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    Allarice Meehan

    Hello to All,

    My name is Baya and I live on the Navajo Nation in the Northern part of Arizona. I am married and we have a beautiful 7 month old baby girl. We operate an off grid Bed & Breakfast and live on our ranch all the while learning and building sustainability. I am glad to have access to information such as this, we learn all that we can to achieve our dream of living with Mother Nature with respect. Although I come from a culture that is a wealth of knowledge about living sustainably in the southwest I feel that learning is continuous. Thank you for your time in reading my introduction.



    Hi Baya!
    Interesting, we might learn a lot from you as well as from this course! My father was a gardener, and I did astrology and later photography, and various other things, all connected towards understanding life.
    Looking forward to hearing back from you! My response is late because I just started here.



    Hello Allarice Meehan and welcome to the Online Permaculture Design Course!

    I am really thrilled that you have chosen to join us for this world-changing program. With many tens of thousands of enrolled students, this is the world’s largest permaculture education course, and we’re really quite excited to share this knowledge with you.

    I want to take a moment to let you know about a few options that can help you get the most out of your learning experience with us:

    – Our instructors answer questions on these forums, and we generally really encourage you to participate in the forums as much as you can, as it will really help you engage with this material in the best possible way. You are encouraged to post any questions you may have about the lectures or general permaculture questions.

    – The course itself is offered completely free of charge (no catch, no gotcha, nothing). We also offer the same material on DVD (so you can watch it on your television) and you can purchase the DVD sets @

    – We do offer the internationally-standard Permaculture Design Certificate as an option with this course. The certificate program includes an experiential design project and examination; the design project can be for virtually any topic, including your own property. You can learn more about the certification @

    If you agree that the knowledge we offer in these lectures is worthwhile, we encourage you to support the continued development of this program by purchasing the DVD sets and the certification. The DVD sets also make truly gifts for friends and loved ones, and are a great way to introduce other people to permaculture (consider donating a set of DVDs to your local library!).

    Again, welcome on-board. I encourage you to take a moment to post on the other forums. If you have any questions, please post them in the Technical Questions or the Q&A forums (/forums). On behalf of our entire team, we hope that you enjoy this program and look forward to seeing you take this knowledge into the wild!


    Hello neighbor!
    I am glad to see the Dine represented among permaculturists. I am a biligaana living among the Hopi. About half my students are Dine though. It is fun to see how much of what is taught in permaculture has been in the traditional ways for forever. Unfortunately some was getting lost with the encroaching of modern ways. I have been blessed with students who are willing to teach me and have worked to integrate the traditional specifics with the permaculture principles I present to my sophomores.

    Good to see you here,



    Hi, all, do you have anyone living in the High Country? Pinetop-Lakeside (technically on the Fort Apache Reservation, but the border to Pinetop runs through our front yard. High pines, soil is clay and volcanic rock. Weather is changing so much that in a usually snowy season, we’ve had almost none, even the junipers are blooming about a month early (achoo!). We do have periodic hard freezes, but I can’t keep the plants from coming up as if Spring has arrived, and it’s mid-February.



    Hi Baya, Laura and Pentemeyer,
    I’m new to permaculture, to this forum and to northern Arizona. I have a place east of Show Low at the edge of the tall-pine forest. My goal is to redesign the current plantings and earthworks to upgrade them from their currently eroded and degraded state to a thriving, life-sustaining ecosystem. Tough to do it on a tight budget. Taking things slowly, hoping to learn faster than I implement and to avoid costly mistakes along the way.



    I have a place between Snowflake and Concho, not as high in elevation as Pinetop, mostly cedar, but lots of that red clay soil. Bought an old farm, really wanting to know how to grow some soil and learn if it’s possible to turn a rather bare piece of high ground into a real food forest?? With the challenges of native soil and temperature/late frosts, etc. Would love to be able to learn from others in the area.



    Hello Laura, Sandy, Baya, Pentemeyer, and everyone else from Arizona! My name is Teresa Haering. I have finished multiple solar courses online and am currently taking the Open Permaculture School online classes while I finish my trip to Rio, Brazil.

    I am planning to return to Lubbock, TX mid-June this year and want to go on a road trip to visit different permaculture locations in different states & climates. I would like to trade volunteer labor for a day or two so that I can do a site tours.
    I am also curious if you have had any success with other web sites / community links for network with other permaculture enthusiasts.

    You are welcome to check my LinkedIn profile and connect. When you go there you will see I am a 1989 graduate of West Point & a Desert Storm Army Vet, who left active duty in 1992 and then held many career positions in civilian industry to include work at New York City’s electric company for 8 years and at Palm Harbor Homes (in one of their Texas facilities) manufacturing and purchasing for a modular home construction company. I am primarily vegetarian and also in good shape as I am training for a possible August 2016 Triathlon. My LinkedIn page is:

    Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Feel free to share this email with anyone that you think could help me with my tour or with anyone that would you know who might like to interview me for residence and/or work within their community. I would be by myself (no pets). I can easily relocate, bring my own tools & a very small (Little Guy) camper if it is conducive to the living space.

    I am interested in any of these states and would consider their neighboring states: OR, WA, PA, CA, NY, AZ, TX, CO, CT, MA, NM, FL, or NJ.

    Sunny regards, – Teresa ( reduce, reuse, recycle)



    2018 now. Anyone still in northern Arizona on this site? Am interested in comments/experience on mulch that does not blow away in our ecosystems.
    Sue Smith, Winslow

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