I've heard black locust is great for coppicing and has a very high BTU. It sounds like you're in the South and as you said your heating needs are far less aggressive. You might consider a passive solar heater/collector. Plenty of videos on how to construct them and good designs at builditsolar.com. You could build one over the course or 2 afternoons. I'm planning on building one of these and having an exterior door to the unit that I can close at night and insulating the unit. Beats cutting wood I would say. Another idea is to build a passive solar house and possibly build with hempcrete? I understand hempcrete has R ratings off the scales. I'm not sure what the building codes are for your area but I do know that NC has 2 hempcrete built homes. My last idea is a mass rocket heater. It has a very efficient burn and uses fewer cords of wood. I would personally build an outdoor one that heats a greenhouse which is attached to the house.
Lately, I've been hooked on Chef's Table Netflix series. What I love about this series is there are 3 narratives going on. The chef's narrative, the director's narrative of the chef, and the common struggles and visions that are shared by the chefs which interleaves their stories together. These 3 narratives creates a rich story and so much depth. So what does it have to do with Natural Farming, Permaculture, or even Biodynamic farming?
The vision the chefs have is of a magnitude has inspired me and got me to thinking...What is the next quantum leap beyond permaculture, natural farming, or biodynamics? Is permaculture actually creative... Surely, yes with the initial design but once that's implemented, aren't we merely "observers" and "facilitators" and nature is the actual creator? How do/can we truly create?
Honeybees get a remarkable immunity boost from the mycellum of Wine Cap Mushrooms. This fungi is very easy to grow and can happily dine on cardboard. I would imaging that anything that is good for honeybees would be equally good for bumblebees. Paul Stammets has some interesting video on the research behind the Wine Cap mushroom and its immunity boosting properties. The mushroom is also edible and tastes like potato sauteed in wine.
We think we might have spotted Lion's Mane growing on a standing tree about 3-4 feet above the ground growing on the bark. It was cream colored with maybe a hint of orange hues around the edges. The tentacles were very thin (like the size of needles) and close together. Does anybody know how this mushroom feels to the touch? It felt like fabric when I touched it (which was very surprising).
Geoff Lawton talks of seeing a dormant spring come back to life after the underground aquifer has been hydrated (I'm guessing via swales or damns). Does anyone know how to do this? Are there any books on creating springs and increasing their gallons per minute output? I'll take any leads that come my way. Thanks.
I'm fascinated with Fukuoka's Natural Way of Farming. His book mentions a 1700 acre farm in California that is converting over to Natural Farming but provides no name (at least not yet vis-a-vis where I am in the book).
Does anybody know if anybody in the US is using his techniques on a medium to large scale?