Anthony Hardt

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Kitsap Peninsula, Washington
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Thanks, Peter!  I appreciate your candor.  I should have worded my query differently--I intend to have this work done professionally.  I'm searching for ideas about how to best address installing combination storm shutters/solar shade panels.  Basically, I would like exterior roll-down shutters that can withstand 80-100 mph winds.  If anyone has thoughts, I am interested.
6 years ago
We're gearing up for big windstorms but also want some sun-protection.  Looking for ideas/plans for storm shutters that can buffet 100 mph winds and can also be used for sun protection in 100F degree weather.  We'd like to keep it simple and use salvaged material if possible.  Any ideas about types of materials and installation techniques?  
6 years ago
I know someone who tried wearing a shirt made of dog wool.  The report was it smelled like wet dog whenever it got wet but okay when dry.
7 years ago
We've got three 10X40 feet hoop-houses constructed with PVC and 6 mil polyethylene.  Anticipating a windstorm, would it be more effective to anchor the sides with weight or roll up the polyethylene as high as will go to reduce sail-away?  Any experience with this out there?  Thanks!
7 years ago
I don't think so.  THC doesn't get activated by enzymatic influence.  However, thinking about the 'bio-fermentation' that goes on in a sheep's digestive tract prompts me to believe the Welsh sheep were drunk.  Marauding break-ins sound more like drunken behavior than stoned behavior.
7 years ago
Sorry, but I don't buy this for a second.  Marijuana does not make any creature go on 'psychotic rampages'--I've seen enough accidentally stoned dogs and cats to know this.  Also, Marijuana needs to be heated to at least 190 degrees Fahrenheit to release THC.  A mammal could eat a pound of the stuff raw and not suffer more than indigestion.  The article is bogus or severely misinformed.
7 years ago
If you are interested, we decided to go without contracts. So far, so good. We had one person live and work on the property 4 months before deciding his 3-hour commute to school was unsustainable. He left on excellent terms and we paid him cash for his banked labor hours. Then we had a couple that didn't work out because of personality issues. They left without a problem or delay. We've interviewed a number of other folks that didn't seem right for one reason or another. We have 3 people moving onto the farm this month. We vetted them adequately; their character and motives show through if you ask the right questions and correctly read their reactions and responses.

We feel the most important thing is making a personal connection with folks who live here. They become neighbors who are part of our ultra-cool village; and we are selling a concept, not just a temporary situation. We look for people who care about the planet and their home, and also care about community and relationships. We talk about community when we interview them.

We've had responses to our ad saying they were excited about such an opportunity, even if they can't take advantage of it themselves. Many people want to be part of something greater than one person can accomplish alone, and if you can write an ad that conveys that exciting possibility, we believe vetting is enough and contracts are not necessary.
8 years ago
Does anyone have advice for acquiring or making inexpensive curtains that are white on the window side and black or very dark on the interior side? We want to hang heavy curtains from ceiling to floor over our big windows. They should eliminate all light when drawn. I saw perfect examples of what I want...about 50 years ago when I was a kid!

Thanks!
8 years ago
Hey everybody,
Thank you all for your input. We settled on charging 10 hours a week to an individual who was willing to pay $100 every month and we'll charge 15 hours a week per person to those who want to make it a cash-less trade. And I love reporting that the first individual who moved onto the farm with us has been hard-working, thoughtful, proactive and absolutely a pleasure to have around. I encourage those who have had bad experiences with wwoofers to keep trying. We had success asking a lot of questions and being completely honest about ourselves in the vetting process. Also, I believe having a clear vision that you can communicate to potential helpers can motivate folks to pitch into the effort and do good work! Let them invest in your property and give them space to do their own thing.
We are still looking for 1-3 more people to live here, but couldn't be more happy with how things are progressing so far.
Anthony
8 years ago
We are seeking a basic contract to use for people who will live on our farm in exchange for labor. It needs to state that the relationship is an at-will proposition that we can terminate at any time, including a 24-48 hour evacuation period. Anyone have a bead on a template for a contract like this? Thanks!!
8 years ago