Part 2: Permaculture Certification C!

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

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! 😀 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. 😀

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 😀 I can finally check this off of my ‘bucket list.’ ❤ 😀


Bioregional Knowledge Self-Assessment

Continuing our in-depth understanding of our property, I have been given an assignment [filling it in earlier than I supposed to] by the permaculture design certification course, by Sowing Solutions. 🙂

It’s amazing how the more familiar you are with your future homeland, the better-off you shall be. Obvious, common-sense-stuff.. but not many land owners take the time, or think about it. I am very thankful, for being given all of these new ways of thinking, skills and tools from this course. It didn’t even cross my mind to ask such simple questions about the land, it’s wildlife [are there any endangered species in the area?] to others mentioned in this land self-assessment. 🙂

By looking into what I already know [no cheating! – finding answers I have no-clue about] of the future land of the Butterfly Forests Homestead, allow me to see where I stand in the present day with the bioregional relationships. ❤ It’s so important to explore and gain a better grasp of where we live, and how our actions with the land impact the outstretches of our property lines.

I will mention a few questions, but need to give the questions where credit is due. 🙂
The questions have been adapted and inspired by the ‘Tourist Test’ in Kamana One; Compiled by: Connor Stedman and Kay Cafasso.

1.) What is the name of your local watershed? What larger body of water does that watershed flow into?

2.) What is the source of the stream nearest to your home?

3.) Name one endangered or threatened species of which your area holds a breeding population. Where in the landscape is that population found and what threats exist to it?

4.) Name three “extreme” weather events that are common enough in your area to be relevant in the design of buildings and landscapes. What seasons do these generally occur in, and how frequently?

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. 🙂

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. 🙂


Finish Clay Plaster Workshop Weekend!

Daniel and I came home last night, around an eight hour drive back from a wonderful workshop. 🙂 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. 🙂

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). 🙂

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. 🙂 What a beautiful home we shall have! 😀 ❤

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. 😀

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