If you would like to enjoy an organic veggie garden, there is a space ready for you: Small-scale urban homestead site already fenced and mulched. Due to health conditions the garden is languishing. So if you are interested in helping to get a small project back on track here's a place to share skills, ideas, working with the natural systems, hands in the mud and good company, ( practice permaculture and sustainable building and living), please read on. In exchange for help in the garden, you can have your own garden plot, share the bounty! Organic compost, well and rainwater, and chickens to help till and fertilize your plot included. Email (serious interest only please) your contact information (email or phone) and we can set up a time to tour the space & see if this could be mutually benefical. Good company and animal lovers needed. Accommodations may be possible. Spring is upon us....so the sooner we can start the better!
Lots of other things on the plate as well. Hoping to find more people interested in a sustainable community and more activities in this area. Do you have an interest in where you can get locally and sustainably grown food? Are you interested in day trips, carpool/share to get to these places? Like to know how to use natural materials more often in your life? Need a ride to appointments or events in the area and/or checking in on your senior and single friends who might? If you have anything you would like to do with others in your community that is moving in these directions, but just haven't made it happen yet, do get in touch.
Thanks for visiting...more later...
Posted Fall 2010: Last summer came and went (when was that again???) with one of the stranger, more puzzling series of events that affected all the gardens known to us...cooler, cloudy and dry mostly with not enough light or heat to ripen the tomatoes...most of us have noticed how it affected our lives this summer here in the Pacific northwest. Still the veggies that we were able to grow, harvest and enjoy eating made it all worthwhile and with regular visits to the local Farmer's Market http://www.blogger.com/www.sweethomefarmersmarket.org and some local and regional farms
THE HISTORY.....SPRING 2010: The rehab work is finally finishing up and my house is finally feeling cozy since the insulation happened and my heater got moved to a better location. Never thought just being warm and cozy could mean so much, having migrated most recently from the scorching southwest desert! It has taken me this long to start to feel at home here....but spring is happening and sort of "woke up" this world again...seems like this part of the world requires a hibernation time...cold, wet winter - Spending some times with my family - Nice visits and lots of emotions running through it all, like a river. ...reading the journal of the travels of my friends and teachers has helped my spirits stay warm - see an incredible travelogue at http://caneloproject.blogspot.com/ Friends helped me with the projects going here, building small garden structures and adding to the garden site. Updates of photos to be added in the next post. The work of building an urban homestead & living with permaculture continues, along with dreams of gardens and food forests, moving life along through the last few months of winter. The herb spiral and pond is flourishing, new gardens on the east create some privacy; solar cold frame shows off the seedlings and mulched gardens on the north side, facing the sun are becoming a reality. This year I have hopes for more greens and veggies wintering over as I learn how to benefit from a new small greenhouse structure as well as the great goat manure addition to the soil, lots of mulch and encouragement from the chickens every day. Last spring I was one of those volunteering for a local church group that has a lovely circle garden. The garden was the source of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce grown, harvested and prepared by church members in meals for the hungry, evenings - 2 days a week. Due to health issues, it turned out best to "hibernate" for the past few months. I hope to get back with them very soon! http://mannamealgarden.blogspot.com/ Maybe it's the spring fever that gets everyone going here (grab it while we can!) when the rains go away for whole days at a time and we get to se the SUN! Of course it just snowed for the first time this winter last week, but it was light and fluffy and melted soon....that's more like it! And now along with the plum blossoms and snow peas peeking out an inch or so in the sun, strength seeps in through the pores and it's time to try again. Best wishes for a lovely spring for all of you Projects completed: Working to make permaculture and sustainable living part of our lives we were able to join with the Sweet Home Community Education department of Linn Benton Community College, to teach a sampler: Introduction to Permaculture class was offered in April and May. To see more details Click on >www.caneloproject.com/dawn/dawn%20pages/intropermaculture.pdf> Thanks to all of you who are so encouraging.