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David Galloway

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I'm a 33-year-old office worker guy with wife and 2 kids attempting to become more rural, grow some food, and hopefully buy some land in 3-5 years.

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For the past couple of years, I've been going to garage sales and flea markets trying to find old axes, shovels, planes, and other tools that I can restore to working use again, and I've found very little.

Am I going to the wrong places? It seems as though anything useful ends up at an antiques store at the same price as a quality new tool would cost.

It's a bit frustrating. Any tips?
8 years ago

Welcome! I've been a subscriber for a long time, and have really enjoyed your channel.

Congratulations on the publication of your book! I've requested that my library purchase a copy, I'm hoping they'll get it in quickly!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
8 years ago
Off the top of my head I don't know anything going in in Columbia (other than what David Collins is doing) but we just started a Facebook group for the new Upstate SC Permaculture Society and with over 100 members perhaps someone there will know of activity in Columbia. We just worked with the Furman University organic farm to bring Zev Friedman down from Asheville to give a two-hour presentation on how Permaculture can heal land and social conflicts. Here's the link of the Facebook group:

Also, you're pretty close to Asheville which has more permaculture stuff going on than anywhere else in the SE USA. I'm sure you'll head up there often for classes, workshops, and networking.

Welcome to South Carolina!
11 years ago
I see a distinction. Television is passive consumption of a mix of comedy/drama/news/sports and mostly advertising, with the goal of the television network for you to spend as much time passively consuming the professionally-produced shows as possible. YouTube is a medium that anyone may post video/audio content with or without ads for edification or entertainment. Indeed there are full courses taught on YouTube as well as interviews and workshops from important contributors to nearly any field.

It is possible to use YouTube in the same way that most "Joe Six-packs" idle away hours of time in front of television, but I'd say that is the exception rather than the rule.
11 years ago
I know this will most likely depend on the type of greenhouse--a 10x10 kit from Harbor Freight and a 100 ft and larger hoop house are completely different beats, but I am curious to see if there are standard placement guidelines for non-commercial greenhouses.

-Should you attempt to face the longest side to Southern exposure?

-Should they be within zone 2-3 of your permaculture layout?

-Should the base be compacted earth?

-Any other site placement considerations?

11 years ago
Diana, given your critique of consensus decision making I wanted to know what your current opinion is regarding Sociocracy? Our emerging intentional community is right now exploring a model for decision making and in my opinion Sociocracy seems to be the best for larger (25+) groups. Thank you!
11 years ago
Just under 30,000 views of the article on Lifehacker (with 40 shares and 100 likes on FB), which means that thousands of people who didn't know what Hugelkultur was 24 hours ago now know the basics.

I haven't read all 5 pages of suggestions, so perhaps these have all been suggested previously.

1. Write a Hugelkultur article for Mother Earth News. MEN, is more advertising-driven now than it used to be, but it is still the first back-to-the-land type read that most people see.
2. Hell, write an article for any magazine that has garden content. Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, whatever. It'll be considered a "quaint" way to eco-up your garden. Doesn't matter to us if they view us as quaint as long as they're helping to spread the word.
3. There needs to be a concise and pretty Hugelkultur book with all the details, around 200 pgs and available for $20 or less. I know we have a lot of the info in Sepp Holtzer's Permaculture, but for the message to succeed it needs it's own book on the lines of The Humanure Handbook or Becky Bee's The Cob Builder's Handbook.
4. You're a Reddit user moreso than a Twitter user, but try to get some Twitter word of mouth going with a #hugelkultur hashtag.
5. Get 100 people to pledge to put in a Hugelkultur bed in 2012. People naturally talk about the projects they're working on.

Good luck!
Thanks for responding, Toby! I see I was looking at the first edition of GG on Amazon and not the second.

The new book idea sounds fun. If you end up doing that, you could always shoot video and put it up as a private YouTube video with a link in the book if you don't want to go to the expense of an actual filming crew.

Thanks again!
12 years ago

Thank you so much for being at Permies this week answering our questions.

I find that few Permaculture books or DVDs are set in American climates, which was why I was thrilled to find your book in my library.

Have you ever thought about filming DVDs on Permaculture in action here in America? This could possibly be either a companion DVD to Gaia's Garden or something else entirely.

Also, I'd love to see a Kindle version of Gaia's Garden.

Thanks again!

David Galloway
12 years ago