Part 2: Permaculture Certification C!

Soon Daniel and I shall attend the second part of three, in regards to our permaculture certification course. πŸ™‚

In this parter, we shall learn upon:

-Agroforestry and Carbon Farming,
-Botany Introduction and field guides,
-Contour Mapping
-Efficient house systems,
-Straw bale houses,
-Deep ecology Introduction

Stay tuned for photographs and further details whence we return.

On a side note:

Next month I shall be hiking the Vermont section of the long trail. It is a total of eighty-six miles, hiking-up hard terrain and soaking with adventure! πŸ˜€ I shall make sure to upload a few photographs of some of the highlights my best feind and I witness. The trip shall take a total of nine days to complete. πŸ˜€

This will challenge me in all ways of myself possible [spirit, body and mind]. Since the beginning of this month [May] I have been training for this adventure. Since I was a teenager, I have wanted to take part in hiking a portion of the long trail. haha πŸ˜€ I can finally check this off of my ‘bucket list.’ ❀ πŸ˜€


Zone Area Maps

As a part of our homework for the Permaculture Design Certification Course, Daniel and I need to create a replicate drawing of our property on graphing paper. Keeping in mind this drawing is not-to-scale, of actual sizing and alignment of buildings, etc. The second part, is to layer with tracing paper, of the Zone areas of importance of where we need to get to on a daily basis. πŸ™‚

This shall help us better understand if the current design we have in mind for the Butterfly Forests Homestead is a realistic one. There are only so many hours in the day, and reserving energy [not getting burnt out quickly] is ideal. Timing of getting to a certain place [may it be due of the harvesting period: fruit, flowers, grain, legume or nut for example] before the wildlife eats all of it first.. OR, designing where each area is – so then I can walk over to the areas without the worry of accidentally forgetting a task and/or not getting to an area in time at it’s ‘peak of freshness’].

Planning out your property, whether it is for simply building a home without the regards of a homestead like ours – still takes a lot of careful consideration and how it’s future results shall bring. The planning phase of the Butterfly Forests Homestead is one of the hardest legs of making this possible. There are often many times, certain plots on your property will be a ‘royal pain in the arse’ to change or even irreversible to when realised later down the road, you’ve made a mistake [due of not thinking, planning it carefully enough].

This is a past photo that I took with my smartphone [I need to purchase a Canon Camera in the future; previous camera died] which, has been modified since then. I will update this blog post when I am done with the Area Zones of our property. 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


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.

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


Thoughts of koi ponds.. <3

This afternoon Daniel and I attended one of his Bach-B-Q socials. The host of the party had a lovely established garden, which was very much permaculture like. πŸ™‚ He had a large patio with hardy kiwi and three-type seedless grape arbor. Behind it, laid a beautiful koi pond with waterfall. I asked the host of the party if it had an air pump, and he acknowledged it indeed does. πŸ™‚

When Daniel and I create the Butterfly Forests Homestead, we are going to have a three pond system for filtering grey water; with adjacent waterfalls to connect the three. Edible aquatic plants shall be on the third pond, along with koi fish to help with fertilizer. πŸ™‚

Creating Traditional Raised Beds

On the last day working as an intern at Cricket’s Cove, I learned the super-easy way to create raised beds in a pre-weeded garden plot. The day before, a fellow intern and I weeded the four raised beds on the farm. It only took a bit of muscle and a prior day of flooding each bed with water to soften the soil around the roots. πŸ™‚

We only used a few tools – wheeled hoe, basic hoe and a few shovels. It took roughly a total of twenty minutes to complete. πŸ™‚ ❀

Last week, I helped harvest bamboo for the first time and worked with a few other interns to construct a bamboo fence. We have troubles with deer in the area, so this will help deter them from walking in at night. πŸ™‚ Thank goodness, we do not have to worry about deer entering our future homestead in New Zealand. πŸ˜€ haha The hunting areas where deer flock (as far as I know) do not roam around Mangonui. ❀

The future plan is to use bamboo for various projects around the Butterfly Forests Homestead. There shall be a possible idea of creating a ground barrier that will be deigned for bamboo to grow, without the plant taking over.. we shall see what route we take in order to have a supply of bamboo. . πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

*Of course, one can also plant a two tier effect hedge of plants deer do not like to eat around the property. . Or nasty bushes and plants that will cause them to pause or stop. I do not think that shall be an issue in all-honesty .. or something we will have to consider later on. πŸ™‚