Devin Lavign

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since May 01, 2015
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uggg...I hate trying to describe myself. * last updated spring 2019 *
I moved to 40 acres of raw land with an existing pond in the WA Okanogan Highlands 3 yrs ago. I have been busy observing and making trails.
I am planning to start building a house this year. Though I am probably going to hold off on planting anything until I finish building a house and just work on infrastructure.
I am looking forward to finally put into practice the ideas I have without having to compromise due to it being someone else's land.
Some history and background about me.
I have traveled and lived most of the continental US. So have a decent grasp of the different areas of the US. As a kid I preferred going into the woods to play over going to a park or friend's house. Still I will almost always pick nature if given the choice.
I worked trail maintenance in the Cascades and that was likely my most favorite job ever. I lived, worked, and played in the forests of the Pac NWet. I learned a massive respect for pack goats during this. As they hauled the majority of our gear up the trail every day. Amazing smart animals and I can't wait to get my own goats to enjoy.
I lived and worked at Arcosanti for 4 yrs in AZ. Including managing their 15 1/2 acres of edible and medicinal landscaping. A fun place to meet lots of wonderful people and pick up skills. I have spotted at least one other Arco alum here who I know. Who lived there previous to my time, but who I did meet and hang out with several times both at Arco and to go see him in Prescott.
Pac Northwest, east of the Cascades
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FYI they stopped selling puppies in 2020 (probably due to covid)
, but just started again April 5th 2022
3 weeks ago
Just tuned my place into an LLC. Hopefully that will help a bit.
1 month ago
Something to remember about LGDs is barking is how the keep predator away.

Different breeds have different characteristics. For example Great Pyrnes vs Merimma is they are from the same region but opposite sides of the mountains. Great Pyrnes love to roam while Merimma tend to stay in fence lines.

The trick is to do your research and get the right dog for you place.
1 month ago
One of my neighbors loves to drive in his ruts, I like to drive outside of the ruts. He thinks I am crazy for not wanting to drive in them.
3 months ago
This is why I started a tread on this topic I know cat serve a porpose but I also know that Mollison was pretty anti cat. Of course they are invasive where he was from.
5 months ago
So my thoughts have evolved a bit. While Rad does come with an amazing customer service their is a new guy in town.

Himiway, they have virtually they same bike as the Rad Rover but it is actually a real 750 watt motor rather than the Rad 500 watt 750 peak! Here is a link to their site

Now for cargo bikes I started looking at the Blix Packa Genie. Something cool about them is they have the option to have two batteries. Their website is

I am waiting to build my house before I get an electric bike. Just need a place to store it and recharge the batteries, rather than the trailer I am in now.
8 months ago

Alana Rose wrote:I’ve always wanted to make my own shoes.

There is actually a couple classes that teach how to make this type of boot. I always thought I might learn to make some rather than just buy them, but haven't gotten around to it.
1 year ago
I often download anything over 10 min usually using which also has a setting for audio mp3's
1 year ago

Lisa Sampson wrote:A good mandoline.  Not the musical instrument but the bladed slicer.  Just watch your fingers.  Good ones are frighteningly sharp.

Just an fyi there is a safe mandoline, here it is on Amazon

* edit to add I got this last year for my Mom who gave up on the dangerous kind, she loves it
1 year ago
Just want to add that sponges and dish clothes are the dirtiest things in a house. Seriously look it up.

To reduce this boil them often and replace regularly.
1 year ago