A Lovely Visitor Graces Us With Presence

 

This friendly creature didn’t bat an eye when I got up close for a nice shot. I drink deep of the beauty of God’s creation. 

 

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I saved two lives today

Yes, it is true. What happened was this. I was working in the garden at the Jesus Vegans Ecovillage site. I collect rainwater in buckets to water the Hugel kultur beds. In two of the buckets, there were frogs that would have died if I hadn’t saved them. I need to figure out a new system for rainwater collection!

 

I went swimming at the end of the day in Prayer Lake which is a 5 minute walk from our house. So lovely and refreshing. 

 

Work Party Thursday

  • Thursdays are always a wonderful time where Tas Zinck and Chase Jones of Biodesic Strategies join Chris and I in working on various permaculture and other fun projects.
  • Chase and Tas have a multitude of talents. Chase is recording an interview between Chris and Trish. 

    Planting containers Tas made out of cardboard.

    The view is always magnificent.

    Lots of rocks are to be found along the roadside. We are making a retaining wall and hugel kultur bed to stop some erosion.

    Farmers market at Fayetteville is a great place to have conversations and get food that I can trust is grown sustainability.

    The Hugel kultur garden is thriving.

    Tas, Chase and I picked up rocks along our road

 

Discovering Your God Given Purpose

This article by Focus on the Family about life purpose was excellent. I highly recommend it.

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For most of my 62 years,  I have had a high level of dissatisfaction because I had to earn money doing jobs that were unrelated to my passion: creating community.

I also got side tracked and distracted working on a lot of projects that were designed to save the world, but did not work on my main passion: community.

I think I didn’t believe my dream could come true.

When I received financial support last October and was able to work full time on this project,  I finally able to everyday focus on my passion. But for the first 8 months, I still did not focus as much as I needed to on building community structure and promoting community.

I really needed to completely focus on creating a strong foundation on which community could be built before I embarked on other projects.

In mid-June of this year, (six weeks ago from the time of this writing) I experienced a 3 week long dark night of the soul when God showed me something.

I HAD to start focusing on this life long dream of building community or I was going to keep suffering! 

Even at my age, I was still running away from my purpose!

I don’t want to completely put myself down. I have been working on community building for 42 years ever since I heard the word “intentional community.” I have lived in, researched and visited numerous communities all over the country. Community: Connect! is a community-building event that I have been working on for about eight years with great success.

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These dear animal loving friends attended a Community: Connect! that I facilitated at the Animal Rights Center in Berkeley. We had so much fun and as heart-to-heart connects.

But when it came to finally taking all the steps necessary to build the community I believed God was calling me to design, I just could not focus on the final steps like refining the values and structure. 

The decision to cancel the Christian Animal Welfare Summit that we were planning in September was excruciatingly painful! This was taking a huge amount of energy. I was terrified that everyone involved would give up on me.

Yet when I told key players in the project why I needed to cancel, they actually applauded my decision!

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Trish and Barbara, co-founders of Jesus Vegans Community. Barbara has been a huge encouragement to me. Having someone to believe in you and your ability to accomplish your purpose is essential.

Something we love to see happen in our community is for people to be able to find and fulfill their God-given purpose. We are seeing this happen with the young adults who are working for us: Tas, Chase and Chris. Tas and Chase gave us a wonderful endorsement in this video:

We have a work exchange program where people who qualify can come and be encouraged to use their talents and refine your search for your life’s purpose. You can check it out here:

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Having spiritual guidance on your path is essential. Greg Boyd has been greatly instrumental in helping me on my Jesus walk. I’ve listened to many hours of his online sermons at http://www.whchurch.org

I hope and pray you find your life purpose and then live it. As Greg Boyd, one my favorite authors and pastors says,

“If we have the potential to oppress or slay millions, it is because we also have the potential to liberate and love millions.”

In order to bring the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, we each need to find and then carry out our life’s purpose. Let’s encourage each other to fulfill our God-given potential and alleviate the suffering of animals and all of creation.

That is why I am working with others to build  Jesus Vegans Community. 

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Early Morning Delights

The lake was completely engulfed in fog. I love the moisture because it’s good for the plants.

This large metal building will eventually be a wonderful community center and makers space

It’s so green even know it’s the middle of the summer. We’ve had steady rains and I feel so grateful.

This old barn is located near the church where people meet a few miles down the road.

Queen Ann’s lace is abundant. I love it’s delicate flowers

I was happy to run into Cliff and say a final goodbye before he left for California

Mushrooms are so beautiful we plan on growing mushrooms with Tas and chase0 help

Goats Live nearby in a pretty spacious fenced in area.

Our house looks even lovelier than usual with its cloud of mistcloaking it’s lovely exterior

Planning a Permaculture Goat Sanctuary

These are some of our notes in preparing to construct the most ideal goat sanctuary using permaculture design. The goal of this sanctuary is to provide the goats the happiest healthiest life possible, while at the same time reducing the amount of management through proper planning and strategy. This is not a comprehensive guide, if you have any personal experience, advice, or corrections you’d like to point out we would love to hear what you have to share! Permaculture is all about using as much information as you can to make decisions that benefit you for a long time to come so we have more research to do!

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Location

An area with diverse conditions is ideal, with a more densely forested section, and a more open sunny field. This will give the goats a wider range of plants to forage, as well as provide shade for varying temperatures for the goats comfort. There should be enough room for them to comfortably roam with the protected space.

Happy goats are less likely to attempt an escape. As long as there is ample and diverse foods that they like they are less likely seek food outside the fence. Rotating more frequently or planting more forage plants can save on time chasing down escaped goats.

Ideal Plants for Fodder

(These plants were selected for Zone 7, in NW Arkansas)

Key:

Nitrogen Fixing

Storage for Overwintering 

Attracts Pollinators

Self-seeding Annuals

  • Red-clover – leaves, and flowers
  • Amaranth – leaves, stalks, and seeds
  • Yellow Dock – leaves, stalks, and seeds (in moderation)
  • Buckwheat – leaves and seeds
  • Lambsquarters – leaves, stalks
  • Thistles – leaves, stalks, flowers
  • Alfalfa – Leaves, seeds

Perennials

  • Maximillian Sunflowers – leaves, root tubers, and flowers
  • Sunchokes – leaves, root tubers, and flowers
  • Rosa rugosa – leaves, flowers, and rose hips
  • Lilac – leaves and flowers
  • Blackberries – brambling, leaves, vines, flowers, and fruits (plant around established fruit trees to protect them from hard grazing)
  • Siberian Pea-shrub – leaves, flowers, seeds 

Trees

  • Black Locust – leaves, bark, and flowers, coppices well
  • Honey Locust – leaves, bark, and flowers, coppices well
  • Willow – 13% leaf protein, coppices well, easily grown from cuttings
  • Apple – leaves, twigs, fruit, flowers; a good use for crab-apple varieties
  • Poplar – fast growing, 17% leaf protein, coppices well
  • Tagasaste – Leaves, Flowers, seeds high protein
  • Loquat – leaves, twigs, fruit
  • Seaberry – leaves, fruits, twigs

MATERIALS NEEDED

  1. Additional seeds and tree saplings
  2. Permanent Secure fencing for main grazing area
  3. Portable Electric Fencing for short grazing rotations
  4. Shelter for goats to be protected from the elements and sleep
  5. Water trough that can be filled from the secondary spring or pond.
  6. Goats

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Written by Tas Zinck

Sources

https://permaculture.org/demonstration-site/grazers-and-browsers/

https://www.milkwood.net/2016/10/31/closed-loop-cheese-the-goat-forage-system-at-melliodora/

https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_caar18.pdf

https://permies.com/t/61866/critters/permaculture-goats

http://ceres-permaculturedesigncertificate.blogspot.com/