Dustin Rhodes

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Experimenting and growing on my small acre in SW USA; Fruit & Nut trees w/ annuals, Chickens & pigs; hope to get rabbits, lamb, and in-laws onto property soon.
Long term goal - chairmaker, luthier, and stay-at-home farm dad.
Check out my music! https://www.youtube.com/@Dustyandtheroadrunners

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anyone have any tips or advice on how to use your art(in my case, music) to help fund a permaculture addiction?

Hello fellow Permies,

I am trying to use my "musical gifts" to help fund my permaculture journey - if you have a few minutes, would you mind listening/following/subscribing, to help me grow, and use my music "career" to help grow my garden?

YOUTUBE: watch a video or two, and consider subscribing?

if you use SPOTIFY, consider listening and saving/following, maybe add me to your "working in the garden" playlist?


and, if you use the service, follow me on INSTAGRAM?

Dusty's Instagram

TOO LONG, DIDN'T READ: what else should I do to help my music grow, so I can invest more in my permaculture design at home?

Thank you all for your input/support :)
2 months ago
This is my son's favorite song - mostly because he knows when we play it for him that we love him just the same way the song describes:

or the Spotify, if you prefer: Spotify link to artist
3 months ago
I've been on a long break from making music, but now that I lost my job, it's making a comeback to support me being a stay-at-home dad.
so please come check out my Youtube Channel and/ or Spotify and hear the new stuff I'm coming up with:

Spotify - Dusty & the Roadrunners

3 months ago

I love country music. like, LOVE it. But only a small subset of country music actually mentions farming, ranching, etc, and most of that is the agrobusiness/monsanto model - which I don't want to promote.

Anyone have any favorite Country songs they like that reflect our better way to do agriculture?  

New songs, new Artists would be ideal, but I want to hear the older lost gems too.
3 months ago
Maybe finding someway to quantify the benefit you're providing to the community?

Amount of city/county tax dollars not needing to be spent because your efforts, # of trash bags diverted from landfill, # of people/month who had a better day thanks to your services, etc.

Depending on what services you provide, you might even be able to apply for 501c3, accept food stamps, or receive a grant, and become "in-the-black" money-wise, without taking away from the good work you already do!
1 year ago
if they are LL Beans, they have a re-sole program you can do- it's not free, but it's cheaper than new boots.

you could try sewing them yourself with a heavy needle, waxed canvas thread - but the waterproofing will still be mostly gone.
1 year ago
An initial weed-whacking around the base of each tree will help with air flow too(don't clear it to bare dirt; just knock down standing weeds.)
1 year ago
Meal 1 - Scrambled Eggs. with whatever leftover piece of cheese, chopped up lunch meat you have on hand. add green onion or mushrooms for easy vegetable. mix all into the beaten eggs before cooking.

Meal 2 - chop up any vegetables (and I mean ANY Vegetable) into rough chunks(even easier if you pick vegetables that don't need to be peeled.) sprinkle with oil, butter, or schmaltz; salt and pepper. Roast everything on a sheetpan in the oven; 415 F for 45 min, stirring once halfway through cooktime.  
Not as fast, but the prep is fast and easy, no mental fatigue of thinking through recipes, instructions, timing & steps, etc.

Meal 3 - Grilled cheese or quesadilla with ANY type of leftover meat inside(pork chop, meatloaf, chicken thigh, steak, pot roast, etc.)
1 year ago

Melissa Ferrin wrote:

Anne Miller wrote:

Melissa said, "How is this different than green beans?

Do some people eat pinto beans with the shell?

Yes, I guess, maybe picking them a bit earlier than you do. The beans for dry beans they don't pick until they are completely and totally dry on the vine. The whole vines are picked and then the beans are harvested via them being heavier than the dry vines/shells.

This ^

When the beans are harvested dry, it's a lot less work to shell them. it's closer to "winnowing" - crushing large batches of pods and letting the heavy beans fall while the papery dry pods "blow away," rather than individually shelling each pod.
1 year ago
Total # of decks requested(by my crude count) on this thread as of 3/15/22 2:45pm pst:

333 decks

That looks like we've surpassed the lowest price tier requirement from the original post; sounds worthwhile.

Or maybe you're expecting half of these folks to change their mind if an actual preorder (involving money) was started?