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FarmGal’s 3rd post and Permy Links

Howdy, I am reposting/repressing/reblogging (not sure of all the differences here!)

FarmGal’s 3rd permy info session is here, http://livingmydreamlifeonthefarm.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/hugelculture-making-hill-beds-for-garden-use/ Search through her site and find some interesting Recipes, do this after lunch and not before! Also look for Oxen/Ox training of Girl, the name of her Female cow who is being trained as an Ox. Very cool indeed

Why do this;

  • ok, I am lazy?
  • She has great info, Farmgal has so lets get you the info from the person who actually went to the lecture, who has some great hands on experiences. So in essence from the Oxen’s mouth, cause she does not have a horse, but is training to Cows to be Oxen, explanation is cheesy right?
  • As part of my journey and for my own memory reasons, I document some information and share it with whomever feels like reading this.
  • Aquaponics Family is another example, I am totally impressed with them, totally EH! (he he, now look at the sentence and say it like a valley girl, with the Eh like one of the hossers)(hhmmm too much caffeine for me, but it is fun and I like to write like I talk, the world is too serious already)

Next you will find a link to a post that was done a while back by myself with links to the leaders in the Permaculture Fields. I will probably be editing the links soon to include the Aquaponics Family and a few other sources for Aquaponics information. Another great innovation that can be done in your basement, you garage or backyard.
Here is the link to their site and to their profile


view of aquaponics Family photos with a raised aquabed with plants in it

view of aquaponics Family photos with a raised aquabed with plants in it, no fish shown or jumping though


Now I am think that if you take some lessons from the lecture series from Prof Will Hooker Prof. NCS in the USA – follow through to a great and interesting presentation and video series on Permaculture pay attention to his house visit lecture #5 or 6 where he talks about his small Frog Pond and fist ponds and the effects on the surrounding nature

add in the ideas from Geoff Lawton and Here is the link to the Permaculture Australia site and AgroForestry and Food Forests.

Read up and watch info on Bill Mollinson Here is a link to a Wiki article on him and Sepp HolzerHere is a link to his Farm and info Website

All of the sources above have video links to those who are too tired to read, so Google and YouTube the names and come up with some Videos to watch, get the family interested.

A Farm For the Future – very well presented and easy to watch a great intro video for you, your family and others around you. (British)
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, this was surprising, so all encompasing and teaches us all that you can do it on a Nation Wide Basis!
Cuba Power of Community  How Cuba survived Peak Oil Crisis (slovenski podnapisi) full name to search for
Next search for Videos and PDF’s, books by Jean Pain on Jean Pains methods of Bio Heating and Bio Fuel (that is a real I opener, so easy to at least cut the costs of heating houses, barns and the like and all the info is from the 80’s and proven time and again)


Bill Mollinson – Global Gardener Series
Geoff Lawton and Here is the link to the Permaculture Australia site his speciality is Food Forests so search for that and his name

Of course my personally Fav of all time, Sepp Holzer and his books, video series and short YouTubes made by other people who visited him!

* Now you can start by planting some 3 Sisters Gardens, smaller and uncomplicated, eventually grow into the Full Blown Permaculture and Aquaponics Routes, this is a natural progression. You can start all of this in your backyard or basement, in your new or existing Homestead, on your wild and natural acreage or in your tree lot or hunting camp. Want to help keep the animals out, Sepp Holzer suggests that you plant food for them in lots of areas in your property. Plant lots of Lettuce, they all love lettuce. I would do a 3 sisters garden technique for them and you then, seed lots of areas in your property and in the ajacent property. Just dig a little bit, cover with some soil and walk away! Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. The only cost is some seeds.

Why do this, plant for the animals, my answer is WHY NOT!  We as Humans are greedy, we take over all the land that we see saying it is ours, the animals have been here for 50,000 yrs or more, and that is just for the modern version of the bears! Give some thought and think on it, ok. We take over everything, kill off the forests, the fields and swamps, where to they live, where to they get food. Well if I was a hungry animal in the wild, I would learn quickly to look for humans, since they are everywhere! Ok, let them look, now plant stuff in their path, find game trails, out of the way areas of your paddocks, fields, swamp or wetlands, plant food there for them. Propagate some the natural foods as well, such as Jerusalem Artichokes, Aramath, Nettles and the list goes on and on. Remember, you can forage in these areas as well, take some of the natural foods, enjoy them, take some others and replant them for others.

Remember become Land Stewards and not just occupiers, work with Nature and Nature will work with you. God loves those that help themselves. Maybe if he sees you helping the animals with food, he will send some helpers to direct the animals to the safer wild areas and away from your Gardens! Just a thought, just a thought.

Now any comments or links to Aquaponics, Permaculture, Hugelculture, AgroForestry and FoodForests not covered are welcome to be put as comments at the end of the blog, so please share with others. The Government will never really help us, so lets help ourselves.
p.s. spam will be deleted as a matter of course!

cheers and looking forward to your comments and links ~WildE

goofing around in submissive manner

goofing around in a submissive manner

She is bored and watching me write this right now, thinking come on Human/two legs, lets go play fetch! My thoughts are its, windy, snowing, raining all at the same time and I do want to. Stamps foot, crosses arms
sentence just to see if your still reading 😀





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Our New Aquaponic Chickens…

Our New Aquaponic Chickens….

This is an excellent post from a Family who are living Aquaponics and not just writing about it.
ps. this is the first Time I have done the Press this option, so sorry if I screw this up.


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What I did for Prepping in the past Two Weeks. Feb 21 2011

Well first off, I had heard of the 100 mile diet last year and looked into it a bit. My wife at the time had no interest so that ruled it out or at least made it very hard. I have been trying to introduce the concept to friends, and some of my new friends might very well be into this as well and actually perusing it themselves. Right now, I am at approx. 50% for the 100 mile diet. Within a year or so, hopefully things will be 90-95% local only. I think that is a realistic goal. Ideally most of the diet will be created on the property that I will be living on, weekends and over the winter. More to follow on that below and later. After watching the Marketplace report, I am dead set against the general mainstream food industry.

Feeding animal parts to grazing animals, shooting them with steroids, antibiotics and other chemicals, adding it to their feed as well, all in the name of Corporate GREED! Make them bigger, faster, so they can be sent to the slaughterhouse faster, for greater PROFIT. There are other non related tests, reports and investigations that all point to this being a huge turning point in our blissfully unaware or blinder sighted controlled population. Think of the horse with blinders on pulling big business behind it in the cart, now realize this horse is us the average person. (if you will picture a donkey pulling a cart, now call the donkey the other name for it)

The food we eat is killing us, and making us susceptible (sp) to all kinds of problems that will come in the next few years. There are reports of people being so resistant to antibiotics or allergic to them now that they will die of simple infections or must be admitted to the hospital for intravenous treatments daily to cure little infections, that will not go away and might kill them.

Searching for ads of others wanting an intentional life and posting an ad myself resulted in finding some people who are willing and looking for others to share in the endeavours of a property netted me great results. I believe that I have found a like minded community to join up with. They have similar long range goals, similar thoughts on the future. No we are not survivalist freaks, just people preparing for the future, and making changes now that will help and assist us in our lives.

With our similar thoughts, we have come to agreements on many many items of interest. Housing, sustainable housing, sustainable food production. Yes it is a lot of work, though not everything needs to be done right away! We will be making plans and arrangements for schedules of priorities and projects that fit with the land. Living in the woods, it would be easy to just say, why not just use firewood for heat all the time. Well there are issues with that as well as pure moral issues, why cut down perfectly good trees for firewood? There are tons of dead fall, and dead standing that will be used for firewood and for building production on the land.

We are looking at power and heating options that are eco friendly and regenerating to the environment and the property that we stand on. This Stewardship that is similar to what our forefathers did on a daily basis. Ground source heating and bio source heating will be definite goals. Both of us found sources of information that made the concepts so simple and easy to follow that the ground source heating will become one of the easiest and long lasting ways to heat the buildings here in the mid Ontario region where the homestead will be.

Look up some of this info for yourselves, search for “THE METHODS OF JEAN PAIN” and Mike Oehler’s $50 & Up Underground House Book.

Also look for the Canadian Government guide to Ground Source Heating.

I am also looking into eating local natural and wild plants for both ourselves to consume and with the eventual thoughts of selling to restaurants and speciality food places in the area. There is a huge emerging call and need for this service. This will be one of the income sources for the property, along with the production of raised bed and green house veggies, fruits and nuts. Some chickens for eggs and meat, that do not get pumped full of chemicals and drugs are a welcome addition to my diet that I can not wait for.

Some of this is new learning, some will be using skills learned as a kid and some will be skills learned as adults, by all of us. Live and work on the property as a group, looking out for each other in an intentional community. Now If I can just get them to stop smoking, perfect.

Last week I sourced pricing and product from a local Mill that produces and imports grain from other local Mills. There prices are reasonable and the quality is just second to none. The grains range from Corn to Spelt Flour and everything in between. Stocking up for the minimum 6 month supply goal by the end of April is in range and not so bad if done in chunks, little bits at a time.

Experimentation’s continue with getting away from buying everything I need to making a lot by myself. The experiments with Expedient and emergency lighting sources is coming along great. I have passed from experiment to production, with the long term goal of having a variety of different nice looking lamps and paleolithic designs as well to use and sell. After seeing some things and finding out other items of interest I will never be buying Candles again. It is all oil lamps for me, and vegetable oil lamps at that!

Once the property is producing heat and compost, we will be looking at harvesting the by product that is Methane. Plans for this include running generators and my ideas for making lamps and other power sources as well. So many experiments so little time, aw well it will make it fun next winter. Next winter I plan to spend on the property in my own little homemade dwelling, with a workshop of course, perhaps two workshops. One for wood working and one for power and energy production as well.

We are also looking into a system of Aquaponics, raising both fish and plants in the same controlled indoors eco system. This is a symbiotic arrangement were the fish produce the essential nutrients for the plants, and the plants, feed the fish nutrients as well. Fascinating, and with the guides we have seen, not that expensive to set up nor to maintain! The system is balanced and will be self maintaining within 3-6 months with full re-copping of the setup and ongoing costs well covered within the 6-9 month range.

So you see it has been a busy Two weeks, what have you been up to?


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