Adrian Kowal wrote:Hi SW France Perma People,
My partner and I, as well as our amazing permaculture expert friend are moving to near Carcassonne in September 2012 to explore the different regions and help on permaculture projects before buying land. We are looking to buy 10 acres minimum for 2 homes, orchard, land for cultivation and permaculture design and in the future look to build a green school/Steiner based school and "slow" retreat centre encouraging people to slow down - yoga, meditation, harvesting their own veggies from the garden to cook communally, no internet or phone during their stay. We currently run www.evolvewellnesscentre.com in London which has a strong focus on sustainability education. We planted a roof garden on our studio using permaculture principles last April.
We are looking to help support like minded people with their land/work on their house in exchange for lodging and board. Please get in touch if you know of any such opportunities or are looking to network with good people from a similar perspective. We would love to hear from you.
Adrian, Corinne and Kevin
Pete Shield, we have a small 1 hectar forest (for the non-europeans 2.4 acres ) in Germany which we use only for coppicing firewood. We never run out of carbon rich material for composting or mulch, we simply use the twigs and branches from the cut trees for it.
@pete, check out "biochar." It's charcoal used as a soil amendment and has much to say for it (far beyond humic acid and humus). You can make it out of any ligno-cellulosic biomass -- straw, hay, woodchips, knapweed. So much to say about it, that I don't know where to start. Message me if you're interested and I'll send you links. I don't know, though, how many biochar types have been worm-tested. Hmmm.
tel jetson wrote:
Imy guess is that you'll have to add quite a bit of bulk carbon to the cattle manure, to absorb moisture and improve gas exchange for the worms and balance the carbon and nitrogen. shouldn't be too much trouble so long as you've got suitable material around.