Mackenzie Smith

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I threw down 1 pound of organic wheat seed almost 2 years ago & it's just now popping up. Does anyone else grow wheat? What do you use it for & how?
Hey everyone,

I am looking at investing in a 960 sq. ft. greenhouse that is a turnkey hydroponic system. This will become my livelihood. I will be serving local restaurants and farmers markets. I am starting with hydroponics because it will be 40% cheaper for me to start, and then I will use the profit to transition to aquaponics, which is most definitely my end goal.

Also, here is Geoff Lawton addressing individuals that feel that hydroponics isn’t natural:

“Hydroponics, I’d say they’re quite correct and they should be careful about hydroponics for sure, but aquaponics creates soil biology that replicates high quality soils, from what we can see when we get the microscope out and have a look once you’ve built up a stable and functioning aquaponic system. The biology that we pick up in amongst the grow media, whether its gravel, clay balls, or whatever it is, appears to be exactly the same as a nice diverse healthy soil. When you look at the nutrient density of the food it comes up very high as well. So I don’t think there’s a lot of difference. It’s a lot better than anything you buy normally, and obviously potentially a lot cheaper, and a lot fresher, and a lot more potentially local. All of those are worth going for.” ( [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Oe0_6RLIY)[/youtube]

Has anyone tried this before? Do you see any potential problems with this? Is it "permissible" if it allows me to transition to living a life of permaculture and gets me out of my desk job?

Thanks!
3 years ago
Thanks everyone for the feedback!  Sorry for the lack of details.

So for example, let's say that there are 4 paddocks, like what is in the picture below. The red section is the laneway, and the yellow sections are the paddocks. The red laneway is the top of the hill, and the hill faces south. Because of the budget, I can have one shelter connected to the laneway. This shelter is for worst case scenarios for the sheep, goats, and horses that we currently have. There are large hardwoods at the bottom of each paddock that serve as shelter for most occasions. There is no running water on the property, only 2 deep wells. I plan to have 1 water trough for each field.

I feel as though I should have no less than 4 paddocks since I want to rotate each of the 3 species separate. That allows one of the fields to always be resting. Should there be more paddocks? Should they be close to equal acreage?
3 years ago
Here's one of the pears I got off of the tree today.
3 years ago
Thanks for the input!
3 years ago
Hi everyone,

Below is a sketch of 6 paddocks that are all sloping down towards the south. My idea is to be able to rotate the horses, sheep, goats, chickens, & pigs (in the future) by having an alleyway at the top that connects all of the paddocks. My questions are:

1. Is this a good, efficient design?
2. Is the forest (100ft. Oaks and Maple) at the bottom sufficient protection from the elements (Virginia)?

Thanks in advance!
3 years ago
Thank you, Paul!
3 years ago
Thanks so much, John!
4 years ago
Thanks, everyone!

Here's a picture of the whole tree. It looks to me like it's in really bad shape.
4 years ago
Hey everyone,

I'm renovating a small 550 sq. ft. farm house. There is a small amount of termite damage to 2 floor joists and the right side sill plate on the front of the house. I couldn't find anything here on Permies.com that gives clear alternatives and I'm only on podcast 239, so I'm not sure if it's talked about at some point but I'm being advised to have the Orkin man come out and drill some holes and such.

The dilemma is that I want to grow edibles near the house and the thought of putting some pesticide in the ground does not sound like a good idea at all.

Are there safe alternatives?

Thanks!
4 years ago