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January 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Natural Building Workshops

Sign up for all or part of a natural building series of hands-on workshops covering:

rubble trench foundations

cob walls

earth plasters and paints

living roof

adobe floor

A ton of fun with a ton of mud!

http://itraveltolearn.com/naturalbuilding.html

Added by Carlos Bill on January 30, 2012 at 10:34pm — No Comments

FREE Food Preservation Video Series

Hello fellow Permies,

Did you know about the fantastic video section on this website?  We have an entire series on food preservation created by Purdue University titled "Putting Foods By" by Sue Berg from the Monroe County Extension Service and Stephanie Solomon from Mother Hubbard's Cupboard demonstrate different ways of stretching your food dollar and preserving food in your own home with the following techniques:…

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Added by Liz & Dan on January 26, 2012 at 10:19pm — 5 Comments

Chickens $20.00

Road Island Reds and Broad Rocks hens all laying. 10 months old .

Added by J.P.Morgan Jr on January 25, 2012 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Inundated with bamboo stalks

I've recently trimmed several large stands of bamboo.  As a result I now a glut of bamboo "poles" that could be put to good use.  I'm looking for some suggestions as to how they can be reused--whether it be functional or artistic.  There's definately enough to make a decent fence or shade.  Anything else?

Added by Donna LaGuardia on January 20, 2012 at 12:57pm — 6 Comments

Procrastinators Pruning Practicum - complete

hi all! bryan at the green house farm here, just wanted to show some pictures of this years fruit tree pruning efforts ... the goal of this home orchard is to have trees that are a maximum of 8' high so we can reach / service (prune + net + harvest) the tree from the ground ... in order to do that, dwarfing through pruning was implemented see dave wilson's website for additional instructions ... all of these trees are on their 3rd bare root / winter spring season:

1st year -…

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Added by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden on January 16, 2012 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

Compost Soup

I found a way to eliminate most of the smell, ants, and flying creatures from my compost.

I put my food scraps in a big pot of water with a lid by my sink.  When it's full I pour that into a larger tubs with secure lids near my compost bins.  I let it decay for about 3 weeks, stirring occasionally, making sure it's covered with water.  Then I unpeel the linoleum pieces, artificial turf pieces that cover my 2 raised garden beds I use for composting beds.  I dump the soup in the beds,…

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Added by Kelly Athena on January 14, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Need to rent a home that allows chickens.

Hi Folks,

I live in central Phoenix in a rental. Our landlord has decided to sell our house. He will let us stay in the house until it short sales however I don't want to put myself and family through the stress of having the house look perfect especially when we are a family of nine (3 kiddos under the age of 7, two parents, an old sleep all day long dog, and four friendly hens). Plus our lease is up at the end of February and if we find a place that is welcoming to our lifestyle we…

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Added by Cristina Marshall on January 12, 2012 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

It all starts in the begining

well i have been raising earth worms for a few years. i got my original stock from a friend moving back east, they were four small coolers with slotted holes. another donation was received around thanksgiving from Greg at the Urban Farm. that nearly doubled our worms' potential.

We compost 100% and started taking in friends' organic produce left overs for compost. the bins are 8 and growing strong. we've sold bags of castings, but the population isn't up enough to sell the worms…

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Added by Hassena Kassim on January 11, 2012 at 8:15pm — 4 Comments

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