What's the smartest way to cover one's backside when having volunteers/interns, working for room and board, living on-site on a large, rural upstart permaculture project? The place currently has homeowner's insurance, and business insurance for the resident Naturopathic Doctor's patients.
One way is to head out this weekend with a trowel and a flat or two of small square plastic pots (4" prob. a good place to start) and go to the forest up the Rattlesnake or other location of choice, fill the flats, bring 'em home and plug 'em in. Plant in the late afternoon or evening to minimize sun shock, water well. Do it again next weekend.
Shipping containers can be buried if you cover with visqueen on a really dry day, build a retaining wall around them with large pavers or gabion baskets before backfilling. Backfill sides flush with top, pour 2" concrete pad over top, place rebar, pour another 2" concrete. Next lay down insulation. Cover a couple of feet, put another visqueen/poly tarp/pond liner over the top in an inverted 'V" shape like a roof, cover with another 1-4 ft of wet dirt. cost to bury a used $1800 container about $15,000. Will probably rot/rust out in 10-50 years.
SO much easier, faster and cheaper to bury a monolithic dome ecoshell! Will last for centuries, can be buried under 20 feet or rock.
Learn Permaculture! The position is assistant to permaculture designer/head gardener at a 40 acre naturopathic healing center in the beautiful foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains south of Missoula, MT. Once we plant a 1/3 acre annual companion garden with carrots, peas, corn, beans, potatoes, etc., we will begin planting "guilds" of plants: groups of fruit and nut trees along with edible perennial bushes, shrubs and herbs underneath. We will build a pond, a root cellar, moveable animal paddocks, and more. In addition to hands-on experience in permaculture design, you receive room or tent, and board, access to main house, plus a stipend. 2 positions left. Submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first prerequisite is a strong work ethic. Be ready to work hard! You should be in good physical condition. Permaculture experience helpful but not required. Coachability and trainability a must. With sustainability being our central tenet, permaculture interns embrace the vision of a future lived in harmony with Gaia, and aspire to live as exemplars of earth stewardship, personal responsibility, and creative expression. Art is in our hearts. So many of our interns will be musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers, writers, and painters. Spirituality, in the form of an understanding of the connectedness of the web of life, gratitude, and a non-dogmatic acceptance of diverse religious and spiritual belief systems also plays a vital role. Friendliness, optimism, a nonjudgmental attitude, respect for self and others, emotional maturity, and common sense belong here, as does a comittment to personal growth and unfoldment.
Cholesterol is an antioxidant. When free radical stress is high, the body produces more cholesterol to compensate. Many people experience high cholesterol levels in response to an abnormally high level of free radical stress. In their case, taking supplemental antioxidants can ease this stress, causing the body to compensate less, leading to lower cholesterol levels. Sadly for them, most people are clueless about this, eat processed garbage, drink and smoke, so their free rad. level is high and so is cholesterol. The cholesterol inactivates the free radicals, but is then made toxic (oxidized) itself. This toxic oxidized cholesterol is gobbled up by white blood cells, out there cleaning up this gick until they are stuffed and die. Many researchers feel that these dead w.b. cells, studfed with oxidized cholesterol, then contribute to the plaque on artery walls.
SO - if you eat lots of cholesterol you should be ok, all other things being equal, if you're getting lots of antioxidants, particularly fat-soluble antioxidants, in your diet. If you don't eats lots and lots of green leafy vegetables, carrots, fresh blueberrries and other fruits, etc then supplementation is very helpful.
I went to a college of 500 where we lived in dorm houses with 17 to 23 apartments - some single, some double. There was a great big living room where lots of impromptu (and promptu ) gatherings took place, and 5 kitchinettes, 5 bathrooms. Each house had its own character. Most everyone from all dorms went to the Commons building for 3 meals a daily. This really worked beautifully. Which is a part of why I suspect the following model for intentional community might work well too: http://liveearth.siteproplus.com/pressrelease.html
As a conservation biologist I can tell you beyond any doubt that standing dead trees ("snags") are absolutely critical habitat elements, along with downed logs THE most critical habitat for the forest's charismatic megavertebrates. Any snags bigger than about 20" DBH (diameter at breast height) leave them. Way more important habitat than live trees. Standing deadwood 2 years old is also the best wood for boardmaking. Once it's more than 4 or 5 (hardwood), 5-10 (cedar, redwood) it's not much good anymore for this purpose. So - if for boardmaking, perhaps ring a few 12" DBH live trees that you want to thin and release anyway, let them stand and cure, cut 2 years later then mill right away.
Just on the off chance that societal collapse leads to a slowdown or stop of interastate trucking, might be good to have a few bolts of your favorite clothing material tucked away. And a case of dental floss as thread since it's so durable.
Best is BHT, which by the way is non-toxic and incidentally, prevents cancer and herpes. But it's slightly bitter, so best to use a synergistic blend of 5% BHT, 70% A.P, 25% Taurine. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp per litre.
So Paul - I'm with you here - with everything except the "creek" part... That is, I understand the transformation of the landscape from dry and open, to far wetter , with multistoried canopy, moist humus and duff, lots of ponds, lots of shade- But where does the water come for the creek? If you have the stored water form the ponds actively running over the surface as a creek, won't the ponds empty pretty quickly in the summer? Did you mean seasonal creek or year-round creek?
Thanks earthjeffone. Any data on how earthbag domes stand up (no pun intended) in earthquakes? I ask because a monolithic dome will handle a #10. Maybe through every three or four vertical tiers of stacked bags, you could pound a 4'-6' piece of rebar down through the bags
OK, I confess...actually Art's been at this for quite a while, so the actually the site's not new. But it's new to me... And I just love it! Great examples of ecological design in practice. These (pretty happy looking!) people can speak from experience. I especially love the cob window arches and ferrocement garden gate – beautiful! They address permaculture elements such as “deep green” vs. “green veneer” home design, composting toilets, and greywater; also transportation, art, celebration, and more. Let’s have a peek… http://www.oasisdesign.net/permaculture/
I have plans for a large, virtually permanent walk-in freezer that uses no power source other than trapping winter's cold. That is, costs nothing to operate, year after year, once built. Plans available free.
Advertise"visitor days" when the public is invited to spend 3 days and 2 nights with you. (Weekend recommended). Charge $75-150, in exchange for room and board and the experience of living and working among you. Have some sort of social event/performance in the evening one night. Possible recruitment tool as well.
Build a monolithic dome ecoshell into a hillside, serves triple purposes of root cellar, radiation shelter, bulletproof protection from apocalypse zombies. If you're in the Missoula area contact me and I'll build you one turnkey, 30' dia., 700 s.f, $9k.
Bring to boil 2 gal of water, add 1 -1/2 tbsp dry or 1/3 cup fresh rosemary, 1 tbsp cardamon, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1- 1/2 tsp salt. Put in 3 cups lentils ( french green recommended) , 3 lb onions, 1 to 2 bulbs chopped garlic (only ever fresh garlic , since chopping garlic releases an enzyme that destroys garlic's most active nutritional compound -S-allyl-cystiene- within a few hours ), and 1/2 hour later when it's almost finished add 2- 3 lb. veggies of choice (possibly including cabbage, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, spinach - use your imagination). Optional (but coup de grace) 1 lb cheese, cheddar works great but many other varieties do too. Return to to 2nd boil, stay with it - any minute now - when lentils begin to fall apart, turn off flame.
And don't forget that if the amount of urine that exits your body in one year is strategically placed in that depleted field it will potentially N-fertilize 3,000-9,000 square feet. And you can always get a bunch of lentils, esp. the little black organic montana lentils (more seeds per pound) that you can buy in bulk at the Good Food Store in Missoula and many other places , dip them in appropriate bacteria, then broadcast them over that land., let 'em go to seed and die back into the soil.
Another important consideration is that how well a consensual community holds together may be a function of the emotional maturity of its members. Far too many people – it could be argued the majority of humankind - are motivated by the drive to satisfy their selfish cravings and aversions. The only constant is change. All things arise, exist for a while, and then pass away. When we cling to things, then suffering predictably follows as these things are inevitably torn from our grasp. When we reach the point when we allow room in our lives for the gifts that lie hidden within the new objects/philosophies/institutions/people/landscapes that arise to take their place, we become free. A river does not cling to its water, but it is always full. A two year old hasn’t learned this yet. Selfish, clinging, grasping. I want this, and I want this, and I want this…for me. Me me me. But I don’t like that, or that, or that…so I push it away. And lash out if anyone tries to stop me. Sadly, many of our fellow humans exhibit the emotional maturity of oversized 2-year-olds. They’re not operating from a place of heart, or of mind, much less of intuition. They’re running largely on emotion – primitive, automatic responses, controlled by the limbic system (aka monkey brain) which include fear, hate, jealousy, desire, greed, envy, pride. Try to put people like this (arguably most people) in a consensual living situation and failure is inevitable. With such people, a hierarchy of government, with a system of rewards and punishments, may be the only way to maintain some semblance of cooperative harmony. A house full of toddlers needs a parent. Fortunately, many people who seek communal living have matured past than this level. But it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. Those selfless souls who aspire to build a community where everyone has an equal voice, and nobody is turned away, are destined to learn the hard way that not all people are as altruistic as themselves. So, for those who wish to operate within a consensual framework, screening for emotional maturity may be part of the answer.