Su Ba wrote:Wow, according to the Florida regulations, you will have sell a LOT of eggs just to cover your annuals fees & permits and other costs. Small egg producers will be forced to sell illegally.
Although the regulations are a bit different here in Hawaii, small producers cannot legally sell their eggs here either. There are lots of people selling 5-15 dozen eggs a week, but sales are kept low key. At the farmers markets whenever the health inspector is spied, the word travels fast. Things disappear under tables - eggs, honey, jams, cheese, macnuts, dried fish, other food items. Our county requires that eggs be graded. Since there is no USDA grader on the island, all sales are thus illegal. Go figure.
Over here we tend to be "outlaws" and sell our farm produce anyway. The government is not very friendly to the small producer.
R Scott wrote:How big are we talking?
How wild-fire proof do you want/need it to be?
Will you need/want to collect rain water for drinking/irrigation?
Cob and earthbag shouldn't be true domes outside the desert, but a round house with traditional roof.
Cob really needs time to dry before a hard freeze--so you will have a really short building season in some of the places you listed.
Cob and Earthbag both need proper soil mixes (although earthbag has a wider range of allowable mixes) and if you don't have the right clay/sand mix onsite, it can get really expensive really quick.
Don't forget the foundation!!! If you can do a rubble trench, great--but if you need a full concrete foundation you will use more concrete for just a cob or earthbag foundation than the whole monolithic dome. The thick foundation walls for cob, earthbag, or rammed earth are really prohibitive if you have to do them in concrete.