S Bengi

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Massachusetts, Zone:6/7 AHS:4 GDD:3000 Rainfall:48in even Soil:SandyLoam pH6 Flat
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Yes, sometime I am watching a subtitled foreign language show/movie/anime, with the volume off.  And in my head the characters have a specific voice, but when I finally listen to it dubbed vs reading it dubbed, I usually think wow, that so different from how I envisioned the character voice in my head.

Vaguely similar to reading a book and then watching the TV adaptation and then you experience some disconnect.  
3 months ago
I have never owned a microwave, but I have an avona combi-steam countertop toaster oven.
It holds 3 half-sheet pan. Below is my usual setup
Top sheet filled with meat
Middle sheet filled with greens
Bottom sheet filled with starch (pasta/rice/potatoes/etc)
I usually steam at 100% humidity at 216F for 30min, then I pull out the greens and starch. Then I run it for an additional 25minutes at 350F at 0% humidity for just the meat.

With the steel-sheet and the temp set to 485F after pre-heating. I make pizza in 3min. I even get wonderful leopard-ing.

I proof my bread at 75F and 75% humidity, and I also bake them too. I make real 6inch thick cakes not just brownies. And made a whole turkey it.

Pretty much I have become a huge fan. I dont really use my stove top anymore.  I use my instantpot once a week, and while I do have a solar powered GoSun Fusion, which I thought I would use at least once a week. I can count the few times I actually use it
3 months ago
Flow=3600gpm=60gal/s x 60seconds/min

Net Power =  1/10 x Flow x Head
Net Power = 1/10 x 3600gpm x 6ft
Net Power = 360 x 6
Net Power = 2160W (52KWH/day)

Net Power =  1/10 x Flow x Head
Net Power = 1/10 x 3600gpm x 40ft
Net Power = 360 x 40
Net Power = 14,400W (345KW/day)
(with this option you wouldn't really need a battery bank or inverter

4 months ago
Based on just the stream banks. It would be easy for you to get a 3ft head.
Flow = 50cubic feet per second = 22,441 gallons per minutes
Head = 3ft

Net Power = 1/10 x Flow x Head
Net Power = 1/10 x 22,441gpm x 3ft
Net Power = 2,244 x 3
Net Power = 6,732W every hour
(If we disregard system losses the theoretically Power is actually twice what is listed above)

There are 24hrs in each day
Daily Production = Net Power x 24hrs
Daily Production = 6.7KW x 24hr
Daily Production = 161.6KWH per day
(If we use the high flow rate of 100cf/s vs the min of 50cf/s, we would actually double production)
(An avg USA house only uses 1/5 of that aka 33KWH/day or 1,000KWH/month), so even with a smaller head you would still be fine

Next would be to price out this system build:
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4 months ago
1) It's a great space is inside boston city limit, with a heavy deer/animal population, every winter.
2) The trees are not planted in the fall where the root system has a chance to become established.
3) The trees are planted in late spring/summer and they aren't watered to get them thru the 1st year
4) Native like pawpaw survive but European imports like apple/pear/plum are very suspectible to pest and die quickly

Because of the unique space, I would recommend the following.

1) Setup a drip irrigation system
2) Setup a dutch clover lawn that is 6inch, for nitrogen and also so that the edible can be easily identified and taken care of by the groundskeeper
3) Plant more natives like: blueberry, raspberry/blackberry, persimons, pawpaw, elderberry, native grapes, maypop, native hazelnut, etc
4) Plant more exotics like: mulberry, figs, goumi, akebia vine, artic kiwi vine, honeyberry, yellowhorn nut
5) Avoid the European imports like apple, pear, cherry, plum, peach, if you must plant the native or Asian species like beach plum, sand cherry, asian pear, etc
6) Don't accept the donation of half-dead trees in June and plant them
7) Plant in the fall for a better root system and less watering, and less deer/animal damage
8) Plant bare root, so that the plants are planted properly.
4 months ago
Seeing as how you aren't looking to live inside city limits. As a owner-builder, as long as you have 2x4 studs every 16inchs and a bit of insulation. They really dont care.

Now if you start telling them that you want to have a earthen roof and cob wall, and a composting tiolet and that you to run a DC only electrical system then you are just drawing attention to yourself and asking to be investegated alot more.

And yes as other have said, if you get somewhere with a house already you can probably renovate it and have it exactly the way how you want it.  If you buy raw land, just look out for impact fee. I have seen it cost $20,000
4 months ago
Harvesting rainwater is all about having the water serve multiple purposes, with less human inputs.
The rain can sustain the lifeform in the soil, which gives us nutriets for the plants and maybe even a microherd for chickens.

We will also need to water the soil less the more that garden naturally captures the water vs just letting it sheet away.
Its not only about capturing the water its also about not letting it disappear by mulching it either with green mulch or woodchip mulch.
4 months ago
Can you confirm that you were able to get 9ton of hay from  3acres. This averaging about 3ton per acre.
Of so that sounds just about right.  

A cow/animal unit will eat about 9,000lbs of hay per year. So your 18,000lbs of hay will feed about 2 cow/animal unit on the 3 acres of hayfield.

I feel uncomfortable saying that you can have 3 cows on 4 acres of pasture/hayfield. I think you a bigger area if you don't plan on importing any hay.

Maybe you can get away with 2cows and 5 sheep, with the expectation that you will have to buy a bit of hay from time to time.

Please note that a good amount of the hay will end up getting wasted and not eaten.
How many hay cutting do you do on the 3acres?
How much hay do you get per cutting and in total per year?

Once we know how much hay you produce we can then figure out how much your pasture will produce.

It probably safe to assume that you get 2.5ton of hay per acre per year aka 100 haybale. Which is about 3ton/6000lbs of pasture

In my area during the active growing season you probably need 3acres of pasture per cow-calf animal unit.
You will probable need another 3acres of hay/pasture for the winter season assuming you are in zone 6 vs zone 9 Florida or Zone 3 Wisconsin

There are things that we can do to increase the health and productivity of your pasture/hayfield.
I think that you should put down some landscape fabric and then 12inches of topsoil/compost.
The total area looks like it is only 40ft x 10ft, so it shouldn't take alot of topsoil

Personally the area is too small, I would focus elsewhere to plant a food forest