[permaculture] Another poll

Paul Cereghino paul.cereghino at comcast.net
Fri Oct 13 00:43:31 EDT 2006

At least you didn't use red font.  That'll be the last time I try that 
'stream of consciousness' thing...  when I take the time to make a 
digestible copy I'll be sure to send it your way.

The preceding site provides a free service where subscribers can create 
a web accessible survey.  The free service is limited to 10 questions 
and 100 respondents.

Do I garden? Yes.

Are you a freeholder? Yes.  I recently sold a 7000 square foot urban lot 
and bought a 1 acre lot in 5 acre/unit rural sprawl outside 
Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater, WA (pop. ~85,000).

Are you making complex polycultures?
I am in the design and site prep phase of the following systems:
4000 s.f. of irrigated and mulched mixed tree and shrub fruits.
8000 s.f. of un-irrigated hedgerow modeled after our native forest edge 
(Hazelnut, willow osiers, salal, cane berries, mushrooms)
6000 s.f. of un-irrigated grassland modeled after Puget Sound outwash 
prairie focusing on flowers, roots, and medicinals.
3000 s.f. of rotating chicken forage
4000 s.f. of row crops
8000 s.f. of pasture managed primarily to supply biomass to develop the 
preceding systems.
another 3000 s.f. of intensive permanent mulch kitchen garden.
The current work is mostly seed collecting, cutting propagation, cover 
cropping, and initial woody plantings, and finding sources of nutritious 
organic matter to import.

Aquaculture? No.  Household greywater reuse is my priority for improving 
the water system.

grow for market? No, I have better options for trading labor for cash at 
this point.  I tend to give things away.

nursery? I have around 2 years work experience in nursery management for 
medicinal herbs and ornamentals.  I studied adventitious rooting of 
native shrubs for my Masters work, and so am a big fan of planting 
un-rooted cuttings.

landscaper? I have12 seasons of experience in ornamental horticulture 
and ecological restoration with just a dab of farming.

designer/consultant? I have a range of experience in landscape design, 
environmental consulting, and environmental education.  I currently 
design revegetation projects focusing on wetlands and riparian systems, 
and provide pro bono workshops for local  'watershed steward' training 
programs.  It could be interesting to get these folks a permaculture module.

rock powder? Mostly limestones (ag lime and dolomite blends), 
sedimentary greensand and rock phosphate, as commercially sold by the 
organic fertilizer industry.

Paul Cereghino
Olympia, WA, USA

Keith Johnson wrote:

>We recently asked the 300+ members in the audience at the Peak Oil 
>Conference in Yellow Springs, Ohio, "How many of you are actively 
>gardening?" The total was around 90%. We were impressed. Amazing what 
>folks will do when motivated, eh?
>So, I was wondering what kind of percentages are represented by these lists?
>With 700ish on ibiblio and however many on Open Oc I'm guessing that the 
>numbers would be at least 60-70%.
>I'm especially interested in hearing from those who aren't gardening, 
>what their circumstances are, and why not (?).
>As long as I'm asking questions, I might as well add a few more:
>How many of you are landless (i.e. not owners of land or gardenable 
>property)? Does this stop you from gardening?
>How many are actively creating complex perennial polycultures?
>How many aquaculturists?
>How many are still waiting to do these things?
>How many are growing for market or trade? What are your principle 
>limiting factors?
>How many in the nursery trade?
>How many landscapers?
>How many designer / consultants?
>Can these questions be answered and quantified in a forum like this?
>How many use rock dusts as fertility enhancers (for the garden)?

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