Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Back to life" again

"Back to life" again after quite a "hiatus"....

Here's a quote by Paul Hawken,  that continues to inspire my actions:

" Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required.  Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible.  Do what needs to be done and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done"


Lavender Labyrinth created by a friend in far west Texas


SO HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL, AND MANY MORE TO COME, with sincere wishes our state of being & minds could return to some level of sanity very sooon! Right? 

Waking up to spring-like weather here - with trepidations - an ice storm or a return to winter can certainly waylay our budding trees, plants, birds and birdlets as well as our food gardens that "cometh" very early already!

KUDOS and my sincere appreciation to my friends (locally) who continue to do more than anyone I know to keep us moving in the direction of safe and NON GMO food: 
  • Adaptive Seeds:  www.adaptiveseeds.com  incredible online catalog and new website.  Sarah & Andrew work tirelessly with collaborators on Bringing Biodiversity Back!
  • The Mushroomery (near Lebanon) incredible efforts to bring beautiful organic specimens from the forests, and also to make available those they cultivate to the area for food, medicine and remediation of soil and water in our gardens. (see them on Facebook)
I will continue to support & volunteer for them, whenever needed and whenever possible.  These folks helped to keep my spirits up in the past few years by the sheer determination and level of their commitment to the natural, organic, super & truly ethical contributions to safe & tasty, good food production and to bring back/sustain diversity that will sustain us!
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2015 mini garden inside hoophouse

Mine is a tiny backyard garden, and a miniscule bit in the front.  I am still hoping to find someone to help with the work that I can no longer do myself and to help complete the design of perennial food gardens that I can manage better myself,  the produce  to be shared with friends & neighbors. I cannot wait to begin to enjoy it all regardless, so, in a state of spring feverish-ness, I celebrate & enjoy consuming the carrots, onion, garlic & kale + herb plants still going along, hardly phased by the cold, but watered well, in back and front. I can only take credit for getting the seeds planted last year!  

I also have a few plant boxes going in the hoophouse (small greenhouse) that are there to "pick and come again" & it makes me smile to see the little snow peas that are aspiring to grow up the string trellis and the baby and grown up spinach, & wintered-over chard - tasty salads & veg dishes keep my strength up & enhance the efforts/dream going for having any food gardens this year.
=========================== more soon...
contact for updates: dawnvoyager@gmail.com





Friday, May 1, 2015

Recent "rehab" for small urban home: 



 
Summer 2014
January 2015
 May 2015
Springtime!
 
 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FIRST TRIP TO OR COAST SINCE JUNE 2014:  YURT CAMPING
  


 

 
  
 

 JUST ENOUGH OF A BREAK TO REMEMBER WHY I CAME HERE!




Saturday, January 24, 2015

THE COURAGE TO LIVE...


 
If you are lucky enough
to find a way of life you love,
you have to find the courage to live...
AUTHOR??
 
PLEASE NOTE:  NWP PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE NOW SCHEDULED:

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW YEAR, NEW HOPE!

 

2015 NEWS & VIEWS: 

Those of us living locally in or near the town of Sweet Home, OR  have the honor to be "neighbors" of a new and incredibly important practice (SEE www.adaptiveseeds.com ) : 
ADAPTIVE SEEDS: Sarah Kleeger & Andrew Still are working incredible magic to bring biodiversity back with Open Pollinated and Organic Seed Saving, seeds that are adapted to our LOCAL climate & food growing area!!! 
No hybrids, patented, PVP or GMO in their seed, grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.  A beautiful new website and catalog for 2015 is currently available, with fabulous and informative (also mouth-watering) descriptions - they offer over 400 varieties.  Sarah and Andrew are the seed stewards and members of The Seed Ambassadors Project and have "grown" a network of local small growers & network/collaborators globally, as listed in their catalog.  The word is spreading and we would like to support them. 

AND, to the surprise of some folk, there is a growing contingent of practicing Permies in this area, and the opportunities for hands-on learning projects - so please note:  Permies are lurking in the area,
including those at The Mushroomery (see them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mushroomery/121054471245448)...  and more to come...

PLUS ongoing activities at this small "permaculture site in process"  at a Small Urban Permaculture Homestead
in Sweet Home, OR

contact info:   dawnvoyager@gmail.com
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 BEST OF 2014

If you missed this event last year plan on this year’s event - one of most important ways to find good food that stores well, and meet your local farmers:

Ten Rivers Food Web hosted its 5th Annual Corvallis Fill Your Pantry Market on Sunday, November 2 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Seventeen vendors from across the TRFW region were selling bulk quantities of storage crops including beans, grains, root crops, preserves, honey, & frozen meats. Support your local food producers by attending
Fill Your Pantry 2015!
see the website of Ten Rivers Food Web (Benton, Linn & Lincoln Counties)
http://www.tenriversfoodweb.org/
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NEW IN 2015
 Some listings on ETSY, Craig's List 
ALSO: Now offering Small Pet & House Sitting Services!  
SEND INQUIRY TO: dawnvoyager@gmail.com
ONGOING 2015
*EARTHEN BREAD OVEN YOU CAN BUILD (FOR "WOOD FIRED" PIZZAS, BREAD, HOLIDAY MEALS & EVERYDAY BAKING -QUICKER AND TASTIER!!! 
  click on the link below to see OVENS THE WORLD OVER!

*MULCHING PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD!!!


   
*MULCHING  & DIY BIN FOR *COMPOSTING - MAKE YOUR OWN RICH ORGANIC SOIL WITH LOCAL MATERIALS...COMPOST THE EASY WAY 
    
*MULCHING NO TILL GARDENS - CONVERT LAWN TO FOOD GARDEN

 



 


     *SMALL SCALE COMPOSTING: DIY VERMICOMPOSTING  (WORM BIN)


 
 

 
 


*BEES FOR THE GARDENS



*POLLINATOR PLANTS
 
*DIY SHELTERS FOR POLLINATORS  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



*NATURAL/CLAY PAINTS, PLASTERS, FINISHES & DIY SMALL STRUCTURES OF NATURAL MATERIALS
 


*EARTHWORKS TO SLOW EROSION/CREAT RAINWATER CATCHMENTS
*RAIN CHAINS, RAIN GARDENS & BASINS


*DISCOVER LOCAL LARGE SCALE RAINH20 HARVESTING/TREATMENT SYSTEMS 

 
  
 
 


*SMALL SCALE RAINH20 HARVESTING SYSTEMS 
 
 


*PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY/NEIGHBORHOOD GARDENS

 
WATER GARDENS & AQUACULTURE IN DECORATIVE PONDS)
 






*GARDENS THAT A CHILD CAN GROW








*SPIRALS IN NATURE - EFFICIENT & PRODUCTIVE -
WE CAN DO THIS IN OUR GARDENS!






*DIY HERB SPIRAL NEAR YOUR KITCHEN!
 

*GROW A WINTER GARDEN 






* SEASON EXTENDERS - SOLAR COLD FRAME & HOOP HOUSE/MINI-GREENHOUSE 
 


*CREATE A COMMUNITY EXCHANGE: SHARE GARDEN TIPS & IDEAS, PLANTS, SEED BALLZ, SAVING SEEDS, GOOD COMPANY & FOOD






SITE IS A PERMACULTURE URBAN HOMESTEAD IN PROCESS in Sweet Home. We can use the site to experiment with these strategies, most already in place. You bring good energy, gloves for work in the garden, and plan to have some fun. Meet other farmer/gardeners, others who care! See all these in action& amp; find out how to do it (and there is more...!) If you cannot do the physical work we also accept "donations" or sharing of materials as exchange. 
WISH LIST:
  • LEAVES & compost materials (contact for info)
  • FIREWOOD  for BREAD OVEN BAKING (prefer hardwood)
  • burlap bags or cloth
  • compost materials (contact for info)
  • SHARE COST OF SUPPLIES e.g., organic soil amendments, KELP or fish emulsion or other organic amendments (or transport)exchange veggies  - my garden veggies for yours - if you have carrots, eggplant, peppers or other - send info on what you have to trade.
  • share rides to Albany, Corvallis, Eugene
  • shopping errands & share some meals
  • egg cartons (inquire first
 
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Watch for spring/summer notices: 
 
  

VEGGIES, EGGS, PLANTS - SALE OR TRADE FOR NATURAL BUILDING & SUSTAINABILITY SKILLS & MORE!  
FOR SALE: VEGGIES FROM GARDEN (no chemicals)$1/pound; fresh eggs $3/doz; also plants - perennials and pond plants $1 - 5. Or trade for help: learn how to build w natural materials & much more, see opportunities above.