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Matt Richards
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I'm new to the forums here. I've got a seriously difficult design in my headlights now as I was just accepted as a pioneer at onecommunityranch.org and the planning for pod one is in full swing. You can see the full design here: http://www.onecommunityranch.org/one-community-pod-one/ One additional detail is that it is at 4500 ft and it will also be the yoga/ meditation center.

I'm hoping to find some recommendations on this indoor system for phosphates (ducks/geese not ideal due to noise considerations) and pollinators. 

If anyone has some recommendations, I would be very grateful.

In gratitude,

Matthew
 
Aaron Oakley
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You planning on earthbag construction for the tropical dome too? How will you get the all-essential photon to the plants? Regardless, for some ideas on growing tropicals in non-tropical areas, consider getting a hold of Jerome Osentowski at Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (www.crmpi.org). He's growing a tropical food forest at 7,200' on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains near Basalt, CO. It's a rather surreal place to be.
 
Matt Richards
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Thanks Aaron, I will reach out to him. The dome will be glass. Not sure yet if we will need light or not, but that will come later in the design phase (that part should be fairly easy). You can see a sketch of it here: http://www.onecommunityranch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/POD-1-PNG.png
 
Devon Olsen
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i was also going to bring up CRMPI, i also plan on using a walipini greenhouse for the purpose of tropical plant growth sometime in the distant future...
 
Chris Kott
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Matt,

As to pollinators, there is an interesting podcast in the first hundred where Paul talks to a guy talking about a species of ground-nesting solitary bee species and a plan to set up a network of people breeding them for backyard use as a backup to the honeybees we rely upon so much. These species of bee might be exactly what a tropical forest under glass might need, as you can add individuals as needed, as opposed to committing to the health and maintenance of an entire hive.

Devon, could you please post a link to information about the Walipini design you mentioned, and CRMPI, or just explain it? I am unfamiliar with these terms.

-CK
 
Isaac Hill
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Here are two videos on CRMPI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh2JvEcIaZA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3OTFqxDGb4
website: http://ecosystems-design.com/CRMPI%20Greenhouses.html

 
Matt Richards
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Thanks Chris, that could be helpful. I'll do some research about it
 
Chris Kott
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Thanks Isaac,

I've come across the Institute before. I heard about their results before I ever heard of sepp holzer's work. It occurs to me that if we used the full strung-out name for an obscure thing before we relegate it to acronym status, we'd get along much more efficiently.

-CK
 
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