I grew up on a conventional farm in the midwest and lost all interest in rural life by the time I was old enough to work. I settled on a career in industrial design and have only recently returned to this lifestyle as seen through the lens of Permaculture and lower impact living.
I tend to be pretty analytical about things, and a lack of symmetry or design pains me greatly, however the use of natural patterns and overall design efficiency are drawing me in.
We are just starting to implement several Permaculture concepts to our 10 acre farm and currently have chickens, ducks, and 2 boer/x goats for weed control.
We are planning an irrigation pond as well as starting to add swales and hugel beds to our existing garden and orchard.
Just a quick update to show how I have been making swales with a small Kubota and front end loader.
Creating a microclimate for our bees.
|Rocket Mass Heater Workshop|
|Verifying teacher: Paul Wheaton|
|Other Teachers: Ernie Wisner, Erica Wisner|
|Location: Missoula, MT|
|Date: Oct 2012|
|Restoration Agriculture PDC|
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Teacher: Mark Shepard|
|Date: Jun 2013|
|Designing a Public Edible Forest Park|
|Teacher: Dave Jacke|
|Location: Helena, MT|
|Date: Jul 2013|
|Permaculture Design Course|
|Type: Online Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course|
|Teacher: Geoff Lawton|
|Date: Jan 2013|