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DeeDee Anderson

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since Apr 03, 2019
I am 37, divorced, single mom to 18 yo son in college. I'm an INTJ female backpacking the world to volunteer while working remotely in business analysis and consulting and going to school online for business, looking long-term to establish a tiny house on acreage with permaculture opportunities. But in the interim I am looking for work-exchange opportunities (preferably in WA state) to help with construction, permaculture, or land development in exchange for room/board. I am plant-based/vegan, I have a dog, I practice yoga/meditation, im open-minded and I love learning.

Update 8/2019: I am developing a business plan and on a journey to acquiring my own farm. Please check out my posts! I am available to work on farms in Washington state willing to hire me for farm/agro work. Or if you're interested in partnering with me for my eco farm stay, Message me!
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Michael Cox wrote:I'm immediately thinking about land levels. 20 acres is a large area to surround, and it is highly unlikely that you will have a level circumference to build you moat around. A series of connected pools and channels sounds better.

Have you seen the Geoff lawton video where he walks around a property he used to own in Australia. He built a series of lovely connected pools and water courses.

[EDIT: Unfortunately I can't find the video easily on youtube right now. Anyone got any clues?]



That sounds like a better description of what it is I'm thinking of trying to do. Moats seem to be just still waters anyway and I want it to be running in many places. Thanks for the insight!
7 months ago
BTW I dont intend to sell any of the fish directly but may cook some of the fish seasonally and sell plates. Not sure if that requires a separate license from the restaurant. I want as little gov involvement as possible but Im realizing how unrealistic that may be (SHIT!).

And by "deep enough to swim" I'm thinking 4-5 feet max. In my mind, its more like a stream with one pool section a bit deeper than the rest. Maybe if gravity is used to pull the stream down into the pool and have some system that carries the water upwards.

I realize it's one thing to have a vision of something working but another to consider what it actually takes to afford those things, which is why I'm asking for a reality check.
8 months ago

Dillon Nichols wrote:That article is amusing... but not meant for serious reading imo!


By far biggest worry for me would be the departments of sadness.

In my neck of the woods, I think that to avoid them it would need to NEVER be connected to fish bearing creeks, even in winter flood.

Stocking it with anything is another point that they involve themselves with... either to license or ban depending on the species.

Using the water it contains for any commercial purpose, ie a farm that sells anything, is another.

Dams are another, engineering and permits to make aure you don't build a shitty dam that washes away an elementary school when it fails...


If you are live somewhere where the cannibal hordes have consumed the office-weasels, things get simpler..


Retention is a big concern. I have clay, but it isnt bottomless, and isnt a very predictable thickness, so the larger the work the greater the risk of delving too greedily and too deep, and losing water retention as I bust through into sand or some such. More numerous smaller ponds seem safer from this perpective..

On the other hand for storage purposes a deeper pond is preferable for temp control, evap, space required, etc... going deeper becomes a calculated gamble..

Finally, it's not that hard, if you have an excavator, to dig a lot of holes/trenches. What is hard is disposing of all the stuff you dig up! For me to dig a 14ft deep pond from ground level I end up with lots more space occupied by spoil than by pond, and taking it anywhere at all will take much more time than digging it did. And in the summer that pond will only have maybe 5ft of water in it, so going shallower isn't much of an option..


All that said... a really good contour map would be a good place to start your planning, and more info would surely spark further discussion!



Thank you! That's a lot to consider and I will keep it in mind. I am trying to wrap my mind around everything included in such a process. I will start thinking about a contour map.
8 months ago

bernetta putnam wrote:found some good sounding instructions for this here:

https://gizmodo.com/how-to-build-a-moat-to-keep-out-the-mongol-horde-and-y-1576553570

be sure to share pictures of this adventure with us.

thank you...I also found this article and read a bit of it. 😊👍
8 months ago

Albert Habi wrote:Hi DeeDee
I thought it would be easier to communicate by email/hangout.  I had written my address incorrectly; the correct address is habimalb@gmail.com.  I'm not always on this site.  I am african, however, I am a very serious guy with what I am trying to achieve in life.  I live in Ghana, Accra but, I am moving to one of the villages to implement a permaculture programme based on what I have been learning on youtube and in the books.  I would like to live off the grid, growing my own food and selling the extra to generate some income.  I am looking for a lady who wouldn't mind going on this adventure with me and this website is I believe the best place to look.  I like to live a natural life, I am 45 years old.  I am reliable and I always do my best to get on with everyone as much as possible.  I hope you could consider Africa.  Despite all the negative publicity about Africa, I believe there are still many African countries which are very peaceful and Ghana is one of them.



That is very cool what you are aspiring to do! There is good and bad to every country. I was actually considering a trip to Africa next year. Ive heard beautiful things about Ghana. Do you travel outside of Africa? I am working towards my own goals within the US that I will not abandon, so I am willing to compromise and establish a relationship as long as my partner can consider my passions also and work together. Would you ever consider dual citizenship? Do you have children? What are your spiritual beliefs? I would prefer to chat on this site first and see where things go. You can send me a private message if you want. Thanks
9 months ago
I am gathering info about cultivating a moat/stream around 20 acres of land in Washington state and doing it as natural but efficient as possible. My hope is to farm fish there, use it for water power and make it possible to swim/play in some areas. What are some important factors to consider? What are some natural systems you can recommend using? What are some cost effective ways? What is a realistic timeframe? I welcome all ideas and experiences. Thank you!
9 months ago

Kyle Bob wrote:Howdy DeeDee!  It looks like your goals and ethics line up with mine and my partner's.  And our skills might be in line with your needs.  I'd like to know more about your group.

Cheers
Kyle



Howdy! 😋 Thank you for responding. I dont have a formal group yet. This ad was my first promotion and call to form such a group....testing the waters if you will. I have met many people who want to volunteer and visit and partner once the land is acquired and organized but what I'm looking for now is a team to help form the committee of investors. It is my hope that each committee member will invest a small deposit to go towards the acquisition of land and equipment, which is better than going in fully alone. I'm considering a package for each committee member: a seat on the committee managing your cohort, inclusive stay on the farm, and quarterly dividends after year 2. I can share more details with a signed NDA.
9 months ago

Erica Colmenares wrote:

DeeDee Anderson wrote: Tennessee is pretty cool! Will you be farming or working with bees there? Id love to have a network of friends from all over, working together.



I sure hope to have bees, though I'm trying to take things bit by bit. Right now, we're in an apartment, 40 minutes from our land. One of our awesome rural neighbors has bees, though, and is starting to figuring out the market side of that. I'm sure I can learn a lot from her!

I'm with you on networking. I want both IRL community and online community - and if they overlap, that'll be a treat!



Sounds like an adventure! Me too! I'm down for it. What are your goals/mission? When you're ready, please fill out the form at the link in the original post, that way I have your contact information.

I'm relatively new to a lot of these concepts. Though it was in my peripheral, I never was committed to participating. I'm learning so much this year! I have been backpacking/volunteering in Europe since March and am meeting so many incredible people I hope to partner with for the farm.

I've got a vision and I'm developing the business plan, but I'm hoping to connect with some good, loving souls and form a team of Eco-Avengers. Our weapon? LOVE. 😂 If we share in the costs and resources, we can realize an incredible opportunity here to link with other great partners and battle the degradation that continues to happen in our communities and our planet. I'm sure there are lots of wonderful communities out there doing great things also. What they're missing is ME! 😉😋😂

9 months ago

Erica Colmenares wrote:This looks so exciting! Thanks for sharing all the information. We just moved away from Washington (to Tennessee) so I guess I'm not your target audience, but I definitely wish you the best with this endeavor. Super cool!

 

Ciao Erica! Thanks for reading and giving me some positive feedback. Too bad you are moving away but maybe we can still partner. Tennessee is pretty cool! Will you be farming or working with bees there? Id love to have a network of friends from all over, working together and I see that you're a pollinator. I will begin working with/learning from a pollinator in September in Washington. I'm pretty excited about it! And who knows, maybe you'd like to arrange a future visit. 😊👍
9 months ago
Yo! Ciao! Hola! Miremendjes! My name is DeeDee. I am a Native Californian, 37 yo Afro woman developing a business plan for a 10 acre eco farm in Lewis County, Washington State where I wish to create a community of world travelers who practice unconditional LOVE and wish to live consciously and sustainably, growing our own food, making our own products, and providing lodging and hospitality to travelers from around the world. It is my hope to provide safety and security, tourism and hospitality, great natural products and services, partner with farms and businesses that are like-minded, build strong community, fun retreats, lodging and camping, and promote bartering, exchange systems, and activism. Our primary products will be homemade beers, medical marijuana, fruits/vegetable production, and lodging, but I've also got lots of other ideas for revenue to funnel back into our causes. We will have livestock but solely for work and community, not for consumption or animal agriculture. I am not against eating meat, but respectful hunting and consuming responsibly. We will work with nature, not against it. We will construct with as much natural materials as possible, but "work smarter, not harder". Everything in life is about respecting the fragile balance in life, community, nature, and diplomacy. Nothing and no one is perfect. But we will strive to serve LOVE and deny our egos.

We hope to provide:
* Natural foods/drinks and herbs for purchase or exchange
* Lodging and tourist activities for purchase or work-exchange
* Community involvement, activism and outreach programs
* International network of exchange and bartering systems with farms, eco-businesses, hostels and agriturismos
* Animal boarding and storage

My story in a nutshell:

I am a single mom to an 18 yo son who is now in school and working, beginning his journey, doing his own thing. I was super depressed and had no direction or motivation to go on with life. I hated the city I lived in. I hated my job. I hated myself. I tried a lot of prescriptions to "change" but nothing seemed to work. So I devised a self-prescribed plan...an opportunity to rehabilitate myself. I devoted my whole life to my son and within the last 5 years I was holding on by the skin of my teeth just until he was able to support himself. So January 2019 I sold all of my belongings, left my job, and left on a 6 month backpacking trip through Europe to rediscover myself and find purpose as a traveling hippy bum. 😂 Early in my travels, I began volunteering with hotels, agriturismos and hostels and fell in love with the idea of permaculture, learning ways to give back and contribute to the environment and the creation of a loving eco-friendly community. And there have been countless others that I have met who want to join my mission. Lots of people who were lost and lonely and sad, looking for meaning and community and LOVE. So the idea for my farm was born and is developing into this massive collective idea shared by people from all over the world.  I can share more details with a signed NDA, if youd like to become involved.

I would like to develop a small committee of people who will invest time, money, resources, and loving energy to making this philosophy of love and community a reality. I wish to move away from sole reliance on monetary currency and base my farm on a cooperation of work-exchange and bartering systems. But of course, money is a tool, and is required for certain aspects of business so we'll also be accepting and funneling currency for products as a nonprofit, but I'm always open to more creative exchanges.

It is my hope to build a small investment team to help acquire the land and resources needed to start this thing, but also be a committee of people who can be the leaders for this community of people, occupying the seats to help me make the big decisions. So it's not enough that you have resources and skills. You MUST commit to love; mind, body, and spirit. This means you make a conscious daily effort and commitment, ie meditations/yoga, prayer and spirituality, therapies, community works, environmentally friendly, veganism and plant-based eating, etc. That means loving yourself and others unconditionally at any experience level and devoted to helping this planet, your community, and every shade of person within it. Religious doctrines and dogma takes no precedence here, only love and respect.

Positions available:
-- Hops Farmer for beer brewing and barkeeping
-- Hemp farmer for medical marijuana growing and hemp products
-- Carpenter/Engineer
-- Electrician/Plumber
-- Vegan Chef/Nutritionist
-- Permaculture Farmer/Food forestry
-- Landscaping/Groundskeeping
-- Lawyer/Recordskeeping
-- Accountant/Bookkeeping

These skills are not required to be involved with us. But these are essential skills that will be valuable to the early development of this idea and this community committee.

There will be plenty of volunteer jobs available once land is established and this project picks up steam. Right now I am in need of people who can provide data and remote work:

- financial analyst, accountant/bookkeeping experience
- lawyer/legal aid experience
- marketing experience
- architect/design experience
- carpenter with experience in natural eco-friendly methods

If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the link below and complete the brief application.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpkdtak1aIF36Lh8WJZM1Dhw2U9Fa6IVwrrLg0cJsyqddNEw/viewform

We also are accepting donations.
10 months ago