Jesse Grimes is building a Permaculture Homestead in the Ant Village Challenge

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Hello. My name is Jesse Grimes, and I am a permaculture artisan.

To put it simply, permaculture is a set of tools for creating a more harmonious relationship with nature.

For the past few years, I have dedicated myself to learning the craft of permaculture, not only accumulating knowledge and learning techniques, but transforming the way I see the world, and training my mind to realize the connection of all things.

I am by no means complete in this path of learning, and I would like to invite you to join me as I explore and hone my craft.

What you see behind me is my most recent permaculture creation. By design, this suburban back yard will harvest rainwater, create soil, grow food, and provide an inviting environment for the family that lives here, well into the future. This is just one example of what can be created in the suburban canvas, with the convenience of many resources close at hand.

I would like you to join me over the next year as I practice permaculture on a much different canvas. In the mountains of western Montana, Paul Wheaton of has set aside several single acre plots for the Ant Village Challenge, to allow individual permaculture artisans to “express their vision in seed and soil.” I am moving from California to Montana to do just that.

On an acre of raw land and with limited resources, I will attempt to build my own earth integrated house, create a garden and perennial food system that will grow without irrigation, develop a beneficial relationship with the other villagers, and hopefully make it through the Montana winter without freezing.

I know it won’t be easy, but I am very excited to have my own space to manifest the ideas and experiments that are building in my mind. I am sure there are many other people out there who would love to do something like this, but can’t just pick up and move to Montana like me. So I will be creating a simple video log, 2 to 4 times a month, to document my experience and allow others to have an intimate look at what it is like to move out to the woods and create a permaculture homestead from scratch. I am just as passionate about teaching permaculture as I am about learning it, so these videos will also include lots of instructional material.

I have created an account at so that anyone who enjoys my videos and wishes to support my work as a permaculture artisan can do so by becoming a patron and pledging a small donation for each video I release. Some of my videos will be exclusive to patrons, affording them an even closer look at life in the Ant Village.

The support I receive from patrons will help me acquire much needed resources like seeds, tools, and building materials, and generally allow me express my vision in a bigger and better way

I know there is a great number of people out there who are eager to move towards a lifestyle of community cooperation and greater connection with nature. I am very excited to be taking a great leap in this direction, and grateful to be able to share it with people all around the world. My mission is to teach and inspire others to discover their own path as permaculture artisans. I believe that by working together, and by working with nature, we truly can transform our world into a work of art.

Thank you for watching, and thank you for joining me in building a better world through permaculture.

To Donate, please visit

To learn more about my past projects, please visit

For more information on the Ant Village Challenge, check out the “Ant Village” forum at

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