Dustin Hollis

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since Apr 21, 2010
I'm a network engineer. I attended Ben Falk's PDC in Vermont July 2016. Attended a Restoration Agriculture Workshop with Mark Shepard in 2016.
Cedar City, UTAH
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Even better, in your area there are rammed earth builders. Seriously beautiful buildings!
4 months ago
The simplest way could be to do a modified timberframe for the walls and roof, then infill with earthbag. Modified timberframe just uses standard lumber built up to make posts and beams. It's pretty simple: your posts are made of two 2x8's with a 2x6 in the middle. Beams are 2x6's tucked in between. I built a house this way. Here's some examples: http://www.firstdaycottage.com/photos.html  ; Just space your posts every 3'. Cover your roof with plywood or tongue and groove, then moisture barrior, then insulation sheets, then strapping, then metal roof. You can make big thick walls and even add insulation. If you are near a volcanic area you can use scoria as you filling material for your bags, alternatively dirt and perlite or vermiculite.
4 months ago
You are cordially invited to a presentation and book signing with Matt Powers...

Title: The 5 Steps to an Abundant Future with Matt Powers

Author, educator, plant breeder and Permaculturist, Matt Powers, shares the 5 critical steps that must be taken to guarantee an abundant future for people, the planet, and the natural systems and settings we all rely upon. Learn how large-landscape restoration is possible, how incredible carbon sequestration is possible quickly, what we can do as individuals in our own lives, and what models are leading this change in real-life - even making money doing it. Matt Powers is an educator, plant breeder, seed saver, and gardener that collaborates with leading global experts in the soil, mycology, ecology, permaculture design, landscape restoration, greening the desert, regenerative farming, and alternative energy to create a curriculum for K-12+college students all over the world. The 5 Steps distill all his work into simple concepts that are clear to any audience. We can reverse the negative environmental trends and bring back the abundance from which all humanity was born. ...

Bio: Matt Powers teaches permaculture and regenerative gardening and farming to families, youth, schools, and adults all over the world through his online courses, videos, and books, which are now being used on all continents (except for Antartica.) Translations of his books are already available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French and Italian coming soon. As an experienced educator with a masters degree in Education, Matt went from teaching high school students to teaching high school teachers and administrators to teaching districts and appearing at universities and conferences all over America and online, teaching permaculture and sustainable, regenerative skills and thinking. Matt provides daily inspirational and regenerative content online and is one of the most-followed permaculture teachers online with over 30,000 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of followers in his many Facebook groups and pages ranging in topics from permaculture education to entrepreneurship to gardening to fungi & more.

See website: http://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thepermaculturestudent/

Cedar City Utah Permaculture Group

Cedar City Public Library, Cedar CIty, UT
When: Tuesday, Sept 26th, 6-9 pm

6:00 Doors open...gather and mingle.
6:30 Introductions
6:45 Presentation by Matt Powers
7:30 Question and Answer period.
8:00 Book signing and mingle...
1 year ago
The continuous bag design seems the most stable. I also saw a custom attachment to a Bobcat that can mechanically fill the bags for you. Sounds like a good deal to me!
1 year ago
Get in contact with the experts. Take a class with Cal Earth. they are in Yucaipa CA in the high desert off the I15. These guys originated the concept and can give you the advice you need. Plus you can do hands on and learn from them the real limits of what you can do. http://www.calearth.org/
You can buy the superadobe bags from them too. They also have a pretty good book. EMERGENCY SANDBAG SHELTER HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN
1 year ago
So did things happen for you?
I can give you a contact of a guy who lives in Hamilton Fort (near Cedar City) and makes rocket mass heaters and greenhouses for a living. His name is Albert Montoya and his email is amont@infowest.com
1 year ago
It's tough to get a group going. I live in Cedar City UT and our group kept getting smaller and smaller and then fizzled out totally. There are people around but they are too busy to meet up.
I would love to network with some southern UT people who love permaculture. I have not been able to find too many.

1 year ago
Here's a good Food Forest video in Phoenix.


The secret was that he got all the local landscapers to dump all their wood chips at his place. For years. He has a couple feet of chips covering his entire yard.
1 year ago
I just played Agricola and Caverna. Interesting games in this genre. Did anyone play any other boardgames that are permie-ish?
If you have played a lot of board games, you will see that most of them express themselves into a set of similar types of mechanics. A good list with description are here:
Examples are Worker Placement, Deck Building, Grid Movement, Co-Op, etc. Many games are often dominated by one mechanic but may include some others in combination.
There are also Board games, card games, dice games, and some that combine these, with different mechanics that work well with each. 
The world has changed a lot since Monopoly has been around and there are many other mechanics I would suggest that might be able to express the concepts we ae trying to teach in a more engaging and accessible way, with more replayability, options and expansion capabilities. I suggested a couple games above.

Take inspiration from several game mechanics and see what might work for what vision you want to express. Consider that a game mechanic can be used with many types of themes and artwork to express your vision.