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Have to rehome to young, bucklings

Due to some personal issues I have to rehome my new dwarf Nigerian bucklings.  The brown eyed boy 2 months and the blue eyed is 3 months.  The older is wethered and the younger is not.  I paid $150…Continue

Started Apr 17, 2016

Need to rehome rooster
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We have a young Americana rooster that has just started crowing.  He will either be eaten or rehomed very soon.  My granddaughter would like us to rehome him so if anyone is interested please let me…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim West Apr 16, 2015.

Free Americauna
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I have an Americauna that was born on 8/9/14.  She (could be a he) is a bit too aggressive for my flock.  I'd harvest this one is a few weeks but don't really want to keep it around that long. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim West Feb 24, 2015.

Need to harvest 2 chickens - help?
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I have two girls that won't stop eating eggs.  Out of five chickens I'm only getting one egg a day now.  So, I figure it must be time to eat them.  I've never harvested a chicken and was wondering if…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Greaves Sep 5, 2014.


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I work from home, am very independent and want to create a backyard grocery store.

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We started our solar project about six months ago.  Waiting....waiting.  Finally, the installation happened and needed the mandatory inspections.  Waiting...waiting.  Just got the call, "will anyone be home Thursday at 9 so we can turn on your solar system?"  Anybody home?!  Really?!  I'm sooooo excited.  Finally we will be generating power rather than just admiring the system and we expect to have 69% of our power needs taken care of by the sun.

Solar - check.  Now, on to chickens…


Posted on November 6, 2012 at 3:58pm — 2 Comments

Am I way too excited?

I found Valley Permaculture Alliance last night and had a huge "this is what I've been looking for" moment!  I signed up and waited to be accepted.  Today, ta da, my acceptance was in my email and I can't wait to get started.  Is that weird or am I among other equally enthusiastic wanna be sustainable nuts?

I've been hoping to move to a more favorable climate but I don't think that is happening any time soon so I'm going to make the best of living just north of hell (at least in the…


Posted on November 1, 2012 at 4:09pm — 20 Comments

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At 9:55am on November 2, 2012, Lisette Volkmar said…

Love the idea, haven't done a tour there yet though.  What part of the valley are you in?  I am madly prepping for the tour next Saturday, but you are welcome to come by for a look see.  On the AP systems, mainly to see what not to do!  Have 3 systems that are NOT working, but they will be soon, really they will be...I'm sure....

At 7:55pm on November 1, 2012, Lisette Volkmar said…


Welcome!  Yep, I understand that excitement!  Sometimes when I am babbling on about my Aquaponics system and explaining that, really, the keystone element is the bacteria, so I must be a bacteria farmer, and people look at me funny, I really, really appreciate this group!  Hope you find what you need here!


At 10:34am on November 1, 2012, Stacey Lillebo said…

Thank you for choosing to join the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, sign up for our newsletter,  and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends.


You’re encouraged to browse the discussions, blogs, videos, comments to get a feel for our incredibly resourceful community, and to share your interests as well. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with classes and events, so please let me know if you are interested in helping out when available.


We offer a variety of classes to our members on a fee basis ($15 or more) that goes toward venue hard-costs, also to our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, as well as to support the non-profit in providing quality education for improving our health, our communities and environment. See what classes you may be interested in attending by clicking our events tab, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Welcome to the VPA!


Stacey Lillebo

Outreach Coordinator


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