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Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course in Nashville this September

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 16:57
Hey folks,
I will be leading a 2.5-day Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course in Nashville on September 9-11 as a part of my book tour.

Designed for the beginner as well the experienced cultivator, this course covers everything you need to know to start producing high quality mushroom spawn, fruit mushrooms indoors all year, construct a mushroom farm, and establish regenerative outdoor fungal installations. Topics include:

Mushroom Cultivation Fundamentals

• The biology, ecology, and history of the Fungal Kingdom
• The principles underlying the art and science of cultivation
• Aseptic (“sterile”) practices with agar, grains, compost, and wood-based materials
• Liquid-based mushroom cultivation practices
• Place-based resource management and systems design principles
• Lab and fruiting environment designs for home-, farm-, or community-scale projects
• Appropriate, low-cost, and low-tech cultivation methods and tools
• Growing wild mushrooms

Appropriate Applications of Fungi

• Medicinal mushroom processing for maximum potency
• Outdoor mushroom garden design and installation
• Fungal integration into various permaculture-inspired sustainable living systems
• Mycoremediation chemistry and design concepts
• Supporting and diversifying fungal–plant relationships

Extra Myco-Skills

• Building soil health through cultivating mycorrhizal fungi
• Biochar & fungi
• Biogas & fungi
• Wild mushroom identification
• Resources & much more!

Tuition includes 4 mushroom cultures (valued at $100), supplies, and a 100-page workbook. Student and group discounts are also available.

More details about the course, including registration information, can be seen here:
http://bit.ly/rmtn2016

My bio and interviews with me can also be seen here:
https://radicalmycology.com/peters-bio/'

Cheers,
Peter

Roanoke area, Virginia? (cross posted in Intentional Community) please delete if not allowed

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 18:08
We are ready to start Spring 2017!

Post by: Nina Turner,
on Jun 06, 2016 12:46:26

This is a complete shot in the dark, but "you never know if you don't try".

We're not interested in temporary arrangements, we are ready to do some AWESOME with the rest of our lives.

We are an unmarried but stable couple (together for over four years) without children (hoping for one or two), looking for 1) a farm share or a long term lease, 2) mentoring from the farm owner who desires the land stay in agricultural production, and 3) potentially an eventual transfer opportunity.

We would like to settle down 15-30min (maybe up to 45min for the *perfect* fit) outside Roanoke, Virginia within the next two years.
(or alternatives: Bend, OR, or Boise, ID)

Virginia: It doesn't even have to be a working farm yet! Just land, people, and a plan...
Eastern Montgomery county, extreme east tip of Floyd county, northern Franklin county, northwestern Bedford county, southwest Botetourt county, southern Craig county, Roanoke county

I am a 41yr old licensed and certified massage therapist (gentle but firm pain/stress relief and elder/ill care specialties) who can work flexible hours to accommodate what needs to be accomplished on the property. I grew up in Marietta, GA and spent 3yrs in Fayetteville, NC before moving to Boise, ID in August 2001. I have maternal family (cousins/not close) in Montgomery county. We visited my aunts annually when I was a kid, so I have a general familiarity with this area. I'm the primary permaculture fan and 'area of interest researcher' at this stage.

He is 33yrs old, in the beer business with a Class A CDL. He also has 6yrs of prior cooking experience, and was vegetarian for 1yr. He is studying for Cicerone certification (beer guru), and is also the 'recycling man', builder of enclosures, and graywater systems enthusiast. He was 4-11 growing up in Christiansburg when his mom was attending Virginia Tech for her veterinary education.

At least one of us would be working full-time at all times to provide monetary income. We have both been at our current workplaces for 9yrs.
We have subscribed to the local news sites in order to keep current on happenings in the area. We are fully against the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
He is aiming for a position at the new Deschutes Brewery once it is built (north of Vinton, start of construction by June 1, 2017). The '30min outside of Roanoke' limit is for his anticipated drive to work.

Due to his salaried lower-totem-pole management position hours, and the fact that we are renters of a non-agricultural (but rural) property, we have been unable to expand our permaculture aspirations to more hands-on and sustainable projects.

We are studying permaculture and regenerative agriculture in our free time. We would work your land with an ethic of stewardship. We do not have a clear plan of action, as that would depend on the site/locality and is always subject to refinement.

We currently have 90 chickens (many breeds and mixes thereof), and 50% interest in two weanling goat does. These would stay in Idaho as our chickens are not NPIP certified, and we share the young goats with our close neighbors (same landlord).
We have three years' experience with hatching, brooding, home butchering, and overwintering chickens. We have had introductory experience with goat kids, turkeys, guineas, and the landlord's beef steers. We have each had gardening successes in the past, but no time/energy to devote to plants over the last couple of years.

We are considering primarily heritage livestock suitable for Virginia, for premium sales of stock and meat: several chicken breeds (eggs of white, brown, blue, and green), Oberhalsi or another breed of dairy goats, Guinea Hogs, and possibly Midget White Turkeys. The livestock would multiply after the first few years to need a structure for each species/variety.
Any suitable livestock housing/infrastructure already existing would be valuable.
If the PRIME Act passes, or even if it doesn't, a processing shed would be beneficial.

I am interested in producing value-added products for market as well. This includes but not limited to breads, preserves, cultured veggies, dried produce, kefirs, kombucha, and dairy products. Possibly a weekly 'meals to go' customer list as well.
A professional kitchen (licensing/inspections) would be a great asset.

We would like enough space to produce our own livestock feeds and bedding onsite (depends on #/types of animals), an intergrated compost system, an apiary/pollinators garden setup to attract and preserve native honeybees, a small food forest planned orchard, and an extensive no-till deep garden.
Any of these features already in place would be respected and tended gratefully.

We would need to have a small home site for us, pre-existing--
or able to park a camper for up to a year to observe the land before building a modest, ecologically sound, climate-suitable home.

We would help with your own ongoing farm projects, in exchange for a place to live and farm at a low rate.
My current thoughts are that the livestock and harvested produce we introduced would belong to us, but all buildings and land improvements would contribute to your property.

We are responsible, idealistic, motivated, Star Trek fan, ethical, 'very clean hippie' types.
He is debt free; I have outstanding tax and student loan issues to resolve.
No GMO, no pesticides, but not sold on organic certification either.
Both currently tobacco smokers (outdoors only).
No hard alcohol, no pharmaceuticals or street drugs.
Two 6yr old indoor (declawed) cats.

*goals: self-sufficiency and surplus (provide for us and you); pollinators haven; heritage livestock and heirloom varietals preservation; public/consumer education and nutrition; *new* chicken variety- Partridge Ameraucana (12yrs selective breeding needed); assist agricultural renaissance by providing the best product and service in the area for fairs and shows (make money off the snooty people

Work exchange on in-town project Abingdon, VA

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 14:44
Want to help a permaculture community garden get started in Abingdon, VA (Southwest Highlands)? With the possibility of there being other gardens nearby. This garden will be mainly in the back of 320 Madison St SE (take a look with Google) but the old farmhouse also needs a lot of work so it can be an effective shared space and the side yards and front area will also be included. What is in process right now is the initial planning and establishing a financial infrastructure so that funding (first offers already in the wings) can be accepted. In addition the local horticulture instructor who is also a permaculture designer has plans to involve his classes in April. Folks from the town government are already on board and enthusiastic and some people in the immediate neighborhood have an interest though more needs to be done to bring them in fully. The house has four upstairs bedrooms and the ceilings have just been fixed so the rooms are ready to patch and paint. I am hoping I can exchange for a place to live right now (and we can talk about meals/cooking). Other local farm employment may be available as well (there is an active farmers market) and for someone who is good with paperwork and people there is the possibility of creating a director/administrator job once funding is obtained.

Most of the work right at the moment is in or on the house (some carpentry skills would be great) but there is also some outside work and there will be more in the next couple of months. If you're interested in exploring this as a possible perch or longer-term project please Reply here or get hold of me at almanuelnw AT gmail.com.

Thanks,
Anita

Work exchange on in-town project Abingdon, VA

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 14:44
Want to help a permaculture community garden get started in Abingdon, VA (Southwest Highlands)? With the possibility of there being other gardens nearby. This garden will be mainly in the back of 320 Madison St SE (take a look with Google) but the old farmhouse also needs a lot of work so it can be an effective shared space and the side yards and front area will also be included. What is in process right now is the initial planning and establishing a financial infrastructure so that funding (first offers already in the wings) can be accepted. In addition the local horticulture instructor who is also a permaculture designer has plans to involve his classes in April. Folks from the town government are already on board and enthusiastic and some people in the immediate neighborhood have an interest though more needs to be done to bring them in fully. The house has four upstairs bedrooms and the ceilings have just been fixed so the rooms are ready to patch and paint. I am hoping I can exchange for a place to live right now (and we can talk about meals/cooking). Other local farm employment may be available as well (there is an active farmers market) and for someone who is good with paperwork and people there is the possibility of creating a director/administrator job once funding is obtained.

Most of the work right at the moment is in or on the house (some carpentry skills would be great) but there is also some outside work and there will be more in the next couple of months. If you're interested in exploring this as a possible perch or longer-term project please Reply here or get hold of me at almanuelnw AT gmail.com.

Thanks,
Anita

Work exchange on in-town project Abingdon, VA

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 14:44
Want to help a permaculture community garden get started in Abingdon, VA (Southwest Highlands)? With the possibility of there being other gardens nearby. This garden will be mainly in the back of 320 Madison St SE (take a look with Google) but the old farmhouse also needs a lot of work so it can be an effective shared space and the side yards and front area will also be included. What is in process right now is the initial planning and establishing a financial infrastructure so that funding (first offers already in the wings) can be accepted. In addition the local horticulture instructor who is also a permaculture designer has plans to involve his classes in April. Folks from the town government are already on board and enthusiastic and some people in the immediate neighborhood have an interest though more needs to be done to bring them in fully. The house has four upstairs bedrooms and the ceilings have just been fixed so the rooms are ready to patch and paint. I am hoping I can exchange for a place to live right now (and we can talk about meals/cooking). Other local farm employment may be available as well (there is an active farmers market) and for someone who is good with paperwork and people there is the possibility of creating a director/administrator job once funding is obtained.

Most of the work right at the moment is in or on the house (some carpentry skills would be great) but there is also some outside work and there will be more in the next couple of months. If you're interested in exploring this as a possible perch or longer-term project please Reply here or get hold of me at almanuelnw AT gmail.com.

Thanks,
Anita

Seeking apprentices/wwoofers in Appalachia

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 10:30
Cardinal Island Farms is a highly diversified regenerative farm located in the beautiful New River Gorge area in rural WV, USA. We hosted 6 live-in volunteers in 2015 and we are looking for live-in help for April-October 2016. We offer spacious room and board, shared meals, farm goods and tons of education and experience in exchange for 25+ hours per week of honest labor on our working farm.
The farm is young and the food to table movement is just about to start getting big in the area. There is more demand than we can keep up with and we have only been on the site for two years.
This is a great opportunity for any motivated person interested in:
-Hands-on experience with animals
-Learning more homesteading skills
-Thinking of starting their own farm
-Getting closer to nature and “getting out of the grind” for a season
-Accessing some of the best outdoor adventure in the eastern US
We are working to build our business around pastured pigs, agroforestry and silvopasture, annual and perennial veggies, fruits and nuts, pastured poultry & eggs (quail, turkey, chickens), forest farming, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, dairy (cow and/or goat), lumber and firewood, soap making, syrup making.
Projects we are tackling in 2016 include
-Finishing the barn with our own milled lumber
-Fencing
-Spring water system development (to add to our current rain catchment system, creek, ponds, swales)
-Hugelculture construction (5 large hugelswales already constructed)
- More tree plantings / food forest establishment
-Expand the perennial gardens (asparagus, blueberry, raspberry, mulberry etc.)
-Improving the efficiency of our pastures and rotational grazing
-Access more restaurants and farmers markets with our products
-Expanding our wood production with our sawmill and firewood business
There is no real limit to how much a person can learn and grow on this farm. I doubt there is a two-week PDC that can come close to actually living and working on a design-oriented farm.
Applicants are expected to be interested in regenerative agriculture and/or permaculture, motivated, able to work and learn on their own or in a group, comfortable with rural living (plus wifi), easy to get along with, physically and mentally well, committed to living in a more sustainable, present way. We enjoy a quiet peaceful environment in our home and we try to be as respectful to helpers' individual needs as we can. We are omnivores. Some dietary flexibility is possible (such as gluten free).
email jnau12@hotmail.com for more info

http://www.cardinalislandfarms.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CardinalIslandFarms/

Richmond VA Were my PERIES at?

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 14:41
I am interested in attending event in the Richmond area. I have been following Mr. Wheaton on youtube for the past five years and I am not at a place in my life were I want to practice some of the examples shown online. In particular I am interested in the Rocket Mass Heaters. I'm wondering if there is anyone near by who is also interested in permaculture and the like.

Seeking work in appalachia

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:03
Hi,
I am seeking work in the blue ridge mountain area. If anyone has need for an extra hand let me know. I cannot work conventional jobs due to lyme disease/chemical sensitivity and I do much better outside or in a natural environment.
I have things posted all over the web but I thought I would give this forum a try as well. I have been an avid reader of the forums for years for informative information. I grew up on a farm and have some experience. Somewhat new to permaculture but very inspired and eager to learn more about. I have experience with on and off grid living, love for animals, photography/arts, and other trades as well. If anyone has any work or needs help with a project please let me know. I need to find a way to support myself sooner than later!
Thanks for the read!

Juli

Seeking work in appalachia

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:03
Hi,
I am seeking work in the blue ridge mountain area. If anyone has need for an extra hand let me know. I cannot work conventional jobs due to lyme disease/chemical sensitivity and I do much better outside or in a natural environment.
I have things posted all over the web but I thought I would give this forum a try as well. I have been an avid reader of the forums for years for informative information. I grew up on a farm and have some experience. Somewhat new to permaculture but very inspired and eager to learn more about. I have experience with on and off grid living, love for animals, photography/arts, and other trades as well. If anyone has any work or needs help with a project please let me know. I need to find a way to support myself sooner than later!
Thanks for the read!

Juli

Seeking work in appalachia

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:03
Hi,
I am seeking work in the blue ridge mountain area. If anyone has need for an extra hand let me know. I cannot work conventional jobs due to lyme disease/chemical sensitivity and I do much better outside or in a natural environment.
I have things posted all over the web but I thought I would give this forum a try as well. I have been an avid reader of the forums for years for informative information. I grew up on a farm and have some experience. Somewhat new to permaculture but very inspired and eager to learn more about. I have experience with on and off grid living, love for animals, photography/arts, and other trades as well. If anyone has any work or needs help with a project please let me know. I need to find a way to support myself sooner than later!
Thanks for the read!

Juli

Southern Ohio Permaculturalists seeking allies.

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 12:04
We are a small group of homesteaders and naturalists located around the tri-state area. We are seeking to develop a community of like-minded people with whom to share knowledge, resources and goods. If you seek teammates in the quest for sustainability please let us know. ;D

Southern Ohio Permaculturalists seeking allies.

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 12:04
We are a small group of homesteaders and naturalists located around the tri-state area. We are seeking to develop a community of like-minded people with whom to share knowledge, resources and goods. If you seek teammates in the quest for sustainability please let us know. ;D

Southern Ohio Permaculturalists seeking allies.

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 12:04
We are a small group of homesteaders and naturalists located around the tri-state area. We are seeking to develop a community of like-minded people with whom to share knowledge, resources and goods. If you seek teammates in the quest for sustainability please let us know. ;D

Okra seed exchange? - appalachia

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 07:32
This year I planted a bunch of okra seed from a couple packets and got exactly one plant that grew under my conditions (neglect, East Tennessee). This is a great okra plant, though: tall, productive, and still going now (although much more slowly than in summer, of course).

I saved quite a bit of seed but would like to increase genetic diversity. Does someone in Appalachia -- ideally East Tennessee -- have some seed from a good okra plant they'd like to trade? I also have enough butternut squash and wild-type tomato seed to trade, if you're not looking for okra.

Send me a message if you're interested.

Okra seed exchange? - appalachia

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 07:32
This year I planted a bunch of okra seed from a couple packets and got exactly one plant that grew under my conditions (neglect, East Tennessee). This is a great okra plant, though: tall, productive, and still going now (although much more slowly than in summer, of course).

I saved quite a bit of seed but would like to increase genetic diversity. Does someone in Appalachia -- ideally East Tennessee -- have some seed from a good okra plant they'd like to trade? I also have enough butternut squash and wild-type tomato seed to trade, if you're not looking for okra.

Send me a message if you're interested.

Okra seed exchange?

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 07:32
This year I planted a bunch of okra seed from a couple packets and got exactly one plant that grew under my conditions (neglect, East Tennessee). This is a great okra plant, though: tall, productive, and still going now (although much more slowly than in summer, of course).

I saved quite a bit of seed but would like to increase genetic diversity. Does someone in Appalachia -- ideally East Tennessee -- have some seed from a good okra plant they'd like to trade? I also have enough butternut squash and wild-type tomato seed to trade, if you're not looking for okra.

Send me a message if you're interested.

Help us look for land in Watauga County NC !

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 12:30
We are looking for a land in Watauga NC - around 1-3 acres not much . we need it ready with residential permits , water electricity & all if possible .
We are from overseas and this land will be an investment , we would like to rent it too to interested residents .

Any help , or direction or advice - please share!

thank you x

Bash

Help us look for land in Watauga County NC !

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 12:30
We are looking for a land in Watauga NC - around 1-3 acres not much . we need it ready with residential permits , water electricity & all if possible .
We are from overseas and this land will be an investment , we would like to rent it too to interested residents .

Any help , or direction or advice - please share!

thank you x

Bash

Help us look for land in Watauga County NC !

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 12:30
We are looking for a land in Watauga NC - around 1-3 acres not much . we need it ready with residential permits , water electricity & all if possible .
We are from overseas and this land will be an investment , we would like to rent it too to interested residents .

Any help , or direction or advice - please share!

thank you x

Bash

Please read. I appreciate any suggestions

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:34
Hey there permies.

I currently live in Greensboro, NC.

The other day my two best friends and I were in my car and I blocked off two people in a car from driving in the bike lane (i hate it when people do that.)

The car proceeded to barrel onto the sidewalk around me and ahead. As we passed them further up the road they were stopped and we were turning, we yelled at them.

They then followed us, drove up beside us and shot a pistol at us. I looked into this man's eyes as he shot a gun at me....Looking into his eyes, I saw the ignorance and evil of mankind. For me, life is a mystery. Nobody really knows what or why it is. This man tried to take that from me and my friends.

The bullet went through 3 sheets of metal before stopping, and the location of where it hit is unimaginably lucky.

Before this incident, my two friends and I have been trying to conceive a way of getting out of this dead beat city and moving to the country. This life changing event has only made it more evident that we have to get out as soon as possible.

I have been working at a plant nursery since February and gardening for about two years. However, because of this traumatizing incident I lost my job. My employers were already not happy with my customer service skills and after missing a day and not being fully engaged in the two days following the incident they decided to just "call it quits."

To say the least, its been a rough couple days.

I just wanted to throw this out there, but is there any permaculture living situation/organic farm job/manual labor/outdoors job suggestions for me and my two very smart and capable friends? We all love growing our own food and have experience in manual labor/landscaping/construction/etc.

I'm currently looking at WWOOF, carolina stewardship program, craigslist (of course) and The organic growers school, but me and my friends would like to find jobs within the same area preferably.

I don't know if this will help at all, but we have realized we want to live non-violent, artistic and loving lives where we grow food, work hard, make art, skateboard, and love each other.

Please let me know if you know anyone, or anywhere that could take us in and help us on our journey away from this town. thank you. gaia bless

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