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The Human Habitat Project

The Human Habitat Project

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The Human Habitat Project

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Rural, Residential

Project Summary

I'm a young guy developing a rural permaculture homestead outside of Kettle Falls, Washington. I've lived on the twenty acre site since 2010. Focuses include extensive food forest, indigenous ethnobiology, and appropriate technology.

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I've labled this endeavor The Human Habitat Project. Of primary interest is pioneering extensive food forest and meadow systems suited to the Inland Northwest.

My approach takes inspiration from indigenous hunter/gatherer cultures. I have no desire to be a farmer! Instead, the goal is fostering an optimal human habitat. I feel strongly that people have a niche in nature, and that all of our needs can be met freely by the immediate environment, provided we maintain a healthy relationship with the living community. I believe we should participate in ecology, rather than in play nature's babysitter. I hope to provide safe refuge for the fullest expression of human nature.

In addition to permaculture, I also practice and share ancient living skills from the stone age and beyond.

The twenty acres site is within the ponderosa pine vegation zone, above the Columbia River. The annual precipitation is about 21 inches annualy. We have cold winters with deep snows and hot arid summers. The locality is renown for its historic orchards. The immediate site bears the marks rangeland grazing and logging. Our soil is a glacialy deposited sandy loam.

The site is rich in native food species such as serviceberries, chokecherries, hazelnuts, biscuitroot, whitetail deer, turkey, and grouse. It is very near to the ancient Indian salmon fishery at Kettle Falls, as well as hundreds of square miles of public forest land.  

Moisture availability durring the dry summers presents a major hurdle for food forest establishment. I am experimenting with creative techniques to passively irrigate the plantings, without resorting to conventional irrigation practices which strain water resources.

Establishing plants in the presence of deer is also a challenge. However, the goal to incorporate deer and other wildlife in the long run (providing, forage, cover, ext.) These abundant game animals will be part of the total yield of the system. We are also interested in developing wild aquacultures.

My aproach to the food forest immitates themes observable in native ponderosa pine parkland, and the savanahs of our Pliestocene past. These are ecologies in which humans have long played an integral part.   

Substinence is the first priority. Later, the project may branch out, and provide business, demonstration, educational, and community opportunities.

I am are exited to collaborate with anyone moving in a remotely similar direction, ecspecialy within the bioregion!

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