Paul Sims

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So, it looks like scubbly is closing down. How can I buy this book now?
1 year ago
I would have put this in the toxic-gik forum but I don't have enough apples to post in the cider press yet.

So coca-cola is now producing milk now, called FairLife. They have a really great marketing team! The faq page is great. They tell us how their milk is split up and recombined into a "healthier" product. Also, they totally position CAFOs as superior to "organic milk" (see attached). I never thought how the cows would rather be indoors in that crowded barn!

This marketing video is so good (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni8H3FFfx10), it makes me believe that "better farming" and "better treatment of animals" means putting calfs in tiny cages (9 seconds into the video). Well done coca-cola marketing!
4 years ago
This is a really amazing write-up covering an extremely broad amount of material.

I'm in San Antonio as well, and I heat my house probably 4 days a year. I can attest to awnings and window shades being incredible tools here that can be done on the cheap. With the humidity and temperatures being too high at night (84 degrees) during the summer months (april-october), evaporative cooling and "cold temperature storage" is not very effective. But blocking the sun from hitting your windows and walls *is* very effective! Same with growing big old shade trees in front of your east and west facing walls, but that takes many years to reap the benefit. With 7 solid months of hot weather, I would suspect any building (even adobe/cob) that isn't built with some sort of sun shade to be quite uncomfortable in peak summer.

I am interested in rocket stoves as a way to cool my house though, not to heat it. I was thinking about what you said about rocket stoves being used in these types of climates for specialized "purpose-built" uses. I think a rocket stove outdoor cooking thingy would be very useful here, especially if it had a hot box oven area by it. I think 50 years from now, people will look back at us and think, "Wow... People used to cook inside their own houses while simultaneously running their A/C units to cool down the heat it produced...." It's madness I tell you! But there isn't a real energy efficient option right now other than not cooking for 6 months because grills burn so much fuel for so little output.

Anyway, if there's ever a workshop on outdoor cooking with rocket stove tech, sign me up! The high temperatures and amount of experimentation to make a stove that was usable as a primary cooking implement is pretty far outside my knowledge and abilities.
4 years ago
We have tons of siberian elms in central texas. They grow on the edge of riparian areas, and are the first trees to come up out of recovering grasslands. Eventually, oak trees and pecan trees shade them out and they die.

If you have a rocket stove, this is a great tree for canes. We get a good 10 ft of growth annually, and the only thing that seems to truly kill them off is shade and disease (they are kind of always sick trees, weak immune system). They don't coppice particularly well, but they more than make up for it in vigor.

They make amazing wind breaks too. I really don't have enough good things to say about this crap tree. We've even cut them down to the ground and had them come back.

And a half inch hole at the base of the "bucket" shouldn't even phase that old timer, and it'll put a flow of nutrient right at its roots. I'd say go for the hole.
4 years ago
Not a troll question: What url are we supposed to link to with these icons? Just permies.com?
Interesting article about bacteria reducing germination time in soil.

http://bit.ly/1rpMfrU

A smarter person than I could probably use this + hugelkultur to get better than greenhouse starting speeds with all the advantages of starting from seed seed in ground. At the very least, it's a cool article and a neat video.
4 years ago
Hah! I was just coming here to say the same thing!
4 years ago
Gotcha. That's a reasonable approach actually, pdubs. Also, I like your idea of respecting the "F" in wofati even in developing the educational and research parts. I wish I could be there!
4 years ago
You should kickstarter a wofati dvd covering the 2 months. There are a _ton_ of people interested in wofati building but can't commit the 2 months to really get all the information from harvesting lumber, how/where to dig, building the structure, insulating using earth, cooling convection pipes, integrated rocket mass heater, care and maintaining a wofati, etc. This is extremely important information that is virtually non-existent in a detailed howto format on the internet. Wofati may actually be the most innovative and truly permaculture thing on this website, and it remains largely undefined and unknown.

It's one thing to dig out a really big root cellar. It's another thing to produce an integrated design rooted in ideas from sepp holzer + mike oehler + chris magwood + community homesteading experience.
4 years ago