Permaculture Certification Course P1

In a handful of days, Daniel and I shall be heading out to western MA to start our Permaculture Certification course. This will be a four part series.

The Butterfly Forests Homestead, shall be implementing permaculture techniques. By having Daniel and I learn in-depth of what permaculture is, and it’s fundamentals; this shall be quite valuable in helping create lush, self-sustainable green growth (to benefit environment, animal and community). When I need help working on the ‘farm’.. erm… I do not want the Butterfly Forests Homestead to be called a farm. It instantly places what we are and what we do, in a stereotypical mind-set of what a common-known farm is like (overshadowing everything else we create and do):

A place that stinks of animal waste, tractors, people dressed in baggy-dusty-caked clothes (no, not all people who work with mother nature are pinned to the norm ‘run-of-the-mill outfit’), working out in the field all-day, waking-up before dawn daily, to people who are glued to their jobs (no vacations, or ability to really do anything else.. besides taking care of the farm) .. Farmers are also considered by the masses in America, as of the ‘stupid-low minded’ type (as if farming is the best they can do in their life). It saddens me to say this description of what a stereotypical farmer is known widely in America.. but, that’s certainly not the Butterfly Forests Homestead; nor am I going to be associated with it.
*sighs* Well, anyway (gets off of her soap-box). πŸ˜› haha
I really look forward to attending the permaculture classes and obtaining a certificate. πŸ™‚
When we come back from the four day class (Part one of four) – I shall update this blog post with photos. πŸ™‚ ❀ The permaculture certificate program shall be held by ‘Sowing Solutions.’

You can find the link to their website and programs here:

Have a great day everyone and I shall talk to you soon! =^__^= ~ ❀ πŸ˜€


Finish Clay Plaster Workshop Weekend!

Daniel and I came home last night, around an eight hour drive back from a wonderful workshop. πŸ™‚ We learned so-much about how to create clay plaster finishes for our future cob walls.

The more I learn upon how to build and construct our home, the more I am proud of myself. Feeling like a true adult: making my own food from scratch, without relying on a grocery store – for example. Not needing a professional to do our own electrical and plumbing work (installing your own plumbing and electrical work, isn’t all that difficult, in reality). It is actually quite relatively simple. πŸ™‚

Near the end of our class, all students were given paper references in a review of the plaster recipe and wall preparation; along with a small brochure on clay plaster basics. After leaving the workshop with Daniel, we both feel confident and thoroughly understand how to properly plaster a wall (from mix to finish). πŸ™‚

Hands on learning is the way to go, in building. In time, as we create the main Butterfly Forests homestead house – to all of the several small buildings; our skills shall only improve with practice. πŸ™‚ What a beautiful home we shall have! πŸ˜€ ❀

At the moment, I am designing some sketches for our future home at the Butterfly Forests Homestead. Sigi Koko, was our instructor for the clay finish class, and this is the second time I have attended one of her workshops. We plan to take another workshop from her, in the fall: Living Roof Workshop. πŸ˜€

Link to Sigi Koko’s ‘Build Naturally’ official website (workshops, information, etc):


Mapping out the homestead

So, my last assignment in order to complete my course with Dr. Jane Goodall’s ‘Roots and Shoots’ program (A.K.A.: Compassionate Leadership Through Service Learning with Jane Goodall and Roots & Shoots), is to complete a ‘Campaign Plan.’ As a part of the process of creating such an important step – one needs to create mapping over your local area. Since, all of the education, conservation will be happening after we relocate to New Zealand in 2019 – I felt, it would be best to create the project around the Butterfly Forests Homestead. πŸ™‚

The mapping I learned from ‘Roots and Shoots’ on Coursera, will help me further establish an overview layout of the homestead over the property, locate community areas where I can network/make a difference for the better [community/human, animal and environment], tag wildlife areas where I can explore with Daniel and see if we can help where needed there, tag public buildings that hold resources and materials, to various other important planning.

I can also go back to the map, in the future to update and review how our progress is moving along – and if there is anything we might of missed or want to add. πŸ™‚ In the future, we will incorporate mapping that will show opportunities for youth and adult programs on the Butterfly Forests Homestead; once we have all of ‘our-ducks-in-order.’ ❀

Children and adults of all ages will eventually become a big-apart of the community that is the Butterfly Forests Homestead and Rosetwig Music Hall. First, we need to plan it out in the states and get the base approved first. πŸ˜‰ Volunteers (teenagers to adults) will be helping build the main house and bathroom, once we make touch down onto our property in February-March of 2019. We shall post up a public event on Facebook for people to sign up for various workshops and future programs. There will be a sliding-scale fee to attend the workshops. In the early fall of this year (TBA), Daniel and I shall post the first pubic event/workshop. ❀ πŸ™‚

Link to property:

Butterfly Forests Homestead Designs

Getting closer to what we are envisioning the Butterfly Forests Homestead to look like. ❀

Once we get the blue prints drawn out the way we’d like (geotec report might modify things in early summer) we shall be conversing with an Earth Builder professional from the Far North District, NZ to make sure the blue prints are professionally designed and structurally sound. Then the last parter is to send the blueprints to the Far North District Council, to see if it shall be accepted.

Onward to the loft design and side views of the main house! πŸ˜€ =^__^=


*Below image (Update: 3/23/18)
Front view of the Butterfly Forests Homestead. The main beams and support beams could very-well change, as I continue researching about the foundations of wooden supports in cob homes. Also, what the Far North District’s requirements are of building a structurally-sound home. ❀ πŸ™‚

Front veiw

NZ-D.O.C. Online Training Courses

Yesterday afternoon, I was checking online to see how the Predator Free New Zealand 2050 program is moving along. While looking further into it, I found there are online free courses one can take; to better understand how I can help (we plan upon purchasing plots of old cattle land, that is far too hilly for a local to place a home on).

Once purchasing the ‘no-one-wants-it’/’it’s-been-on-the-market-for years’ plots, we will be slowly transforming the land back to native bush. Each plot shall become pockets of wildlife sanctuaries. I was thinking of having each wildlife sanctuary, have a trail through it – which leads to a small platform for viewing visitors. . Possibly, a volunteer/intern could watch over the land (park ranger in training).

Also we shall be creating a foundation (name of wildlife foundation TBA) for donation proceeds which help protect our wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Part of the funds, (have not crunched percentages, numbers yet) will be coming from sales made in the Flutterby CSA/Store on the Butterfly Forests Homestead.
Whilst taking my five week online course in Disease prevention of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) from the Association for Butterflies; I shall be also be studying in conservation of NZ wildlife. ❀ πŸ™‚ *Such a bounty of knowledge at my fingertips (and classes in person) this year! πŸ˜€ Not only am I strengthening my intellect, but also my body. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Since late October of last year, I have been going to the gym and taking membership classes (cycling, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and kickboxing). πŸ˜€ It is very-important to be in tip-top shape for the Butterfly Forests Homestead. There will be long days of physically lifting earth to build our home, helping lift large (re-salvaged hopefully) timber for the supporting beams, to just overall daily working hard on the farm. πŸ™‚

I do not want to find myself burn-out by the end of the first week of building our home. I would feel absolutely silly sitting/standing on the side-lines,Β  while twenty or so COB/natural earth builders are working tirelessly/more fit than me on a dream I’ve been planning for years.. Plus, I would just feel bad with not doing my part. πŸ™‚

Link to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation online free courses, can be found here:Β


Looking forward to taking a mosaic class with sweetheart on the 17th. 😊🌺 Learning how to create mosaics, will be an important skill to learn for our future. Daniel and I plan upon having a few mosaic details implemented in our house, after the COB has been completed. πŸ¦‹ … Dining room table, the kitchen and bathroom – for example could have mosaic details.

When we have completed the class, I will come back to this blog post and update it with photos. ❀

Stay tuned!
Update: 2/17/18′

Had a really fun time taking the taster class with darling this morning-afternoon. ❀ πŸ™‚ I shall be taking two more classes, at the same location in Arlington, MA – which are for advanced artists. I have found, I am currently more in the abstract style of Mosaics. Which, I am not surprised with myself. haha πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ Tomorrow morning, I shall be placing the mortarΒ into the spaces of the glass and tile.

Permaculture Certification

Looking forward in attending a future permaculture course in Western Mass, this coming April with Daniel love. The Permaculture Design Course, is from ❀

By gaining the necessary understanding upon designing in permaculture, will work perfectly with the Butterfly Forests Homestead. By having a certificate in this field shall also not only impress myself (loving-care to environment/wildlife and our own health), but customers as well who participate in the Flutterby CSA and purchasing products we grow from the property at the Flutterby Store.

I do plan to become 100% Organic Certified by the time we begin eating the food we grow from off the land, and to our happy visitors. Becoming Biodynamic Certified, would be lovely as well, but we are not sure if that is possible where we live. I will continue to do ongoing research to see if Biodynamic Certification is possible. πŸ™‚Β 

Also, we shall be taking a workshop from Build Naturally with Sigi Koko: Clay Finish Plaster Workshop, in Myersville, MD (right around the day Daniel and I first met in person).Β πŸƒπŸŒ»πŸ˜ŠπŸ±

Classes begin!

I am quite excited to be taking another online class for our future: “Learn how to recognize and prevent disease in butterflies.”

Here’s the brief description from the class:
FOUR weeks of online disease education and receive your β€œAdvanced Disease Prevention Certification” seal and certificate upon successful completion of the Course and Final Exam. Classes begin on February 5th.Β 

Daniel and I plan upon having butterfly weigh stations around the property, a butterfly sanctuary and a living room sized yurt-shaped greenhouse. The greenhouse shall help rear-up native New Zealand butterfly species, which shall be released back into the wild when reached adulthood.Β Β This is the first class of others I shall be taking in further education, regarding care of butterflies and wildlife/plant-hood conservation.Β β€Β πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦‹

If you would like to also take the class, you still have time to make the deadline before Feb. 5th.Β πŸ›πŸƒ

Link to class:Β

2018 is around the bend <3

The big-move is at the end of next year! πŸ˜€

So many projects have been going on, life changes for the better to etc – since the last time I wrote a blog post. πŸ˜€ I said I was going to be posting a few images of swells, etc. I got caught up in the beautiful tides of life. πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

Today I went to a volunteer interview at the New England Aquarium, to see if I could volunteer for six months. πŸ™‚ Hopefully, I can get into working with the Blue Penguins! (a native species of New Zealand) The goals are to learn as much as I can about the animals and lovely assortment of species the N.E.A. has.Β  Future plans are to one day create an organization connected with the Butterfly Forests Homestead in conservation (for both land and water wildlife/ ecosystems).

An animation I used to passionately work on back in 2011 for a total of eleven years, has been re-sparked – while I was spending time this summer at a work exchange. So, whilst working on the Butterfly Forests Homestead, the thoughts of having another business will be on the property. πŸ™‚ MagikBoom Studios! is my animation studio, and will be in a shared studio yurt with Daniel. So much research, planning, and learning is going on! πŸ˜€

When Daniel gets his second web development job (full-time career) we plan (or if he cannot make it with me, I will go myself) to take a permaculture class(es) so then I/we can get a certification in permaculture design. Taking a class in cob floors,Β  how to build a reciprocal roof and wall/shelving finishes – are other classes we plan to take in 2018. πŸ™‚ Hopefully, Daniel shall be able to take some classes with me next year. πŸ™‚

Designing swales

Shortly I shall be designing a continuation of water storage and implementing swales to the mix. When we make touchdown to our property next year, the first thing we will be ‘installing’ is a well. πŸ™‚ Soon you shall see a few drawings in this blog post. πŸ˜€ ❀

See you soon! ❀ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Visual update on the Oyster mushrooms: 10/13/2017
(Started the spawns nine days ago)

Visual update on the Oyster mushrooms: 11/16/2017