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!
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?
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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.
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.
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.