Rosemary Hansen

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I am a published author, artist, devoted Yogi, and Mama to 3 littles. I also write for Mother Earth News as a Blogger.
We've just moved to the wilds of British Columbia: 15 acres of forest and cleared land, ours to mold and steward. The plan is to plant thousands of fruit and nut trees in the permaculture way, as our "retirement plan". No doubt we are naive and overly optimistic but we'll get through it with humor and determination!
Coastal British Columbia
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I'm soooo jealous of that rock retaining wall! How beautiful! Lovely garden, Tracy!
2 days ago

Rosemary – that is great! Thanks for sharing! If you want to share any info about how you cook with them I’m sure a lot of us would be very interested 😊

Sweet potatoes will be new to me. I have not grown them yet and I still need to get an area prepared for them. Perhaps next year.



Thanks for the reply, Daron! I have to say, you always have very nice, kind things to say to people who reply to your threads. And you clearly take the extra time to read everyone's thoughts in detail. So thanks for that :-)

I would love to share some recipes, once we get our roots producing! Thanks for the idea! Cheers
2 days ago
I love the apology, but I also love all of the varied responses. This is my favorite quote from Holmgren's letter:

After having played with the privilege of free tertiary education, most of us fell for the propaganda and sent our children off to accumulate debts and doubtful benefits in the corporatised businesses that universities became. We convinced our children they needed more specialised knowledge poured down their throats rather than using their best years to build the skills and resilience for the challenges our generation was bequeathing to them. For this we must be truly sorry. - David Holmgren



I am a millenial (on the older side) but I cannot identify with any of the typical "characteristics" of millienials, so I sympathize with you, Judith. But I did grow up when there was an enormous pressure to go to University and specialize in something that made money. I have many peers who unfortunately are still deeply in debt from that push to conform. Through a series of fortunate/unfortunate events in my own life, I never signed up for the high-debt University education and ended up at community college. So I lucked out, and am daily grateful for that. At the time, though, I remember feeling like such a failure that I wasn't being brilliantly educated by a top-tier University.

Anyway, my point is that although my generation inherited these problems, it is really what we MAKE of them that matters. We know the predicament that we are in, so what are we going to do now? I try to shy away from focusing too much on world events, politics, etc. It makes me too angry and frustrated. Instead, I like to focus on my own life, my friends around me, my family, and try my best to cultivate a beautiful life that involves being frugal and considerate for the earth, plants, and animals. I am NOT perfect, but it feels easy to handle all of the stuff in my life, instead of trying to solve EVERYTHING like world hunger, poverty, etc. If I can make a difference there then I've won the battle and hopefully it contributes to winning the war. Perhaps you hear this as "sticking my head in the sand", but I see it differently.

Also, I love to use Dr. Joe Dispenza's meditations and books to help me mentally/spiritually, he is AMAZING.

And just in case you have forgotten:
3 days ago
Oh and since others have mentioned sweet potatoes, I'm going to try them this year too (using organic store-bought tubers and sprouting them). Does anyone in Canada have good experiences with growing Sweet potatoes? What have been your failures, lesssons?

Don't worry, I don't have any illusions about making them perennial in Canada, haha! But I love the taste and would like to grow them annually as a high-calorie crop for my family.
6 days ago
I am growing this season:

1. Arrowhead—Sagittaria latifolia
2. Egyptian Walking Onion—Allium x proliferum
3. Skirret—Sium sisarum
4. Sunchokes—Helianthus tuberosus
5. American Groundnut—Apios americana
6. Hog Peanut
7. Chinese Artichoke—Stachys affinis
8. Common Camas—Camassia quamash
9. Yacon
10. Garlic
11. Chinese Yam/Cinnamon Yam

It's a big list, but I wanted to focus on high-calorie perennial tubers, so these made the cut (other than the garlic, which is more for staying healthy, not high-calorie). I wish I could grow some of those gorgeous Andean tubers like Oca and I'm still going to dip my toe in that by growing Yacon...but I'm not overly optimistic about Yacon since it's a more mild climate plant.
6 days ago

Jay Angler wrote:Mini tomatoes are the one type I can manage to get to ripen in my climate. (I'm short on both sun and heat.) I know people who grow a variety of colours (red, yellow, orange) and shape (round and grape) and have an instant special treat to put out for guests. I try to grow a mini tomato plant in a 1/2 barrel by the front door so people can snack while waiting for me to answer - some of them look sooo... guilty when I get there and they've clearly been munching. They don't realize that's exactly why I plant them there. They are also great for drying. I cut them in half and put the cut side up on a tray and being small they dry faster than a full-sized tomato would.



Jay, I love this idea! That is hysterical that they look guilty :-) I'm going to steal this and put a cherry tom right outside my front door too!
FYI I am offering this book for FREE as part of Paul's Kickstarter Early Bird Bonus! I too want to infect more brains with permaculture and gardening :-)

Also if anyone wants a paperback version of my book, check it out on Amazon US.
2 weeks ago
Oh Pearl, I can't believe this happened to such a sweet kind lady like yourself.

I know this thread is old and people have made lots of great suggestions. So I just wanted to extend my good wishes for your house-building project. I hope you can make your dream happen. And you NEED to sell those feather shirts online! Digital market on permies maybe? They're beautiful!!

I've been robbed before too, it is so scary and takes months/years to recover emotionally from it. One cheap idea that I like is a combination of motion-detection flood lights and a radio blasting talk programs 24/7 inside the building. It might make someone wary that someone is working inside the barn and they'll go somewhere else. It's a cheap idea that is easy to try, anyway. I used it in a rental house that was empty for almost a year and never had a break-in. I also left the lights on in that house even in the middle of the night. But I'm not sure if that is feasible in your barn (and also that's a fire hazard, so maybe not the best idea).

I have lots of respect for you as a wiser woman who is working so hard to make your dream come true.
2 weeks ago
Yes please, I want a spiffy link too!!
2 weeks ago
I love your response, Nicole! Thank you for sharing your tips :-) I was hoping you would weigh in.

You're right, a good farm cat would solve the mouse issue. But I've had cats that weren't good mousers, so we didn't want to risk getting overrun with mice. But farm cats are a definite asset and can be hard workers! Oh, and my son had eczema as a baby which was made worse by cat dander, so we're hesistant to add cats if it brings up his eczema issues again.

I totally agree about waiting to get animals. We're tenatively planning to get rabbits this year, but we will definitely wait for any bigger animals. I feel like it's irresponsible to take on animals if I'm not ready to go with shelters, water system, and lots of food and bedding stocked up for them.

It's funny, I actually have a pair of pruners in my purse, haha! I love my pruners. I always have them on hand in case I find some cool wild edibles on my walks. But I love your idea for bringing them out to the garden with the kids. I'm gonna start doing that, along with your wheelbarrow-stroller idea!

Love the tip about tools that you can use while standing and not bending. It's true that once a baby sleeps in the carrier or sling, they will wake up with one little bend-over or wrong move.

Thanks for the comment, Nicole!
2 weeks ago