Matt Dirk

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since Feb 26, 2020
Food Forester and Permaculture Designer.
4 seasons P.D.C. at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Eco village design,and community governance 2013.
PNW Columbia Gorge
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None at this time. I’m getting every thing I compost wise need from the neighbors goats. Maybe I’ll get some ducks. Every thing else is wildlife, turkey, deer and quail.
9 months ago
What can you get for seed in your area in bulk? I like crimson clover. But I dont like vetch..
you might plan on digging in contour swales on that hill first. Then plant field peas, clovers, etc.  
9 months ago

Gail Jardin wrote:For those of you who already have your homestead established, do you feel that you are prepped enough to survive a major catastrophe?
Could you feed your livestock without feed stores and only outside feed from close neighbors and friends?
Do you own your homestead outright or would you loose it to the bank?
What medical supplies do you have on hand if you can not get to a doctors or vets?
What would you do when you run out of basic amenities like batteries, toilet paper etc?

For those of you who prep but do not have a homestead, what would be the turning point that causes you to bug out instead of bug in and hunker down?
What supplies would you bring with you and why?
Where would you go?
What obstacles are you prepared for versus what could go wrong?

Lastly, what are some of the modern day conundrums that you feel could be a problem that pioneers would not have had to face? What do you feel is the biggest difference between modern homesteading and prepping for survival?



My personal belief is its all about your personal skill set and value in community. Ive gone over and over this for 20 some years. It all comes back to community, hyper localized. Hope my answer helps.
9 months ago
Add yarrow to that plan it will stay green and its really soft. you'll like it.
9 months ago
put down seed mix and a light layer of straw on top of that. Done....
9 months ago

Jeff McClintock wrote:Hi All,
I’m looking for a mentor for my new project. Plans are to initially develop 1 acre of my 20 in North Idaho into a berry and herb farm that will provide ingredients for jams, jellies,  infused oils and vinegars.  It needs to be a niche product so I will avoid blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries other than for personal consumption.  The emphasis is on high health-value berries like sea berries or currants, etc.  I’m looking for recommendations on plant material as well as spacing and placement.  It’s a north-facing parcel in zone 6 but I’m planning for zone 4.  I’m hoping for feedback from designers or others with experience in this climate/plant combination.  

Cheers and happy growing!


If your going for niche Sea Berry would be valuable. Its easy to propagate them so you should be able to raise your own to save money. Its hard to harvest but the product is worth it. Since your planning to do do added value product you should do well.
9 months ago

Liv Smith wrote:Welcome to Permies, Matt!

It’s really a good place to be, lots to learn and a very good place to share your own experiences.

I’m in PNW too, and it’s a beautiful spring where I am.



Thanks for the welcome! Its great weather here too. I have lots of winter greens and some seed sprouting already.
9 months ago

Chris Holcombe wrote:How capable are strawberry plants at pushing through mulch? Should I mulch around them or just bury them in the fall and expect they’ll push through it?


They will push through and spread like crazy. My food forest area is totally covered with june bearing strawberry. I planted them last spring.
9 months ago
My staple is Potatoes. I use a drop and cover with compost method. I harvested about 300lbs in my front yard. I ran out of room in the garden rows so I stuck them every where in my "food forest''
9 months ago
I think I know a place. I have cousins out side Vegas. Ill be there in April to help planting melons. I gave one of them Ben Falks book ''The Resilient Farm and Homestead"
9 months ago