Greg Martin

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What is in that recipe!  Thank you for sharing and congrats on loosing that grey mole!
12 hours ago
If a show ever happened I could really see some highlighting of community where viewers get to know a core group of people who are working to demonstrate the projects being developed/competed on over the course of the season(s).  People would get to know and like the folks and want to see how they're doing/progressing.  I also like the idea of having some repeat segments in a show such as visiting demonstration sites that might be famous to permies (or not), but not to the general public, in order to highlight something that site does that's awesome.  Another repeat segment each show could be going to the kitchen where, for example, this week a pile of persimmons came in and a bunch of cooks are showing off what they can do with them...maybe the community members vote for best recipe of the week....maybe that turns into the base for release of the Permies.com Cookbook and is a new revenue stream to fund projects?  Would also be great to get people salivating for all the wonderous new foods that they've never heard of before which would make them want to get cracking on planting out their own edible landscapes.  That gets me back to the 2 million question....investments in lovely edible landscape designs and that kitchen investment to host the cooking segment could be candidates.

I also very much like the idea of doing your own version of the program on YouTube.  So many potential things to do, so little time.  Neat topic!
12 hours ago
Nicole, if you're up to setting up a family fund I am happy to support that.  Thank you so much for offering to step in.  It's a tough situation and any way we can help, many of us want to.  Travis has touched many minds here.
1 day ago

William Schlegel wrote:What can we grow to make our communities more self sufficient?

Staple Foods?



Chestnuts, chestnuts, chestnuts!!!  How great would it be to have a bounteous glut of chestnuts available?
1 day ago
Doing this with metalized mylar might be good too for the long nights of winter, though at that point it seems like it might just be better to use metal faced foam board from a cost perspective.  Just add handles to make it easy to push in and pull out.
2 days ago
I realize these have some differing design features, but the Korean Ondol has some similar features too, no?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondol



They built the fires in a kitchen and then heated the mass in an adjacent room before having the smoke rise up and leave through a chimney.

One noteworthy part of the Wikipedia article:  The dol bed, or stone bed, is a manufactured bed that has the same heating effect as ondol and is purported to have health benefits. The dol bed industry is estimated to be worth 100 billion Korean won, comprising 30 to 40 percent of the entire bed industry in South Korea; dol beds are most popular with middle-aged people in their 40s and 50s.

So RMH beds have health benefits!!!  Since I'm in my 40s I should be all over that.
5 days ago
Could the Roman hypocaust systems that were used to heat some of their buildings be considered as a form of RMH?  At least a distant cousin?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypocaust



5 days ago
Here's a concept drawing for a masonry array.  Site selected with a winter water table that's relatively high, though probably below the frost line so that the top of the water table isn't frozen.  Would want that brick to be dark and perhaps a bit rough to increase emissivity, although apparently cement has a pretty high emissivity so the brick cladding might not be required.

Nicole Alderman wrote:just buy some bunching onions at the store and plant them! I find it easier than growing from seed, and so far all the organic bunching onions I've bought from the grocery store have been perennial.



Whenever I'm introducing people to edible landscaping I always recommend they do this.  I recommend they use the greens, but keep the small white end to plant.  Sometimes in the winter I end up buying a few bunches (they're like 69 cents for a bundle of 6) and I pot up the white ends and get at least another cutting in the winter before planting them out in the spring.  I have clumps of these all over!

They take a bit of patience, but definitely try ramps (A. tricoccum) in the shade of deciduous trees where the soil is moist.  Delish!

People often recommend the ornamentals moly (A. moly), three cornered leek (A. triquetrum) and nodding onions (A. cernuum) all of which I want to trial, but all of which are still on my "to get to list".


Moly


Three cornered leek


Nodding onion

1 week ago

Wj Carroll wrote: LOVE MST3K - have since the 90s!  Definitely a Joel fan.... the Gamera movies were probably my favorites, but Manos, The Hands of Fate is the accident from which you can't turn away.



Joel is the man!!! Have you by any chance seen the show "Otherspace" (aired on Yahoo Screen)?  I think you will love it.  Joel is a ship's engineer who, get this, has a robot friend!  Super funny show.  Anyhow, I don't see Wild Rebels in your list  "Crispy Fruity Rebels" has been in my head ever since.
1 week ago