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podcast 189: Getting Land

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Paul Wheaton drives to Ernie and Erica Wisner‘s house in the Okanagan Highlands to look at their new innovations in rocket mass heaters. Paul talks about the people who help out at permies.com, and how they are also helping themselves. He makes a few mentions of husp (Horticulture of the United States of Pocahantas). Paul talks about building community and a reputation at permies.com, and how it can serve you. Paul talks about Jenny Pell from www.permaculturenow.com, and how you can submit a business plan to stay on the piece of land she is setting up. Paul talks about scoring deals on land, and yet being careful of the details before you commit. Paul talks about the benefits of starting with an intentional community. Paul is working on finding land. Paul talks about getting to know your land before you decide what your business plan will be. Paul talks about his future [ur=https://permies.com/forums/posts/list/40/8751]Paul Wheaton community[/url], and how he would like people who come and participate to have listened to all of the electricity and plumbing. Paul shares about his Learn German-ish podcasts with Susanne Schneider. Paul encourages people to sign up for his daily-ish email. Paul talks about railroad ties, and how toxic they are. Paul talks about growing trees from seed.

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some brainstorm thoughts on level 10,000 land:

wofati roof--in place of the pond liner/billboards:
--pigs wallowing to make a big pond-like seal over the whole umbrella
--cedar shake roof...it may rot down after a while, but not too fast, and then you replace the whole roof every 50 or 25 years
--big layer of bark mulch--I notice here (40" in even distribution) the bark mulch on the side of the building is never wet more than a few inches deep.  (It's about 6" deep there, they just put down more every year and nothing nothing nothing grows there).  Not good for plants, not dry enough for a conventional house, perhaps, but for a wofati it's perfect, and you would just need to rebuild occasionally, substituting labor for petroleum.

for light--
--phosphorescent stones?
--I don't think small amounts of smoke are too far out of the balance with nature--there are wildfires as part of the natural cycles of many parts of the plane, so
--a beeswax candle seems good enough; or
--a tiny electric lamp, or
--just using that land in the summer for cultivation and then living on the other parts of the land

I think HUSP innovation would involve more than material science recognizes, and would have to go beyond this over the centuries.
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