Chickens, Life Skills, Minimalism, Nature, Permaculture, pest control

Love things BIG!

It’s no surprise that people love things BIG! Homes, automobiles, and even food portions. Some people just have a drive to focus on consumption. What makes people act this way? That’s the question I’ve often pondered. The only thing I can come up with is status. We all long to belong and be accepted. If someone tells you all about their trip to the beach you will either tell them about your trip or how you wish you could go. The new model car and expensive suburban home are what we think we want without being honest with ourselves.  My guess is we would much rather do something even more unique and exciting like foraging for wild edibles or creating a permaculture food forest. That will depend on what works for you.

Foraging for wild edibles does in fact get a rise out of a small portion of the population. It is my thought that a much larger percentage of the population would embrace the activity if they had full disclosure of how it’s not always about survival. It’s a way of connecting with the earth. In learning to value the earth we find value in the small things such as chickens. These creatures are stacked with functions waiting to be applied. They add fertility to the soil and help control unwanted insects such as squash bugs. To often we look to government, the media, and celebrities to determine what we should value or accept socially. Finding who you are should be about the things that make you truly happy. In most cases it’s not things, it’s people.

Keeping up with the rat race of mindless consumption is to often our goal. What I’ve learned is the less you have the more time you have to enjoy it. It took finding the idea of minimalism to get here. Being intentional with your time and money doesn’t mean you have nothing. It means the things you do have truly add value to your life. I’ve blended this way of thinking with permacultures holistic solutions based thinking. It has given me a clear picture of what I want so I am accepted vs. what I need to be happy. So next time you find yourself in love with the newest thing stop and ask yourself ‘does it truly add value?’ 

‘We like things little but we love things BIG’or do we think we will be loved for what we have… 

Life Skills, Nature, Permaculture, self reliance, water harvesting, waterfalls

Observation of Natural Patterns & Chuck Norris Wood

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to go along with a couple friends on a weekend caming trip. They took me to a semi local destination that I heard alot about. It was close to Cheaha State Park in Alabama. The name was High Falls / Odum trailhead. We left early that Saturday morning heading out for adventure. It took less than two hours for us to arrive at the parking lot located at the bottom of the trail. With our gear on our backs we set out up the hilly terrain to my friends favorite camp site. 
Once we located the campsite we began to unpack our things and prep for the cold night ahead. The forecast was calling for 28°F that night and it might have even been colder. The wind direction was hard to pin point due to the terrain around us. We eventually settled on the primary wind pattern and placed their tent and my hammock close to a natural wind break. 

After we had our sleeping arrangements made we grabbed our water bottles, filter pumps, and Lifestraw and headed down to the water. The water was crystal clear with a soft blue green hue that took my breathe away. The constant flow of water cascading down the large waterfalls was hypnotic. Large rocks and boulders dominated the landscape adding to its beauty. I noticed several budding brushes in the sunny areas where the rock and water meet. The edge where the beneficial components came together was allowing life to thrive. We spent the rest of the day climbing rocks, exploring, and meditating. 

Cascading falls oxygenating the water

It was good to disconnect from the world and connect with nature. I noticed several wild berry bushes along certain areas. In other areas I saw how indigenous trees had continued to grow ontop of boulders. They didn’t give up fighting to live even in these harsh conditions. The wood of those trees was very dense, near impossible to break, and loaded with btu’s. I’m still reseaching to determine the actual name of the tree but for now we will call it Chuck Norris tree.  The monoculture pines that were meant to replace them however did ok until they got to the edge where the ‘Chuck Norris’ trees thrived. The top layer of soil was visibly superior where the planted pines had not taken over. The mentals notes of all I had observed will help me in the on going design of the Path To Permaculture farmstead.