Johnmark Hatfield

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I was reading up on Japanese and Korean architecture and came across the ondol floor and knew permies would know about it and have similar rmh ideas.

I have been thinking of making a jig that made under and over lapping clay slabs to cover a rmh heated ondol. Anyways, if you want to watch something about making a wooden daecheongmaru, you can watch a YouTuber named mr chickadee. He does everything traditionally and is American, though his videos have no speaking and rarely have text. He has some description of the work, but if you know traditional woodworking, it’s fairly simple to understand.
3 months ago
Hello adam!

My wife and i used to live in madison, but i still work there. We Moved to the country by edgerton. A permie community in Dane would be difficult as was mentioned. We have some acquaintances that have worked at troy gardens, but i dont think its a permie farm. There are some permie educational places in stoughton (terra simpla) and cooksville ( low tech institute). We have friends in the driftless area, and there are some eco village esque efforts i have heard, but we have a lot of green/community people that i would like to start something up with possibly in the viroqua/la farge area.

Anyways, small world!
6 months ago

Su Ba wrote:We made the transition not long after the 9/11 attack. From a distance I saw it happen and it shook me to the core. I suddenly realized that I was going to die without ever trying my dream. So we spent a couple years preparing and made the jump. We left behind the American Dream of the middle class 3 bedroom modern house with all the goodies and in the suburbs. I left behind the modern lifestyle, hairdresser, nail salon, stylish clothes, make up, nylons.....and a 40 hour job/profession. We found 20 acres and we started to build ourselves a house and create a homestead farm. I'm still 100% immersed in an agarian life, but hubby is a city boy and eventually went back to working his computer-thing job. He says he likes being the city boy who is enjoying living in the country. It's works for us. At least he doesn't want to physically move back to the rat race. He plans to stay on the farm, but he's not the farmer.

Where did you live while you built the house? Is your current community the same as the old one? Did you just jump into the local relationships or dip a toe in first?  Did you buy land and observe it for a year?
6 months ago
Im just curious about how people transition from their modern lives to rural intentional community or individual homestead.

Im currently working a full time job and fixing up our house. In june or so ill be done with the house i hope. It seems with how much we have saved and what we'll get from the house we will have more than 100k to purchase with. We may live in a camper while building on land or on other peoples land, we may buy a cheap cheap house in the area and then get a feel for the people there while not having to work much since the house would be payed off. We may get multiple other families to buy land with us. A goal is to be in a situation where we have no mortgage.

So i would love to hear other peoples stories. We dont quite know which route to go. My wife also is sad to move away from our midwife and the home where our first was born. Im hoping to take a path that works for us, though i know there isnt a stress free path.
6 months ago
My internet has been too shotty to post, but here we go. I got 7/18 hatched. Im making some adjustments after the eggtopsy. Some were well developed on day 24 but with no pips. Perhaps i should have waited but i bet they drowned. Im gonna doen the humidity and put some more holes in for convection. Ill also up the heat a tad. My thermomoeter mighta been a tad off. All in all a successful first time!

1 year ago
as someone that lived in a multi-generational intentional community that had a mennonite/nu-monasticism bent, we got asked the same question. We were also in chicago. Some people of color came to the meeting house (church) but actually in household or the common purse? none that were black and most people of color (latino, asian) were of a higher socio-economic status (went to college, grad school). We went to conferences and gatherings of other intentional communities and the same question was asked. where's the diversity?

I think people of lower socio-economic class have little exposure to things that take time and money to be involved in. who has time or space to garden when you are in a rental, take the bus to work, work for very little pay, and don't even have time to cook food let alone grow it. black people indeed cook of course, but growing it is even more involved. i don't know if it's been historically/culturally respected to go from working in an owner's field to working in...some other white guy's field. that's a big difference between latinos and african americans. many latinos work on farms and have ideas of going back to latin america to grow there own food despite their lower socio economic class.

i feel like black people are trying to live a life that the dominant culture can respect. and how they approach idealism or hope is through their current realities, non-opportunties, whatever their struggles are, etc. if you want to have respect, i think a lot of people look to the people around them to give them that through the other people's values. it takes a LOT of independence and idealism to wander into permaculture and find your own kind of value and then wonder if anyone else shares that, and i feel the communal aspect of the black community doesn't easily allow for such wild independence. i would guess that a black permie would come from a higher s/e class and probably has an education. (just like most other permies).

not saying someone couldn't break the mold, just unlikely.
Why poopoo everything? I'm gonna start saving my eggshells.

Here is a video of shells being primitively made into lime and then concrete.
1 year ago
i have a thermostat that keeps a styrofoam chest around 100. Most of the stuff is just junk i had lying around. Its a double edged sword to be a handyman. I cut and inlayed a piece of glass and rigged up an old bulb socket to my cheap ($10) thermostat. the little hotdog rollers are cpvc pipe that can be controlled from the exterior. Humidity can also be altered via a small pipe over an old sponge.

Its my first time and i think my humidity was too high. I fear their air sacs didnt develop well and the shells are super thick. I guess people switch feed around the time they collect eggs for hatching. I know its not exactly permie to have a bator, but i have fun making things like this.

Ill post the chicks ( hopefully) this weekend.

Post your set up and chicks!
1 year ago
I had a light bulb moment this morning. I thought lime can be made from oyster shells. You feed chickens oyster shells to get thicker egg shells. I wondered if theres calcium carbonate that can be burnt then slaked to make lime. I have awful internet, but with some quick googling it appears to be true.

I didnt know if i should put this in the critter forum, building forum, growies forum, or what. Lime is used for covering wattle and daub, preserving eggs, making concrete, making acidic soil more alkaline, making glass, and probably a lot of other thigs.  I guess you would need a lot of shells to lime a house, but hey. save them up for a year or two and just see what you get.
1 year ago