Homesteading: lifestyle of self-sufficiency.
For a number of years I've been interested in the idea of becoming more self-sufficient. And as you may know, Portland General Store was born out of this interest in 2007. Finally, we have a home and a plot of land to work with, and I'm very excited to finally get my hands dirty and learn about the growing field of permaculture (and hope to build a chicken coop this summer as well).
My first ever permaculture class was last Saturday. Admittedly I had
my reservations about the class -- was this really worth spending my
entire Saturday rather than quality time with the kids, or working on
PGS stuff? Once shovel and hoe was in hand, however, those reservations
quickly subsided. There I was, the usually loner me, working
alongside a group in a way that we all knew we were building something
together, applying skills we didn't know we had. As for me, I didn't
really know what I was doing; after all, I'm a former city rat with NO
gardening experience whatsoever. I left feeling more one with the
land and its people, felt like I met a group of like-minded individuals, and
gained more confidence and even did a little work around the yard (the real
stuff starts in two weeks when David Homa does a walk-through of our property).
I could go on, but I think pictures speak more than words sometimes.
A nearly finished bed
Good stuff to add to the beds
Lots of digging and soil prep
David Homa and a participant using the A-Frame
Stella the Great Pyrenees
Diagram of how to build a bed
We recently had an amazing photo shoot for our new catalogue. Here's a sneak peak...