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mountainmoma:
It would likely be most similar to what they have to work with at Wheaton Labs, a permaculture site in western Montana in the hills (largest closer city missoula) with light colored soil and alot of pine trees.....  They like to apply ideas from Sepp Holzer on how to grow and shape the land for water.  Things like Hugelculture .   There is a web forum permies.com.   

Wheaton from what I heard now says maybe initial irrigation would be good to spread things up.    I would agree that if you brounght in a few things from off site to supplement, maybe a few minerals ( I do not know which) for sure some straw, add water, it will speed things up.  Like build that hugelculture bed if you want, but add some mineral to help right the Ph and add ALOT of straw on top and water, and any other organic matter with neutral Ph. Basically sheet compost to cmpost in place where you want stuff to grow will improve it faster than buying in compost or having a compost pile.  Start a thred in the right place after you buy it.  Anyway, since they took the slow road on gardening maybe look to them most on the great ideas for living in that environment,  trying to build with pine forest clearings ( thin trees cleared for fire supression) and heating with rocket mass heaters, and that last they have experimented alot

mountainmoma:

--- Quote from: bigbear on May 10, 2019, 10:19:47 AM ---No personal experience, but your thread got me curious (partially because I just dropped a pine tree that left a circle of death...).

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-10-16/hornshurst-forest-garden-growing-food-forest-clearing/

Here's a story of transitioning from a pine forest to a food forest.  You'll be interested in how they addressed acidity in two ways:  soil improvement and grafting to more acidic tolerant rootstock (clever). 

https://www.facebook.com/Hornshurst/

Sounds like it's a slow process, but doable.

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just skimmed as I dont have much time now,  but this looks like a fantastic site for gardening ideas for your site !

mountainmoma:
a place to file away to buy trees from a couple years  https://www.forestag.com/   

from their about page


--- Quote ---Does this actually work in reality? Will it really produce enough, food, fuel, timber and human necessities to economically viable? We firmly believe the answer is yes, and are working on providing demonstration sites, and economic farming models to answer that question with more certainty. New Forest Farm is perhaps the most complete of such demonstrations sites. It is a farm in SW wisconsin that was founded in 1994 by Mark and Jen Shepard. New Forest Farm has in many ways proven the concept successful. It is a living, breathing, productive 110 acre restored savanna farm that produces abundant food, fiber, and fuels.
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https://newforestfarm.us/  they are very inspiring, and i have seen video tours and interviews somewhere, probably that traveling family did one here ?  anyway, 106 acres transitioned to a agroforestry farm. 

Now, they are in Wisconsin,  so not Montana, but he could be good to get trees from or to have a short consult on how to select and breed for chestnuts for your place, and they may even already have such experience on what to recommend

mountainmoma:
If you buy the land in the near future, if you get in escrow and are interested in the following, let me know.  I will have a coupon good for the "gapper fee" for Wheaton Labs permacuture site.  They have various casual events and happenings that this will let you into, otherwise they charge a one tme $100fee.  So, as part of their kickstarter for his book, I am getting a coupon for this.  I am not going up there, I know a few young people who might, but that is speculative.  SO, if you for sure want to go to the site and work on projects to see the site, I can give it to you

mountainmoma:
Huh , maybe cooler than I thought    https://permies.com/t/46350/permaculture-projects/gapper-program

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