The Dunns wrote:Ben,
Your place is beautiful, and looks very productive. Are you able to eat year round off of the land and what you put up for the Winter? Are there staples that you still need to purchase?
Has there been anyone in Permaculture who has inspired or influenced your design style the most?
Jesse Biggs wrote:Ben, I'm impressed by your website. While digging through some of the images on it, I saw what looked like drawings of a possible Oehler structure / hobbit house / wofati? Can you tell us more about this? Is this a project in the works or completed (I see some actual pics in the gallery that look similar)? What can you tell us about the building materials choices as they pertain to location and climate? Also, I'd be interested to know who did the drawings. I thought they were excellent.
Ginna Quesada wrote:One thing that is always buzzing in the back of my head, and making it hard for me to completely embrace many of the projects i undertake is building materials. It is essential that the materials support locality, and clearly you take that into account in your projects, but when it comes to metals like nails, or the mining of limestone for cement... i find it impossible to see how to sustainably use these materials in our modern world. I try my best to reuse old materials, yet i find myself visiting the hardware store on the corner, by far more often than i would like to admit. Thing is, locality does not mean sustainability, specially here in Costa Rica where most construction materials are imported... and small stores depend on bigger companies. What alternatives are there to cement and nails? How do we tackle this in our current colonized and modernized system?
Cj Verde wrote:As a fellow Vermonter, I have the seemingly enviable problem of too many trees. What ways do you recommend to open up the canopy? We only need to cut down one or two trees per year for fire wood. Have you tried girdling? Either way, is it better to do this slowly or all at once?
Sherry Jansen wrote:I want to know more on the rapid topsoil production!
I am on the board of directors for a sustainable farm association and the biggest topic of the past few years has been transitioning gMO fields to productive topsoil based management. Note that 95% of newbies to natural farm systems do not have animals. Can this be overcome? And you list stuff that goes into the key line plowing, but is there a more specific recipe?
The general thinking it can take 5-7 years to transition fields, but any info you have to do it in 2-3 is seriously appreciated!!
The loss of topsoil has been one of our biggest challenges and though we have a speaker booked at our 2013 annual meeting, but I'll email you to get details on your costs to speak in MN.
Thanks in Advance- and Great Job!