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snuggus wrote

I got it from books at the library and through my current job (well...I don't exactly get paid unless we get grants so i dunno if you could call it a job...) which is a nonprofit that maintains free community gardens that anyone can use. My grandparents are very old school: till the land every year (until the garden literally turned to hardpan, which somehow surprised them), spray like there's no tomorrow, and fertilize with petrochemicals. Grandpa worked with cargill, so I'm not surprised with the farming methods they prefer to employ. My yard is .18 acres, so it's quite small. And it was inundated with invasives when I moved in, which I will likely be managing for the rest of my life! But i did see bees coming to the creeping bellflower, so i might ease up on eradicating it a bit.

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I'm trying to get into permaculture. Started last year which was a huge learning year for me....my harvest was tiny. My dirt is cursed. This year i did way more research and now I've got some walking onions, 2 serviceberry bushes, 2 raspberry bushes, an elderberry bush, tomatoes, kale, sorrel, roman chamomile, and a rain garden.

My main goal was to homestead in place, despite my tiny, shitty yard. I want to make my yard as native and edible as possible, and these past two years have been laying the foundation for that. I grew up gardening with my grandparents on their farm, and always dreamed of growing my own food. I live in a food desert, and all of my friends as well. My goal is to grow as much as I can and give them healthy produce as a sort of free CSA.

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snuggus wrote

I sing along to Woody Guthrie and Against Me with my toddler. Or watch Mister Rogers. And garden. Playing magic with my lefty friends every week helps a lot, and we've even built some leftist decks (a de-colonized deck, ancom deck, green deck, etc). I feel like a person with a terminal illness that's been told that I have 20 years left to live, so I've started to treat every day like it's as precious as it really is (because if my old bosses at the DNR were right, shit is really gonna start to unravel in ~20 years, at least climate-wise). I used to be a ball of apathy about it, but exercise and meditation helps keep me sharp so I can actually DO something (most days).

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Live in a settler colony. Dunno how much it benefits me...I'm biracial but pass as white if I'm real good about taking care of my unibrow. I'm not living life on easy mode but definitely not hard mode either. I don't know enough arabic to be comfortable in those spaces but white spaces also make me uncomfortable sometimes. Indigenous professor I had said she doesn't want her land back because of what we've done to it. But the reservation life is pure poverty. She joked about making a policy where indigenous families getting first dibs on houses for sale in the suburbs and metro area. It's a tricky situation all around. I have no answers unfortunately.

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Reply to comment by snuggus in The Coming Collapse by Tequila_Wolf

snuggus wrote

Same here. Had another jarring experience after realizing that all of the animals (lions, elephants, rhinos, etc) featured in my kid's storybooks will be gone by the time they are teens. Just fucking sad. And I'm supposed to lie to them and pretend like everything is gonna be ok?

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My daughter begged me to take her around the "lake" (it's really just a glorified pond) and holy buckets there were some very classy birds there. They were way too fancy to be in this shitty pond. 10 loons, 2 pied billed grebes, one horned grebe, some ruddy ducks, 2 eastern bluebirds, a handful of goldeneyes, and 2 buffleheads. What the heck, get out of here you fancy birbs

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Reply to comment by snuggus in Friday Free Talk by ThreadBot

snuggus wrote

I don't plan on it. But I fear one day I will wake up and check raddle only to find it gone. I'll stick it out to the end, I just hope that end doesn't come as soon as I fear.

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Kinda low-key panicking about Raddle going away...where else would I go? I hate reddit and would never touch voat...

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