Human Systems Institute™

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Kick started down the path of change

In 2013, we were abruptly exposed to the underbelly of cronyism that drives environmentally (and ultimately economically) unsound practices in the homebuilding industry. In the process, we caught a glimpse of another way of creating human habitat, and we wanted to find a way to share this philosophy and model this way of life for others. This inspiration launched us out of our safe little cozy corner of Portland. We racked up a lot of local miles driving through outlying areas of the metropolis looking for a place to create our vision. This culminated in our purchasing raw land for a homestead outside of Portland in Aurora. Two permaculture design courses later, we’re starting the project.

Honey, we bought a FARM! Er… 5 Acres of Beat-up Dirt.

And the Olmstead Rd PermaFarm was born. At the moment it looks like dry, beat-up agricultural land, and we envision and are working to create a thriving permaculture farm.

Update: We are almost two years into this project by now and have completed our house and barn. The basic tree layers for our food forest are in place, though there is a LOT more to do to get the bones of this system together, it looks a different from the bare, weedy soil we started with. We’ve harvested melons and strawberries, and made tons of mistakes, and there is still a lot to learn.

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