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Location: Netherlands and Cape Verde
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Hello there,

Since my PDC in Portugal [Terra Alta] I have been fascinated with permaculture. It was a matter of time before I joined this forum, and some more time before I found the time to do my first post. Although my name was flagged as inappropriate [which I can understand] but it is my given Dutch birth name. My parents sucked at English as you can understand. ;-)

I do not know if this is the correct place for introducing myself, but let's just go ahead. I'll use the bumperstickers that I checked as a guide for the activities that have my most attention.

Tiny house
I lover living simple and after seeing 'we the tiny house people' I wanted one myself. As the Dutch weather is not ideal for tiny house living, we opted to build a tiny house for Cabo Verde. Under the name Horta Boa Vista we have succesfully build a 20 container house from The Netherlands to Cabo Verde. I will post pictures here in the Tiny House forums of the build of the house. Attached two pictures of how it stands now.
The plan is to create a permaculture inspiration centre and train the locals [and others] in adopting permaculture. In the future we plan to accept WOOFERS who can stay on site in a tent.

Urban farming
When I did my PDC I was introduced in a concept called 'The Blue Economy'. A book about more then 100 business cases you can do from waste. Specificly the business case to grow mushroom on coffee grounds resonated with me. I decided to build a business like that. Under the name RotterZwam, I created [together with my business partner] a mushroom farm in a former subtropical swimming paradise in the city centre of Rotterdam.

We believe in a society that closes loops, uses raw materials to the maximum of their potential and that consumes more green then animal based proteins. We produce mushrooms, give webinars and share a lot of information though our YouTube channel. I will post stuf here as well on the mushroom topic.

Composting
I love to compost. Worm composting has my specific attention. I am working on a project to compost al the organic material of the building we are residing in, with worms. Also on this topic, I will be posting stuff. I attach a picture of my wormbin in full activity.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask
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Location: Denton, TX United States Zone 8a
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Howdy Siemen, and welcome to Permies!

I can't believe I'm the first person to respond to you, looks like your projects are coming along very well! That's quite a worm bin, how deep is it? I vermicompost as well, though at this point only on the residential/single family level.

Check out those mushrooms! I was reading up just the other day on coffee ground substrates. Are those oysters? Do you have experience growing other kinds of mushrooms on the substrate? Would love to hear all about your process.

Is "The Blue Economy" the name of the book? That's a fantastic concept for a book.

Best of luck in all your ventures!
 
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I love that mushroom idea.  If you have time, I would really like to read a thread outlining it.
 
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Hi Siemen and welcome!
I love your projects! I've got three tubs of worms who help out with our composting. I have long been interested in mushroom cultivation and am most interested in using coffee grounds. Straw is not readily available in my area. My attempts so far have not been sucessful. What are you mixing with your coffee ground substrate. I'd be interested in seeing more details on your set up, those are some beautiful mushrooms you have there!
 
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Hello Siemen. That is quite an impressive population of worms!  They look very active and healthy. Are those  red wigglers?
 
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Looks like the worms are ready for the spent mushroom bags.
 
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Nice projects ! I was wondering about Cap Verde, must be a warm and tropical place? How is it with the metal containers, doesn't it get too hot? I'm curious, as I have live quite a lot in the tropics and I interested in different living solutions for tiny houses, huts etc.
 
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