Leaf Bailey

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since Mar 07, 2020
Single father of two young children. Looking to realize Lifelong dreams of learning and Living with the land. I own 80 acres of wild mountainous forestland outside of Ashland/Medford area. Looking to develop a community of rightful Living that supports itself and the greater community through offering educational opportunities.
Southern Oregon
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Is there a part of the country (US?) you’re looking to be in? You can look at some of my posts to learn about my spot in southern Oregon. Good luck in your hunt.
5 days ago
$15 is not a “Livable wage”. I would guess, however, that along with the hourly rate, these positions include housing and other “benefits”, like access to food produced from the community gardens, or maybe even meals prepared by the community kitchen staff. If one considers all of the benefits, not just the hourly rate, as well as understand that you Live and work on site so your pay doesn’t need to subsidize your fuel costs for commuting daily, the compensation package may be closer to $20-25/hr, or more. It may be helpful if you include just what else may be available to potential new members or other specifics of how your community is run. Maybe a link to your website or ic listing if you’re there, so folks can learn more.
1 week ago
Hi Alex,
Depending on where you’re at and what you’re looking for, there might be something for you on my property in southern Oregon. You can look at some of my posts to learn more. They’re mostly still relevant. Good luck.
1 week ago
I’ve had several folks come and go over the years helping around my property. Typically some form of work trade. Usually the experiences are mutually beneficial and pleasant and when it’s time for a change, we’ve all been able to move on and respect each other.
Of course, there are exceptions. In fact, I recently had to ask a fellow to leave because he found that hanging out in his cabin and self medicating was of greater importance to his own needs than meeting our agreed contributions to the property. While he did leave, eventually, he also left a fair amount of “stuff” behind. Stuff that I am now responsible for disposing of. Bummer. As if there aren’t other things my time and energies could be better spent on.
While this is an exception to my experiences, I know it’s not a lone one and each time I open my space up to others, I put myself at risk. Sure, cleaning up someone else’s leftovers is a relatively small risk, but I also know there are greater risks out there and would like to protect myself from those risks as well as have a clearly articulated set of expectations and boundaries. Does anyone have a contract that they use for farm-stay help? Whether work trade, Wwoofer’s, interns, or volunteers?
Thanks for your time.
1 month ago
There’s a lot of information here but there are a few things I haven’t really seen discussed. Granted, I may have missed it.

First, toilet paper. Do you use a specific kind or can you use any old brand put out by proctor and gamble?

Wildlife in the compost piles. My property is fully wild. Along with the smaller squirrels and pack rats, I could have turkey, raccoon, or bear rummaging through it all. Not really interested in making a bear-proof compost pile.

I’ve been using my system, which is different than most discussed here, for about 3 years. It is used by myself and other folks staying on the property. My system uses Bokashi and is an anaerobic process. If your not familiar, Bokashi is a pre-fermented grain hull (don’t quote me on this). If you’re not familiar with it, look it up. It can be incorporated in any compost system to help expedite the process. Anyways, I’ll start with a 1” layer at the bottom of coco coir (please stop using peat moss. If you don’t know why, look it up), then sprinkle about a cup of Bokashi onto that. From there on, just a typical lasagna layering. Poop, light dusting of Bokashi, more coco coir, poop, Bokashi, coir, repeat, repeat, repeat. To close off the bucket, I put another heavy (1cup) sprinkling of Bokashi and a final 1-2” of coir. Then I put a lid with a date on the bucket and let it sit for 6 months or so. Depending on how many folks are on the property, I could have a stack of 20-40 buckets before I empty them, which I’ll do about twice a year. So far, I’ve just dug a hole and buried it in the forest. I’m completely confident it could go into a pile to break down further and then be used as fertilizer.
My results have varied. When it’s just me and the layering ratios are more consistent, I’ve had amazing results where everything seem broken down by the time I empty the buckets. When more people use it, the consistency isn’t there and the results don’t tend to be as good. I haven’t found the paper to break down but the way Bokashi works is to inoculate what’s in the bucket with the enzymes, enabling it to be broken down more effectively. I use it in my kitchen compost, fermenting in a closed bucket for only about 6 weeks, and when I put that in my garden, everything is still recognizable but then breaks down remarkably quick. That’s to say that while I no longer add paper to the bucket I am hopeful that which I’ve already buried was inoculated and has since broken down. Bokashi has a slightly sweet smell (like molasses) and that is what the s***shed smells like. But I do end up with bags of used paper that we just burn in our burn barrel.

Final thought on the pee. Being male, I don’t use the bucket unless I’m already sitting down.  But when there were a couple of women up here, we had a second pee bucket that was just full of wood chips. They peed in that till it was full and then dumped it into the compost pile. No smell and the nitrogen rich pee was a perfect compliment to the carbon dense wood chips.
2 months ago
Hey John,
I haven’t come across any permanent communities practicing the lifestyle you seem to be looking for. Might be worth exploring ic.org (intentional communities.com), you may find something there.
I have met a few individuals that have taken on that lifestyle on there own. Typically, they spend most of their time on public lands (usfs/blm). A couple have had a friend that had property where they were able to use as a “home base”.
There is a community across the nation of “primitive skills” practitioners that come together at various locations for “gatherings” put on by different groups. Depending on where you’re at, you should be able to find a couple in your area.
I have pondered what such a Life might look like and believe that at any point in history, individual humans didn’t ever do it on their own. We’ve always had a community (both a localized “tribe” and broader community of trading partners) supporting us. No matter the technology available, we’ve always done it together. I think of the story of Ishi, a Californian Indian (Native American) whose entire tribe was murdered by the white colonists. He evaded the genocide as long as he could but eventually had to come out of the hills and walk right into one of the white  towns to survive.
Our models are indigenous peoples across the globe. Here in North America, most peoples were nomadic, ranging over broad territories. It’s now essentially impossible to do that without trespassing or breaking laws. I think there are a few regions that could provide enough resources on a relatively small parcel of land to Live a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, but that land is not going to be cheap or easy to find. I’m in the west, where the local Indians we’re labeled “lazy” because they had such abundance here they didn’t need to “work” constantly to survive. Even though there’s still a relative abundance, the salmon don’t choke the rivers like they once did and the game is harder to come by. And both of those are “illegal” at least part of the time.
As I’m writing, I do remember hearing about a community of folks that Lived in tipis outside of Ashland, Oregon. From my understanding, they had a summer location and a winter location that they would travel between. I believe the winter location was a multi-thousand acre parcel that was sold and they lost the rights to stay on. Not sure what has become of them. I imagine connecting with a landowner that has thousands of acres could be an option. I’ve also thought that it could be something that was set up with the USFS. Establish an “experimental forest” (they do this) to study humans as part of an ecosystem (or whatever you want) and get a chunk of land where a tribe could try to make it happen without the threat of being arrested. Of course, this would require data collecting and presenting findings to someone.
Ultimately, such a community may be something you need to create. Why don’t you tell us all about your thoughts. Where you are, where you think you might be able to pull this off, how you might develop the skills to achieve it, what the community might look like, etc.
good luck in your search.
3 months ago
Hi Ally,
Sounds great. Keep me posted as your plans develop and let’s plan to meet down here.
3 months ago
There’s a great debate among permits about “fighting against” the spread of non-native and invasive species and “embracing” them and finding the niche. I’m not here to change anyone’s mind on the subject but I am familiar with many of the ones mentioned in this thread and have witnessed them taking over entire areas.  This is a great problem all over and like many of the mistakes us humans have made, eradicating these plant species from our landscapes is likely not something we can achieve. That pampas grass is horrible stuff. I’m guessing there’s a use for it (by the aboriginal peoples of Argentina) but all it seems to do here is spread. I know there’s supposed to be a variety that doesn’t spread but PLEASE, stop planting it as ornamentals. Short of implementing excavators, those rootballs are very difficult to remove. But there is some good news on the broom front. Now, I’m not familiar with the French variety (my battles have been with the scotch), but I’m assuming they’re are just as difficult to remove. Cutting them back will not get rid of them. Just make it harder to pull the root out. That’s the trick with many of these invasive. Getting the whole plant out, including the root. I have, independently, on my own property, and collectively, among the commons, successfully removed a great deal of scotch broom. The local, rural utility district I was Living in had a “remove the broom” day where they had these amazing tools available for folks to pull up the broom, root and all. Really easy. And talk about encouraging work. I was so inspired I went and bought one for my own shed. Still use it to this day. It’s super simple. I liken it to a t-post puller but it has slightly different action. Principle is the same. It provides the additional leverage needed to actually be able to uproot the plant. That’s it’s name, the uprooter. Here’s a link to the business that makes them.


I’ve actually met the guy and his wife. They make them themselves and have been very helpful. I see they have multiple sizes but I’ve only ever used the small one. If you are serious about getting rid of broom or other woody shrubs, this is your tool. I really can’t praise it enough. And I’m not a salesman, have no connection to the company. I am passionate about invasive and noxious plants. If you can’t justify getting one yourself, maybe you can get your local extension office or tool lending library to purchase a few to have available for the community.
Good luck with all your endeavors.
3 months ago
Sounds like a great adventure. You can check out some of my other posts to learn about my place. I’m outside of Ashland. Welcome to stop by. Good luck.
3 months ago