Community Rebuild Internship <3

I am very happy to announce that I have been accepted into a five month internship-semester starting [on July 15th] with ‘Community Rebuilds!’ πŸ˜€ I will be back on December 15th [all supa’-sexy strong too! -From all of that heavy lifting, hammering, climbing, etc].Β  πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚Β  The site for the internship, shall be in Moab, Utah.

The building will have a marriage between natural building and elements of present-day construction. It will have a loft on the second floor, along with solar panels and parmaculture garden[s] nearby the home. πŸ™‚

.. What is this Community Rebuilds, you say?

Well, it’s an amazing program to help communities and families obtain an affordable home, with a low-carbon footprint. Interns like myself, will learn through forty-hour weeks [weekends off] from the ground-up in how to design and build a strawbale house for a client [future homeowner]. I shall be learning all of the last-remaining parts and pieces we need to learn; of what it takes to build a structurally-sound and safely-built home, within care of how this house can minimally impact the environment.

I shall also be gaining in-person training and experience upon what it takes to be a great teacher and leader. πŸ™‚ Obtaining further problem-solving skills and extending more of a better grasp upon what tools we need [along with how to properly use them out on the field].

*Photos, will be posted when I come back from this adventure. πŸ™‚

More details about Community Rebuilds can be found here:
https://www.communityrebuilds.org/

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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.
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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˜€

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚
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. 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™‚

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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. 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:
https://sowingsolutions.org/

The Butterfly Forests Homestead, shall be implementing Permaculture design 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 environmentally destructive common-known farm is like: A place that stinks of animal waste, tractors [also other polluting machines], monoculture crops [horrible design], toxic pesticides, people dressed in baggy-dusty-caked dirty clothes, working out in the field all-day; to people who are glued to their jobs (no vacations, or ability to really do anything else.. besides taking care of the farm). The Butterfly Forests Homestead is a homestead, not a farm. πŸ™‚
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Update: 4/23/18

Both Daniel and I have learned the core fundamentals of Permaculture design upon our four day slot. πŸ™‚ We still have three more parts to this course to attend and I am very thankful we attended! πŸ˜€

We just got home, so our brains are a bit tired (squishy). πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› So, when I come home tomorrow afternoon from helping plant the one-hundred-trees-challenge in our city (a part of Arbor day/Earth Day celebration of sorts) – I shall add more content with how our days went during our classes in Permaculture design, etc. πŸ™‚

On a side note:

We had a wonderful movie shown to us on one of the evenings [Daniel and I had been waiting to see for years]: “INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective.” It is a must see, for all who wish to learn of what Permaculture in action is like and how it is used in various settings around various community styles. Daniel and I plan upon buying a copy and watching it again before we head out to New Zealand next September.

 

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 permacultureseries.org ❀

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±