Urban Permaculture is the aspect of permaculture that I am most interested in. It’s smaller scale, and honestly more efficient. When I say Urban Permaculture I’m not just talking about cities or suburbs but small scale. Any thin under about ten acres. I feel that’s where the magic is. There are over 300 million people in the US, and the vast number of those do not grow their own food. Those of us who know the taste of real food are fortunate. Many people in America have never tasted a ripe cantaloupe. Don’t know a fresh tomato or lettuce. I’m of the opinion that instead of a nicely manicured lawns everyone should grow fruits and vegetables. If we are to bring permaculture to the masses we must make it pleasing to the eye. Edible landscaping with a permaculture twist. Ornamental plants but also edibles form the landscape. There are tons of examples of this on the web today. I will post some of the things that I’m working on in my own land. I have more land than a typical suburban lot, but I have started developing a small potion of my zone one. Time and money are proportional to each other. The more money you put into the quicker the implementation is. With that said, I am going slow. I have chosen to start more of my food forest from cuttings and seeds. This is cheaper but also lends to a longer time until trees bear fruit. Small scale permaculture appeals to me because really anyone can do it. Most of us cannot have 1000 acres. I really don’t want that much. I could not manage that much land. Luckily permaculture is scale-able. Small scale ponds and earth works can be done with just a shovel and sweat. I just started digging two new hugelkultur beds. Hugel beds are just a grow bed with a wood core. I dug a small trench along conture and filled it with fallen branches from two live oak trees that I have. Then cover up the branches, and apply compost and mulch afterwards. Plant a cover crop to avoid erosion. I haven’t decide on cover crops yet. I may just plant fall crops into them. I have a hoop house that I am putting up to protect the plants from frost. I may just decide to have cabbage and lettuce year round this year. It’s all experimental right now. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section or email me email@example.com
Failure in life is inevitable. But failure leads to success. In-order to success to happen a certain number of failures must have occurred. If I told you that you could have any success in our life that you wanted you just had to fail 99 times and the 100th you would succeed. What would do? Plow through those 99 failures as fast as you could. Most people fail to succeed before they even begin. Fear of failure is the most underlying component to failure. I have studied successful people for a while now, and the common thread is they overcome that fear. Not that they are still not afraid, but they overcome that fear. The difference between successful and average people is minuscule. And every skill needed to be successful is learn able. The average GPA of millionaires is 2.5. No one is smarter than you no one is better than you. They may have a talent that you don’t, but you have talents they don’t. Most are just to afraid to apply that talent to the market place. What does this have to do with Freedom of Permaculture? It is all connected like the web of nature. Like everything in the Universe is connected some how or other. I listen to many podcast on business, permaculture, and freedom I hear many commonalities. Taking responsibility for yourself, and over coming fear of failure. In permaculture crops will fail, animals will die, trees die it’s a fact of life. In life failure hits us everyday it’s called reality. We must never give in. We must never give up. We look failure in the eye and say I’m not afraid. I will succeed. Life is experiment if at first you don’t succeed try try again as the old saying goes. To be honest lots of my experiments this year have not gone well. Crops that I hoped to grow and eat died. My female dairy goat died. But I will trudge on. I’m at a point in my life that I really know what I want in life, and how to obtain it. Now I just need to be patience and not let fear of failure hold me back. Then my family and I can be truly free. May the blessings of Freedom be upon you all.
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Modern public school is nothing more than a machine to teach conformity. That is one of the reasons that my family home schools our children. Knowledge is not taught taking a standardized test is. Everything must be done following standards that now has been created by the Federal Government. I know what opponents will say. “It was good enough for me. It’s good enough for my kids.” I say, “I want better for my kids than I had it.” Cliques, bullies, and hours indoors are a few very negatives that schools expose our kids to. Schools are a breeding ground for germs and sickness. My oldest was never sick till the first day we put her into school. Our kids are much happier now that they don’t go to public school. I ask them from time to time do they miss their old school. They just shake their heads and say NO NO. I find interesting that a school day is about the same as a normal work day. Preparing them for their future in the cub farm. Children are not made to be indoors for eight hour. My kid got only 20 minutes from the time they enter the lunchroom till they lined back up to go back to class. This is ridiculous! Speaking of lining up. Check this out.
Everyone must walk on the lines, or you will get into trouble. Walk with one hand on your hip and the other on your lips. Very much like a prison. Come to think of it you can’t leave prison until your are released also. Teachers no matter how much they love teaching. No matter how much the care for your child. They will never care for your child as much as you do. Their time is spread around 25 plus kids. Not to mention those that misbehave. But I want my kids to be socialized with other kids. CONFORMITY! I will not comply. I get to chose who my kids associates with. I know their parents. I know them. All this negative, but what to do? The solution for my family is home schooling plus being a member if a co-op. My children go a few times a week to the co-op for classes and fun time with other kids. The co-op also organizes field trips, graduations, and proms. The families chose all that they participate in. We chose the schedule. We chose not the government. And in my state we don’t have lots of hoops to jump through. Just sign a letter of intent, which can be do online now.
Is Community important? Well the answer to that is yes. Why? Humans were not meant to be isolated separate from other humans. A family member stated to me recently that she loved what I was doing, but that she could never be self-sufficient as we are striving to be. That got me to thinking what was self-sufficiency. A single family providing for their every need. I don’t think it can be done. Even though I may be good at a few things there are many, many things that I’m terrible at. That were community comes in. Instead of being a self-sufficient family, we should built self-sufficient communities. Helping one another. On community my family member is way ahead of my family. See they live in a very tight knit community with neighbors that they trust and in return trust them. They borrow things back forth in ways I don’t think I can do. I just don’t trust like they do. With the exception of my father and mother-in-law that live near me, I really don’t know any of my neighbors. There are lots of older couples in my neighborhood that really aren’t capable of leaving the house much. Brain storming on ways to remedy this. I thought bout planting kiwi vine or grapes on my mail box to show thanks to the mail man. When I obtain enough surplus share the extra with neighbors. May be find neighbors with similar interests in permaculture or organic gardening. Like I said humans are not solitary animals. We need each others skills and ideas. When I first started learning about permaculture I was overwhelmed with all that is permaculture. From rocketmass heaters and swales to eco-buildings and PDCs I though how was I going to learn all of this. Then I think I heard Paul Wheaton mention that people have general knowledge of permaculture but tend to become an expert in one or two areas of permaculture. Myself for example want to develop a small scale farm model that can be duplicated through out the world in order to free people from the political machine that takes freedom away in the name of our own good. I want instead of a farmer that farms on 10,000 acres, 1000 farmers farming on 10 acres. Reduce vulnerable supply chains. Basically live happy and healthy lives how ever that may be, but be debit free and liberty conscience.
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That’s right beans beans everywhere. It’s time to harvest my beans. This experiment was way more than I expected. I planted two one pound sacks of dried beans that I bought from the store. At 99 cents per bag compared six dollars for beans from farmer supply store for 1/4 pound (on sale). I figured that they would grow, but I wasn’t expecting them to produce. Did they produce? You betcha! Next weekend my family will start to harvest and can them. So the final skinny will be about two pounds of dried beans will make about five pounds of harvest. Not bad for how little work I put into these beds. I sheet mulched this area starting with cardboard, wet it, put down a thick layer of leaves I raked up from my live oak trees, and topped off with pine straw (mainly for looks). A few months later I raked back the mulch, scattered the bean seeds, and covered the seed back up with the mulch. Done finished. Not only did I get all these beans, but I improved the soil. Beans are nitrogen fixers for the blue berry bushes I will plant into this area in a few months.
Have fun and may the blessings of liberty be upon you.
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As we move into Fall I have plans for changes to my homestead. Basically changes in design. My goal is to improve myself, my family, and my land. This year my main garden didn’t do very well, mainly due to weather at the beginning of the year. I planted all my crops as recommended after last frost date, but we had a day with freezing temperatures that stunted germination. Then we had a torrent of rain for week causing all my seeds to wash away. Which is funny because I now have plants growing at odd ball spots in my yard. I just cut the grass around them and go on. And laugh a little. My main change is to my main grow bed. Right its about 10′ x 10′ square area that is mulched and composted. And very boring. I realized that along with growing fruits and vegetables we need a little beauty thrown in with it. I drew up a simple design to add a little texture and beauty to the land. Basically almost like a compass. Growing beds on the corners path north, south, east, and west with another oval shaped growing bed in the center. I haven’t decided to lay pine straw, wood chips, or pebbles for the path yet, but something very distinctive to set off the grow beds.
It’s just a sketch, but I will post pictures as the project goes forward. Another project that I want to complete this fall is the installation of at least one garden pond. I have designs for three. I want to concentrate on my zone one right now, so the other two will just have to wait until I can put my energies into the outer zones. Finally the last main project I need to complete this fall is the purchasing and installation of the mobile electric fencing. As I mention in an earlier post on rotational grazing and land management my goat and dog are destroying my and near the barn. The installation and the shifting of this fencing will allow me to repair the damage that has been done to this area. I will post the design and plan on repairing the damage. The soil has already become very compacted and in need of attention.
My experiment with store bought dried beans was a ray of sunshine of this summer.
I planted the beans just to see of they would grow. I wasn’t expecting anything to be produced. Man was I surprised. A 99 cent one pound bag of dried beans has created so much that it’s about to get out of hand.
As you can see beans every where. That’s it from the home front. May the blessing of liberty be upon you.
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In the world of self reliance you must be prepared to protect yourself. First off a few facts.
#1) The city of Detroit, Michigan literally looks like a war zone and violent crime is thriving. So far this year in Detroit, car thefts are up 83%, robberies are up 50%, burglaries are up 20% and property destruction is up 42%.
#2) Lawmakers in Illinois say that violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard needs to be sent in. In just one night last week seven people were killed and 18 were wounded – mostly by gunfire. In fact, there have already been 113 murders in Chicago this year.
#3) The city of Phoenix, Arizona has become the car theft capital of the world as millions of illegal aliens who can’t get work have found that stealing cars can be very profitable indeed.
#4) There are approximately 12 million crimes committed in the United States every single year. That is by far the worst in the world. No other nation has more than about 6 million reported crimes per year.
#5) In New York City, the number of homicides in the first quarter of the year had shot up by approximately 22 percent compared with 2009.
#6) U.S. prisons are already bursting at the seams. As you read this, there are over 2.2 million people in prison in the United States. In fact, America leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.
#7) U.S. law enforcement authorities claim that there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs inside the country. These 1 million gang members are responsible for up to 80% of the crimes committed in the United States each year.
#8) There are over 100,000 rapes in the United States every single year. That is the highest number for any of the countries in the United Nations.
#9) According to USA Today, 58% of state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States reported that violent criminal gangs were active in their areas in 2008. That was up from 45% in 2004.
#10) Every year, one out of every five people is a victim of a crime in the United States. No other nation on earth has a rate that is higher.
With these stats and the average response time for law enforcement is on average 10 minutes. We must defend ourselves. Self defense is key for self reliance because when you need it and don’t have it. You may be seriously injured of dead. I support our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. I feel that a good firearm and the training that goes with it is your best bet. But if you can’t afford or don’t want a gun pepper spray may be a choice , and a good back up.
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Also think about taking some hand to hand combat training. I taught martial arts for several years, and I plan to take a few courses in Systema. Systema is Russian special forces had to hand combat system. There is a trainer near me that is fairly good prices. I will inform you more on how it goes in later posts. Always be prepared to defend yourselves and stay safe. Please feel free to leave a comment.