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    I’m happy this course is being offered. I’d like to learn better ways of maintaining a sustainable food producing ecoculture here in the mountains. I’m also interested in aquaponics and other aquaculture ideas. I don’t have a lot of land, no running water, just a well and the few acres are mostly Ponderosa pines and some clear areas. We live at 7500 feet elevation so the growing season can be quite short up here.




    Hi Brenda,
    I have property on a mountain side about 5 miles south of Mora NM at about 7500 feet. Mostly sloped with Ponderosa pine. I would like to accomplish much of what you described in your introduction. Maybe we could share ideas.

    I don’t live there now, but I lived there for 2 years about a decade ago. I plan to move back in a couple of years.

    On my last visit this summer, I built a swale, replanted some trees, and began building a ferro cement water tank. I hope to move in the direction of a food forest, but I need to capture more water.





    Hello Brenda 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.

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    Hi Tom,

    I’m new at this permaculture stuff. I’m north of Mora up the valley about the same distance. On 434. How long since you’ve been out here? I moved here about 8 winters ago. I only have just shy of 4 acres and mostly wooded with a field out front that I use for gardening now.

    I haven’t actually started the course yet. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.




    Hi Brenda,
    We have 36 acres about 1 mile south of Ledoux on the mountain side of the highway. According to the maps, the property is about 7400 feet at the highway and it goes up in altitude toward the national forest at least another 1,000 feet.

    In 2006 we planted a garden there and it was wonderfully productive – lots of squash, melons, corn, etc.

    currently, we live in Texas, but we were at the property over Thanksgiving. We built a cabin there about 20 years ago and equipped it with solar panels. However, since the cabin is vacant now, we disabled the electricity. We get water from the village of Ledoux.




    My squash [both summer and winter] do really well here also. Some years I get a good crop of potatoes, but not last year. Not as many squash and few potatoes. We grow onions and leeks, too. They do well here also.


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