Grady Houger

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Commercial grain farmer seeking a better way.
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I have a Thinkpad X230 from 2008 that is still going strong. If I was doing something that needed a more powerful computer I'd get a Framework, the "you can fix every part of it" concept is awesome.
1 year ago
Posting this for a friend who has never used a computer. He's a real deal off grid mountain man in eastern Washington State looking for someone fairly experienced who wants to help care for / maintain his homestead.

"For the chance of a lifeline"
Primitive skills enthusiast and Rabbitsticker would like to offer a back-in-time, real life, off-grid living experience.
Lots of land to roam. On the Colombia river, lake. Old homestead house, TeePees and plenty of materials for bush huts. Orchards, vineyards on the edge of mountains and river. Kyaking, canoeing, fishing season now, working on tanning blacksmithing, mushroom picking and sturgeon fishing soon.
Need to be watercraft savy. Expecting cash/trade or work trade. Call in interest for more details.

Its been an adventure, offer closed for now.
2 years ago
I wonder how easy it will be to get the compost out, I don't imagine it will just flow out. The door WILL want to rust shut quickly if its like any of the grain bins and grain trucks I've been around that got some wet grain or fertilizer in them.
2 years ago
That's quite the challenge.
So what plants grow well natively there?
3 years ago
I hear that goats eat it.
3 years ago
Good luck. Site founder Paul Wheaton has a bunch of podcasts about the nuts and bolts of starting and maintaining an intentional community.
3 years ago
The other greenhouse coverings are glass, or the transparent polycarbonate roofing panels. Both would require building a different structure than hoops. A glass house made of old single pane windows is a classic way to recycle if one can get a barn full of old windows someone saved.
3 years ago
I agree with Eliot about using a bolt through hinge pin instead of a lag. Makes it possible to adjust the gate as the structure shifts and settles.
3 years ago
I wonder how its harvested in south america. They would be be the experts in small acreage quinoa production.

I saw a quinoa field trial last year done by a seed company here in eastern washington. They were finding threre's zillion strains of quinoa with different growth characteristics. They were searching for one that germinates well, is bushy enough to outcompete other plants, doesn't get too tall so it can be ran through a standard combine harvester, and matures before frost.
There should be a variety that works well with garden techniques.
This idea of using old fridges as building materials is a great idea! I've been wishing for a way to make a frost free water point for winder livestock areas, Having the plumbing come up into a insulated fridge box might work well.
Make a little solar air heater "hat" for the fridge, to keep some internal mass warm enough.
3 years ago