Colter Schroeder

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Good Afternoon,
My mother in law is having her 60th B-Day bash in Hawaii (probably on Maui).  Being that I'm a cranky no good country mouse I don't really want to cram into the standard apartment complex on the beach and do nothing but sit in the sand (not to mention the fact that i find it morally wrong to consume so many resources in a place that is small and remote, while leaving behind a huge pile of garbage).  Anyways we will be in the area for ~1 week and was wondering if there were any permaculture places that we could do a farm stay at?  We may go ahead for a couple days so we could even stay on one of the other islands before her shin dig starts.  Not looking to trade work for a place to stay...but also not looking to stay at just an eco-resort (although it is better than the hotels / apartment complexes).  We would be willing to help out and pay for our accommodations.

FYI we are looking to travel in the summer of 2019 (June most likely).  My family consists of myself, my wife and our 4 year old daughter.

Preferences in order (some gaps left in there as i'm sure i forgot something):
1.  Working permaculture farm with rentable accommodation
2.  Working organic farm stay with rentable accommodation
4.  Eco-resort
10.  Dumpster
1,000.  Apartment complex on the beach...

If this isn't the right forum for that, then by all means please assign it to the correct location.

Thanks,
Colter
4 months ago
Good Day,
I'm interested in starting keeping bee's and I had a few questions.  I'm interested in Warre Hives from the standpoint of bee happiness / lack of messing with the bees.  I'm looking primarily for pollination / personal enjoyment with the benefit of some random honey on occasion.  I've seen many posts about bee huts, but they always seem to be with a Langstroth hive under said hut.  Since the Warre hive has a roof with vent and a quilt box built into the hive i was wondering if there is any benefit to putting them under a constructed shelter.  I'm planning on putting the hives dispersed around ~20 acres directly under some trees (to shade from summer sun), and was thinking to build a small (4-6' tall) north wind wall to shield from north winds in the winter (zone 5a).  Just for reference I am also planning on putting in a three season flower garden around each hive, and randomly around the rest of the property.  I added the worlds worst picture (ever created) to sort of show the idea i'm thinking of.  (please note that even though the picture shows it, the tree would not be to the South...it would be to the West (due West), and the hugel bed would be 120 degree wrap around on the North side, and covered in useful plants for bees.)  So back to the heart of the question.  
1.  Does a Warre Hive benefit from a hut?
2.  Would a hut be more beneficial than the tree / hugel combo?
3.  Assuming the answers to both those questions is no, is there anything else that should be included in a bee haven?
Thank you for your time,
Colter
4 months ago
Good Afternoon,
I was wandering through Permies today after finishing the 40 or so Podcasts available from Paul on iTunes.  I realize there are a gob more to listen to, but i can't seem to download them on my iPhone and would have to play them directly from Richsoil.  While this isn't so much of an issue it does make it hard to start stop and resume easily.  I mostly listen while riding my bike and walking my dog, and I've found that i cannot listen at work because I need to focus on my work and want to focus on the Podcast, so playing them on my computer or sitting through one entire Podcast in one go are both pretty much impossible.  I decided to look into other permaculture Podcasts and found that there are tons of channels with zillions of episodes...While looking through the reviews on iTunes i gave up and went back to listening to an audio book i had yet to finish.  That got me thinking that since Permies was the fantastic resource that it is maybe they have some sort of Podcast review like they do for books, tools, seeds, etc.  Alas nothing found.  And now to the meat of my quandary, is this something worth doing, and if not what other Podcasts are people listening to?  I'd like to find a second Podcast to listen to that is active (some of the Podcasts haven't posted anything in months/years) and covers permaculture / homesteading type stuff.

P.S.
No offense Paul, I will finish all your episodes eventually, I'd just like a second channel that automatically downloads so i can listen while away from WiFi.

P.S.S.
I realize this isn't a DVD, Movie, Video or Documentary so please reclassify as appropriate but I couldn't really think of where else to put my question.

Thanks,
Colter