The next 5 4 3 2 6 People who start or continue a blog thread in the "wheaton laboratories" forum. More info on what a blog thread is HERE
* $20/Person from Kerry Rodgers. 6 Rewards left, 1 claimed by Jeremy Butler, by Christopher Lopez, by Philip "Akhu" Huerta, and by Robbie Bassen
It looks like Coco and Jaqi have started media rich threads in the "Wheaton Laboratories" forum. Thanks! Special thanks for getting the participants' faces in.
You qualify for the above reward! Would one of the staff help facilitate the payments? (and keep me honest if I miss any new threads!)
Mike Jay wrote:If anyone is good at climate battery math, let me know
If you wanted a professional with actual climate battery/greenhouse experience, you could reach out to Rob Avis of https://vergepermaculture.ca/ I think he could likely consult with you at whatever level of involvement you wanted, say, a little experience-sharing, up to a full engineered design. Great guy.
I dream of doing this one day! Congrats on your project, Mike.
Have you seen Jerome Osentowski's book, "The Forest Garden Greenhouse"? Several of the case studies there are about tropical greenhouses, and he addresses the plants he uses as nitrogen fixers, how to arrange, etc.
Kerry Rodgers wrote:I'm offering $20 each to the next 5 residents who start or continue a blog thread in the "wheaton laboratories" forum.
This has gone pretty well, with 4 awarded so far. I don't want it to end! There are still two slots open in the boot program, and possibly more people will be having a stay at the Labs once the weather gets warmer. So I want to recharge this bounty by adding 5 more instances of it to the bounty list.
If you're new to all this, look at the top post on page one of this tread for details. Note that this is one of the few bounties that can be done on your first day at Wheaton Labs, and even by short-term residents.
I really like the overall style and look of the vid. It is fun! I think maybe a bit longish for people who are not already fans, maybe.
It just ends in mid air: "is there enough interest to print it?"<cut> Is that just due to the rough edit? It leaves me cold. Maybe I just want the comfort of familiarity, where the end is the ask. You could get that effect by adding 1 more sentence, along the lines of "...interest to print it. If you want more people to know about solutions that work, please support our kickstarter." Or whatever. Or a similar sentiment in a graphic.
But more likely you had a good reason for the end to be as it is?
I'm usually just reading on mobile, because I hate text editing on mobile. For reading, I'm pretty ok with the current mobile view, except it just feels a little buggy. A few tweaks would be good enough for me.
If I'm in email/browser and click on a link to a permies post (not the first post in a thread) it is very iffy where I'll end up. Often you're at the top of the page instead of at the specific post. Sometimes you're on page 1 instead of middle of page 3. Sometimes it works. ??? (this may be phone/os dependent)
When I click the +1 button it isn't quite right. On my current Android, it flashes a bit and the scrolling jumps a bit. On the old iPhone, it put you back to the top of the page. In both cases it looks like a full page refresh may have happened--ouch.
I often wish to "watch topic", or check that am already watching, without scrolling all the way to the bottom of a long thread.
I really like the little down arrow button at the top right that takes you to the bottom. I use it alot. But it looks unlike the other buttons, is too small, and too close to the big "logout" button. Also, I wish it went to the last post on the page, or to the tiny add, or to something useful, rather than to the literal bottom where there's big empty space and tiny links.
The huge logout button can move to the menu or something. I'll probably never use it. (Yes I know the login button is sometimes there, and I do use that.)
I'd be curious to know what % of Posts were done on mobile.
Here's something you might rework into an FAQ:
I've only ever had machine-woven linen clothing. Of made-from-yarn clothes, I know only hats and sweaters out of wool or acrylic. What clothes could I actually make with home-spun flax? I don't think a loom is in my future.
I think there are a lot of people out there who will care about this topic. But perhaps even more who will care about your lifestyle and pursuits. This post would make the most awesome script for a pitch video. Hint. Are you thinking of offering swag (in addition to the book itself)? Hint.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm technically the back up person for the Biological Reverse Kickstarter.
Thanks, Nicole. Looks like our posts crossed. I wonder whether people at the Labs know about this? I would assume, but... I kinda got the idea that Bill lived somewhat nearby, and might visit and talk up this thread.
Thanks, Jeremy! Your video is exactly what I had in mind. Paypal sent!!
All y'all should go look at Jeremy's thread. He's posted a number more vids since this one, and he's making progress on several projects.
There's still 4 more folks who can qualify for this reward, 'cause it for the "next 5 residents". Jeremy was the first, but if you've slept at Basecamp or Labs, post 3 stills or 1 vid and get $20. You wanted to do it anyway, right? So here's a chance to get a bonus 20 bucks.
@Bill, are you still there? I'd like to pay Jeremy his $20 bounty that I pledged.
Bill Erickson wrote:I'll manually certify the project is completed (the Biological part of things), verification that the means for the Pledge are still there, the desire is still there,
that the project meets the expectation, and then I'll arrange for transfer of funds/delivery of goods.
Kerry previously wrote:Bill, what's the next step to get Jeremy his backer funds?
Well, I did read the whole thing, and I like it, but.... I'm amazed, like, every day at my corporate job the resistance people have to reading anything. One person recently refused to read/review the documentation that they had asked me to produce. So, I think it might help to add a "tl;dr" graph at the top.
It could be extracts of the long text, like
My videos are mostly about homesteading and permaculture stuff. I try to make shorter videos that introduce a topic or point-of-view that is not yet on youtube.
I have oodles of raw video that I don't have time to edit. Patreon sponsors let me pay some folks to help out. The more folks feed my Patreon, the more videos I am able to crank out!
An alternative might be to bold (or color, or otherwise call out) these sentences in the big text. I actually saw the aforementioned co-worker scroll thru a big document and select 2 irrelevant (but statistically rare) heading words to summarize the whole document in their powerpoint bullet. So maybe just bolding would work, but I'm not sure.
paul wheaton wrote:for all of the people i have sent gifts ... this is some new tech ... is it working okay?
I received an email on 9Aug with the 5 WDG gift links. I've not tried them yet. I just tried the first link, and it took me to a thread with 3 embedded players, which work! I'll have to send those other 4 links out as gifts! (I also have the physical DVDs.)
paul wheaton wrote:I now sent a bunch of patreon peeps (with all time contributions of $100 or more) three gift links. One person reported receiving the links. Anybody tried them?
I cannot find any evidence of receiving this. I checked both email (incl spam) and patreon website, but I couldn't find anything.
Joshua, I love your offer, especially since it has rewards that are non-currency!
I'm still not sure I get the biological reverse kickstarter concept here.
Here's what I've gathered:
It is "kickstarter" because it is crowd funding.
It is "reverse" because the sponsors (rather than the creators) are pitching the projects.
It is "biological" because Bill is personally running it, as opposed to algorithms running in a datacenter.
Possibly the term was defined in the referenced podcast. I've fallen behind on the podcasts, now that I don't have a long commute anymore.
Ok, I have stage fright, but here goes... I want to lower the barrier to entry...
I'm offering $20 each to the next 5 residents who start or continue a blog thread in the "wheaton laboratories" forum.
What's a blog thread?
* It has a thread title that contains your first name (or pseudonym) and role at the labs, e.g. "Boot-side chats with Elvira".
* It has media post(s) about anything at the labs: people, projects, places, existing artifacts, wildcrafting, campfire butt warming, electric tractor, anything.
To be one of the qualifiers, you just need to make one post with either 3 photos or 1 video. They don't have to be polished and edited, as long as they depict something clearly. It's nice to say who you are, if you are comfortable with that, but it's not a requirement for this bounty.
and then I'll arrange for transfer of funds/delivery of goods.
Bill, can you elaborate on how that will work? In the past (e.g. Gapper Love, Ant Love, ...), some people needed/wanted other stuff more than money. Maybe they didn't have a (working) bank account, or hated paypal, or were at the Labs to escape consumerism and didn't want it back in, or didn't want to spend their limited time on the 'net shopping, or ... or ... Probably some residents would like a reward of better food, but getting that requires a rare trip to town, with maybe doesn't fit on the Boot schedule very well. (Or maybe it does. I haven't seen.)
I think there've been some features added to the Permies platform that might support micropayments. So question is somewhat about that.
But also, question is about getting truly wanted stuff into residents' hands. Me, I have no special access to antique tools, and I can't come there and cook a meal. I only have Amazon and electronic cash transfer services, and those haven't seemed to be the most wanted, most helpful, most motivating items so far.
There are some people who are doing everything Permaculture advocates, yet are uncomfortable with the word "permaculture", or the Permaculture Movement, or both. I suspect there are black community leaders with this perspective who are doing a lot to reconnect people with land, healthy food, community, etc.
One such leader I happened across on the internet some months ago is Leah Penniman. Her writing is challenging to me, as I don't have much exposure to Social Justice writing or work in my daily life. Nevertheless, I think it is important to listen to many perspectives, especially from people doing good work.
Geoff Lawton told a story (I'm sorry I cannot remember where/when I saw it) about a project he did, where a school had been built on a huge mountain of beach sand. Geoff's team was to add a permaculture landscape. In spite of all the world-class soil building they did, including bringing in carbon and heavy planting, it just didn't work. After a few years, they went back, dug up the trees, and mixed in purchased clay. After replanting, the site became successful. So there may be limits on how much sand can be handled with just planting, mulching, and animals.
The experts on here (not me!) may be more able to address your site with a few more details: You say the sand is "deep", but do you know how deep? So deep that tree roots cannot reach it? Is there ever water in that former river, even underground? Are there currently any live trees growing there? Are all the junipers dead? Why did they die?
PS having your wood chips "super finely chipped" is probably not optimal. You would prefer a variety of textures that do not mat together to exclude water and air, the way the commercial bagged stuff does.
Supervisors received over 150 emails and phone calls — including some that were rude or disparaging — ...
The larger issue, Schultz said, is not about Versaland specifically, but land use planning that allows for more nontraditional farms.
"This is not about me and this farm," Schultz said. "This is about a big thing that affects everyone in the county, and (that's) antiquated land use planning that doesn’t properly accommodate people outside of nuclear families or the uber-wealthy."
In the email newsletter for sustainabledesignmasterclass.com, Raleigh Latham shared this advice about communicating with the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, emphasizing respect. I thought it was worth passing on, in case anyone here wants to write or call:
3) WRITE AN EMAIL to the Supervisors. Contact list at bottom of page here. Share why you support the rezoning to AR, and how affordable farmworker housing, agritourism, and ecological businesses matter to you. Explain your connection to Versaland - as customer, student, or admirer - perhaps you've purchased plants, pastured meat, or engaged in the social fabric with a workshop or field day. If you're presently an admirer - share why you'd visit and how you'd benefit Johnson County while here. Share your unique perspective and engage respectfully, we're all humans.
4) CALL IN PERSON Engage with a personal phone call and talk through why you value Versaland, how it adds to the quality of Johnson County, Iowa, and the social, economic, and ecological benefits it brings via land access, organic food, improved water quality, and climate and flood resilience. Please be respectful though.
Caveat: I don't know any of these people, except from their public internet presence. I'm just passing this on because I think it is good advice in general for dealing with local councils.
I post this reluctantly, because there is so much negativity in this sad situation. I watched the video to the end, and you need to do that to understand the documents that are linked below. Because in the video, Grant says that some of the documents linked below are making false statements.
If you want to go through it yourself, here's a brief blog article that links to Grant's video, the newspaper article that Dan quoted, and rebuttals from the County staff and from the current owner. Of course, as in any dispute, each person involved has their own point of view, with the lawyers and bureaucrats adding their hyperbole. I take it all with a grain of salt, but it is still very bitter.
Xisca asked for a resumé of the situation. Here's my attempt, with some speculation thrown in to fill gaps, based on what I've seen of Planning and Zoning government processes.
It looks like the current owner and Grant made some legal contracts 4 years ago, then had some disputes last year, sued each other, went through mediation, and agreed in January 2017 that Grant would buy the property by 31 Dec 2017. Grant will have to get the money in time, presumably through financing, or he loses the property.
It will be much easier to get financing if Grant shows many legal business opportunities on the property. For this, he has to work with the county government, whose job it is to slow things down and make them more expensive. And more complicated, by trying to fit what a permaculture innovator wants to do into their predetermined categories. In my experience it is normal for a purchaser to see whether he can get zoning approval before he closes a sale (at least, here in suburban Texas). Normally the owner/seller is very supportive, because they want the sale to go through, but here the owner is not supportive. Grant's current proposal does not have the support of the county staff, nor of their Planning and Zoning Commission--who are probably appointed by the county Board of Supervisors. Probably the best Grant can hope for is that the Supervisors would give some guidance and vague conceptual support, and send it back to Grant and the staff to create something different that they would maybe accept. In my experience, a more likely outcome is that they would "table" the issue, meaning delay the vote until a future meeting.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will consider the rezoning request Thursday September 14, 2017. If you want to write them in support of Grant, your letter will probably have the best effect if they get it before Thursday. I think I will probably write to them.
And this is why I don't have acreage yet. I don't deal with this much conflict well, at all.
I also noticed that Grant's situation is complicated, but from what I know, such situations are not unique in the lives of people trying to do permie projects on land. I think there is great value in discussing the situation on this thread as it unfolds. Maybe we can help each other digest the complexity, and learn for our own future. I urge you not to delete the thread. Dan, if you worry that people starting now will read only the first post, you could always edit it. The etiquette that I'm most comfortable with is to leave the original content as is, but add to the top or bottom something like: "Edit: please read the discussion below to more fully understand the situation before you decide what to do."
I will probably still try to help, but I want to know more first. Grant alleges that the owners contracted with him for an option to buy, and also contracted certain terms in the lease that (I think) they originally supported, but later changed their minds. I admit that I haven't seen the vid all the way to the end, as Grant requested, and haven't read all the resources on his support page. I'm planning to do that when I get time, and may post again if I think I have any thoughts that might be useful to the community.
As for land ownership, there are some leaders in the community who advocate *not* owning the land, but having good lease contracts with willing owners. So ownership shouldn't really be an acid test, I don't think.
Wes Hunter wrote:Sunflowers supposedly will show effects of water stress sooner than other plants. So if it's been dry and your sunflowers start to droop, it's time to water the garden (or at least the plants that don't handle drought).
I don't have that experience with sunflowers, here.
I actually use comfrey for this. Even though comfrey is deep rooted, it needs more water than most things I grow, so it wilts before the other things die. It is dry enough here that the (bocking 14) comfrey doesn't spread too much.
I love the idea about the weeds, but I read lots of conflicting advice about it on the Internet. Does anyone have actual experience with any of these books listed here?
Oh, never mind--the US gov't says there's nothing to worry about: link. Ha!
Congrats on the fair, R. I'm always amazed at fibre arts demos, myself. I know lots of people ranging from moderately skilled to highly skilled at sewing, knitting, etc.--my wife for one. And I know a few people who raise or have raised fibre animals. But I only see those amazing people who can bridge that gap in the supply chain at fairs, it seems. Too time consuming, too tedious, too many expensive+rare tools--you know the excuses.
On a family road trip in 2012 we stopped at the Settler's Museum in SW Virginia. They had an intriguing exhibit showing the steps to grow flax and make it into cloth. They made it sound easy (at least, easier than I had imagined).
I definitely think there is a need for people like you to bring fibre more into the mainstream. Book, online-course, I don't know... But like someone said above: Hint, hint!
please hurry with those clothes you are making for me from your beyond-organic gardens. This morning I found the following fine print inside my new shirt, sewn in with the care tags. (Ok, it's mostly my fault--I knew I was buying a poly shirt.)
P.S. this is the Being-angry-at-bad-guys Anonymous thread, right?
Oh my goodness! I saw this thread a few days back, and just today--by accident when I brushed up against the sharp bracts--realized that the big plant near the rain barrel is this Palmer stuff. There used to be a bird feeder there, and we have various grains come up there from time to time. I generally enjoy the novelty and leave them for the birds; however, I don't want this stuff reseeding in my suburban back yard/garden! I've previously seen it only on crop land. I cut it down with pruners.
r ranson wrote:I add boron to the soil in the animal pastures in the fall about once every 3 or 5 years (as it needs it). This changes the dominant plants in the fodder and I believe it has a positive effect on the mariner's ability to feed plants.
Your comment made me wonder whether there are any *specific* indicator plants for too little or too much boron? What are your dominant plants changing from/to when you add, R?
How is the comfrey doing? Our soil here is so dry in the summer that the comfrey doesn't spread much. For me, I don't think the big oaks are going to notice a few clumps of comfrey much. Some plants are within a couple of feet from oak trunks, while most are within the drip line. I hope the comfrey is nourishing soil- and insect life that will benefit the oaks indirectly, but not as a direct remediation like you asked about. The comfrey is the first thing to wilt, so I use it as an indicator of when to water (it perks right back up). I have only Bocking 14, so it doesn't reseed. The dry summer and poor, sandy soil keep the comfrey from spreading--at least so far (I've grown comfrey only since we moved to this place/soil 4 years ago).
Your situation on LI would likely be very different, with more water.