HI, I'M ALISON
I'm an aspiring agronomist and lifelong educator. Ironically, I currently work in cybersecurity sales, but I also spend time improving my connection to the land and building communities of "good people".
This is a site where...
Blog coming soon!
Topics to cover include:
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In the meantime, if you want to Venmo me you're welcome to do so at @Alison-Stuart-1, with a message of "agronomate" and I will put that money towards this site and community's mission.
Options to enroll in classes coming soon.
I look forward to building up this community into a thriving hub of entrepreneurs and instigators of change. At the end of the day, I think most of us don't just want to prosper individually, we want to know how to be good global citizens, and we have no idea where to start. Hopefully, together, we can find our way.
I'm working on:
I look forward to amassing a set of resources that enable this community to thrive, investigating new topics and materials.
Resources to Include:
Notes/Diagrams I create based on my experiences or based on books or documentaries I've found helpful
Freely distributed resources I amass from online
- PictureThis (plant identification)
- Newcolms Wild Flower Guide
- Nicole Apelian: Foraging
- Nicole Apelian: Lost Ways
- ArthurHaines: Ancestral Plants Vol 1 & 2
- Sam Coffman: Herbal Medicine
- Peterson Field Guides
- Adam Haritan's "Learn Your Land"
- Gray Bearded Green Beret
Ag - ron - o - my
Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants in agriculture for food, fuel, fiber, recreation, and land restoration. Agronomy has come to encompass work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, and soil science. - Wikipedia
Ag - ron - o - mate [sic, I made it up]
1) Your best friend who is super into agronomy (just kidding)
2) The action of creating a functional agronomy-related process that solves a human problem
e.g. "I agronomated methane explosions at a nearby landfill by starting a community compost heap"
Topics To Cover
Agronomy is a wide-ranging field and includes a lot of incredibly cutting-edge and specific knowledge. Topics I would like to cover include:
- Home Gardening
- Soil-to-Fertility Plant Relationships
- Sustainable Living via Permaculture
Construction encompasses many subtopics, including everything from building a chicken coop to building a 3 bedroom home or industrial greenhouse. On this site, construction will mostly refer to small projects (such as chicken coops) that can be completed over a single weekend. This is primarily because the focus of this site is to get people generally acquainted with broad ideas about how to do things, should they need to do them in a pinch. In a world with sufficient stability to build a 3 bedroom home, which will not be destroyed rapidly by other humans at war or by prevalent natural disasters, it is assumed that you will have a method of attaining work in another specialty and bartering your work, money, or artisan goods for the service of having your home built.
Whether you've never planted a seed or you're a seasoned farmer, there's always something thrilling about starting a garden. Farming is a deep topic, but as described in the section on "agronomy", in this section farming will only cover the bare minimum relating to the process of growing your own food/plants in order to survive.
To start, we should discuss vegetables. Of course there are plenty of medicinal plants including certain flowers and herbs that are also useful, but for now vegetables will do us some good.
I get most of my seeds here: http://www.mcssl.com/store/calebwarnock
There are many species of beans that you can easily grow, but the one I am starting with is called tepary beans. "First grown in the Southwest during ancient times, tepary beans (Phaseolus acutifolius) mature quickly and are tolerant of the low desert heat, drought and alkaline soils. They are among the most drought and heat tolerant crops in the world. Tepary beans are high in protein and contain soluble fiber helpful in controlling cholesterol and diabetes. Generally white tepary beans have a slightly sweet flavor and brown tepary beans have an earthy flavor. Tepary beans can be used in place of any standard dried bean. Soak the dried beans before cooking. They are best planted with the mid-summer monsoon rains characteristic of the Southwest, unless otherwise stated. They generally do not tolerate wet conditions and clay soils. Teparies are most productive with some drought stress as they mature. They generally do not require support, though many will climb if given the chance."
Brown Tepary Beans
White Tepary Beans
Mixed (Red) Tepary Beans
This is another incredibly broad topic to discuss. For my purposes, Food will concern only topics related to "what to do with harvested or purchased food items" (e.g. cooking or preserving them), rather than the process that leads to having the food available for harvest, which I instead put under Farming.
I aspire to learn more about how to turn weeds into paper; according to my PictureThis plant identification app, one of the common weeds behind my house was used to make paper long ago. It's called flatsedge, and can be used similarly to other weeds to make a papyrus-like product, as papyrus is also a sedge.
In my research, I've learned that papyrus is again being planted and propagated throughout East and Central Africa, but that "the modern technique of papyrus production used in Egypt for the tourist trade was developed in 1962 by the Egyptian engineer Hassan Ragab using plants that had been reintroduced into Egypt in 1872 from France. Both Sicily and Egypt have centres of limited papyrus production."
Papyrus itself is used to make baskets, hats, fish traps, trays or winnowing mats, floor mats, roofs, ceilings, rope and fences. (Wikipedia) Theoretically, we should be able to use other sedges to make similar items, which I look forward to experimenting with once I've propagated some of my own sedge from the garden.
I bought access to a super helpful course on canning hosted by Theresa with Living Homegrown and would highly recommend you go check it out if your main concern about canning is not making anyone sick. She does a phenomenal job of making it simple and appealing.
To be clear, this section covers preserving food, not yourself. Although probably one will lead to the other.
Tofu is tasty!
Gogurt is not real yogurt. Nor is frozen yogurt.
Killed Romeo and Juliet
Not by machine! There are many reasons to go more primitive with your endeavors, but the top reason for me is that I want to cause the least possible distruption to nature and wildlife. Even just using lawnmowers can have an incredibly harmful impact on birds and wildlife in the area, let alone the tons of other tools we use that roar and screech. My new rule of thumb on my own land will be: if I wish I had headphones when I use it, I won't use it at all.
I do not like green eggs and ham, Sam I am.
Power! Unlimited Power! Rise Darth Vader.
Solaris is the scientific name for the sun.