Jenn Bertrand

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The red and white mushroom looks like a Rusulla. If it is it will be brittle and break apart easily, if you throw one on the ground they kinda shatter.
11 months ago
Be honest

Model with your behavior what you want them to learn, that's what they pay attention to

Treat them with respect (even when you're angry)

When they're doing something somewhat  dangerous like climbing a big tree, tell them to pay attention and be careful, not don't fall.

Trust them to think for themselves and encourage critical thinking

Never say because I said so, take the time to tell them why  

Set boundaries and do what you say always, even if they don't like it they will trust you and feel safe

Never ever shame them for anything. You can let them know some behavior is not ok, but shame gets internalized as something being fundamentally wrong with them rather than the behavior and that never helps in the long run
1 year ago
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer

Not a permaculture book but talks about a lot of things that overlap with permaculture principals.
1 year ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:I don't have a problem with that as long as people who have not been immunized do not go among the rest of the "herd" but stay off on their own, not part of society.



IMO this reasoning suggests that ALL unvaccinated people stay outside society. Why are healthy people demonized as being vectors for disease?
1 year ago
After looking at the  "better picture" link I totally agree with Skandi. The little black spots have also been present on the same potatoes I mentioned before. Ive only ever had very minimal damage and havent noticed any decrease in production so I didn't realize it was a disease, thanks for educating me ☺
1 year ago
I'm definitely not an expert but it looks to me like what my yellow fingerlings do when I don't get around to hilling  them up before they make tubers, small greenish tubers with leaves sprouting, not edible and not dormant so they dont make it through to spring planting, not horrible but kind of a bummer. It doesn't look like disease or anything really special to me just what the plant does when I ignore it or don't notice it in time.
1 year ago
Wild carrot perfectly entwined with a garden carrot,   yin yang tomato and a heart shaped potato... Maybe my garden is in balance and full of love ?
1 year ago
I live in the coast range in nw Oregon  my land is kinda like yours, south facing slope covered in fir trees. They logged it about 25 years ago so the trees are still relatively small and easy to cut and process.  I also do not have the resources that would have allowed for a "getting it all done at once" which is not really how it works anyway.  I also desire to grow a food forest for a lot of the same reasons as you. I started close to my house first cutting enough trees on the slope behind my house to plant a large garden. Over the past 10 years I've developed a system that basically goes like this.... cut down fir trees, leave the stumps sticking up a couple ft if I want to remove them in a few years when the roots rot enough to make it reasonable to get them out without machinery, or cut off at ground level if I just want to leave it to rot in the ground and not look at a stump for a few years, I use the logs to heat my house or for any building projects I have and to make terraces and return all the limbs and brush to the soil via either wood chips or just laying it all in a somewhat neat pile on contour and covering with a few inches of dirt from slightly upslope creating a flatter area, plant an annual garden around all the fresh stumps, plant fruit and nut trees, berry bushes etc widely spaced amongst the stumps, as the newly planted trees and bushes grow the annual garden area shrinks and gets replaced with more perennials and self seeding annuals, repeat. Each year I probably cut 20- 30 trees  pushing the edge of the existing forest back and expanding the cultivated area a little at a time. One really nice surprise about doing it this way has been the wild flowers, everywhere the trees get cut within the first year foxglove, daisys, self heal and other native flowers move in. Doing it a little at a time and planting a garden right away helps to minimize erosion and the ugliness of a clear cut, gets me food right away and keeps me from getting in over my head. The sections I started in my first years here have fully transitioned into perennial polycultures needing very minimal upkeep giving me the ability to manage a larger and larger space around my house every year. I also have learned more about the native edible plants of which there are many good ones and encouraged them where it suits me because they require zero care.
1 year ago
I'm off grid and don't have nearly enough power for a heat lamp so last year when we were raising baby ducks I used a 55 gal Rubbermaid water tub and put food and water on one end of it, on the other side I had a little plant pot stand that was about 7 or 8 inches tall. I would take the biggest stock pot I have fill it with water and heat it up to boiling then lay a folded towel on the stand put the giant hot water pot on top then wrap a couple towels around it to insulate it a little then draped a wool blanket over that half of the big tub making a kinda tent with the hot water pot under it on one side while the side with food and water was just open. This allowed them to move under the hot water pot if they needed warmth and move out into the open also. I usually heated it up first thing when I woke up in the morning and right before bed on colder days I'd reheat it about every 8 hrs.  We called it "the hot mother"... they really liked it I think because it simulated  a real mother by being warm from above and also a dark safe place to hide under. We didn't lose a single baby duck. I'd use the same method again it was easy and free
1 year ago