September 1, 2011
To me permaculture is about circles and cycles and removing standardization from our daily lives as much as possible. My new chickens and bunnies are eating my scraps and spent veggies (bug gotten or not eaten fast enough), The chickens will give me eggs and they help keep my insect and caterpillar out of my garden. My rabbits potty directly into the worm bin I built below their hutch, and that gets turned into vermicast to grow more carrots and oats for my bunnies and my family. My yard clippings are the bedding for their run... and they get some grass, seeds and bugs to eat... and cleaning up after them when they poo on that bedding goes into my compost bin. I'm trying to find barrels to turn into rain catchers for cheap or free. I would love to see everything from composting toilets, solar panels, grey water usage systems and other "small" changes become more affordable and practiced on a larger scale. I've still much to learn and love the process of that learning!
ABSOLUTELY!!! I designed and built my coop, worked on making worm bins for myself and my business (Wonder Wormin' Vermicomposting Systems). I built my raised bed gardens, put in changes in my sprinkler system, & dug up my back yard with a hoe and shovel to kill the weeds in preparation for my garden. I've repaired fences, done sheetrock work, trim my own trees, remodeled some parts of my house, put in insulation and sheetrock over the rafters in my garage (with the help of some teenaged boys and my kids for holding while I attached). I designed and built (with my daughter's help) my son's loft bed with bookshelves and a bicycle shed. I've done some of my own automotive repair. I do do some girly type crafts also (scrapbooking, crochet, painting and other projects). One of my favorite "hands-on projects" was being the Den Leader in my son's Cub Scout Pack. Not just doing projects but teaching others to do them is a highlight in my life.
Meeting like-minded folks has great benefit. It's nice to talk to people who know about the changes I'm trying to make and who won't call me wierd for making them. :^J I want a great Sharing of Information from this group. I'd like to learn more, much more of how to do this for my own home and then help my community (local or global) to do the same. This group's objective is the same as my business' and it made me giggle when I read it. YES! One household at a time.
For my day to day practice it's the sustainable gardening that is my love. I'm closest to the Great Creator and am most happy when I'm outside getting my hands all dirty. I love telling the kids what's for dinner and sending them outside with scissors to create a side dish or get the herbs for our vegetarian meals. I also know we don't live in a bubble and am very involved in my community. Cooperative communities may have a specific implication but any community, working together to nurture our planet and our society back to health should count. I want all of my neighbors to embrace the idea of vermicomposting (AT LEAST) and stop putting chemicals on their lawns. What grabs me about these subjects brings up a lot of passionate feelings and soapbox moments so I'll leave that for discussions over lovely cups of Fair Trade teas. :)
I am a worm farmer, avid gardener, lover of soil, and tree hugging mom of 3 (ages 23,16 and 12). I have, since adulthood, dreampt of having a small farm, living off the grid and off my own soil with some space between myself and my neighbors.
What a great bunch of people!!! We had so much fun getting to know each other and sharing our gardening expertise and ideas. We were having such a good time talking we could have just chosen one garden to see and stayed there the whole time. :) It was also great that people who aren't in the groups (this was orignially planned through the Organic Gardening Group but I think all "member" attendees are in both Meet Ups) like Ove and Susan came along and opened up their hearts and spaces to share with us what they know and love. Thanks everyone!