paul wheaton wrote:
Ryan Barrett wrote:
paul wheaton wrote:
Could this be part of the community infrastructure?
It is something everyone will need, after all.
Ryan Barrett wrote:I'm thinking more as a community project.
A kitchen/dining area everyone could share.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:Why would solar power be rated above wax?
Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and any other junk in the air all carry a positive charge, and that is how they can be suspended in the air. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralized ions are sucked back into the burning candle or fall to the ground. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:I don't remember where I read it initially, I think in a book. I did a quick search and here is a link. Of course, they sell beeswax candles. . .
Basically, negative ions released clean up positively charged allergens. There is still the oxygen to CO2 issue, of course, but we humans do that too.
evan l pierce wrote:The first 300, you say?
If I send you $800, and less than 6 people sign up by X date, (thus making it impossible to succeed in the challenge,) do I have any recourse? Ant village without enough other ants would be a bummer.
How soon can I start? Once the podcasts are listened to and the payment is made? When the snow melts? When the ground thaws?
paul wheaton wrote:This is a contest in self sufficiency and permaculture.
The first place award is a deep roots package that is currently valued at $21,000. So, effectively, rent free for 20+ years.
The second place award is a shallow roots package. So free rent for 3 years.
Third place is one more year of rent.
This year we have a new program called "ant village". You can read the details about it here. Basically, this is as many as 12 people who will each have an acre to set up their vision in sustainability.
The "ant village challenge" is designed to award one ant a deep roots package.
Judging will be on September 10, 2016.
Fred Tyler wrote:I have a seasonal business (harvesting pecans) that would require me to leave the lab for December and January. I'm pretty sure that would disqualify me for the challenge, but what if i had a substitute ant living in the structure through that part of winter?
Cassie Langstraat wrote:Any updates on the ants? Do you have several wanting to do it? I'm just curious.
kadence blevins wrote:Is there any rules/guidelines as to ants and animals/livestock on other parts of the lab? Ie not their ant spot. Just a thought.
So a few more deep root hypotheticals...if say you wanted me to part ways would I still be able to sell the package? Would any of this be guaranteed by anything more than our word between each other? It just seems from a legal standpoint you'd have all the rights regardless of our deep roots agreement and if push came to shove you'd technically own the works regardless of the work that may have been put in.
I certainly understand your position, i just would find it hard to really build a sweet homestead without any possibility to win legal protection of my work. $800 to camp out and lazily homestead for a year in montana is a sweet deal but don't think that's what your fishing for. You want awesome homestead and permaculture development to go down. That is going to take lots of work and so how do I as a potential ant see the advantage of going the extra mile and building something great when there is no possibility for security of ownership?
paul wheaton wrote:I think stepping out for 14 days in the middle of winter is okay - but I'm going to officially draw the line at 14 days.
Jesse Grimes wrote:What is your idea of leaving the site too much? I get not being able to leave for a long time in winter, as the challenge is to live through the winter, but what about at other times of the year? Would I be able to leave for, say, a week at a time during the spring/summer/fall to do things like visit family, visit my Girlfriend in Canada, attend a Regenerative Agriculture Design course, or attend the spiritual gathering I go to every June? I know this would put me at a disadvantage as far as getting work done before the winter, but would it disqualify me from the challenge?
Jesse Grimes wrote:Of course, all of these questions are hypothetical, and not solid intentions of what I would do. I would just like to get more information to base my dreaming and scheming on. I suspect I would't know what I was going to do until I got on the acre.
How do you feel about using materials from off of the land, like recycled materials scrounged from Missoula? In particular I am thinking pallets, untreated of course, for building things like decks, shelves, interior walls, _____? Of course, it would all have to adhere to your requirements of being non-visible and non-toxic, and I'm certainly not looking to fill my acre up with junk. I have just learned from the homesteads I have worked on that towns can be an excellent source for free materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Would it be ok to arrive with a cab-over camper on a truck and live out of that until the wofati is built? Would I be able to store the camper, camouflaged of course, or would I need to sell it once I move into the wofati?
If I didn't win the deep roots package in the challenge, but built a bunch of artifacts on my acre, could I sell the artifacts to someone who wants to buy the acre as a deep roots package? So, they would pay you the $20,000 for the deep roots package on that acre, and pay me separately for all the artifacts that exist there. In this hypothetical situation, I would continue to rent the acre until a buyer was found.