Rob Clinch

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Zone 5B, NB, Canada
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I always see the most pollinators/ beneficials around parsnip flowers, they are always buzzing with activity. I have a corner in my backyard that I planted parsnip in and never harvested and now they reseed themselves, I usually leave most of that area to the wild things.
2 months ago
Thanks for the response Eliot! I am inheriting a 80 acre wood lot that has not been managed well. It’s currently regrowth ranging from 10- 60 years old, but never harvested with a long term plan. I would love to turn it into silvopasture/ alley crop and manage it in a way that I could sell carbon credits. I can see how administration for a lot of smaller parcels of land would be a problem, it seems that possibly a “carbon co-op” of land owners close together could help solve the issue.
2 months ago
I’m curious if anyone here is or has been involved in selling carbon credits. Is it even possible for a small scale farmer to become involved? If so, what country are you sequestering in? What practices do you use that count toward a credit which can be sold? I’m interested in hearing anyone’s real world experience with it. Any info I have seen online involves projects encompassing thousands of acres.
2 months ago
Thank you very much for the free plans. This will be a fun project for my work shop!
2 months ago
Great set up mike, next winter I will definitely have a compost coop set up. It just makes too much sense not to.
7 months ago
In my experience with aquaculture on both home (300 gallons) and commercial scale (1 million+ salmon smolt/ year) it’s not the actual fish that cause a smell, it’s fish feed, dead fish and moisture issues caused by poor air circulation that causes any bad smells. If your water stinks it most likely is caused by inadequate aeration or using high fat feed that leaches oils onto the surface of the tank which will then make its way to your grow beds. Red wiggler worms will help breaking it down in beds but it could still have some smell.
7 months ago
IBC work perfectly well for small set ups and are a great upcycling use (as long as you know what was in them first!). Having them in the cellar is fine as long as precautions are taken. Foil on floor trusses definitely doesn’t hurt but there is no substitute for proper ventilation, if the lids are preventing moisture from escaping the tanks then they are also preventing gas exchange between the water and the atmosphere. If they are are loose enough for proper gas exchange then they are loose enough to allow moisture out. Even a single medium size  aquarium with a lid can cause mould problems in a room with out good air exchange, I found this out the hard way, a long time ago, as a teenager, in my bedroom at my parents house!
7 months ago
One major concern about the fish tanks in the basement, much more important than smell, is moisture management. You will need to have a lot of active ventilation or the humidity will cause big problems with mould, mildew and eventually rot. It can definitely be done but it is important to do it right. Another option for you might be to place the tanks in the floor of the greenhouse, under your grow beds. Then they would be shaded from the sun and the earth would buffer against temperature swings. Commercial fish hatcheries in the north place their tanks at least partially below grade for this buffering effect. How big are your tanks?
7 months ago
Welcome Darrell, I read your book 5+ years ago and was very inspired by it. Bioshelters make so much sense to me that I can’t imagine starting a farm without one in the design, I look forward to hearing about the updates from your place!
7 months ago
I’m really enjoying following along with your project Wayne! I’m sure you must have mentioned already but I couldn’t see it as I skimmed back through, roughly how large of an area are you working on?
7 months ago