The last cfl "died" today - day 2344. That bulb had been on, supposedly, for 11,200 hours. But, I gotta tell ya: on day 31 that bulb was on it's death bed. It is as if in the middle of the night on day 31 somebody switched the bulb. The fact that the bulb made it this long seems like shenanigans to me. But I am reporting it's official death - even though I am super suspicious.
The long life incandescent (rated for 5000 hours) is still going. The led light is still going.
Make sure you know what you are getting into here. This is not a refuge, this is about teaching people our techniques through a lot of hard work.
I have always thought that a person could arrive without a penny and do great here, but know this: every person that has arrived here in the past very low on funds has left. Every last one. The people that are still here arrived with coin in their pocket and think that being here is amazing.
Further, the people that arrived with very little tended to exit with enormous amounts of drama. The people that arrived with coin that elected to go, tended to exit peacefully.
You mention red flags: dude, from our perspective you are covered in red flags.
Ever since we have had the $100 gapper fee, we have held the position of allowing anybody to come that is willing to part with that much coin. And we will stick to that until our program is full. You just really never know a person until you know a person.
I think you need to spend some time learning what you are getting yourself into. Things here are quite different.
I think the important thing is that people that like this site think it is very open and friendly. Some have said that it is finally refreshing to have a place to talk about this stuff without all the hate and all the trolls. In the meantime, when the haters and trolls come through, they hate this place. To them it is censored to the point that it is unusable.
I just found out yesterday that the PRI forums have gone under. I remember when I first posted to PRI, the vibe I got was "as an american, you are too stupid to appreciate permaculture, so bugger off cunt." The policy at PRI was to be rather permissive - so that sort of "expression" was allowed. But I really wanted a place to talk about the things I wanted to talk about in a way that I wanted to talk. So that was one of the many reasons I created these forums.
So this place is for one style. PRI is for another style. Mysteriously, these forums have grown massive.
I wouldn't be able to do it without the 40-or-so people that help manage it. And they do such a wonderful job of managing it, it seems that this issue got entirely resolved while I was off working on other things. Good job R!
Daron, I was directed to that thing about six times - it had already been set correctly. A bunch of time on the phone with paypal got me directed to some branch of paypal that sent me an email which i forwarded to devaka and he seems to have solved the problem! People can now pay with a credit card without logging in to paypal.
I thought that overnight we would see ten times more conversion, but no such luck. We are doing more studying.
This project started with video from a three day workshop. The workshop coverered the earthworks for building a pond without a liner, a swale, and a hugelkultur bed on a terrace. Then we added more footage by doing the same workshop over again in a colder climate.
A year later, we returned to the first workshop site and added even more footage! We even had an evaluation by the Crown Prince of Permaculture, Geoff Lawton.
Watch the intro video:
DVD 1: Sealing a Pond Without a Liner
At the high point of the property, water is rushing in whenever it rains. This water is cutting a deep channel through the property. The idea is that we would like to capture this water and use it to create an oasis! Of course, water coming off of a road will probably contain some heavy metals and petroleum residue. So we need to clean the water first. A pond is dug so that the heavy metals will sink to the bottom of the pond, and gross stuff that floats (like oil) will be caught by the vegetation. We then do some minor re-shaping to the road so the water will enter the pond.
DVD 2: Ditches and Swales
Several ideas are mapped out about where to put in some swales. The land owner would eventually like a natural swimming pool, so we decide to put a finger on the pond to route the water to the natural swimming pool. And just in case we get an exceptionally heavy rain event, we extend the finger to a swale. The swale is designed to soak the excess water into the land. We demonstrate the use of laser levels to make sure our finger runs downhill and the swale is level.
DVD 3: Hugelkultur and Terracing
Now we talk about food production. This location gets frost in the winter and can be really hot in the summer. A lot of the surrounding area looks very desert like. We decide to make a hugelkultur bed shaped into a sun scoop. And the angle of the slope is optimized to the level of the sun in winter. We also talk about how swales are excellent at creating frost pockets which works to your advantage in the summer. What type of wood and different variations for hugelkultur are covered. A terrace is constructed to hold the hugelkultur bed.
This is three mp4 files. All three are 640x360. We are trying to keep the file size small, so people can have lots of videos on their phone on similar contraptions.
This version is provided for people that are tech savvy and have limited internet stuff. If you are not sure about what this is all about, then don't get the download version! You want the HD streaming version HERE.
We are a couple of days away from starting a kickstarter for a rocket oven dvd. And the time has come to dream up the poetry that goes on the thumbnail image. So it has to be short and sweet! Please feel free to add suggestions to this thread! Or, better still, please add awesome suggestions to this thread!
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