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The following is understanding that PEP=Permaculture Experiences (according to) Paul, the idea is generalizing some tasks. I wonder if instead of having specific species like black locust or willow, the plants listed should be based on function. There might also be a list of plants (surely some lists already exist out on them interwebs) which fulfill each category, including the growing range like USDA zones, as well as water needs once established (arid - dry - moderate - wet - rainforest).

So instead of saying black locust, perhaps you use "nitrogen fixing tree" or "silvopasture leaf fodder" or "rot resistant wood". Then a person looks at a list like "Nitrogen Fixer Trees: Black Locust, Mimosa, Alder, Redbud, Autumn Olive, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Golden Chain Tree, Acacia, Mesquite, etc etc" and they can find something which will adapt to their existing environment?
1 day ago
Make sure to soak the bricks in water prior to adding the clay slip, otherwise it dries out too fast and cracks.
2 days ago
Thomas or anyone else have a link to a US seller, that is actually selling Superwool and not Kaowool (also by Morgan, but not the same product)? I'm searching around and not finding pages with it for sale, just the info sheets. I have barrels and some bricks and want to build a test system (no real use when you live in zone 11...) and play with it, and the 5 minute riser is the way to go for me. I figure a roll of 1" thick, 24" wide by 12 feet or longer should be a good amount to start. Thanks!
3 days ago
I think it's fair to allow the little ones to help turn that deer into food- when my dad would come home with a deer he'd tie it up in the back yard to process. I can still remember how tasty it was to take some venison into the house, toss it in the manual meat grinder and then cook it up, and can still vaguely picture sitting on the porch to eat it 40 years later.

I think it helps that I was around hunting and fishing and the general outdoors since I was a baby (my dad has a pic of me sneaking a sip out of his brown beer bottle when we were fishing when I was 3) and knowing that's how things work. I was always a nut for animals, adopting baby squirrels or rabbits, also giving a kiss to each fish I caught, and hugging the cows and pigs on the grandparents farm. But it was also matter of fact that we would eat some of those animals, like taking a chicken that wasn't laying any more over to the stump with a hatchet before heading out to church, and coming home to clean the chicken up for dinner.

Taking a small child that has spent their lives in the city or sterilized suburbs and maybe has been to the zoo once, whose meat comes wrapped in plastic from an isle in the grocery store, and showing them something they maybe have only seen on TV being processed to eat? That'll cause some tears for a lot of kids whether they are 6 or 12. Waaaaay too many people are totally separated from their food, whether an animal or vegetable. Any way to establish that connection again is a good thing to me, so long as it's done safely. Hunting as a sport is pretty much the same, I just hope the deer is being brought back and processed so someone that needs the food is getting it.
4 days ago
6 seems rather young but I expect the 6 year old is also being hand-held through everything, and with a rifle in a blind using a tripod etc etc. I still wouldn't want to risk putting a poorly shot deer through hours or even days of suffering if that child doesn't hit just right.

My dad grew up in "the holler" in Kentucky, and he hunted birds with a sling shot every day to help put meat on the table. I think he said at 8 he got an air rifle which made it much quicker work, he would lay on the berm next to the railroad tracks, as pidgeons would be lined up on the phone lines above. The sling shot would scare the rest away for a while, while the rifle was quiet enough that he could shoot 5-6 in a row and then collect them all and go home.

I was shooting a rifle at targets and squirrels around age 5-6, and target shooting a compound bow at 6. I was never left alone with the rifle. The rifle was a little 22 caliber, and it was always slung on my shoulder when we moved around and that was over pretty easy terrain. My folks divorced when I was 7, so I never went hunting anything beyond then. But being quiet in the woods and learning to look up and out as well as where you stepped before moving was standard practice.

So I can a 6 year old being out there, but certainly not carrying the hardware over terrain where a trip could at the least damage a scope and under stupid conditions results in the weapon discharging a round. I'd feel sorry for any little kid having to shoulder a rifle during that shot too, between knowing how bad it will kick and trying not to tense up, while still making a clean shot that quickly drops the deer. My dad always shoots the spine with a rifle so they drop right on the spot, and is always up in a tree so even if a shot were to miss it's going to hit dirt regardless. I wouldn't want a child in a blind shooting and possibly missing, and that bullet travelling  a really long way until it hopefully hits a tree or hill before another hunter.
4 days ago
One of the tough parts to that is knowing for sure what is actually in the fuel. For example, any heavy metals or carcinogens in the inks or binders for cardboard or paper? Do we really know for sure? While a good draft and well sealed RMH protects those inside for anything that comes out the other end, someone in your yard or a neighbor downwind could still suffer the results.

If you live in a rural area and are using a trash barrel regardless, I would still be careful of burning nasty stuff indoors, just in case there's not a strong draft to keep the gick out of your breathable air.
4 days ago
The book Nourishing Traditions goes into some detail and has a ton of recipes that rely on lacto fermentation, where you add some real whey (not the protein powder!) or salt to food you pack into a glass bell jar, and after several days the food will be ready for long term storage or use. No need to use heat (so one less bottleneck to preserving a large harvest) and it can increase the nutritional value of the preserved food.
1 week ago
Truth: a wofati can be built on a slope or on flat land-the slope is not necessary.

Building by digging sub-grade into a slope is more of a Mike Oehler, "The $50 and up underground house" idea. The wofati per Paul is 80% Mike Oehler design principles, but digging sub-grade into the slope is one that is not included. It is still earth-integrated (which Oehler said would. be a better term for his design as well), in that soil is bermed against the walls and added to the roof.

Yeah Norma I believe attaching a bike mechanically to a used washing machine is a great idea, and it can help with a trickle charge of batteries as well. I linked that video as I recall reading about a person who expected they could charge at a rate of 1200 watts using a bike thanks to gearing but I think that was without attaching a load. As we see the most elite athlete on the planet generated 700 watts for a while minute before he shut down from the extreme effort. A more casual pace for an hour or two might be enough to keep a chest freezer running on cloudy winter days, so I plan to try it and get it might even improve my health!
1 week ago