Kay Gelfling

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Raised in the Pacific Northwest, i got a job in the tech world and earned a grub stake. Then my husband and i moved to Hawaii, where i am mostly sure i won't get us frozen to death. Here we are homesteading our way up, but we have not yet found our farm. Meanwhile we are building income streams and learning about permaculture and running a business on this half acre, while homeschooling our daughter.
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Oh man, I would *love* to come out. I feel super lucky and supported that I was able to be there last year. I learned a ton and had a blast. Unfortunately coming over now would require a magic submarine, which are significantly more difficult to acquire than the normal variety... Sigh. I do vow to return, submarine or no!! Maybe next year? It depends on all the things.

An artist budget sounds lovely! Maybe it will get all over Pinterest? Are you guys on Tiktok? :D
4 months ago
I'm brainstorming some ideas for additional stretch goals... Only add them if you like them! :)

1) Excavator Love - a special visit from an excavator repair expert for the excavator up on the lab, perhaps some new or spare parts, or whatever excavators can get that helps them be well-oiled non-human tons of smooth operation.

2) Name a plant in the greenhouse. You know those little tags you can put next to plants to say what they are? Maybe instead of that, some backers could get to name one of the plants. Probably has to have a character limit. (The tag would only stay until it doesn't make sense anymore for it to be there.)

3) Stop-motion camera on the growies inside the greenhouse (unless this is already part of the plan.) This camera would live in the greenhouse and just record the growing the whole time, so we could see them grow up.

4) Decorate the entrance. In the images, there is a stone wall holding back the dirt to make a walkway to the door to the greenhouse. This stone wall could have decorative stuff in it! Maybe shiny marbles? Some small pretty stones in with the regular stones? Strawberry plants growing there? Sweet peas? How hard is it to carve shapes in rocks? Could we tell the story of the greenhouse getting funded and built in picture form, as if it was an ancient building? Maybe that last one is too much...

5) Moving forward on the freezer wofati project...? (After the greenhouse work is complete, I mean.)

Just some ideas. I'm super excited to see the progress of this greywater greenhouse!!
4 months ago

Kay Gelfling wrote:Aloha!

While at the 2019 PDC / ATC I was able to make hot water in the non-pressurised water tank. The hot water was for doing the dishes. It was quick and easy!



And I took maybe 30 pictures, and I have a lot of trouble uploading pictures from my Android and I missed some. I kept selecting the ring one our of hundreds of tiny thumbnails and then having to back and accidentally deleting the one I got, sigh.

Here are the photos I should have had before- the supplies for the hot water making. I'm sorry I didn't notice! At least I still have all the pictures! Better late than never?
11 months ago
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Aloha!

During the ATC, i did a load of clothes in the cool hand-clothes-washer they had. It reminded me of a toy one I had as a kid, which my mom also has as a kid. It was a lot of work. But much better than a bucket.

1 year ago
During the ATC repair cafe, I was able to replace the fan on the inside of the underside of the Willow feeder at basecamp. I didn't know anything about it, so I was given instructions from everybody. It went from not working to working, yay! I was also able to implement a flag system, although I'm not sure how long it lasted. I'm not sure if either of these count. Perhaps the second one could fall under the art category? If it doesn't count, that's fine. :) It was still worth it.

1 year ago
pep
Aloha!

While at the 2019 PDC / ATC I was able to make hot water in the non-pressurised water tank. The hot water was for doing the dishes. It was quick and easy!

1 year ago
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Oops, here is the wedge cut. I can't seem to remember the list of photos long enough to actually post them.

Also, here is a video. First YouTube Video I ever have uploaded! Please forgive the video quality. https://youtu.be/n8k4ONBcgVE
1 year ago
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Aloha!

During the ATC, I cut down a live tree with a chainsaw. Before this I had never cut down a large tree, only smaller ones < 4" diameter. We used a cool tool which leaned at a 45 degree angle or so, digging teeth into the tree and foot into the ground which really felt like it improved the safety of the situation. It seems to be called a tree jack. Once you have your notch cut, you cut the other direction but not all the way, then you push it over with the winch on the tree jack. It looks like this: (no affiliation) https://www.amazon.com/LOGOSOL-FELLING-LIFTING-ARBORIST-FORESTRY/dp/B06VSW3YMS

1 year ago
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(The mulch picture is also the second view of the finished pile, though I didn't get a person in that one.)

I have more pics of the plantings, if you need them! Here's the comfrey cuttings with more sunchokes, although the comfrey looks like sticks :/
1 year ago
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More pics!

I forgot to say that the mulches were: sawdust buckets, branches clipped from connifers, chop and drop of many kinds of plants, and large pieces of bark.
1 year ago
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