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Jeanne Wallace

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since Mar 19, 2014
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My projects in permaculture combine my life experiences: growing up on an old farm homestead (East coast), living on intentional communities in my 20's, building passive solar adobe homes in New Mexico, organic gardening for a decade in Santa Cruz, CA, and my career as a holistic nutritionist. Melding permaculture, soil ecology and my advanced training in nutrition and functional medicine—with its concern for optimizing human wellness rather than waiting for disease to strike—brings unique insights to raising the most nutritious foods. Do you know the key to increasing phytonutrient levels in your crops? The answer surprises most people.
A professional landscape architect designed our multi-tiered hardscape. From there we took over to create a 1-acre permaculture paradise: culinary and medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables, edible flowers, rain garden, pond with waterfalls, ducks, rabbits, forage crops, cryptocrops for on-site foraging and over 70+ varieties of unusual and heirloom fruits/berries/nuts. We find joy in smart systems and stacked functions, like our combined shed x compost bins x rabbit hutch with rainwater-harvesting roof (all in a 12 x 4' footprint and within a pitchfork's reach of the duck's hoop coop).
Cache Soil-to-Table is our not-for-profit venture aimed at increasing community awareness of local food and permaculture. We offer internships through the local college, host bi-annual tours, workshops and a harvest gathering.
Cache Valley, Northern Utah (zone 6a, 4,900 elevation)
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Recent posts by Jeanne Wallace

Permie Challenge — Re-engineer the $3-6K "Catering Dishwasher" for off-grid permie kitchens     [Michael Cox...you started this! LOL]

I can see it now: Rocket Stove Fired High-Pressure 3-minute Dishwasher! at Wheaton Labs

Desired features (chime in, folks...)

• Rainwater fed via gravity
• Solar-heated water would be fun, but rocket stove heat makes more sense for the many times of day the unit is needed
• Heat capture  (can the heat generated by this baby be used elsewhere)?
• Warming tray on top for rising bread or tomato starts?
• Upcycled parts  (can I reconfigure a salvaged chest freezer or fridge to create this beast?)
• Upright  (no bending over to load/unload)
• Bicycle powered?  Because most of us would rather ride a stationary bicycle than do dishes, right?

1 month ago
Creeping or ground cover thyme! Low growing, perennial, survives being walked on, tolerates being mowed/scythed, smells delicious, green year-round, many are 1-2" tall and dense growing so no lost clothespins.

High Country Gardens has several varieties and good photos, like the one below. https://www.highcountrygardens.com/perennial-plants/thyme
1 month ago
I'd like to watch all of these.
Instead of voting, could we plan one each week for the next several weeks?
1 month ago
Tree Hay would be a good way to stretch the hand-baled hay.

We started an AirTable base on feeding/fodder crops (chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, entered; next to come cows & horses).


Click on "Views" in the upper left corner to see the sheet sorted in columns by season for your animal/poultry of choice.

Love to have feedback, comments, questions...
2 months ago

Kate Medland wrote:

We planted out 45 black locust yesterday.  (Ya, we planted them too close, I know , I know, live and learn).

They don't look too closely planted to my eye.
Rather, looks like you plan to harvest every other one for fence poles, garden stakes, or fuel for your rocket stove...  (others might call this "thinning"). 😄
2 months ago

Jenny Wright wrote: ... On top of that I have a body that likes to continually develop new allergic reactions to food (which is probably mast cell activation syndrome). So it's a fun evolving puzzle that I get to work on. Thus my great excitement when I get to eat something new that doesn't hurt! 😊

The dreaded MCAS! So you're probably eating a low histamine diet and aware of how molds can exacerbate things. Practitioner Beth O'Hara has some fantastic videos on this topic and her webiste is a good resource too. https://mastcell360.com/

Good luck on your food journey! I hope you find many more tolerable and yummy things like garlic scapes!
3 months ago

Jonathan 'yukkuri' Kame wrote:Cut a big hole in the center with chainsaw/drill/chisels/fire, whatever.  Then use it as your composting toilet for a week.  Innoculate with fungi & bacteria.  Then build a big compost pile or hugel on top and plant into it.  

I like this. It approaches the problem by harnessing composting (view the stump as a big load of carbon and add nitrogen to facilitate its decomposition).

We've used a similar method that worked well for us. We drilled many 3/4" diameter holes about 3" deep and 2" apart across the top of the stump. We then poured collected urine—from a compost toilet with urine separator—over the top of (and filling) these holes, giving it a couple of saturations over a week. Next, we covered the stump with a deep mulch. We used wood chips and innoculated with handful of well-rotted mulch from the orchard that had a dense network of white fungal threads. This innoculant was placed just under the surface of the deep mulch, not buried deep within. Keep the mound moist (i.e., feel free to keep dumping more urine on it but stop if you get unhappy odors). This rotted down very rapidly for us and it was nice to let nature do the work.

If the stump is located in a suitable position, you could simply build a hugel mound over it, planted permie style with herbs, flowers, comfrey, nitrogen-fixers, perennial edibles, insectary plants...

If you're in a hurry to remove a stump, it might be worth considering if there is an alternative to your plans. Shift the proposed driveway or path 6' over? I like considering whether a blockage to my plans might be an invitation to find another solution.

Nature moves a bit slower than {most} humans, and I've found so many benefits in my life come from slowing my rapid-fire brain down to its cadence.
3 months ago