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Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Darrell Frey and make him feel welcome!
Welcome Darrell, I read your book 5+ years ago and was very inspired by it. Bioshelters make so much sense to me that I can’t imagine starting a farm without one in the design, I look forward to hearing about the updates from your place!
Hey! I am looking forward to hearing from you. I plan to build a passively heated greenhouse attached to my house, and adjacent to my garden; and I have the eventual plan to sell my produce. I love being introduced to new authors on permies, it is always a pleasure.
Looks like a fantastic book! I can't wait to build a greenhouse next to my current location. I was thinking of starting by just developing an uncovered garden, then as I acquire additional funds and material, building the greenhouse.
Looks like an interesting book.
I would like to win one because right now I'm unemployed.
I have a greenhouse kit but the land is not flat to set it up.
And right now we got our first snow of the year.
Welcome to the Forum, I'm very interested in hear more about your book. I'm trying to learn more about Market Gardens, it something I would like to add to my Non Profit, so in the future students, interns, friends and groupies can learn the skills, and make a little extra cash, or more. Again welcome!
Thank you for putting together your book Darrell Frey. We need information that can assist people to see how easy permaculture is. Thank you for the opportunity to win one as well. Much success on your book.
Welcome, I am in progress on a half hoop greenhouse off my shop on east side with south and east exposure. I have a basic hoop covering aquaponics system now, but working on final. Any thoughts on double layer design with positive pressure (is it worth it)? Glad to have you in the permies forum. Danny
Wow, I'm a big fan of your book, The Bioshelter Market Garden! So happy to hear that you'll be here on Permies.com. I'm looking forward to seeing anything you write here.
I'm not a market gardener, but I've been living with bioshelters for the past 25-odd years here in Ladakh, inspired, like you, by New Alchemy, where I interned back in the early 1980s. When I came here to the high Himalayas, the school I worked in was heating their adobe houses with seasonally attached greenhouses on the south side, created by the director, a local engineer and inventor. I have always filled them with plants, both food plants and ornamentals, though animals and fish tanks have remained undone so far.
So it was great to read your book, which brought it all back into focus, how it all fits together.
Works at a residential alternative high school in the Himalayas SECMOL.org . "Back home" is Cape Cod, E Coast USA.
Do you have any experience with creating a bio shelter without the use of animals? I am a vegan, and I want to work with earthworms and other soil builders rather than manure from animals. My garden has attracted wild birds who scratch and eat bugs to balance things out, but they would not be a part of an enclosed bio shelter. If you have any contacts who are doing this from a vegan perspective, I would be most grateful. Thanks.
How exciting! Thank you Darrell for sharing your knowledge with Bioshelter Market Garden. I am new with all whelms of sustainability, permaculture, biodynamics etc. I recently relocated to a colder-high-dessert area. I love eating fresh organic herbs, vegetables, fruits, weeds, etc. I love mind likes! I would love the opportunity to learn all that I can from all of you! I love myvnew adventure with this community of permies.com! Thank you everyone! This Bioshelter Market Garden book is on my wish list!
posted 2 months ago
You certainly do not to incorporate animals in a bioshelter. We usually had chickens living in a corner of the building, but not always. The term bioshelter describes the management of an indoor ecosystem. Habitat, as in flowering plants, is maintained to support beneficial insects to control pests. Often toads and tree frogs would venture inside to live there and hunt for insects and they are welcome members of the bioshelter ecosystem.
Hot compost can also be made with plant material and food wastes without manures if you so chose.
posted 2 months ago
I retired from active sales of produce in 2014, after 25 years of market gardening. Our bioshelter does need some upgrades, like it's time to replace the glazing and roofing shingles. But it servered us well all these years. Currently I just harvest some herbs, flowers and greens for personal use and harvest the perennial fruits as well.
I have had the privilege to work at Garfield Community Farm and their bioshelter in Pittsburgh in recent years. Their bioshelter is much smaller than mine at Three Sisters Farm but it suits their needs well. see Garfieldcommunityfarm.com
for more info on that.
I'll be sending each of you a PM. Please respond by Sunday to claim your prize!
And, for those bummed that they didn't win, you can still buy Darrell's book here! Thank you Darrell for joining us for your second book giveaway here! We're so glad to have you, and hope to see you around the forums again
Wow! Thank you, Darrell and Permies for this awesome gift. I look forward to studying the book and using Darrell’s wisdom and experience as I design an attached bioshelter to my earth sheltered home. Oooh! I might just have to take a road trip from KY to see Three Sister’s Farm and the bioshelter in action, if I may?