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My husband loves listening to “The Survival Podcast” with Jack Spirko – “Helping you live a better life, if times get tough or even if they don’t.” Michael had a cyst on his spine a few years ago and was given the remove it or you’ll die speech along with the encouraging, you could die during surgery pep talk. Michael has become highly motivated to “live a better life,” and I’m such a good wife I would listen to the podcast when he’d text me about ones I’d like including the time stamp 🙂

One day last December he sent me the TSP “must listen” text for a homeschooling idea called The Permaculture Student by Matt Powers. I listened a couple of times, went to his website to see what he had to offer and immediately checked my bank account and bought the student set and I was ready to get started! It looked to be about Jr High in the ability level so it seemed like a piece of cake. Maybe I should change the easy/cake to easy as digging in well composted soil?

Turns out it’s pretty simple if you read it and color the pages BUT if you actually get out in the garden and DO IT, suddenly that Chapter 1 you were going to do in a week turns into a month! What a great month it’s been (after the first month of trying to figure out how to implement it:)

Here’s our journey with Chapter 1

In December 2015 when the book came in it encouraged us to do some of the things we were meaning to do! We got around to picking oranges from our neighbor’s abundance and making Marmalade!

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Here’s Alexis lifting the finished jars out of the boiling bath. She’s 9 and didn’t get hurt in the making of this marmalade!

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Alexis is listening for the popping sound to let us know the jars are sealed.

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The return of surplus and sharing our abundance with Memaw who went to the neighbors tree to help us pick the oranges 🙂

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Jack is carefully taking hot sterile jars out so Alexis can fill them.

Even though it can be a bit messy all the peeps helped pick herbs from the yard and make bread.

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Jack’s first bread is rising!

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We had to eat one jar of marmalade right away because the seal didn’t pop.

Luke led a discussion on what sustainable means and how we can use less.

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Permaculture Students need time to think about and discuss their work 🙂

So, now we’re in January and that first Wednesday night family night was so fun!

We worked on our previously started site map. We just have one oddly pie shaped acre and Luke is cutting out some green circles to represent our water collection tanks. I used large graph paper taped together so we could use the 1/4″ = 1′ for the acre.

At this point I wasn’t using the books but trying to get a handle on how it all worked. We watched the opening video on Week 1 and I had read through the first chapter and we did some coloring. It was just our family but when I posted it on facebook we had more people join us the next Wednesday!

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Jack squeezing blackberries that were leftover from the wine making to make blackberry chocolate chip ice cream!

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My facebook invitation picture to those kindred spirits willing to join us

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Home grown lemon, mint and pomegranates for our mint tea ice ring. We’ve had a very warm winter and the herbs are doing really well.

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fresh dill in the potato salad

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bread makers with rosemary, cilantro, dill and other deliciousness in the breads

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and of course a snack 🙂

So, all of this in preparation to really get started! We all know we enjoy the harvest that our yard is producing almost two years after my mom got married and moved out. Now we have to see if we can put in the hard work in order to reap a greater harvest of abundance to share with our friends and neighbors.