Josh J.J. Jones

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Jack Edmondson wrote:I am not sure I am comfortable with you requiring a 'minimum order'. Could I just get half a shirt?

The Geologist art is clever. Well done. With respect to Geoff Lawton:

"All of the world's problem can be solved in a garden." Across a back ground of cannabis leaves. For the younger crowd of course. Sold legally in Washington and Colorado only.

Great idea. I'll work on it
5 years ago

William Bronson wrote: It's a bit obvious but I would love a "talk Permie to me" t shirt.

My wife would hate it, but I am working on her...

I know we are talking t-shirts, but there is no reason to stop there. I can always put it on a thong if that would be more her speed.
5 years ago
Hello All,
I work for Geographics Printing Company in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We print all kinds of things, but to keep this brief, we have a whole line of Geology shirts, bumper stickers, and buttons. You can see that stuff HERE. There are many categories such as Geology, Dinosaurs, Chemistry, Biology, Computer GEEK, and some a bit more raunchy. To save you a bit of clicking here are a few examples of our Geology quotes....

San Andreas Protect Us From Our Faults
If You Don't Love Geology - Upper Jurassic
Subduction Leads to Orogeny
Geologists Have Their Schist Together
Geologists Know How to Make the Bedrock
Old Geologists Never Die They Just Get Stoned

Being in the Ozarks region, I especially like this one...

So now you see what we are up to, we want to take it to the next level and do some Permie Quotes for shirts, buttons, and bumper stickers. Because we all know that permies have great imaginations, let's see what quotes you come up with and we'll make it available on shirts. If you have graphics in mind to use with your quote, please mention those too! We'll come up with something awesome for you.

Here's a couple of mine that I'm working on:
Climate Change Response Team (done with a police response team style/font)
Official Function Stacker (graphics to show examples of stacking functions)
With Permies, It's all about the edge (text only)
I'm a ROCKETstove MAN/WOMAN (Still working on graphics. So many options)

Either get in touch with us through our website, or PM me for orders. FYI minimum order for shirts is ONE. Price breaks at a dozen, 3 dozen, 6 dozen, 12 dozen, 24 dozen.
5 years ago
I have been a photo editor since the late 90s. Yes Gimp is FREE, but Photoshop and Lightroom together are only $10/mo. Sooooo worth the money. Don't be intimidated because it's Adobe. Because it's Adobe there are more video tutorials out there than Gimp or any other product. If you have never used Lightroom before, it's the best way to edit all your photos (individually or batch) without having to open a single one. If you need PS or LR help (or if you get stuck on a photo and don't know how to fix it), post here or PM me.!3085!3!71734055538!e!!g!!photoshop&s_kwcid=AL!3085!3!71734055538!e!!g!!photoshop&ef_id=U2lT8AAAAYA3vgkF:20150605201433:s
5 years ago
At the risk on getting my knuckles rapped upon by the admin for not putting this post in the blatant advertising section, I just wanted to let you know about this book by Linda Runyon HERE. If you don't know who she is, take the time to look her up. She is an amazing woman who can eat off the land, and has for many years. She has many useful foraging books on that site.

My thinking is that if we can change the way we think about what is food (i.e. trees), we can rethink "what is a Food Forest" too.

This is the description about the book...
"The smell from pine goes so deep in my memory it seems to have been with me forever. The sounds of the wind in the needles is one my ears strain to hear in each and every gust of wind. It seems I was born under a tree when I was taken to the Adirondacks when I was so very, very little. Three months of age and parked on a blanket or carriage under the trees’ arms, trees have always been ALIVE to me!
The story had been written many times when the Adirondack night blew winds causing temperatures to dive to 30 or 40 degrees BELOW zero, and all the canning jars burst and I was completely out of my normal food supply for the winter. I started my usual prayer with deep desperation – I asked God, "OK now that the food is gone, what do I do next?" Through my fear, I always received an answer in words typed across the forefront of my brain sorta above my eyes. There was no sound to the answer, just emphatic letters WHAT DID THE IROQUOIS DO FOR CENTURIES IN FROZEN WINTER? I was off and ploughing through deep snow in the woods for a pine branch. That was my first scraping of bark and taste of chewy-when-hot, stir-fried with garlic salt; Shredded bark!!
Parts of trees, such as the frozen buds caught in winter’s grip, were eaten in more than one way that winter, and I added other types of trees along the way. Frozen sap from balsam and pine became the CANDY for our delicacy in the winter.
In spring, the answers came faster than I could cook them. We ate raw throughout our working day. Thus, the tiny leaves and buds of MAPLE, BEECH, BIRCH and the fruits of the trees & how to use them. NOW, the world was complete for me.
I WAS at peace with my whole environment. Below GROUND, ON GROUND and NOW WAY ABOVE GROUND, the supply was ENDLESS, and still is for all of us. I knew then how my predecessors made it through the winter.
I hope you ENJOY Eat the Trees! I know I enjoyed living the homestead memories of tree food!"

Then another reader's synopsis...
"The book covers the trees that were important to Linda’s experiences in her homesteading years: pine, birch, balsam fir, maple, willow & beech. It absolutely covers descriptions and serves as a guide to foraging these important plants. Edible parts, harvest tips, processing, nutrition information, uses & ideas are also covered. Linda always shares her stories about her past, and for those who love them, she doesn’t disappoint in this book either. Also included is a study guide for self-study or home schooling that will really serve to increase familiarity with these majestic food sources."

I just ordered my copy. I'll give my own review once I have read it.
6 years ago

Tom Connolly wrote:Yes, that is way cool! The right size...the only way to make it better is to lower the price and make it a diesel, so that we can pour bean oil into it, or perhaps convert the gasser to use alcohol. While I don't ever hope to have to grow/raise EVERYTHING I eat and use (though I hope to be able to be self sustaining at a minimum level) because that would rule out a lot of variety in food, my ultimate vision of living off the grid is to be able to power my own vehicles with "homemade" fuel. That is why I have begun looking raising a couple of acres of some product that can be converted to fuel, and at tractors that can facilitate this. There is not only the issue of the size of the tractor on the field, but also the size required to store it, transport it, etc. Still, even though it may fit into the bed of a pickup, I would not want to be the one to have to get it into the bed! One question: with tracks like this has, will this vehicle be able to "tread lightly" on a piece of agricultural land? I have seen some small garden type tractors with rubber tracks instead of steal. I am sure that they are not as durable but what about the effect on the land? In all fairness, the garden tractors that I saw probably only weighed 500 pounds, instead of the 700 that this hefty little helper weights.

From reading reviews, the lack of a diesel option seems to be a common complaint. Maybe they will make that an option in the future. They do offer a "rubber shoe" attachment HERE that reads "Medium-duty rubber pavement shoes allow "scratch-free" travel on any surface. Gives added penetration and traction. Ideal for snow use on blacktop or concrete. Not for heavy rocky conditions. Factory assembly available"

The problem that I have had with garden tractors is gaining traction when the ground is soft, especially on a slope. The tracks on this one along with the added weight should help eliminate this problem.

HAHAHA just saw on their website that they offer a DIY tractor kit HERE
6 years ago
This was back in 2012 so it has been around for at least a couple years
6 years ago

Miles Flansburg wrote:Is this something new?

It appears it has been around for a couple of years. I believe it started in Australia. I saw it on Geoff Lawton's wife's facebook page and went and looked it up.
6 years ago

Tom Connolly wrote:Tools are cool and the bigger they are, and more complicated and useful the better One question that I have....after reading dozens - if not hundreds - of posts on this forum, how many people have enough land to warrant such a large machine? enough flat land? The impression that I get after reading posts here, is that most people - if they are thinking about some kind of mechanical assistance for their land - are trying decide between a two wheel tractor and a 4 wheel garden type tractor. AFAIK, any tractor can be modified for any series of accessories by simply having someone weld the appropriately sized mounting plate to the trailer and possibly changing the pto or hydraulic connectors - assuming that the tractor has enough power.

One more thought - "inoperable" may have to do with the ability to register one of these to use it on public roads. My guess is that they do not have appropriate smog and safety equipment, so you may not be able to register one to use it on the road. More than likely, you can still register it as a farm vehicle and use it, but you need to check that out first.

I see your point on land size and big machines. So maybe THIS tractor that can fit in the back of a pickup is more towards your liking. Only $5,428 new.
6 years ago

R Scott wrote:There was one on ebay a couple years ago that was like new (seriously, under 40 hours on the engine). I think it went for 30K. Would make a great drive yourself to the job permie machine running on veggie oil. But they are not that good of a digging machine and a front heavy beast driving down the road (can't go much faster than a new tractor). But it would be FUN.

That's a pretty good price. They supposedly can get up to 50mph, according to the infomercial vid. I have no experience with these but I'm guessing that they can dig ok, or the military wouldn't have invested in them. Sure they aren't as efficient as the BIG earthmovers, but I'd look at it just for the different functions you can stack in one machine.
6 years ago