Hello again Superforest!
There are many things happening or about to happen, so I figured that I would update you awesome Superforester’s on what is going on with the project that was inspired by all of you!
Right now we are working and working on getting the ball rolling on things. It is a hefty ball, so it is taking a lot of time and work while utilizing different techniques.
I have been putting some work into the website and added a Donate page, About Matt (me) page, About Permaculture page and a Friends page.
We are scrounging up items for a garage sale right now to start raising money. I will most likely sell my mower, weedeater and chainsaw to help pay for an electric mower.
We are beginning the process of registering as a nonprofit, which is an incredibly tedious and slow process. We will most likely have our Certificate of Incorporation sent out next week. Then we will start plugging away at the IRS forms, which, by the way, are ridiculously long.
We just registered with chipin.com to start accepting donations. Since we are not a nonprofit yet, any donations made now will not be tax deductible. We will notify everybody we can and post it on the website when we are finally registered. More about that on our donations page.
We have a pair of “living-work exchangers” that found us on WWOOF tentatively scheduled to arrive in 2-3 weeks. We have another awesome person coming September 23rd or 24th for a living-work exchange. We are super excited about that.
Right now, my days are filled with working and playing with the kids while trying to cram website updates/fixes, nonprofit logistics, permaculture studying, drawing up plans for the land, working on the land and sleeping/eating in there somewhere. I am counting down to the day that we can produce enough to pay our bills and I can stay home all day and play with my kids and work on the land (taking a deep breath at the thought of it now).
I am working on trying to get registered with as many fundraisers as I can (which is hard because we are not registered yet), linking to as many sites as I can and basically just trying to draw some more attention to the project to try to get some more steam going!
We have bamboo growing on our property. It is super resilient and just keeps growing and spreading no matter what happens really.
So I think I am going to try to use bamboo as the crop to pay the bills. That way, any food we grow will be consumed by us or given away. The farmers markets have most of the crops covered, so I think I can carve a niche with bamboo. We might even try to make things out of it to sell. I never really knew how awesome bamboo is until we came here and I started using it for things.
I currently have a grey water run-off from my kitchen sink that runs-off into the front yard. I am going to extend it a little further from the house, dig down a little bit, put in some good drainage soil and transplant the bamboo that is right next to the house and trying to take over my AC unit. In a few months, we will have moved to biodegradable and natural cleaners and soaps. We also will transition from using regular toilets to building our own that will handle waste without having to waste water by flushing. Once all of that is in place, I am going to get our sewage (which will then be grey water) to run-off in the back of the property and plant bamboo around it as well. If I do it right – the bamboo should take over a good chunk of the property. Then I will start experimenting with some companion crops.
I think if we do it correctly, we can find a way to pay the bills with bamboo. Only time will tell…
Much love and aloha,