been looking for local, organic complete feed for our 5 laying ducks. Seems like Murdoch's is the only place with feed, at least that I've found. I've heard of the big sky organics feed but don't know where in Missoula I can get it. Or, if there's an even better option nearby. Thanks!
Kevin
6 years ago
Yea, I bring our glass to Target and hit up Pacific recycling right near by to drop off cans, cardboard etc. Every time I go there, there's loads of other, non-glass things... lids, plastic, newspaper, trash, etc. Too bad. It's a bummer people don't know how to recycle properly... But last time I was there, Target didn't really have anything put up to inform people of how to properly recycle.

We moved away from buying glass for the most part, except for the very occasional 6 pack. Now we pretty much exclusively use growlers. The plastic Nalgene growlers are BPA free, really light, and obviously don't break. They also seem to keep beer from going flat for longer (not usually a problem though!). I really like them, and they're perfect for floating, fishing, hiking, etc. because, obviously, no glass.

I think if Missoula moved away from glass altogether that would be awesome, but in the meantime, turning it into something is better than nothing.
6 years ago
Really enjoyed these videos. Seems like a great idea, especially if we could pull the rocket stove out and cook on it as well. Thanks a lot!
6 years ago
cob
Thanks Luke! These look great. I'll keep everyone updated with our progress.
6 years ago
cob
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for some plans for a small rocket cob oven. I want to make it on some sort of trailer so it can be moved around, I think I'll be moving in about a year. This really isn't too important though, mostly we want to try it out on a small scale and get a feel for it. We live in a town where its technically illegal to have fires, unless you're cooking on it. It's due to air pollution, so I figured a rocket cob oven would be a good mix. I bake a lot of bread, and want it for bread and pizza... and who knows what else! It'd be nice to have something outside to keep the summer heat down inside. Can't wait to try out making some bricks!
Thanks,
Kevin Bassett
6 years ago
cob
Hey all,

So I may be moving to Maine with my girlfriend this spring, or possibly a little later. My parents are (maybe) moving to the Portland area and if they do, they want to buy ~20 acres and have asked if we would like to move out there and start a farm. Obviously this is a great opportunity! We want to make hugel beds, a food forest, lots of fruit and nut trees, and a host of native plants. I was born & raised in New Hampshire and absolutely love Maine, so this would be awesome! I was wondering if anyone has any tips, advice, people to get in touch with, etc about designing a permaculture farm which we can live off of. Any ideas, plans, groups, or anything would be awesome. My parents want me to send a list of potential things to look for in land as well, and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on that? I already suggested a pond, running water, and some contour, all pretty basic things I feel. Also, what sort of perennials would be good for this area? We want black walnut trees, apple, possibly peaches, and a lot of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and currants. Any other suggestions? Really, anything you can tell us about this would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks!
Kevin
7 years ago
Hello!
This is my first post on Permies but I've been visiting for about a year now. I'll try to make this quick!

I'm Kevin (age 23) and my girlfriend Liz (age 25) and I live in Missoula, Montana. We both love gardening and cannot wait to start our own farm one day. We're flying to Ecuador on December 5th -March 15th and are planning on traveling around Peru and Ecuador WWOOFing (both have accounts with WWOOF for both countries) and hiking around, etc. Our plans and time schedules are pretty open and we hope to visit a lot of area. We speak a little Spanish, Liz better than me. We hope to learn Spanish better while there. Ideally we want to work on permaculture farms, and learn about traditional agriculture in the area. We want to spend a lot of time doing hands on learning - while we are both in good shape and hard workers, we don't want to just be "grunts" used for manual labor without understanding why, or learning about the area and the culture, etc. We garden a lot, and built raised beds a vegetable garden in our small urban(ish) backyard in Missoula. We even have three female ducks which lay delicious eggs. I have a degree in fisheries biology and we both have a lot of knowledge and things we can hopefully share with others!
One day we hope to use this knowledge to build our own permaculture/experimental farm somewhere. We haven't taken a PDC (YET!) but have some limited experience and knowledge on permaculture. However, we are quick learners! We really want to learn about native plants, coffee, chocolate, traditional techniques, animal husbandry, permaculture design, building, etc. There really isn't anything we don't want to learn about! As I said our schedule is pretty open and we would love to spend a longer time at an awesome farm!

Thank you for your time!
Kevin