We are looking for the people who have RV, 5th Wheel or Travel Trailer and an interest in Permaculture and/or Off the Grid Living. Sorry, but due to lack of bathrooms and showers no tent trailers, truck campers, tents, yurts or sleeping in vehicles cannot be accepted. You must have a working: toilet, shower and heat for your rig.
We have an 80 acres Ranch Laboratory we call the End of the Road Ranch near Siletz, Oregon. It is where we experiment and develop new Permaculture and off the grid methods and products. Our Ranch is 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. We are 7 miles from the nearest town of Siletz with 1300 people. It has a: riverside park; bank; gift shop, Grange Hall, bakery; restaurant; video store; (5) churches; grocery store; library; post office; roadhouse\sport bar; fuel station and mini market.
The Ranch is surrounded by 20,000+ acres of logging land. It is a land locked island of 80 level acres surrounded on two sides by river with wild salmon, trout, and steel-head.
There are 5 miles of logging roads and locked logging gates to get to the Ranch.
Warning: only ATT cell service available. Internet is available, but at your expense. See http://www.hughesnet.com/ for details.
We need assistance at the Laboratory Ranch. If you have a self-contained rig we will provide full hookup with Septic, Water and Electricity in exchange for 21 hours of labor a week on any or all of the following projects:
Build Automatic Self-Wicking Beds
Design Rainwater Harvesting
Make/cook on a Rocket Cook Stove
Make and use a Solar Food Dryer Build Earth Heated Dome Greenhouse Heat house using old Hot Tubs
Grow Salads on your Patio - SaladBarrels
Raise Strawberries Vertically
Build and Bake in an Earth Oven.
Heat Home with a Rock Wall
Construct Gray -- for Trees Develop Compost Heater.
Operate Micro Hydro -- Golf Cart system
Weed Busting with Goats
You may stay as long as you want, when you leave, you will be given a License to make and market any of our methods or SustainablePermaculture Products for yourself wherever you go and live. You may copy our manufacturing and marketing system in every detail. You receive 100% of all the money on the products you make and market.
Our First Off the Grid Products - The TomatoBarrels
A TomatoBarrels is a portable system that takes advantage of the heat storing capacity of the water reservoir and of its portability to enable a longer growing season and minimal need for watering.
Tomato production on the Oregon Coast is hard because of the large amount of cold Oregon rain; the Coast's ground is cold until usually June or early July. With a TomatoBarrel a person can start planting as soon as you have your container barrel.
The containers are mobile and can sit anywhere -- in a community garden, on a deck, in a yard, on a sidewalk -- they can be easily located in the sunniest area throughout the season. Because they are not in contact with the ground and there are 22 gallons of water stored in the bottom, they stay warmer. They only need to have water replenished about once a week. They have 32 gallons of Wicking Material in the top of the barrel.
Our Secret is Wicking Material! TomatoBarrel growing varies significantly from traditional in-ground growing. Unlike conventional soil where worms and other insects provide "channels" for natural aeration, the growing material in the TomatoBarrel requires a loose, porous mix to replicate the aeration process. A TomatoBarrel requires a lot of material (32 gallons).
The Ollas is the Oldest Irrigation and most efficient system in the World. The use of Ollas is an ancient practice. The first writing about the technique dates back about 2,000 years to China. This system is used in Pakistan, India, Iran, Mexico and Brazil. Irrigation with ollas is said to be up to 10 times more efficient than conventional surface watering.
An OLLA is an unglazed clay pot fired at a low temperature. This allows the pot to remain porous. The OLLA is buried in the ground with the neck exposed and periodically filled with water. The water seeps into the soil at a rate that provides adjacent plants with a constant water source at the roots.
Water is not normally a problem on the Oregon Coast, but rain could be lacking in the months of June, July, August and September.. By using Olla technology:
• Water usage is 50% - 70% less
• Plants aren't overwatered
• Do not have to water daily
• Weed growth is reduced
• Perfect for small or patio gardens..
• Save high water bills
• Contain no paint or glaze.
• Have no moving parts
• Can use organic liquid fertilizer
Rainwater to Drink in Disaster - Rainwater is naturally distilled water and represents clean drinking water when it falls from the sky. It only becomes contaminated when it touches roofs, gutters and other surfaces. Since RainSaucers™ catches rainwater onto a food safe surface; it can easily serve as a source of drinking water with our Sawyer filter™. The lightweight, easily transported and assembled RainSaucer™ is ready to go in the event of a disaster where clean water is not available.
It is possible to raise crops on nothing but harvested rainwater and our tech
Worms in soil provide abundant benefits in increasing water infiltration, soil structure, and nutrient cycling. While taken for granted over the years by many, it has been only recently that scientists, soil ecologists, horticulturists, educators, and waste managers have led the way in expanding our understanding of these remarkable creatures.
The worm module is approximate 15 inches high and 4 inches across. It extends 3 inches above the Wicking Material in the Garden Bed. The bottom of the module is filled with Coir (processed coconut husk) and 1/5 of lb of red wiggler worms.
The Slug Zapper uses a 9 volt battery because it provides correct amount of voltage for the slugs and the voltage cannot be not felt or hurt a person. The 9 volt battery fits into a water protection case.
It is a problem to install two wires a few inches apart. We have solved this problem with our special Slug Wire. The Slug Wire has 20 UV resistant polyethylene threads and a combination of 10 electric wires interwoven into the top and bottom of the Slug Wire.
Most slugs test the second wire a few times then turn back unharmed. A few unfortunates have been trapped between the wires and just sort of melted. Slugs quickly learn to respect a hot wire, thus casualties become a rare thing after a few nights.
We have started our first popper at the Ranch. We have receive our first two Earth Auger Toilet models. We have listen to Paul’s podcast and have taken his suggests into our design. We call it the Go & Grow House.
We welcome any comments or opinions.
We plan to have:
1. Dry Toilet
2. Urine Diverting
3. Little or no smell
4. Popper will be heated
5. Hand washing sink
6. Totally passive
7. Rain Harvesting
The Earth Auger was designed based on work by a professor at the University of Washington and is being funded by a Gates Foundation Grant.
This is a pedal-operated dry toilet. Urine is diverted and stored. The faeces is also stored.
The main innovations with the toilet is the mechanized, foot-pedal-actuated dry-flush system and sawdust delivery system that uses no water.
When the pedal is operated, the faeces, paper and sawdust are mechanically processed through a big pipe with an auger inside, which mixes, aerates and moves them through a chamber for storage.
For more details see youtube.com
Pathogens, which are the disease causing organisms, gradually die off during the period of time the faeces stays in the Earth Auger’s storage pipe.
Health organizations suggest about 4 months in warm climates, and possibly 6 months in temperate climates. Storage of faeces is detained in storage for 1-6 months. The time is dependent upon number of uses. The storage container will store 120 uses. Direct handling of excreta by the user is not required as the whole process is pedal-operated until harvest.
At that time of harvest the material is totally dry. This material can be used on nonfood producing soils.
Urine is high in Nitrogen and is sterile when it exits the body.
The separated urine can be used on food producing soil when mixed with 1:10 with water.
A study conducted by the Stockholm Water Company diverted urine from four housing projects to a grain farmer outside the city. The scientists concluded not only that urine could replace quick-acting mineral fertilizers, but also calculated that one adult’s urine provided enough plant nutrients to grow 50 to 100 percent of a person’s food requirements.
Make your No Dig Garden during the winter and be ready to plant in the spring. No fertilizer or pesticides needed.
There is a FREE one (1) hour Presentation scheduled on Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm in Depoe Bay to show you how. It will be taught by an Oregon State University Master Composter Graduate. There is no cost or obligation.
If you have a barren, sloped, stony, weedy, sandy, or clay compacted places where you look at aghast and wonder how you could ever get a garden going there? We have an answer.
Why do it now? If you learn our No Dig method during the Winter, you will be ready to plant in the Spring. If you wait until Summer to build your bed, you will have to wait until the Fall to plant.
Our method uses a Lasagna method to make the raised bed. The Lasagna method uses alternating layer of brown and green organic material. There is no digging, just shovel in the layers.
Brown are layers of newspaper, wood chips or thick cardboard, then a layer of “green” such as a bucket of kitchen scraps, manure, washed seaweed, or grass clippings.
You can use whatever organic material is at hand. Eventually, in time, all the organic material will turn to compost and will provide a great home for your plants. If you do it in winter, it will be compost by summer.
At the Presentation you will learn a tried and true method of making the layers and what materials to use. Come to the Presentation and learn how to use the materials you have access.
This summer you can have a raised bed that looks like this! Complete with Tomatoes.
Location of Presentation
The Presentations are being held in Depoe Bay, Oregon and is sponsored by the Sustainable Living Research and Education Center of Lincoln City as part of its outreach program.
Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 at 4:30 – No Dig Garden Bed Presentation
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 at 4:30 – Air Pruning Presentation
Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 at 4:30 – Slug Electric Fence Presentation
In February, a free two (2) hour workshop on Sunday at 1pm will be held at the Sustainable Living Research and Education Center in Lincoln City. During the workshop a No Dig, Air Pruning and No Slug Electric Fence Raised Bed will be built. The exact date to be announced later.
Hi--Still looking for workers with their own rv?
I am looking for a farm where I can learn and work this summer. I'd love to learn anything about natural buildings, water systems, livestock etc.
I am a fair hand with horses and goats and most critters.
My fifth wheel has everything I need if there are full hookups.
We are looking for next summer people. If you are in the neighborhood you might to attend our next workshop
Here's a special message for every person who wants good tasting organic locally grown food, desires to have an organic garden, but does not have either the time, energy, money or space to maintain one.
You are invited to a Free Workshop. The Workshop on Sunday, February 22nd at 1:00 – 3:00 pm. It is a free, no obligation workshop and you will see a 4 ft Organic Food Bed being built during the two hour workshop at the Sustainable Living Center,
We are the Sustainable Living Center and we develop new methods of providing organic food by using technology. Many people believe you have to dig, till and plant to grow organic food.
But nothing could be further from the truth. So, if you're a busy person who wants organic food, this is the method for which you have been looking.
By using our Do It Yourself method with a Raised Fabric Bed you can grow organic food out of your back door
Our Free Workshop will help you:
• Learn how to have convenient organic food out on your door step
• Turn any deck or patio into a organic producing area
• Know your family is avoiding toxic pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotic residues, and GMOs food
• Make less trips to store and farmer's market
• Grow fresh herbs next to your kitchen
And best of all... you'll start seeing results from the Workshop immediately. With a Organic Food Bed, you just open it up, spread it out and fill it up. It costs less than of the cost of wood to build a raised wooden bed and a lot less time. The Fabric Beds can be purchased at Amazon or the big box stores.
So again, if you're a a busy person who wants organic food, understand this, you can:
• Have convenient organic food all summer
• Have fresh organic salads this spring
Click Here to register for Free Workshop on Sunday Feb 22 Workshop in Lincoln City (Taft)
The Sustainable Living Center is just south and next to ProBuilders on the same side of the Hwy 101 and right across the highway from Street Car Village. On Sunday, since ProBuilders is closed, please park in their parking lot and walk south to the Center.
Again, there is no cost or obligation for the workshop and if you bring an electric drill you will be able be given the opportunity to assemble a 4 ft Organic Food Bed, regardless of the weather. If you choose, you can take it home for the just the cost of the material. Larger sizes up to 6 feet will be available for assembly.