Angela Burton

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Female,Christian,born in 1980 & raised dairy farming, which I was still doing on my parent's farm into my 30s( conventionally,& not very small but still with a few slightly traditional elements left to it ). Homeschooled, then too unschooled, since 3rd grade, I am still a fan of it though. Married to a great guy, since 2007 who is also m/l into all this stuff. No kids of my own yet, not exactly by choice. Grew up reading and absolutely loving COUNTYSIDE&small stock journal- where I 1st heard the term permaculture, although it was much later I really started learning more- and old fashioned books like the original Swiss Family Robinson, & Grace Livingston Hill's books. Am soon to get on our own land again, & get started again with homesteading, working up our skill levels to be able to potentially make a living from it with a variety of planned enterprises, being the hope, for a few reasons. I have a local facebook group for Christian permies & homesteaders started, as I need more friends who are both- if you're those plus local, please join it ! If you've only 1 of them in common with me & want to be friends, I'm still up for that, too, just purple moosage me !
Dunn county, WI
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Ryan Hobbs wrote:We are buying the farm in Portsmouth Ohio for sure. I am effing ecstaticly elated. Gurtitude awaits!

Here are the attributes and plans:

It has a pond, 2 acres, both city and well water, a 3 bedroom house, two car garage with a storage loft, a small barn, comes with appliances including a new ifrared stove, has a fireplace, persimmon tree, pear trees, and a chestnut tree.

Plans:
The first order of business is to till and ammend a starter garden of 3760 sq ft. The stock fence there is on 3 sides and needs completion. The back porch will be expanded and made into an outdoor kitchen; to include a 6 ft diameter double chamber cob oven. An herb garden in stone or brick raised beds will lay between the house and the street both providing herbs and protection from drunk drivers. A small apple orchard needs planting on one corner of the property. I rather like vibernum bushes so at some point the house will get a facelift via these perfumey shrubs. I have plans also for setting up wood working shop and for eventually raising chickens, goats, and pigs.

      Hey, Ryan, major congrats ! I am wondering about your plans to till the planned garden.. . Have you heard much about no-til gardening ? I have barely begun it myself. having had to move twice in recent years, and didn't have the health to really aquire & spread a more ideal amount of mulch etc., but i still highly recommend it - definitely wayyy less weeding, and If you avoid even that 1st time plowing etc., youyll probably be better off "weed' -wise & compaction/soil structure-wise. I have learned a ton more on it just in past year, on YouTube mainly ( but most of these are authors too) from these HIGHLY successful & knowledgeable/experienced folks : Charles Dowding, Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Permaculture, James Prigioni,  No-Till Growers w farmer Jesse, Singing Frogs Farm of CA.. and more. Richard Perkins doesn't even soil test, which was good news to my lazy way ( well, just not super technical way ) of doing things, though he does mess around with making his own "amendments" & uses them some, he & others also show that mainly, you just need to be "feeding soil, not plants" & you do that with compost topdressing &/or mulching, have photosynthesizing plants covering it as much & as for as long, as possible, & by not tilling. Hope everyone who hasn't yet, checks 'em out !  
2 months ago
Is this Mark Shepherd's farm ? New Forest farm ( or farms) when i looked it up this past summer. If so, when I was looking online, there didn't seem to be a minimum order for any of the trees, I thought. It said " 1 to ---" under pricing info & didnt seem to indicate any minimum order. I guess i shoulda went & looked b4 commenting.. oops 😁, sorry. But I don't have time now & do want to encourage folks, here in the midwest esp. , to go online or in person & check em out. Watching the interview w him that Justin Rhodes did on Youtube (part of his Great American Farm tour road trip series ), titled " S. T. U. N. " really re-educated my understanding of raising trees. Plan to buy whatever I want, that he grows, when we get our own place again.

Mike Jay wrote:Dunn county is a pretty area.  The missus and I traveled through there on our homestead search.  Welcome back home


Thanks ! Yes, it very much is ( beautiful !) .. not so much east side of Menomonie, but most of rest of west/central WI is, the driftless region tops it overall, but a lot of our ol stomping grounds is quite similar. Organic/natural/alternative & homesteading have been very popular for a long time ( continues to grow) in the area, too.
1 year ago
Hello all Wisconsonites !!! My husband & I are from Dunn co. ( left for job & some family reasons 3 yrs ago) & are planning to move back when our place here sells. Am on a few FB permies & regen. ag groups, but am not on fb a ton.. ( havent been on here much either, but am seeing this as a great resource to use more, with all the categories) .. anyway, hoping to really connect with area permies & homesteaders there, when we move back. Plan to be in northern Dunn co. To Chippewa co. this time ( my bff is just west of Bloomer on an organic dairy farm). While definitely have a lot to learn & hone still, I have been into homesteading type stuff all my life, grew up daury farming & roaming the countryside & my husband grew up rural & since being married 11 yrs ago, have had chickens & gardens most yrs. & planted a lot of perennials & trees. Hubby is a diesel mechanic with wide experience base, good welder, good shot, knows trees quite a bit, & overly adores chickens & really wants honey bees. He hasnt put in the time as much, learning about permaculture type growing, regenerative ag etc., other than bits I've shared with him,  but is on board with all this kinda stuff. I am huge fan of Richard Perkins, Charles Dowding, Allan Savory & Joel Salatin, & love Singing Frogs Farm farm also.
1 year ago

James Landreth wrote:I think this map is a great start, and you clearly put a lot of thought into it. You bring up some excellent points on other limiting factors. I have some thoughts:


I made a major oversight in my search for land. I wanted to be more remote, not less. But luckily my partner wanted to be closer to town and we compromised. Even so, we’re still pretty far out. It can get pretty lonely, and finding services (including farm-related services like tractorwork) can be hard sometimes, or expensive. It really is impossible to do everything yourself. I’m 23 and in decent shape in every way measurable, and even I can’t and don’t do everything on my farm. It can also be lonely. People are busy and get caught up in their own things.


We often dream of self sufficiency as homesteaders, but the reality is that it took a whole village to really do things and live comfortably back in the day. If I had time there are all sorts of things I would get into like mushroom cultivation and clothmaking. But my time is limited, so I don’t do those things. I focus on other things. It is true, back in the day people had a wide range of skills, but they often specialized in a few certain things and didn’t have in depth knowledge on specialized trades. The average person didn’t know about advanced herbalism or blacksmithing, for example. Pioneers did “make it” in small groups and families, but life was very, very hard and their hope was that that was only temporary, and that life would get easier as things got more “settled” and more people moved out.


Hi, I just wanted to let you know about something that can help with both the isolation ( loneliness- cuz people dont realize that just going places yourself, if you even have the time & $, isnt always enough. One needs people, more than just even a great spouse- to share their home & interests ( tangible ones like a project ya got going on) with others, at least some of time) & need ( use for) for help. Workaway.info . We've had 4 come stay with us last year ( different times) & all were great experiences. Totally free to sign up with & use, as least as a host it is. Easy to use site. Totally love it !
1 year ago
Hi, I just wanted to add (to the recommendation to WOOF awhile), that, in case you weren't aware, there are other similar online communities ( for lack of a better word) that have different requirements than WOOFER does, & which are more suitable for some. The one I have experience with is Workaway, online at Workaway.info ( there is something else you may find if you only type in workaway). We have been hosts, & that, at least, is totally free for everything pertaining to using the site, etc. ( for workawayers, their travel expenses etc. are all still on them) . A workawayer helps out in exchange for room & board, for however many days you agree on. Either party can choose to pick only someone who already has had reviews left by others. You can read all about it on their site if you wish, so I'll just add that we have had experiences with 4 who have stayed with us, all last year, & all experiences were great. Also, one of them, who was here in October, (was from Switzerland but) is Croatian & has family there & was telling me that land is very cheap there & in fact so much of it is sitting, not selling, that the government is going to take a bunch of it back. Her dad plans to retire back to Croatia soon &, hearing about our plans for a permaculture small farm when we move back to WI soon, was ( via his daughter) wishing we would come to Croatia & do it there. The land there is very much like the rolling hills, & lots of trees, of WI , sounds like gpod land, the daughter told us ( she was with when we drove up for the weekend to help some family out ). Other than all that, which may not be at all useful to you ... blessings on your search !
1 year ago
Hi, I just replied but am not sure it "took" or if just takes a while to show up, am new to using forums, hit "back" "button" on my smart phone to go back to main Midwest forum after replying, then didn't see my reply... anyway, SO - Yes !!! My feelings too ! My husband & I are devoted to our God & saviour (Father, Son & Spirit) & are in Boone co. IL. As I just mentioned in a Facebook post sharing about regenerative ag & holistic grazing/land renewal, being a good steward of our land/planet is, like, the ONE JOB God gave mankind ! We don't idolize or cling to this world, but we honor Him & love others by taking care of it ! Have just been learning about holistic grazing & regenerative agriculture more, recently. Was new to Allan Savory, P.A. Yeomans key-line design & scale of permanence, & watching You Tube vlogs of Richard Perkins. My hubby works in Elgin, we live closer to Rockford, might be moving back to WI next yr ( moved here for His job 2 yrs ago). Have 1.2 acres w gardens & few chickens. We're both from rural backgrounds. Attend Marengo branch of "The Orchard" EFCA . Am thinking of starting a f.b. group, called " NE IL christians for homesteading, permaculture & holistic & regenerative ag." . Please join !
1 year ago
As far as moving it, whenever it's not frozen down - which , if this winter isn't much worse than last winter, will probably happen fairly often. Moving it is just an idea for like, hygiene. If they're "compost" spot is frozen by then anyway, won't matter if I move it ( if not, don't move it ? Add mulch/turn w fork ? ).  Since chickens we've had don't really venture out onto snow much, I fig. the only place they'll be hanging out is inside & where they'll be pooping all the time. Thought moving it whenever I can could be a nice change.. . Frost bite : We had some issues w it back home in real cold snaps. Our coop was a corner of the (unheated, uninsulated) garage. The 2 walls of chicken wire. When we realized the frostbite was happening ( combs & a couple toes), we took the chickens to our basement, in the half-full wood-room ( window near it) where they happily spent a few weeks. Was worried about them re-acclimating to outside temps ( basement wasn't too warm at least) but disnt know what else to do. They took some coaxing to leave basement, but did fine.  Their coop still coulda used more ventilation though, so now I wonder if it (frostbite) had been a humidity factor. Cant remember now, but I think I did have plastic - left in garage from a painting project- M/L covering the chicken wire walls in an effort to block out the wind when we opened big garage door.
1 year ago
Hi, I have a question for y'all, strongly related to the topic here. 1st, my set-up : We just got chickens again ( after moving to another state ) & have only housed them in 100% stationary ( all year, they had either various combinations of truly free-ranging & a large pasture, or were in a chicken tractor in the past, the chicken tractor only being used 1 summer) coops in the past. I currently have them ( only 4 hens & 1 roo ) in a small chicken tractor ( which I move daily) in a large yard & let them "truly" free range most of day, most days ( its fall, garden is pretty immune to them - I have tomatoes above ground level in half barrels which is whole other story- & fenced off a part w fall plantings. They only just discovered the deck & don't poop on it much yet. Hey Paul, wow, I've never had the problem of them trying to roost on car windows ! For this winter, I am planning on building them a chicken tractor like seen on Lumnah acres' you-tube vidoe of " why I dont like the joel salatin style chicken tractors " & placing it on deep mulch on my garden. I've only recently learned just how much ventilation that chickens can supposedly handle in winter & am contemplating leaving an end of it completely uncovered for last few feet ( from even above) OR just leaving 1 end un-covered ( I mean, chicken wire incl. a people door w it,  but nothing else) & a louvered (?) Or closeable (? Even needed ? ) "window" on other end. Also, we're in northern IL, gets plenty cold ( I'm from west central WI, am familiar with everything being very frozen most of most winters ) .  My idea is to keep them in the  floor-less chicken tractor/coop, on the garden, on deep mulch, with idea of possibly moving it to new part of garden ( which is pretty big) whenever it isn't frozen down.
Question #1: Can I & if so should I, try to make 1st spot I place it, an active ( heating) compost pile w tractor on top, so they can have un-frozen ground to find things in as until it potentially freezes solid at some point ? Or will ( as mentioned in this thread) the needed moisture levels for that to even happen for long, combines with enough enclosere to keep out winds ( windy here) make a too-moist enviroment for them ?
Question #2: Is that ( described near bottom of above) enough ventilation at all /even if not on moist, heating compost ( have yet to search for ventilation topic or Google it & do more research ) ?
I have unlimited access (in summer, could stock-pile now) to wood chips from neighbor & am currently letting my lawn ( 1/2 acre-ish) grow longer between mowings & can layer that in with it. Possibly can (afford the gas) to fetch free horse manure locally. Might move bavk to WI ( sister moved back there from TX & other reasons) next spring, too, is a consideration, as far as how much to invest in this now, but I will be wanting Info to try this ag in, there. Sorry if I sound weird or stupid. I have had 3 day headache. Hubby may have time to help me make new coop this weekend, why I typing now. Any ideas on overwintering them in the most ideal way ( I totally agree w Paul's views in article on pros & cons of different ways of raising chickens/rotational paddocks etc. ) much appreciated. Thanks.
1 year ago