Robbie Asay

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Kathleen Sanderson wrote:

Matt Walker wrote:The only Masai that were carnivores are the warrior caste, the ones who need to be smartest and strongest and fastest.  They save the superior nutrition for the people who need it the most.

That goes along with my thoughts, that the diet high in carbs does limit intelligence.  

Eh, no it doesn't but you aren't specifying what kinds of "carbs" you are talking about.  Complex carbs are very healthy and necessary.  Simple carbs(white and processed) are not.  Also, if you look at foods that pack the most nutrition in them(nutritionally dense) there's not a single kind of meat on any of them.

Of course no one person synthesizes the same foods the same way.  However, in order to reverse chronic disease, PREVENT chronic disease and repair damage to your body you must have the necessary nutrients.  Meat doesn't pack near as strong a nutritional punch as plants do regarding that.  Where we fail in the meat debate is that we(generalizing here) are nowhere near as physically active as we used to be and our meat is nowhere near the quality it was.  Aside from that there are no known peoples historically other than those from the highest areas of the planet who ate meat and fat dense diets.

In consideration of how long it actually takes the evolutionary process to work, unless you descend from any of those peoples it's more likely/possible you will be fueling future chronic disease.  I know, everyone says they feel fine but seriously, most people do feel fine before they get sick.

Gladiators were vegetarians and called "barley men".  Daniel and his men(as well as other biblical mentions) "fasted" by eating plants and drinking water so their minds would be clear and bodies free of impurities before battle.

OP, good luck on your experiment but please be cautious.

1 year ago
That's fantastic!  I've found out the soils on the property I'm interested in are Servilleta-Prieta complex and Petaca-Prieta complex so that's "on my list" of things I need to dig into.
2 years ago
I'm always interested in new books that come out and Zack Loeks new book "The Permaculture Market Garden: A Visual Guide to a Profitable Whole-Systems Farm Business" is no exception.  Since I'll be attempting/experimenting with this style of gardening at 8000 feet(Zone 5b : -15 to -10 (F), I'd like to know if some of the ideas in the book might work/be worth experimenting with at that elevation?

I'll be doing a lot of experimentation in trying out proven high desert methods and vegetation but there are some things such as composting(can be in the single digits and less during the night for more than a few days) can be difficult.

I'll also have to corral as much rain and snow melt as possible.  There is a community well but I'm limited to household and personal garden use only.
2 years ago
Great advice Jesse and thank you so much for doing this, and that goes for anyone that helps in big or small ways.  =)
2 years ago

Jesse Grimes wrote:I ended up coming back to the Ant Village earlier than expected, as I was heading out to support the water protectors as Standing Rock in North Dakota.  A few of us from the village worked together to build a rocket mass heater and bring it out to the camps to install in one of their winter structures and help keep the people warm while using far less firewood.  I set up a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the materials and a trailer to bring it all out there.  Here is the link:

Jesse do you have a contact person at Standing Rock?  Someone else was asking about taking an RMH there so maybe you could coordinate with them as far as getting one out there:

I've sent of a message to a friend there to see who I could refer people to.  Most of his family lives in Standing Rock and he is at the protest site.  An Elder requested a woodstove and I'm unsure if this is a permanent encampment(at least as far as this protest goes) where the RMH could be moved or taken apart and set up again elsewhere later.
2 years ago
I second the above post as far as staying long enough to finish the project.  The elements will be against you as it is snowing there now.  I have been there as well as have friends that live in Standing Rock and you are far from necessities even a convenient hardware store.

There was a post here from Jesse in his Ant Village video thread regarding taking one out there.  I've made a post to one of my friends there(most of his family live in Standing Rock and he's there at the protest site) asking who they could get in touch with and am awaiting a response.  An Elder requested a woodstove but if this could be taught to some of the people there so they could remove it later and install it elsewhere that would be a wonderful thing.
2 years ago

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:We have a thread about the weather at wheaton labs - winters and summers. We have a remarkable amount of sun here in the winter months, IMHO.

Anything has to be an improvement over western WA cloud cover(9 months)!  I was made to understand by a few people living around the are that Missoula gets about 8 months of cloud cover but maybe they included the smoke in that.
2 years ago
Nothing scary about a "little" snow!  It's the cloud cover that would get to me eventually but this is an awesome deal!  I'd love to see a workshop or something similar where tools and methods could be adapted for people with some mobility limitations.  It's a future project of mine.
2 years ago
Thanks Destiny.  If they can contact me privately or by phone it would probably be better.  I can give that information to whoever needs it.
2 years ago