Hello wonderful permaculture people! I am a fledgling permie and for the past 3 years have been diving into permaculture projects on the 1/2 acre I bought as well as on welcoming neighbors' and friends' properties of up to 20 acres. I have been a backcountry, interpretive and education ranger for Redwood and Olympic National Parks and have a master's in adventure education with my thesis on wilderness service learning. My place is relatively small but in a remarkably abundant area, just ten miles from the redwood grove with the highest biomass on Earth. While that forest receives 125" of rain a year, this is a place of many microclimates. It is much like the SF Bay area but wetter. We get about 60" of rain a year here, 95% of which is from late October-June. I am 5miles from the ocean but inland of a large lake/lagoon chain that warms and dries my spot even more, and we almost never freeze. The winter low in 3yrs has been 25, and the high is in the low 90s in the summer. It is a wonderful climate if you can handle rain. We do get a lot of that, with 4" last night after another three 5" days this fall-winter. This is on the edge of a temperate rainforest, and I think my roof water catchment is over 125,000gal, which I have channeled to a french drain and 3000 gallon drainage basin/pipe/pump system as the water levels would get uncomfortably close to my house. Most of this was dug by hand. In addition I have built about a dozen hugelkulture beds where I get sun between my many trees and snags. These include plum, pear and apple trees as well as maple and three ancient redwood stumps between 9 and 16ft thick (I did not cut them!). I have ducks, chickens and a turkey in the upper/northern part of my property for eggs, fertility and meat. I hope to get swales and a small pond dug for them as soon as the soil dries out enough to move, as right now the ducks have only a series of small plastic pools to bathe in. I have found this water to be ideal fertilizer, and it would be great to get it seeping into the ground in a strategic pattern. In general my issues of too much water, fertility and life seem to be good problems to have, but it can be a lot of work. Thanks for all you folks are doing and teaching me!