joseph stanski

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Hi there,

I have come across quite a few screw in insulators that are used for metal fence posts as well as some that look like this
 Does anyone have any ideas for a simple way to attach them to 16mm metal poles? Thank you!
3 years ago
Thanks for the tip, what is shown in that video is exactly what i was talking about! Now to just figure out how they get away with that...
Thanks for the reply.

Yes, we have a friend who works in sustainable architecture and is working on us to design our home, and to find the right person to help us with our project, free of charge.

The thing that i'm mostly wondering is what happens when you take a traditional home and extend the roof down to the ground. More than building into the side of a hill as it seems like the wofati design is, I just wanted to do a traditional post and beam home and then extend a natural earth roof down to the ground. Mostly because it looks a bit silly to me to have an earth roof that isn't actually connected to the earth around it. But I'm having trouble conceptualizing this, and also having trouble thinking of what problems we could run into along the way here.
Hello there,

I am currently in the design phase for a 900 square foot timber framed home with cordwood walls and a natural earth roof. My wife is really into having it look like the home is "part of the landscape" by having a roof that touches the ground. I cannot immediately see a problem with this, and google isn't giving me much information besides a bunch of examples in iceland of traditional homes that basically do this. Are there any issues with running the roof all the way to the ground, or a way to replicate this look without running into structural/drainage issues? What ideas do people have for how to realistically do this/explain it to our architect who is drawing up the plans that need to be approved? Thanks for your help.
I lived on vancouver island for a while and attitudes are way different there then in the majority of the U.S. and certain parts of Canada. Trust me you will get no respect at first, might even get laughed at, and people will even wonder if you can make a living doing it. I am speaking from experience in rural and suburban Mid-west. It takes a long convincing speech to explain how it is that people make money on a market garden, and most older folks will usually suggest you go back to school to get a degree in AG and work in research if you are interested in agriculture.

Its nice that you took a shot at me not having a profession, I don't know why you chose to do that while simultaneously complaining about me taking a shot at someone else. I was actually quite successful at my former profession (which was another fun one to explain to people).
7 years ago this is the only recipe I have tried and I have continued using it for a while unadjusted. Obviously you can replace some of the stuff with fresh ingredients if its in season though!
7 years ago

Lyvia Dequincey wrote:

Yet even if I grew enough to share and sell, I could not imagine leaving the intellectual challenge of my job. Maybe because it wasn't so long ago that women were not considered suitable for many types of work, or because I worked many decades to get to my salary level, and people still respect/judge me accordingly. Maybe because I don't want to go to a party and say "What do I do? I garden a lot."

Just as you are passionate for whatever reason about the intellectual challenge of your job (though from the sounds of it and to get down to reality, you can't imagine life without a cushy salary), a market gardener is passionate about his job which requires a deep understanding of all the physical and biological sciences, direct and whole sales marketing, labor management, various forms of construction, and is subject to a big unknowing force called "nature." Oh, and you're working in a field where you buy everything retail, people are completely uneducated on your product, people are extremely demanding of your product (they want things that are sweet, uniform, unmarked, cheap, organic, oh and they want them early too), and you have razor thin margins. I can't think of a job that is more intellectual stimulating that I can talk about more than gardening really, Louis Bromfield has a few great writings about how it truly is a business that is more complex than nearly any other. Sorry but your comments really really bothered me because it is so typical of the comments i constantly hear from people probably less educated on the subject than you, and I know you already said you were "sorry for the comments" but I know in your heart that that's truly how you/they feel about it, even after I make them feel stupid for thinking of farming as something for simpletons and they without fail apologize.

But on the subject of this article, I would consider myself someone who "quit the rat race" but I did it a long time ago when I dropped out of graduate school to play poker for a living. Watching enough alan watt's videos, growing up in a family that always pushed either working hard at something you love doing (and not something you love because you are paid well, something you truly would do for subsistence income. I hear so often people that 'love their jobs' then say they wouldn't do it if i ask if they would do it for $8 an hour) or not working at all, and realizing i had an "out" of the system through poker really was amazing for me. So I did that for a few years, but found my life balance out of wack and truly wanted to do work I was proud of, and I think I've found that with market gardening. Its such rewarding work for the body and soul, connects me so much to my ancestors and the life that surrounds us all, and being outside 90% of my waking life instead of 90% being spent inside like the rest of the world is just great. I also get to eat the best food in the world.

I've found that nearly anyone with a brain quickly realizes how bullshit the corporate world is and would either 1. like to opt out of the system or 2. does opt out of it. There are so many number 1's in the world that just can't see an alternative, and the smart people in the world who aren't number 1's have wool pulled over their eyes by their piles of cash they are accumulating. Its good to see smart people are starting to see a way out, though its always unfortunate that nearly everyone I meet has little startup capital and little knowledge of how to obtain startup capital, and so they are at such a huge disadvantage from the start to actually try to make 35-40k a year doing this. It is possible though, and it is challenging, and many times I wonder why i don't go back to poker and print money, but I am sure I can succeed at this since others out there have.
7 years ago