Win a copy of Compost Teas for the Organic Grower this week in the Composting forum!

Nicole Alderman

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Five acres, two little ones, one awesome husband, 12 ducks (give or take), and a bunch of fruit trees and garden beds. In her spare time, Nicole likes to knit, paint, draw, teach kids, make fairies & dragons, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
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Wonderful! I wasn't sure which forum to put your giveaway in, as it fits so well in permaculture, soil, organic growing and also composting. Compost teas are so useful!

What's your favorite method for making them? Are there certain plants that are more useful than others?
2 hours ago
Please join me in welcoming Eric Fisher, author of Compost Teas for the Organic Grower

Read the book review here!

Eric Fisher will be hanging out in the forums until June 26th, answering questions and sharing his experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of his book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Composting forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email.

The winners will be notified by Personal Moosage and must respond within 24 hours. Only the winners who respond within that timeframe will receive their book. Watch for a PM, and a notice in this thread announcing the winners!

Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Eric's name to get his attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.
10 hours ago

r ranson wrote:might already be in this badge - create one of those street lending library boxes.  make it pretty.  

I think this would fit perfect in improve an already branded location!

Or, maybe even in public art, if it's done nicely!
2 days ago
(I'm probably going to regret starting this thread, as I don't wish for a flame war AT ALL. And, any other moderators are free to lock or delete this thread if it starts going off the rails like a crazy train.)

A friend of mine posted a link to this on facebook, and bunch more people started commenting about how true it was and how climate change scientists are lying, etc. All Lies About Global Warming DEBUNKED in One Article

So often these days, we end up in echo chambers of our own opinions, and no one ever respectfully tries to share the other view and engage in discorce. But, here at permies, we DO just that. We discuss stuff like this  in a fair way that allows for other's view points. I would LOVE to see other's views and responses to the above article. Some snippets:

Over the last 30 years, there has been a gradual increase in the CO2 level. But what is also observed is that despite deforestation, the planet’s vegetation has grown by about 20%. This expansion of vegetation on the planet, nature lovers largely owe it to the increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

[If we study, however, what has been happening at the geological level for several million years, we realize that the present period is characterized by an extraordinarily low CO2 level. During the Jurassic, Triassic, and so on, the CO2 level rose to values sometimes of the order of 7000, 8000, 9000 ppm, which considerably exceeds the paltry 400 ppm that we have today.

That being said, the recorded rise is 0.8 degrees Celsius and is, therefore, nothing extraordinary. If the temperature goes up, ocean water obviously dilates and some glaciers recede. This is something glaciers have always done, and not a specificity of our time.

Thus, in Ancient Roman times, glaciers were much smaller than the ones we know nowadays. I invite the reader to look at the documents dating back to the days of Hannibal, who managed to cross the Alps with his elephants because he did not encounter ice on his way to Rome, (except during a snow storm just before arriving on the Italian plain).  

Still another phenomenon we tend to exaggerate is the melting of the polar caps. The quantity of ice in the Arctic has not gone down for 10 years: one may well witness, from one year to the other, ice level fluctuations, but on average that level has remained constant.

Many other climate myths and legends exist. From storms to tornados, extreme events are going down all around the world; and when they occur, their level is much lower, too.

As explained by MIT physicist Richard Lindzen, the reduction of the temperature differential between the north hemisphere and the equatorial part of our planet makes cyclonic energy much smaller: the importance and frequency of extreme events thus tend to decrease. But once again, the rise of temperatures shows a magnitude considerably lower with respect to that we currently project.

The agreement of the Paris COP 21 was not signed to save the planet and to prevent us from roasting due to an imaginary temperature increase of +2°C. Behind all that masquerade is hidden, as always, the ugly face of power, greed, and profit.

All the industrialists who are in favor of that commitment, which will ruin Europe and immensely impoverish its citizens, do so for the good reason they find in it a huge and easy source of income.

As for NGOs, when they are not simply motivated by greed, their motive consists in a resolutely Malthusian ideology.

Their object is to return the world to a very small population, on the order of a few hundred million people. To do so, they impoverish the world, remove the power of fossil fuel energies, and thus ensure that the number of deaths increases.

I know that I, myself, am not nearly as well versed on these subjects as I would like to be. I very much wish to understand and be able to explain what I believe and why. Right now, I cannot in any great detail. I would love to know more about these subjects. Thank you.
3 days ago
I just think it SO COOL that there's a balance of girls and guys. Usually, most of the ants/boots/gappers have been almost all guys. It's so cool to see some girls rockin' it, too!!!
Not a problem! I understand that sort of problem. I'm often on permies with my daughter sleeping in my lap, so I can only cut and paste, not type (typing wakes her up)--which is why I just threw the link there rather than saying anything!
It is midnight on Saturday the 13th, and what better time for me to announce the four winners of The Green Burial Guidebook!

****Drum roll, please!*****

The winners are:

Ruth Meyers
Sonja Draven
Matthew Nistico
Anne Miller

Congratulations! I'll be sending each of you a moosage. Please reply to it by Sunday to claim your prize!

And, a huge thanks to Elizabeth for joining us and teaching us all so much about having more budget and environmentally friendly burials. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience with us!
1 week ago
I like to think about the Cider Press as a place to talk about things you wouldn't bring up at a family reunion/Thanksgiving Day table/Christmas Dinner/etc. You know, politics, religion, climate change, pollution, etc. At family reunions, you don't want to start a huge fight over things with your uncle, so you just talk about how your garden is growing and how your kids are doing and what you're building and maybe ask for some advice.

Sometimes, people manage to mention their faith, politics, view on climate change, etc, in a very subtle way that no one decides to argue with, because it's worded so nicely, and tucked in the middle of their post, so it's not the focus of their post. So, we don't worry about that. Most of the time, people talk about those Cider Press topics in a way that somehow invites everyone else to argue about religion or climate change or whatever. And then we have to go deleting and probating and all sorts of things. That's not fun!

Here's some hypothetical examples, in a imaginary thread about best fruit trees for the Pacific Northwest:

"I've had really good luck with apples. For some reason, stone fruits don't like me, and I haven't had much luck with mulberries, paw paws or persimmons or other trees that do well in the Eastern US. The climate is just so different there! But, I still plant them and give them a lot of tender loving care, because the climate seems to be in flux, and I like to have a lot of plants so that there's hopefully something that does well, even if the weather is so different than what we normally have. Having said that, there's a really nice list from Bullock Brothers of the fruit trees varieties they think do best here: I actually keep that list printed up in my car, so if there's a sale on fruit trees, I can pick out the ones that do well. If I'm going to spend a lot of money on a tree, I'm going to pick it off of that list. If I can get a persimmon or fig or pawpaw for $5, you betcha I'll give it a try!"

The mention of climate change is tucked in the middle, and I say a lot of "I think" and leave a lot of room for other people's ideas. And it ends with some really helpful info that people will probably chose to respond to, rather than my little mention of climate change.  

"With climate change happening so rapidly, it's really important to push the zone, so as we get hotter and drier, we'll still have plants that survive. I like the varieties recommended by the Bollock Brothers, as they do well here, NOW, but I don't know how long that will last, with all the changes to our climate. So, I pick a lot of varieties that do well in Eastern Washington and California. I'd also grow some plants that do well in the eastern US, like mulberries and pawpaws, as the climate is going to get more and more erratic, and you never know what each year will hold. Its so important to be able to grow food as the world goes to hell in a handbasket due to our high carbon output and unwillingness to reduce our energy usage."

This one starts and ends with talking about climate change. It has the same info as the first one, but presented in such a way that the focus/thesis of the post is about climate change, not fruit trees. Chances are, someone skimming through the thread is going to latch onto the mention of climate change, and then take issue with it, and then an argument will be born. We don't want an argument!

(....And, sometimes, even when everything is worded really nicely and perfectly, and you wouldn't think a post would cause a flame war, it does. So, we might delete or probate that post to clean up the thread so it goes back to being about fruit trees, and not climate change.)

Moderating is HARD. It really, really helps us when people just talk about controversial subjects in the Cider Press, that way we don't have to deal with yucky, soul-sucking, moderator-draining flame wars. If you take the risk and mention stuff like politics or religion or climate change, you might get your post deleted/probated. Goodness, even I have had to remove stuff because things went down hill. It's so much better, and safer, to keep controversial subjects in the Cider Press forum.
When you go on a hike, and both you and your husband just have to get pictures of the composting toilet :-D
1 week ago
When you get sick and are blowing through tissues and decide to cut up an old baby/recieving blanket into washable tissues. And then wonder why you didn't do this years before!
1 week ago