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    trisha
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    Hi! I am a recent transplant to France (born in San Diego, grew up in SoCal and went to University in Washington State).

    My husband and I purchased a home about 2 years ago in a rural area, which means we’re now responsible for our small plot of land and are asking ourselves a lot of questions: how much lawn to keep, whether or not to give up on the roses that seem to require lots of fussing over (as compared with roses in SoCal) etc.

    Anyway, without writing a novel, I’ve been watching the traditional gardening techniques of our neighbors (lots of tilling, manure and spraying with copper solution) and it didn’t seem right to me. I started researching gardening in raised beds w/o manure etc and stumbled upon permaculture. I’m excited to have found a course to walk me through things, because I by no means have a background in agriculture or biology so I have plenty to learn!

    Look forward to learning along side of you all,

    Trish

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    Vladislav
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    #54509

    Jessica
    Participant

    Hi Trisha, I’m in south eastern France too, in the Var. Would be good to connect and share!

    #54510

    trisha
    Participant

    Jessica, I agree. I’m in the Hautes Alpes (05). So not too far away but I think you have a much warmer climate. I’d love to exchange ideas.

    #54537

    Jessica
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    Might be so… Hautes Alpes can be a bit cooler than here, especially that I’m just north of the Aix to Nice highway! Could bounce ideas off each other though? Have you found any other people in the area?

    #54598

    trisha
    Participant

    Hi Jessica,
    I haven’t exactly found people that are doing things strictly from a permaculture standpoint, but I know people who are interested in the idea or who seem to use some of the principles without saying they are practicing permaculture. But there is a permaculture association in Digne (04). I saw them on internet, but haven’t made contact.

    I used to live in Lambesc (North of Aix)–only a short time, but I’m guessing your climate is somewhat similar.

    So are you working on anything? A garden or other project? We have a small house on about 1000m of land at about 1000m of elevation. We’re trying to grow more food on it and consume less water. Our soil is rocky clay and quite poor, so we’re working on a system of raised beds which we hope will also retain water downhill from our house.

    I suppose water is a big issue for you?

    #54599

    trisha
    Participant

    Oh, and also we are looking into potential renovations to our home to make it more energy efficient–if you have done anything similar, I’d love to know. I realize this isn’t only a regional issue, but legislation for–say– tax refunds is unique to France and so are some aspects of construction etc. We’ve had several people suggest different things like solar panels or a vmc double flux (heat exchange system in English, I think) but we’re not sure they’re actually worth it. . . let me know if you’ve had any experience with this–and I’m ok with using French for the discussion too.

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