It all started with Bills. Yes those annoying envelopes that appear magically in the mail, But these bills were becoming ever more difficult to pay, and the news media repeatedly forecast doom and gloom for the economy. I could feel in my bones that the world was moving fast, things would soon be very different, and I must prepare.  I decided that I would plant a very large garden, to save money, eat fresher food, and to prepare for the unlikely event that mass panic would erupt on the markets, cooler heads would not prevail, and a new Depression would be upon us. I was almost right, but I was so wrong !

The economy tanked, just as the talking heads said it would. The “Great Recession” began, and so did my journey.

The bills have slowed, but the envelopes just keep coming. Thankfully, these envelopes bring me hope, in the form of seeds.  I learned, and plan to share, how to grow a great deal of my veggies from seed. In my first year, I started my seeds in containers all over my house. The second year, I had a single room devoted to planting, and by year three, I have a  greenhouse.

I have also begun sharing my seeds. You see, I have a sponsor child in Senegal.  I sent a packet of seeds to “Tom” (I will call my sponsor child “Tom” to protect his identity.), hopping they would thank me, and pass them on to others who would grow the crops. Instead, I recieved a letter asking me to send more seeds. I promptly gathered up all of the seeds I had, filling a shoebox, and mailed them off the Tom.

In this blog, I hope to share my farming experiances with the world.  I hope to show how I built my greenhouse, produced BioChar, and most of all, how to turn seeds into meals. I may also throw in some words from “T”, and how their garden is fairing.

You can reach me via: jon.macpherson@gmail.com

  1. July 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I have a sense of urgency building inside myself that I need to procure some land for my family as well.

  2. July 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I look forward to following along!

  3. August 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Good job! Looking forward to seeing how things progress. Yay for self sufficientish 20 somethings. There need to be more of us.

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    September 13, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I have the same “calling” these last few years. At the same time, slowed down in investment matters and spending more time in growing greens instead.

    Enjoy your blog. Hope you receive more seeds in the envelope.

  5. February 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm


    I have just found your blog while searching for infos about biochar and I like it very much! I too am writing a wordpress blog about permaculture gardening (since april last year)- http://permakulturazatelebane.wordpress.com/ – and chose the same template! My blog is in Slovene (Slovenia is in Europe, next to Austria and Italy). I am looking forward to reading your blog!

    Kind regards, Bojca

    • February 12, 2011 at 12:53 am

      Thanks Bojca;

      I took a look at your blog with the help of Google Translate, and I believe we are very much “on the same page”. I’ve added a link to an english version of your blog.

      It’s very neat to see many of your views match my own from so very far away. Permaculture will need to become a central pillar of humanity very soon, as most fertilizers and pesticides now in use are made from oil…. a resource we won’t be able to use forever.

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