Kirk Marschel

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since Feb 24, 2012
Growth and Special Projects Director at Spark Youth Action Labs
Minnesota, USA (Zone 4b)
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Garrett Wilmer wrote:Good afternoon! My name's Garrett and I'm new here. I'm going to be starting a small free range chicken operation in Minnesota in the Spring, just outside of Lake Superior. I didn't know if anyone would be interested in starting an eco-village as I will have plenty of additional land. No weird cult-y vibes, just good, simple living. But anywho, I would like to be as self sustaining as humanly possible so even if you just want to bounce ideas back and forth I would love to hear from you! Thanks for your time!



Welcome Garret! Congrats on your new business, sounds like fun. I'd be curious to hear about how your journey goes, keep us updated What made you want to start a free range chicken operation?

Welcome again,
Kirk

5 years ago
Hey Permies,

YEA Corps is having our 3rd annual Summer Sustainability Internship for youth here in the Twin Cities. We're a quickly growing non-profit empowering youth through sustainability education and action. This summer is going to be action packed with Aquaponics, Vermicomposting, Algae Production, Mushroom Cultivation, MicroBiology, Permaculture design and gardening, and much more! We're partnering with local organizations to take the action beyond our lab as well. It's a chance to build the resume, skills, and make some change in the community. The program is for youth, under 30yrs old. It's a 10hr/week commitment with a certification upon completion. Check out or website for more info or send us an email at info@yeacorps.org

5 years ago

a. mark wrote:
Perhaps I could get some help in starting a kickstarter campaign?
And would anyone with video experience have an interest in logging hours of footage when the time is right?

Mark
Site Host for Loma Mar, CA



Mark, thank you for all your work so far, and all that you intend to do! I think a kickstarter campaign is a great idea, let me know if you need any help.

-Kirk
5 years ago
Hey Permies,

I've recently updated my journal on PermaMN about Nutrient Cycling, Raising Rabbits, Vermicomposting, Dry-Curing meat, and more. PermaMN is an organization dedicated to fostering a sustainable and community-focused Minnesota through the application of Permaculture. I was hesitant to post a link, but Paul in his most recent Podcast talks about how he'd like people to share their blogs/journals and such. I've referenced Paul and Permies many times in the journal, including this post. I'm happy to send links back to Paul's stuff, he's been such a great resource and I'd love to see the empire expand. I'd love some input, thoughts, and if there are people in Minnesota on their on journey to sustainability and Permaculture, their own journals on the site. Here is a excerpt from the lastest post:

Despite the fact that the previous growing season has long ended and the next is still a few months away, I've continued to progress towards sustainability thru experiments and education, and even obtain a yield (Permaculture principle #3). I have continued to involve myself in the community and help build a better Minnesota. This winter has been a great chance for me to innovate, expand my homesteading skills, and work on nutrient cycling. I've replaced the warm-months barrel composter with indoor worm composting, started raising rabbits, and experimented with growing food indoors. In the kitchen I learned to culture sourdough, dry-cure meat, how to cook and care for cast-iron--a solid alternative to the toxic teflon coated cookware--, and I continued brewing beer. Sustainability doesn't end with the growing season, it's a life-long journey.



If anyone would like to keep up-to-date with the journal and PermaMN, I'd encourage to join the Newsletter.

Cheers,
Kirk
6 years ago

Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein wrote:SUMMER? Are all the classes are happening during THIS year? It would be crucial to know as SOON as possible The amount of time given for this spring event was very very short, I need like 6 months to gather that kind of money, again.



I think Roxanne brings up a good consideration. It'd be helpful to know when, at least roughly, the future workshops are going to take place. It would definitely help in regards to planning the funding needed for all of the workshops.
6 years ago

Ken Peavey wrote:
Board rot is a problem. Down here I've seen 3" thick lumber disintegrate in just a few short years when left in contact with moist compost. I have one compost heap contained on 3 sides with 9 pallets. I've tried a few methods of treating the boards, and found a solution that seems to help for me. I slather it with kitchen grease. I keep my bacon grease for cooking, but there is plenty of stuff I scrape out of my pans from hamburgers or spare ribs, or deep frying oil that I don't use in another dish. I keep an old brush on a handy nail, use it to slather this grease on the boards. It only takes a minute, but the wood is holding up well after 3 years. Mind you, I get a cat sniffing around over there now and then, and its not the best looking thing. Theory says this grease will decay through putrifaction and create a stink. I live out in the woods so a smell would not be an issue, but I don't notice a smell other than the first couple of days, and I think that is from the water content of the mess I slather on. I've only done about half of the pallets, stuff has been heaped up on the other side. The greased boards, while messy, have been protected somewhat from the moisture in the heap. There is a caveat: the greased side is also not usually piled up as high as the other side. It seems to be helping.



This seems like a pretty cool idea. I'm curious, has anyone ever tried beeswax? Perhaps there'd be less issue of attracting unwanted vermin/pests and bad pathogens?

-Kirk
6 years ago
Hey Permies,

I wanted to make it know, as I didn't see any mention of it anywhere else in the forums, that there is a Sustainable Agriculture Summit here in Minnesota this February 15 & 16. It's being put on by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Sustainable Farming Association. For those that cannot afford the full cost there are some Scholarships. It looks like there is going to be some great panels and sessions. I'll be attending the event both days and hope to see you there!

-Kirk
6 years ago
That's a brilliant and thoughtful idea, thank you Paul for sharing! I've never considered that aspect of Bee care and it's great to see it done in such a caring way. Great lead-in comment at the beginning too! Another great brick to making the world a better place.

Thanks Paul!
-Kirk
6 years ago
Hey Permies,

Sorry to keep "spamming" this post, but I wanted to point out for those that might not see, I made a thread about bringing Paul to the Duluth spring workshop. If you think this is a good idea and want to see it happen, make it known. I think it'd be a great addition.

http://www.permies.com/t/21128/permaculture/Bring-Paul-Sepp-Holzer-Workshop

-Kirk
6 years ago