Here is a map of where we live, NE of Springfield, Missouri,
between the towns of Fair Grove and Marshfield.
Nasalam is situated on 21 acres of wooded land. The trees are mostly young oak, with a sprinkling of eastern red cedar, hickory, redbud and other native species. We have the desired goal to increase the diversity of this forest through judicious thinning and planting as we strive to implement permaculture forest gardening, but most will be left as wild as possible to provide both food and cover for the local wildlife.
Gardening has been a challenge because the previous owners did not garden and no land had been cleared. We now have about a quarter acre or so in garden, some of it in raised beds. Since this photo was taken we have had to fence the garden in an effort to keep out deer, but it has not been very successful. We put in a twenty tree orchard, but again deer have been a big problem and much of it has had to be replanted.
Following the destruction of our home in 2014 we located a new house close the garden to begin the process of rebuilding the community. (It's at the upper right in the above picture.) The house we were able to acquire is a mobile home and not well-designed to house a community and it has taken time to make it really liveable. This winter (2019) we finished adding a greenhouse to the southern end of the house to increase our ability to grow our food. The next project will be to build a large addition on the opposite (northern) end of the house to provide more bedrooms and make the house better serve our needs as a community.
Here is a fire pit in one of the few natural clearings on the land. It is close to the location of our former community center and has been the site for a lot of ritual over the years, as well as just being a great place to relax outdoors.
The most important reason for living in our current location is the energy of the land. The Ozarks are ancient hills and the energy of ancient spirits is strong here. This is energy that can be utilized to further our work to create a new paradigm for a new age that transcends humanity's past.
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