Justin Gerardot

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When I hiked the Appalachian trail in 2014, I realized I wanted to live a simple life close to nature. I am moving to 8 acres of raw land in north west Michigan in the spring of 2019. I look forward to building my homestead, food forest, and home.
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Recent posts by Justin Gerardot

I have not built one myself, so I cannot recommend an amount of material.

I just had the thought of adding a step integrated into the mass if you want more material (more bench height). This would give your feet a nice warm spot, but you would have to climb to get to the bench.
Gregg, I have 10 acres near manistee. I have been camping on the land making improvements while trying to figure out a future home. If you are in the area, feel free to camp here for a bit. If we get along, you could stay long term.

Feel free to ask any questions.

I glanced at your plans, they look nice. I'll look at them more tomorrow because it is late.
3 days ago
Hello, I bought 10 acres near manistee and love the area. I am getting established while camping. I have been collecting many different trees, shrubs, vegetables, and flowers. I could see trading labor for some transplants, seeds, or tubers at some point.

You could gain experience, possibly gaining badge bits for the PEP program, on my land before you find a place of your own.

I would also be open to trade my labor for something while you get started.

Welcome to permies. I have learned so much reading this site and the people here are helpful. You can get many different good suggestions or answers for your questions.
3 days ago
I also enjoy finding more and more grey hairs. I first noticed one or two around 25. Now at 36 they are noticable from a distance. They seem to represent experience or wisdom to some people. I like to joke that they justify my 'wise ass' comments 😃

I have not noticed that they are more likely to fall out. I do not do anything special for care (shampooless for maybe 4 years), but then I don't really care if they fall out or not. I have always grown lots of hair, so I don't miss the few that fall out.
2 weeks ago
Just bought a ticket because I won a ticket to the pdc. I'm so excited to meet everyone and learn a bunch of cool stuff.
3 weeks ago
I have some hardy kiwi seeds that I have not planted. What is the best way to get them started? I think i will make a bed then plant the seeds to overwinter in ground. Would starting them in a nursery work better? I guess I have enough to try both.

Thanks for any input
1 month ago
Has anybody tried to exhaust a rmh through an earth tube? I think the tipi rmh exhaust ran through the ground to get back to the barrel before entering the chimney. It seems to me that a earth tube going downhill would allow the exhaust to fall as it releases its heat. This combined with the push from the rockety bits seems like it would work.

If this works, running it through or underneath a hugelkultur bed could jumpstart the growing season.

2 months ago
Thought this was fun

3 months ago
I would support at a higher level for a sketchup file or detailed plans. I will be glad to encourage innovation with some of that stimulus money. I can't think of any better use of it
4 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions. I love the planting sideways idea. I'll try some of that with plenty of mulch for the grass. I think I will try some direct seeding with markers as well.
4 months ago