For Property Owners and Homesteaders
Whether you're a new property owner or you've been there a while, there can be many challenges in maintaining and improving your property, much less adapting it to suit your needs. No matter what your goals, I can help. From just a quick point-you-in-the-right-direction; to a step by step how-to instruction; to designing, planning, and working with contractors and laborers; I have the skills to help you there and anywhere in-between. Read on below for more examples of how I can help.
Identifying and understanding your properties natural resources and its overall health is generally a first step for most. "Why does this not look heathy?" "Is this normal?" "What can I do to help?"
Invasives and undesirables are a very common topic. Invasive species management is many times more than the best way to kill the invasive, it's figuring out "What is the property lacking that allowed this in?"
or "Why is it here in the first place?"
Improving or establishing wildlife habitats, controlling erosion, and improving water quality are other common topics.
Whether your site is too poor or difficult to maintain a traditional mowed lawn, or you're just looking for and eco-friendly alternative, no-mow lawns and other alternative landscapes are gaining popularity, and for very good reasons.
A good plan paired with permaculture basics, you can treat your property as its own self-sustaining ecosystem which is aesthetically pleasing, pollinator friendly, and can provide food for you as well as your wildlife and/or livestock.
Homesteading and Self-Reliant Living
Living completely off grid is not as easy as some may think and is not always the best option, but there are many things you can do that will make you less dependent on outside sources. Heating with wood, independent solar units, reusing/recycling/up-cycling, reducing electricity and other resources, growing or foraging for your own food, raising livestock, along with building, fixing and maintaining your own structures and equipment are just a few ways to get you started on thinking self-reliant.
Household, Property, and Equipment Improvements, Maintenence and Repair
Understanding the "heart beat" of your property's mechanical systems can save you a ton of time and money. Whether it's a project or repair you can do yourself, or just knowing which professional to call first. A good basic understanding of your home's plumbing, electrical, and HVAC can go a long way.
Other considerations like landscaping and drainage not only help the function and aesthetics of your property, many times these features are crucial to the longevity of your structures. I can help you make sure your time and money are spent doing it correctly.
Basic knowledge of mechanical repair and maintenance of your equipment helps ensure that it performs at its best and lasts longer.