Hello! My story timeline is as follows. 1985 to 2007 I grew up on the west coast in Oregon. A place full of life. I loved walking barefoot through the forest and being surrounded by 100 year old forests. Sadly many of these forests have been completely harvested and turned into forest deserts with only one species. The trees I grew up under and the amazing memories, are just memories. I will never see them again or show them to my children. In my adult years I have moved around to different states. But always came back to Arizona. 2009 Started to learn about permaculture. 2011-2013 My first permaculture project started with a clay backyard in Phoenix. My husband and I did the impossible and brought the backyard to life. Sadly we had to move because the house became very moldy. Cancer* also started to take over and I became very sick. 2013 to 2015 Lived in an apartment. In 2015 I started to compost on our patio. I also kept a small worm farm going under our sink. 2015 to 2016 moved into a home again with a clay backyard, in an HOA. I wasn't able to do much because of my health. Valley fever also beat my immune system. 2016 to now. Our home in Surprise AZ, with our clay backyard, I have just created two garden plots. One to catch the rain water from one of our roofs. I created them by digging a deep pathway, some ridges, holes and ditches. Then I put down oat grass seed, covered with a little straw, and leaves I had on hand. Watered, and that was it. Once the oats sprouted I tossed in some sunflower seed and poppy seeds. The sun flowers have come up. I haven't seen any poppies yet. Once the oats grew to 5 to 6 inches I cut it down to about an inch to two with scissors. Using the chop in drop method. I learn so much this way when I am a foot away from the earth. The birds in the area love what I have done. Of course they eat some of the seeds, but they in turn leave their droppings. There is a lot of clay to remove from the backyard. I thought about making seed balls. But this may be to big of a project for me. I may recruit some help. Or grade the yard with a tractor. My next project is to start a tree nursery. Mostly using seeds I have collected from trees in the area. I also am continuing my compost. I would love to get a couple ducks. I can't have chickens here. The Future As many of you know it is possible to bring the desert back to life. The desert can easily be made into a forest again. The rivers that flowed all year round can do so again. A plant by itself will barely survive. We are the same way. My plan is to bring together and join others to green the desert. My family and I have talked about moving away to a green desert to take care of my health. This isn't my mission anymore. My mission is to heal the land, thus my health, and the health of others will be taken care of. By healing the gut of the earth, our guts will heal. Disease will be gone and we will be happy, healthy, and have everything we need. Start Your Journey If you are new to permaculture and want to learn the how and the why. Learn from compost worms. They will teach you everything you need to know. Compost will also teach you. If you are starting out you are blind. As you start to open your eyes you will see the world, nature, and life around you as it really is. Start your journey, your adventure today. My journey has lead me to learn from Geoff Lawton and his team, Joel Salatin, and Masanobu Fukuoka. Do what you can. Don't spend money. Be a child. Do what a child does. Take a stick and dig holes and ditches and build dams. Life will come to you. Join us and create paradise! To our success, dreams, and to life, Grace *My cancer journey. During a very stressful time of life, cancer defeated my immune system, my mental strength, and emotional strength. I didn't want chemo, nor did I have insurance to be diagnosed or treated. I was able to receive a couple high dose vitamin C IV's. These kept the cancer at bay, but I kept getting worse. This method is effective if I could go 3 times a week. This would be about 1k in cost a week. After two years of trying to fight it on my own and almost dying, I received chemo. Of course I didn't want to. But I didn't have the resources available to me to heal. The cancer is gone and I am able to continue my journey. I am very hopeful and have so much to live for.