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Josh Kunkel

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Hey, thanks for a great thread!

Leila Rich wrote:
Johnny Cash. Makes me cry every time I hear it

Was the Jonny Cash song 'Hurt'? (your link is to a now deleted account). Trent Reznor had serious reservations when he heard Cash wanted to cover Hurt, but gave his blessing after seeing this video by Cash:


And while not a song, I'm adding this Revisionist History podcast (Title: King of Tears) as I thought if someone likes sad songs they may find the podcast worth a listen.


3 months ago
I use copper washers and old pennies (newer pennies seem to have lower quality metal) to label trees, I hang the label with bare copper electric wire. I use a 3 alpha code, but with larger washers you could stamp out longer written names.

Blog showing my system here if you ate interested:

If you go with pennies the labels are 1¢ each, hard to find a cheaper method. And the washers are reasonably priced if you need more room to write. The metal punches will last generations on copper.
3 months ago
I see incredible value here for what you are asking. The forum threads from the last 1.5 years prepare any potential buyer with more details than any conventional real estate listing could ever hope to.

So no bids? OK, I'm gonna pitch an alternative strategy but I'll need help.

The assumptive punch list:
• you guys are in a place in your life where you are ready to make a move. that's cool, I have no interest in asking the age old "soooo... Why are you selling?" Question, it doesn't matter to me.
• You need the money to facilitate this next move. I get that.

The non-assumptive punch list:
• You will both continue to be awesome. I have no question that this is the case.
• you have done a staggering amount of impressive work with very low capitalization and shared the journey, I can't thank you enough for that.
• Realizing I don't have $800 to open the bidding, nor do I have the time to go to the Lab if I did, I slept on this situation with the specific question: "Hey Josh, what can you spend $100 on at your farm that could do more good for the world than what these two have proved they can do?" I woke up satisfied that there wasn't anything I could think of to answer that question.

So the pitch:
• I will commit $100 to you.
• I ask only that you document your future adventures in a way similar to what you have done here. I do not require this documentation. You choose the platform and regularity that you post, or if you post at all.
•You maintain the control of the improvements at the lab, and keep any money or barter you get from managing those improvements. This offer stands and will be honored even if you get bids over $800 for the improvements, no strings attached. I'll support you with my pledge even if you find a buyer.
• Just to be clear - this is a one way commitment, I'll paypal it ASAP if you want.
•I said above I'd need help. If anyone else feels the same and can in any way join in please do. Either commit here or Purple Moosage these guys directly, or ask them for direct email, etc. Please consider doing what you can. $1/$5/$20 (and up) can really stack up and make a difference to two proven leaders who have shown what can be done with grit and commitment.

When I was taking a course with Sepp Holzer in Montana he taught us to smack the logs really hard with a stout stick (club) when they just start to fruit. The shock is supposed to somehow cause a vigorous flush of growth, but I didn't understand the explanation when Holzer's  translator told us why this happens.

Would you consider trying this log smacking method with one log and letting me know if it worked for you? My farm is in Central Texas, I haven't tried mushrooms yet.
4 months ago
I really appreciate your enthusiastic dialogue, thank you.

It helps to have the google goggles (things as viewed by google) considered in the discussion.

At this time I feel it makes the most sense to move this energy to Tinkering. An effort to steer and encourage those who could benefit would give the effort some momentum. Intervention of topics drifting off course because of formatting questions could direct to Tinkering with proactive effort to offer help in the form of discourse there.

In the current setup of the site the Tinkering section is the closest I see to serving the needs I addressed in the original post. I'm in agreement that it is the best place if there is a perceived need to keep the sections to a limited number.
Some considerations:
-I haven't consistently seen posts in the general forums with posting questions be directed to tinkering, the questions are addressed in those threads.
-Tinkering has a lot of sitewide suggestions, it may feel intimidating to some to address their personal posting questions there.
-People who would benefit from Test Section posts would find one place to peruse previous interactions without searching through the higher level Tinkering posts.
-A dedicated Test Section would 'leave an open door' encouraging the opportunity of playing with post formatting without pushing in on the perceived serious business of site Tinkering.
-My ideal vision of the Test Section is a fun place where some cool learning by trial and error can happen assisted by the helpful folks here.

I'm proposing a new section under permies.com where people can freely practice posting. The back and forth with questions and answers on how to link, format etc. can occur in this section. The reason I feel there is a need for this is the recurring instances of 'how to' questions about posting in the general forums, one example is: https://permies.com/t/31696/posts-simple
Permies is what I consider the safest place on the internet to ask for for help. There are people who would like to include richer content in their postings do not because they don't know how. A new section dedicated to learning the 'how to' will be a big help for these people. It would also consolidate the help efforts so someone exploring it would answer some of their questions before asking them.

Postings in the Test Section will adhere to https://permies.com/t/17422/permies-publishing-standards

And people are to read this thread before jumping in to test posts: https://permies.com/t/31696/posts-simple

A safe place to make mistakes is always a good place.
Greg Judy raises mixed livestock in Missouri including sheep:


Please consider getting his book 'Comeback Farms' where he describes his experience with sheep in Missouri. I encourage you read the book, go to any courses he offers and consider paying for a couple hours of consultation with Greg, the raising tips for your region and market insight will be well worth it.

In my experience it always pays off to clean the drain filter.

It can be a messy job, have a low sided container with at least a couple quart volume available, and some rags or a mop handy. If your washer is a newer model you may be lucky and have the filter accessible, but in most cases you will have to remove a panel on the lower front of the machine to access the filter. These are often small head bolts. When you access the filter get the container ready and turn the back of the filter until it unthreads and slowly pull it out. Clean it out, replace and run a cycle before replacing the front panel. Sometimes this cleanup brings a seemingly dying machine back to full use. I'm hoping that this is all you need to do.

Amateur online appliance detective theory: The water level left in the tub could be because the filter is almost 100% clogged, the head pressure from the full drum overcomes the clogged filter and drains for a while but the low pressure at the end of the drain cycle can't push through the clog.

Everyone still reading should consider this simple maintenance on their washing machine, even if they are in good working order keeping a clean drain filter can avoid future issues.
5 months ago
I'd love to find some local crafted non GMO whiskey but the goal is elusive. I've settled in to Wild Turkey, as it is one of the rare non-gmo production whiskeys. It used to be listed on the label as non GMO but the backlash from their GMO suffering customers caused them to remove that statement. Wild Turkey is surprisingly palatable on the rock (2" square ice cube). I'm low key with nightcaps 2 drinks is a big night, as such I can budget for more expensive local craft options if they were only available.  On the GMO subject I've almost entirely written off beer. Assumptions can be made when choosing beer but it takes diligence to sort out who is making the microbrews, many of them have been bought by bigger companies who use GMO to make them. They keep the folksy labels so the public doesn't know the ownership changed. And some microbrews could be using GMO anyway even if they are a small company.

I should just brew my own.
6 months ago