Looking to connect with others in the Piedmont area of N.C. (that’s north central of the state)
I have a half acre in town but I get a lot out of this little homestead. I have two Nubian does, due to kidd in Dec. Seven giant Pekin ducks, half dozen assorted chickens, four cats and an ever changing number of bunnies who live free in and out of the yard. I am 62 this week. I have many sustainable living skills. I bought this place a little over 4 years ago. I now have an excellent permaculture process between my animals and my farming. There is still so much more to be done.
I have been asked many times in the last 2 years to teach what I know. I am now ready to do that. Canning, the art of growing, herbs, cheese making, permaculture, raising poultry and goats and how to create a sustainable lifestyle are some of the skills I have to offer. The fee structure will be money, money and labor, just labor or barter.
What I don’t have is help. Not a good day when I had to come to terms with the fact that I can no longer stack a 5 gal. bucket of rice above my head! So now I use 3 1/2 gal. buckets. I’m learning to compromise… not something I do well. There are some things it simply takes more hands to do. I’m looking to connect with others in the area to form a goods/labor/knowledge exchange. Neighbors coming together to aid each other with projects. Want to have a network to share free and cheap resources such as up-cycled food grade buckets, building supplies, seed and plant exchange or where to buy amazing milk for cheese and yogurt. I have an abundance of bamboo seedlings. They make a wonderful wind break for a pasture, the goats ignore it in the warm months but are dam happy to have fresh fodder in the winter. I’m looking for elderberries. I have many Mulberry saplings. The birds plant them for me every year. The goats love them the ducks are crazy for the berries and they make wonderful jam and wine when the tree gets bigger. What have you got to trade?
This week I bought myself a gift… a 30′ x 48′ steel greenhouse frame. Not something my daughter and I can put up ourselves. I’m sure there are others in the area who could use a hand say fencing in a goat pen, digging a root cellar or building a cob oven. We could get together for a pot luck every two months to exchange ideas and help plan each others projects. I have a web site I could post the information on for free.
I’m 26 miles south of Danville, VA and 26 miles north of Greensboro, NC. If you are grid free, grid light or stuck in an apartment trying to find a way out let’s start talking.
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