New London, CT. I saw news first tower hit. Maybe a a a pilot mistake? 2nd tower hit- this is war.
I was driving on I-95 going over bridge, thought if war this bridge will be dropped for strategic reason if major player involved. Glad when I cleared bridge. Gas’ed up quickly
I took time to think out who is doing this. Is it an auto-coup to seize power? Don’t think it was. Drove to my job at hospital thinking we would receive patients to open up beds closer to NYC. The patients never came.
I remember hearing on the radio all NYC firefighters , including retired were all immediately called to report to duty and I knew it was bad.
Hello Yadigar, with an E.coli out break involving 5 children , you have the full attention of local public health and the CDC.
My opinion, work with them to find and stop the source of the outbreak. Protect the health of the children, yourselves, neighbors and community. I think child protective services will become involved if you don't work with them.
Hello Kevin, I'm no expert, but I think you should find a paleo-friendly Registered Dietician and address what is the best diet for you. Then test and monitor those numbers down.
Are you testing your blood glucose daily+.
How much exercise do you get? *(cliche warning: "sitting is the new smoking")
In my 50's I've built up to walking (or bicycling) 6 miles a day to work. It feels good. A co-worker asked me if it's hard to walk home after a long 2nd shift in the ER. My answer is no, not anymore - it just feels like thinking. It clears my head and I observe things.
* I see omega 3 fish oil used for high triglycerides - maybe add more fish in diet.
Hello Tina, My property is a 1/4 acre and I compost in a 6 x 6 foot pile. I build them out of 1/4" hardware mesh. (because of skunks, raccoons, voles, etc I use the wire fencing underneath and on top also. They don't seem attracted by the humanure - but food brings them in)
For outside cover i use leaf, grass clippings, and a few bales of straw. I also soak household paper towels and white paper mail in a 5 gal bucket (unshredded - I'm lazy). For aesthetics I always cover the paper with straw or leaves.
For inside bucket cover I have been using peat moss. Haven't been able to source good sawdust yet. Also I screened last years compost after a 6 month wait and am using that now.
I wouldn't use the plastic barrels or separate the urine. The compost breaks down best in contact with the soil (using a biofilter for absorbtion). There is a lot of info on Joe Jenkins humanure forums and good videos too.
I did a google search and found an article/ discussion on a blog called Slow water Vermont (searched buckthorn: slow water Vermont). Also searched buckthorn as firewood. Seems like one type is very dense and burns well. Also some people were carving bowls and really liked the wood.
I completed my first year this June and the pile is aging another year. This years pile is going well in another spot.
This method is odor free if you use plenty of biomass cover and follow the method. His site also has a forum to answer questions. This might not be a good fit with your watchful neighbors but it is a good read.
Hello Katya, since you want to start with greening the area around the yurt, could you sheet mulch with cardboard, newspaper or other biomass just in those areas? That way your resources are focused in that area.
As suggested above do you have access to excavated clays, more wood chips, manures?
My soil is a very fine silt and land is on a slope. Inspired from this site I do a modified "post-hole dug zai pit" for each plant
1. Shovel off top soil layer and save
2. Use post hole digger and go 18" down (or as needed for roots of plant)
3.line bottom with biomass gley (leaves or paper, etc) to slow water absorbtion
4. Mix in mature compost with soil removed. At top mix top soil and organics
5. Leave a small basin so it collects water
6. Build a small semi circle basin on the down slope side to also help collect run off rain
It might be efficent to compost directly into the "PH zai pits" and save a handling step.
I seem to remember Walter Jeffries on this forum posting about adapting a standard woodstove by adding thermal mass around it. www.sugarmtnfarm.com He has a blog where he describes the build. His family uses 3/4 cord to heat the house (Small and very well insulated).
Also Erica Wisener posted a link about the "ceramic hat" in the past. Mounted on top of the stove it was beautiful, if not a bit precarious. (built by Kiko Denzer (sp)?
As Al mentioned, don't have added mass in contact with the steel walls of the firebox. It will also cool the burn making it inefficent.
I agree- decentralize. Are the families at home doing any gardening, growing, composting, natural building, solar, etc. Survey the parents and see if simple observational studies can be done, and get their permission and support.
Any of Paul Wheatons 50 building blocks, any of the forum subdivisions, Mollisons, Hemingways, etc books can provide ideas. This would give the student/family autonomy and responsibility. If the family is already doing it costs will be kept down.
Maybe some work teams of neighboring students if parents approve...
Zero experience with an A frame level. Just thinking out loud. Could the plumb bob be enclosed with sheets of plexiglass on both sides. Use a hole saw to cut wind vents (and/or an inverted T cut to the plexiglass)
Are there heavier weighted plum bobs? A heavier cable to be more wind resistant? Would a tripod or quadpod help to support it in the wind? Thats all I got
Bill P, nice idea. Ship the molds, critical parts, durable instruction books, dvd, (access to youtube) parts list and dimensions, and code approved tie-ins to chimneys or fireplace. After I do my build I can use the molds and instructions to help my neighbor, brother-in-law, etc to do their build.
I have 2 indoor cats. My current cat litter solution may not work for you, and is probably not a permaculture solution. It involves a throw rug, 2 plastic bins (more than twice the size of standard cat litter bins) that sit on larger lids from other plastic bins (to catch clay and urine overspray.
- I use standard cheap clay litter from the supermarket. 25 lbs for $3.00 (non clumping, no fragrance)
-I change the clay~ every 10 days.
- it gets added to a large pile of leaves
- my property needs fill, so I can use this clay/leaf humus
- daily the poop gets added to my humanure compost pile. (Felinure?)
I did try converting the cats to a 50/50% clay/wood pellets litter but they started revolting at 50% (my goal was 100% wood pellets) I then decided I like burning the pellets and need the clay (it lasts longer without odor.
- I roll up the rug and shake it outside to get rid of tracked clay particles.
Thats my current solution. The cats and me produce compost and a clay humus leaf mold.
I'm wondering if I can get a spring going over 300 feet with a 10% grade using hand dug swales?
The upper 200 feet are 2 flat properties, (not mine) that are each terraced and are a mix of lawn, pavement, houses. My property has a 10% pitch and I am thinking of building 2 or 3 small rainwater catchment ponds. (using the 3 downspouts from the gutters on my house)
I'd love to have a continually flowing spring, for dry periods in the summer.
Over how many feet are Sepps terraces? I would have to add a clay berm (with an hugel) at the bottom.
I live in the suburbs. At the very end of my sloping property is a pond/river that flows over an old mill dam 60 feet downstream.
So I'll be doing the pigs work if I can make the 3 ponds natural ponds.
My goal of this water collection is to have:
-a biointensive/permie garden
-a hoop house to extend the growing season
- stabilize the pond shoreline somewhat so it has some resiliency to flooding, without destroying natural habitat.
- not cause any flooding in my basement (which is at the high point of my propert, but below the road at the walkout basement) or my neighbors garage shop ( which sits only a few feet higher than the river.
Brian, thanks for the Mother Earth article. It's from 1980. I searched the Fry nursery and they still sell the hybrid poplars for fast growing shade, phytoremediation, strip mine regrowth, cordwood. They are at http://frysvillefarms.com
Two ideas I picked up from this site...with prevailing winds/rain coming from the west to east planting trees on the westward side of the desert should lead to the most efficient water collection and greening of the desert in North America.
Also the reintroduction of beavers can change and prevent river flooding.
Not sure if these are macro ideas, but maybe a start.
To me the demographics are daunting, exponential human population growth (from < 4 billion to > than 7 billion in my lifetime) habitat and species loss, global weirding/warming.
Their are prophets among us, Paul Wheaton, Geoff Lawton, Charles Ewing, and so many others. (sorry if I don't know the names of the innovators in China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the rest of our world)
I guess the ultimate carbon tax is a human population correction. No one wants the suffering that will accompany a global SHTF situation.
In the meantime push for the positive, have hope, fight for what we believe in.
My own take on this...get my own house in order:
-Apply permaculture tools where I can
- compost and build soil
- walk and use my bicycle as much as I can.
- burn local wood for heat
- get in touch with like minded neighbors. A discussion at work has 5 people who want help with hot composting. I plan to help them build pallet composters.
I'm interested in grid solar power. Grey water. Roof rainwater collection. Doing things I enjoy and that are within my reach. I need feedback from my projects and hope to keep learning. Maybe I have 30 more years of good living, maybe I'm gone tomorrow. We all can do the best we can. Hopefully we leave something for the young to carry on...
One thing I do is core aeration. My yard is a very compacted silt. The aeration pulls out about 10 plugs (2" to 3" long) per square foot. I started this spring, and also did one in the fall. When my compost is ready I plan to lightly rake it out filling the plug holes with a more earthworm friendly soil.
I'm hoping it improves the absorbtion and water retention in my yard.
I know their are differing schools of thought on core aeration, but I think it is a tool that can help certain problems.