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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 15, 2019, 03:23:07 pm »

Full article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/09/14/nebraska-geothermal-greenhouse.aspx
Truly remarkable.

What impressed me most what the fact the trench has to be at least 54 feet long. I guess the thermal mass in the trench is not self sustaining with a shorter trench. I may never have a chance to put that knowledge in practice, but perhaps someone that reads this will.

I would love to be able to grow bananas and oranges and avocados and even mangos here in Vermont, but I probably will never have the opportunity. I know Amory Lovins successfully grew Bananas in the mountains of Colorado (his still does 👍).
   
I grew Bananas in Puerto Rico and had an Avocado and Mango tree. Bananas are easy to grow in the tropics and are generally impervious to bugs. Birds can get to them, but only when they are so ripe they are falling off the plant. You need to harvest them before that point is reached. The plants don't get much higher than 12 feet or so.

Mango and Avocado trees get way too big (over 30 feet) for a trench, so a dwarf hybrid would have to be the only type you could grow in a covered trench. Avocado and Mango trees must grow for at least 7 years or so before you can get fruit.

Avocado trees are peculiar because they are both male and female (at different times of the day to prevent cross-pollination on the same tree). Usually you need another Avocado tree nearby for proper flower fertlization. Mango trees don't have that problem, but hybrids revert to more stringy fruit (harder to eat) versions rather easily. You need to have similar hybrid trees near each other to keep the fruit true to the hybrid brand.

Mangos are not like apples, which have a uniform pulp texture across most varieties. Mango texture can vary widely from easy to eat to a fruit dense with stringy "dental tape floss" like fibers all the way to the seed. The versions we get in Vermont are low fiber, peach easy to eat, but pretty bland in taste. I suspect they are picked when they not fully ripe so they aren't damaged in shipping. There is nothing like eating a mango, or any other fruit, for that matter, when it has fully ripened on the tree. 😋
Posted by: Surly1
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:10:00 am »

Truly remarkable.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2019, 08:34:12 pm »

Documentary — Nebraska Retiree Uses Earth’s Heat to Grow Oranges in Snow

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

September 14, 2019


STORY AT-A-GLANCE

Tropical fruits can be grown in subzero climates with geothermal energy

The only heat source for geothermal greenhouses is the Earth’s heat, which is 52 degrees at 8 feet deep

Energy costs to run a geothermal greenhouse are less than a dollar a day

Harmful herbicides and pesticides can be avoided with geothermal greenhouses

Geothermal greenhouse produce is marketable at local farmer's markets

The crops can be more profitable because there are few transportation costs involved

Finch's geothermal energy-based farming has been fruitful, pun intended  ;D. The greenhouse includes 20 citrus trees with 13 varieties of fruits, along with cacti, orchids, nine varieties of grapes, figs, avocados, ivy, tomatoes, garden plants and flowers.6 One 24-year-old tree will grow to be 100 years old or more, says Finch.7

Each tree is capable of producing as much as 125 pounds of fruit every year which Finch sells at local farmers markets.8 The year-round growing and low transportation costs help the marketability of the products says Finch –– and "locally grown" can be just as much of a sales point as "organic." Finch sells Valencia oranges, the fruit from which most juice comes. The temperatures are so salutatory, you could probably grow bananas too, he muses.9

Yet the energy costs associated with running the geothermal greenhouse are surprisingly low –– less than a dollar a day. A geothermal greenhouse Finch designed for a local high school in Alliance has used an average of 96 cents a day in energy costs for the last several years.10

Full article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/09/14/nebraska-geothermal-greenhouse.aspx
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 05, 2019, 05:29:43 pm »

September 4, 2019



Wisconsin-based brand “Organic Valley” is now the largest food company world-wide to run on 100 percent renewable energy.

The company completed three solar installations in August that will generate nearly 13 megawatts of power and are part of a larger 32 megawatt portfolio of solar projects called Butter Solar Portfolio owned by Canadian company BluEarth Renewables. Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group has agreed to buy the power from the projects, which will be used by ten communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, potentially reducing their power costs. Organic Valley’s CEO said the company is now aiming to assist their 2,000 farmers with other sustainable initiatives. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Read more Renewable Energy NEWS:

https://mailchi.mp/climatenexus/democratic-candidates-release-climate-plans-dominion-energy-wants-electric-school-buses-electric-f-150-pickup-coming-to-market-and-more?e=0fd17c5b57
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 09, 2019, 05:45:43 pm »

 
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« on: April 25, 2019, 07:56:49 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 23, 2019, 05:52:06 pm »

A Hydrocarbon Hellspawn said this about CH4
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It is one of the more useful molecules out there in the long run,

Sure, from YOUR rather narrow definition of "useful" (It's a hydrocarbon!). 

But in the BIOSPHERE that we all depend on, THE most useful molecule in the hydrocarbon pantheon is this one:

Ethylene: The Ripening Hormone

Ethylene causes fruit to ripen and plants to die on schedule so they can  be recycled into the biosphere. In short it is key to the life cycle of all earthlings. Now THAT is REALLY useful! So you see, I DO recognize that there is ONE hydrocarbon that we really need AS LONG AS WE DON'T BURN IT!


C2H4 (Ethylene)

A bowl (see below) of some products produced by ethylene, that fossil fuelers, and other LIVING BEINGS, NEED 

My favorite HYDROCARBON!

What!? You mean to tell me Agelbert, the quixotic crusader against fossil fuel folly in all its poisonous and biosphere trashing forms has some hydrocarbon love? 

YEP!    

Back when I was trying to get through pre-med in the daytime, while I worked as a computer analyst in the FAA at night (I was promoted from air traffic control to Automation), I took Botany, one of many biology courses the curriculum required. 

Botany was a lot of fun. I learned how they keep grapes from having seeds in them (Gibberrelins) and all sorts of interesting facts about plant biochemistry. But the story of the orange grove fruit warehouses in Florida in the early 20th century was one I liked especially because it is a great example of the scientific method in action. Read on. 8)

The vast orange groves in Florida around 1910 had giant warehouses where picked fruit would be stored while they reached the proper stage of ripeness before shipping them to markets. The oranges are picked nearly full size and still green. They are tough at that stage and not easily bruised by the picking process.


The crop is stored in heated warehouses to finish the ripening process. The oranges, as they ripen, obtain their pretty orange color. The fruit expands somewhat and becomes more fragile but, since they already have them packed in bags or crates ready for shipping, they get to markets pretty well unscathed.


Well, around 1910, the orange growers were sold on electrification of their orange ripening warehouses. They had hitherto used kerosene heaters which sometimes caused a warehouse to burn down and they liked the idea of controlling the temperature within a few degrees to fine tune the ripening process. Boy, were they in for an unpleasant surprise!  :P 

They spent small fortunes in electrifying the warehouses with lights and elecric space heaters. The picking season came and they happily picked the crop and stored it in the new and improved hot shot electric heater warehouses. They waited for the oranges to ripen, fill out and turn orange in color. And waited. And waited. Those silly, stubborn oranges refused to ripen! They stayed hard and green.

A bright bulb among the growers, all of whom had ALWAYS believed (wrongly) that HEAT is what makes fruit ripen, stated that there must have been something besides heat in those old kerosene heaters that made the fruit ripen.

They got a team of scientists to do some experiments with green oranges with and without kerosene heaters at various temperatures and the oranges exposed to the kerosene heaters DID ripen as they always had before irrespective of temperature. Next they identified all the products of combustion of the long chained hydrocarbon called kerosene.

We all know when you burn (oxidize) a hydrocarbon, you get CO2 + H2O. But that is ONLY if you have COMPLETE combustion.

A kerosene heater, as many family tragedies can attest to, puts out lots of INCOMPLETE combustion products like CO (carbon monoxide) that will kill you quickly and quietly.

But there is another product of incomplete combustion that burning kerosene puts out. It's called Ethylene.

This tiny molecule is a miracle of plant biochemistry. The scientists determined that ethylene was making the oranges ripen! So the growers had to put the kerosene heaters back in.

Well, they got electric lights out of the deal and plant science took a giant step forward so everything worked out for the best.

The obvious follow up question is, where does the ethylene, now defined as a plant ripening hormone, come from when the oranges ripen on the tree?  ??? From the orange, as long as it is connected to the tree when it turns color. AFTER the fruit is sufficently ripe (i.e. the orange gets its orange color), the tree is not required for ethylene production.

Henceforth, whether on the tree or off it, the orange itself keeps putting out ethylene until it rots in preparation for the orange seeds to grow.  Pretty neat, huh?

This was a revolutionary development in botany in general and fruit growing in particular. The study of plant hormones grew explosively from that point and many mysteries were (and still are being) solved about how these miraculous photosynthetic life forms function.

What is so amazing to me is that such a simple molecule can do so much. Have you ever put bananas on top of a bowl of fruit containing apples in the bottom? Sure, everyone has.

Have you noticed how fast those bananas get overripe when they are on top of apples? YEP, ripe apples are one of the highest ethylene producers out there! :o Those bananas produce much less, but when the added apple ethylene whacks them, here come the brown spots!  :P

Unless you are going to eat the above bananas TODAY, this is a No No! The bananas will ripen too fast! Set them a few feet away and they will keep longer.  ;)

So now you know that, if you have a well ventilated area and happen to have brought some green bananas from the store that you are worried about "going bad" before ripening or just refusing to turn yellow, as sometimes happens, a small hurricane kerosene lamp placed in the vicinity of the bananas will ripen them. You can impress your spouse with your botany smarts.  ;D


Behold, the humble ethylene molecule, my favorite hydrocaron.
Ethylene (IUPAC name: ethene) is a hydrocarbon with the formula C2H4 or H2C=CH2. It is a colorless flammable gas with a faint "sweet and musky" odor when pure.[3] It is the simplest alkene (a hydrocarbon with carbon-carbon double bonds), and the simplest unsaturated hydrocarbon after acetylene (C2H2).

Ethylene is widely used in chemical industry, and its worldwide production (over 109 million tonnes in 2006) exceeds that of any other organic compound.[4][5] Ethylene is also an important natural plant hormone, used in agriculture to force the ripening of fruits.[6]

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 22, 2019, 09:34:15 pm »

 
Duckweed


HOW TO GROW DUCKWEED AND AZOLLA

If you know Garden Pool, then you know we love 🦆 Duckweed 🌞! This amazing plant is important to our system and now we would like to teach you how to grow duckweed for yourself.

We have also introduced another floating pond plant, Azolla. We want to teach you to grow it.

In this class you will learn a few easy and affordable methods for beginners in duckweed and azolla growing.

֍ The basics of duckweed and azolla. What is so special about these tiny plants and the difference between them.

֍ How to grow duckweed and azolla to suit your needs

֍ How to take care of your duckweed and azolla in the off-season

How to Grow Duckweed and Azolla Video

Class: How to Grow Duckweed and Azolla
Recorded LIVE
When: June 14th, 2014
Where: The Garden Pool in Mesa, AZ
Length: 40 minutes
This class was recorded live in a classroom setting. To be a part of our classes in person, join our meetup group.

https://gardenpool.org/online-classes/how-to-grow-duckweed-and-azolla
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 28, 2019, 02:49:11 pm »

OK AG, I'm sold.  Send me the files and I'll see about incorporating them.  It may have to wait until my new SuperComputer arrives.  This one is at it's limit with files.

RE


Comin' at ya. 💐
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 28, 2019, 12:36:44 pm »

Okay RE, I've got the super duper scisssors lift you ordered all built! I used the same barn plus a height marker to give the proper perspective. Below are several views that show how it works, how to secure it and how to lug it around.

These 3D files are in "groups". You can "explode" the groups to move the parts around if part of the mechanism seems obsccure. Grouping them makes it easier to move a mechanism with lots of parts around. After "exploding" a group. it is a good idea to "make group" them before closing the file.

You can do the same with the solar Oven I e-mailed you to see how all the parts fit, if you ever have the inclination to take it apart. 🤔

If  the following graphics meet with your satisfaction, I'll e-mail the group of the 30' Scissors lift in the down position and the one in the up position separately. I will also send you the caster dolly gizmos I came up with for the platform separately. Enjoy!











Okay RE, I've got the super duper scisssors lift you ordered all built!

Not to be too critical AG, but those scissor legs look mighty skinny to keep that platform stable at 30'.

RE

That's the all metal version. You are looking at steel, bro. It does get a bit unstable after the cross members exceed the 45 degree angle, hence the warnings I provided. 8) The cross members that are about 16 feet long or so can be purchased of sufficiently thick gauge steel to do the job. Wood won't work for the height you want because a 16' long piece of wood would REALLY have to be THICK, never mind how HEAVY it would be.

At any rate, this lift could easily be rated for 500 pounds on the platform. Rememder, this is not a building. It is not meant to have anything but the absolute minimum structure you need to get up there and do a few hours worth of work, period. The idea is to have an affordable lift platform, not some super safe (i.e. EXPENSIVE!) industrial quality reinforced platform.

Now, if you want a 1,000 pound or more rating, YEAH, you would need I-beam type steel cross members.

If Macho Man has enough cash on hand, he can just buy a modified verison of one of these:



Read more:




 
 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 26, 2019, 11:04:04 pm »

I just read all the posts. 🧐 I think I have some equipment that Macho Man needs. 🤔

A must is the Solar Oven, of course! It WILL get food up to 300 degrees F in subfreezing temperatures, as long as the sky is clear. Just angle it directly at the sun. I have adjusting pegs on it for that. The only high tech part of the Solar Oven is the reflective film. While we still have civilization, it's cheap and easy to get (stock up!). The rest is some carriage bolts, wing nuts, screws, plywood, some two by fours and lots of food quality cardboard for insulation. NO, the carboard will not catch fire. Don't believe anybody that tells you it will.

To do routine maintenance here and there, Macho Man, who isn't gettin' any younger, needs to be able to reach high places in more comfort than a ladder provides, especially if he is carrying heavy tools or wood. What he needs is a homemade lift platform. It can be made mostly of wood, though it requires a small electric motor and a strong long metal threaded rod of about an inch in diameter and a secured nut on the threaded rod. The lift platform makes it easy for Macho Man to rake snow off his roof.

It can also be used to trim tree branches or possibly top a tree. I've made a few designs. Some go higher than others and some are all metal.

This is a low tech (no fancy hydraulics) and (just about) zero maintenance piece of equipment. 👍 You just need to keep it out of the weather and keep the threaded rod from rusting with a bit of grease. Animal fat works in a pinch.

Below is a screenshot of them. Some have the "up" and the "down" position on them displayed. The extra area on the wood platform is a "no step" area. It's there just so the thing covers the base when down, but you could just as well not build the "no step" area in the platform, as I did on the all metal scissor lifts. Also, you can put wheels on them, like I did for the Solar Oven, for ease of moving them around.

If you want one, just tell me which one you want. I've numbered them. The horse and barn are from the 3D Warehouse.


A lift platform would be good.  I can put Macho Man on one to work on his Wind Turbine.  Just make sure it goes up high enough, the Turbine is about 40' high I think.

I can put the Solar Oven next to the Smoker in the Outdoor Kitchen.  That still needs a BBQ also.


RE

I'll e-mail you the solar oven Sketchup file.

I need to go back to the 3D workshop and make a scissors lift that can go 40' high, if you are talking about the elevation of the base of the platform. A man standing on the multi-scissors one I designed  has his feet 12 feet from the ground. Forty feet is way up there and the scissor joints will need some added frame reinforcement guides to keep from wiggling or falling over. That's why the power companies use bucket hydraulic arm lifts to get up to the power lines. I'll get back to you when I figure out how to do that without hydraulics.

To be clear, do you want the base to be 40' high or do you want the shoulders of the man on the lift to be 40' high at the highest point?

To be clear, do you want the base to be 40' high or do you want the shoulders of the man on the lift to be 40' high at the highest point?

He should have his waistline at the height of the turbine.  That way he can lift up or down to remove it or replace it.

You can estimate the height of the turbine from the pics, but I will get an exact figure on that when I finish my current project, which is getting all the gear together for the Musher Banquet Adventure.

RE

The Turbine Motor is at 33' 1 3/16" off ground level.

RE

Okay. Figuring that there are about 3.5' to the platform base from the man's waist, I guess you want the scissors platform base to be 30' high, right?

That sounds like it will work.

RE


Okay. I'll work on it. I'll see if I can find a nice BBQ for you too.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 26, 2019, 06:47:03 pm »

I just read all the posts. 🧐 I think I have some equipment that Macho Man needs. 🤔

A must is the Solar Oven, of course! It WILL get food up to 300 degrees F in subfreezing temperatures, as long as the sky is clear. Just angle it directly at the sun. I have adjusting pegs on it for that. The only high tech part of the Solar Oven is the reflective film. While we still have civilization, it's cheap and easy to get (stock up!). The rest is some carriage bolts, wing nuts, screws, plywood, some two by fours and lots of food quality cardboard for insulation. NO, the carboard will not catch fire. Don't believe anybody that tells you it will.

To do routine maintenance here and there, Macho Man, who isn't gettin' any younger, needs to be able to reach high places in more comfort than a ladder provides, especially if he is carrying heavy tools or wood. What he needs is a homemade lift platform. It can be made mostly of wood, though it requires a small electric motor and a strong long metal threaded rod of about an inch in diameter and a secured nut on the threaded rod. The lift platform makes it easy for Macho Man to rake snow off his roof.

It can also be used to trim tree branches or possibly top a tree. I've made a few designs. Some go higher than others and some are all metal.

This is a low tech (no fancy hydraulics) and (just about) zero maintenance piece of equipment. 👍 You just need to keep it out of the weather and keep the threaded rod from rusting with a bit of grease. Animal fat works in a pinch.

Below is a screenshot of them. Some have the "up" and the "down" position on them displayed. The extra area on the wood platform is a "no step" area. It's there just so the thing covers the base when down, but you could just as well not build the "no step" area in the platform, as I did on the all metal scissor lifts. Also, you can put wheels on them, like I did for the Solar Oven, for ease of moving them around.

If you want one, just tell me which one you want. I've numbered them. The horse and barn are from the 3D Warehouse.




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 26, 2019, 03:02:39 pm »

Same here on CAD. I do a lot of 3D in my spare time. I have rebuilt my home piece by 3D piece from the cement slab to the metal frame and outriggers to the belly board and floor insulation, water lines and plumbing to the wall and window framing, wall insulation and wiring layout to the roof trusses and ridge vent. Inside the home I've done some furniture and even the Stonyfield milk container on the kitchen table! :D

That's nice work AG!  You're better at it than me!

If you wanna contribute a design to add to the model, feel free.  You can send me the Sketchup file, I'll incorporate it.

RE

Thanks bro.

I'll see what I can come up with. I'm going to read back on this thread a bit to see what I have missed in your planning. Then I'll try to come up with something that you can use and pass it on to you.  8)
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 26, 2019, 02:54:09 pm »


Macho Man is GREAT!

He reminds me of super prepping dude Jonathan Richards, that carved out his place out of the wilderness. I learned about him on Radio Echoshock.


Macho Man  is meant to be the idealized example of the Doomer Prepper.  Similarly, his Doomstead is also an idealized example.  In reality of course, few Doomers could have such a perfect setup in such a perfect location.  However, there are a few examples of people who have come close, and I suspect Jonathan Richards is one of them.

In a sense, Macho Man is a combination of the two Doomers from my "How I Survived Collapse" nevel, Kenny & Karl.  He's not as young as Kenny or as old as Karl, put him in his 30s-50s, and in great shape of course.  His Doomstead is the virtual image of Karls, although it is more traditional and he doesn't have the Doomstead carved into the Maountainside like Karl did.  The Doomstead isn't as remote as Karl's, he's actually part of a small community in his neighborhood of family farmers and the people who work for the Park Service, which is what supports the town of Palookaville, along with retired folks who are mostly ex-loggers who worked in the area.  The Tourist money from the vacationers and the Social Security and Pension checks of the retirees is what support the ancillary employment in Palookaville while BAU is still ongoing.

Macho Man himself clearly has some source of income, he's not as filthy rich as I made Karl.  His land he inherited from his father, who was a Logger, it is free & clear.  He earned his Nest Egg to start building on it past the small cabin his dad built by working for 15 years as an OTR Trucker, living in his Freightliner.  He now earns money from the Doomstead selling his Organic Meat products to some high end restaurants in the two Big Shities in either direction up the Interstate, where he delivers these products by order every couple of months.  He also collects waste from these places to use for composting, mulch and pig feed.  The cows are all grass fed, of course.  He also makes money from his lumber milling bizness and from Ganja he has a license to grow hydroponically in his hydroponics facility.  Besides that he is an expert carpenter and wood carver, and does custom cabinetry work to order as well.  No particle board or plywood for Macho Man, only good solid hardwoods are used in his cabinets.  It's expensive stuff of course, but coveted by the 1% and he marks it up a minimum of 100%.  He's also an expert welder and machinist and mechanic, and restores old cars in his shop as well.  So he is doing very well here these days financially, enough to buy his tractors and all the other stuff for CASH, no credit or debt for Macho Man!

Anyhow, I am having a lot of fun fleshing out this narrative and doing the artwork for it.  I unfortunately was blessed by god to be a cripple now, and doing this stuff IRL is impossible for me now.  But now I live in the world of my imagination, and I am blessed also with the abilities necessary to do this sort of design work.  It's all self-taught of course, I never took a course in CAD or landscape architecture, I don't have a Credential. But I don't need one, because I am not interested in making money, just in educating people about the oncoming Collapse of Industrial Civilization.

There is much more still to come on this, although probably not at the feverish pace I pulled this one off at.  I have been doing CAD work for the last 3 days straight when I am not sleeping or doing the Cooking Zone shows.

You have to fill up your day somehow you know, or you go stir crazy with cabin fever.

RE



Same here on CAD. I do a lot of 3D in my spare time. I have rebuilt my home piece by 3D piece from the cement slab to the metal frame and outriggers to the belly board and floor insulation, water lines and plumbing to the wall and window framing, wall insulation and wiring layout to the roof trusses and ridge vent. Inside the home I've done some furniture and even the Stonyfield milk container on the kitchen table! :D



Here's a 3D idealized bike cart I came up with:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 26, 2019, 01:17:46 pm »

Learn about super prepping dude Jonathan Richards, that carved his place out of the wilderness. I learned about him on Radio Echoshock.

SNIPPET:

Jonathan isn’t a big fan of buying packages of “survival” seeds. Most folks do not know how to grow them, or when the narrow time of planting is. I always keep some extra seeds, and try to harvest more each year from vegetables that are “heritage”. The “hybrid” plants sold by most seed companies can give a better yield, but their seeds may not produce good veggies the next year. Hybrids do not breed true, their seeds are unreliable. Seeds from heritage plants are more reliable.

Jonathan Richards’ survivalacres blog has been influential for me and many others. He also has posts at foodassets.com.

Read more or listen to podcast with multi-decade food and survival real world experience expert Jonathan Richards:

Posted on February 6, 2019, by Radio Ecoshock

  Climate Food Shock
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 08, 2019, 05:53:15 pm »


giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper) is BIG!

Bamboo: Malawi’s Unexpected Tool for Climate Change Resilience 🌍

by Caroline Gagné Caroline Gagné and Moushumi Chaudhury - January 03, 2019

SNIPPET:

Why Giant Bamboo?

Bamboo is fast-growing, so it provides a rapidly renewable source of fuelwood and timber. While hardwood trees can take 30 years to mature and must be replanted post-harvest, giant bamboo matures in only a handful of years and can be harvested every year for its entire lifecycle.

 
AfriBam’s giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper) nursery in central Malawi. Photo by Caroline Gagné/WRI

In the case of Blumrick’s non-invasive giant bamboo, the lifecycle is around 80 years. Planting and harvesting bamboo for fuel can help limit the depletion of Malawi’s tree cover and natural forests. Giant woody bamboos can also sequester carbon, helping to curb climate change. They’re one of several trees and plants that can generate benefits for people while also restoring land. 🎋 👍     

Full article with more pictures:

https://www.wri.org/blog/2019/01/bamboo-malawi-s-unexpected-tool-climate-change-resilience
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 25, 2018, 12:09:07 pm »


How Do We Go Beyond Purely Theoretical Sustainable Architecture? TU’s Solution: Go Out & Build It.

November 25th, 2018 by The Beam

This article was published in The Beam #6 — Subscribe now for more on the topic.

What can architects, and especially architecture students, do to respond to global issues such as informal urbanization, carbon emissions, or refugee settlement conditions? From sketches to real-work implementation, CODE architecture students design but also construct themselves climate-oriented, resource-saving and affordable projects in Bolivia, Iraq, Chile, and Europe. Their strategy — make the most of a space’s natural properties, culture, and climate; in other words: find local solutions to global issues. Professor Ralf Pasel, head of CODE Institute, just came back from the latest project in Bolivia.

 

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“Our challenge is really to develop strategies that promotes climate orientated buildings that do not rely on high tech, standardized and costly processes.”

Hi Ralf, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Can you first introduce us to CODE?

CODE — CONstruction & Design is an institute at the Technical University of Berlin, which spans a bridge between theoretical education and practical work. What it actually does is combine three things: teaching, research, and practice. The projects are proper professional works but they are also case studies throughout which students research issues such as carbon emissions. Then…we build them.

What comes into consideration before you decided “let’s build an agriculture school in Bolivia”?

First of all, we set quite strict criteria, which means that we have a sort of CODE X through which we choose projects. We try to be very careful about not being competitive to avoid any market or monetary dimension. The most important are the social and the environmental relevance; they are the driving forces behind these projects.

How is it possible to implement environment friendly designs in poor areas? Does it not require expensive technologies that make these projects difficult to reproduce locally?

Not really, our challenge is really to develop strategies that promotes climate orientated buildings that do not rely on high tech, standardized and costly processes. Our challenge really is to think in term of design rather than techniques, consider what is already offered by the location, orientation, and climate rather than what we need to bring or to buy.

How did you apply this idea to your project in Bolivia?

 

For the project in Bolivia, which was to build an agriculture school in the Cordillera, we were at more than 3,000 meters above the sea level, with a difference of temperature between day and night time of almost 30 degrees, and winds blowing in all different directions because of the surrounding mountains. So we asked ourselves ‘how can we deal with these such extreme thermic conditions?’ Well, for instance, the school was built with a closed facade, only windows to internal patios so that we can harvest the heat gain in the evening. We also built a double ventilated roof to make sure the heat does not accumulate in the daytime. Then, there should be no need for radiators or ventilators anymore. We also benefit from an incredible solar radiation, so we oriented the roof to make sure the solar panels get the most of it, and we implemented dry toilets to reduce the use of water and generate compost for the agriculture school.

Does your project address environmental issues or does it simply adjust to its environment?


I would rather say that it is an ‘environment induced project’ because the design is made in such a way that it uses the potential of nature and climate. So rather than fighting extreme weather conditions we just try to ‘sail the boat’. We analyze the impact of sun to orientate the solar panel roof or the direction of the wind to create efficient ventilation systems. We can do that by learning to read the direction of the wind on the grass or by looking at the flight of the birds to see the different thermic winds.

Further to the environmental impacts, which other positive impacts did you achieve?

What we do is that we very quickly integrate local partners in the process. For instance, we worked with a women bricklayers cooperative, helping them set up their business and provided them with proper security uniforms. We focused on material and tools that do not require being dependent on suppliers so that they can reuse these techniques for their own houses. Meanwhile, this same women’s cooperative trained the next group of students coming to Bolivia, so we have a sort of circular education movement. We also involve local universities or the students of the agriculture school to come to help and learn about sustainable construction methods.

 


What’s next on your plate?

At the moment we are trying to transfer the experience we had in South America into the European context. Because of the refugee situation in Germany we need a lot of social housing projects. We are currently developing two projects for these ‘urban newcomers’ through the initiative Home Not Shelter.

Interview by Caroline Sorbier.

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Read more from The Beam.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/25/how-do-we-go-beyond-purely-theoretical-sustainable-architecture-tus-solution-go-out-build-it/



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 22, 2018, 01:01:45 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The second half of this video deals with some facts about healthy soils everytone should know. In the earlier part of the video I learned that children DO NOT have certain enzymes in the liver, that human adults DO have, that are extremely important.

Quote
"There’s no specific testing done for children,” he says. “There’s absolutely no published scientific evidence to show any level of safety. On the other hand, studies show there is no lower level that is safe for children.

Children, when we talk about the unborn, the newborn and grown children up to puberty, they do not have the detoxification enzymes in their livers that we have as adults. Particularly for young children, that means they have no way of detoxifying even the smallest amount of a pesticide or a chemical.

The evidence shows that even small amounts, when children are exposed in the womb, through breastfeeding or at a young age, it severely affects the way they develop. It affects the nervous system, the hormone system and the reproductive system.

When you look at the science, there are so many areas that can be negatively affected by these small amounts. Unfortunately, a lot of these effects last a lifetime. And also, we know some are intergenerational. Those children's grandchildren will be affected."


Read more:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/22/no-safe-limit-for-pesticides-for-children.aspx
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:59:21 pm »

Next World TV

Common Sense Solutions - Starting Now

Green Jobs Revolution in Chicago
 

Real Jobs, Real Food= Revolution!

With a introduction by environmental advocate and civil rights activist Van Jones, this is a particularly inspiring example of revolutionizing systems that have failed.

Growing Home is a non- profit organization in Chicago that trains low income, previously homeless or incarcerated Chicagoans in the business of organic agriculture.

What can be more important than bringing real jobs and real food to neighborhoods that for decades have been bereft of both?

"A garden can turn a neighborhood where people don't have any jobs into small business owners." says Della Moran, market manager of Growing Home.

There are 80,000 vacant lots in Chicago. Orrin Williams, Employment Training Coordinator muses: " Acres of vacant land... acres of potential."

Until recently, Growing Home had been selling their organic produce only to Chicago's elite at the city's premier farmers market, high end restaurants, and a CSA program. Now the revolution is really starting: there is a market ON the South Side, FOR the South Side.

Now we're talking! 

--Bibi Farber


http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/urban-initiatives/green-jobs-revolution-in-chicago.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:29:35 pm »

Next World TV

Sand to soil Innovation in China
Reducing desert land

China is developing technology that turns deserts into productive land. 

One quarter of China is covered by dry, desert-like land and one third of its citizens are effected.

Reversing the growth of desertification.

China is bringing this technology to Africa too. 



http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/science-and-technology-1/sand-to-soil.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:58:43 pm »

Very cool. I knew the Netherlands had a lot of agriculture, but had no real idea exactly how advanced they'd gotten. I'm impressed.

Yes, it is truly amazing what they have done. This appears to be the only way forward in our overheated planet for those fortunate enough to live near the poles.

Meanwhile, Trump 🦀 and Fossil Fuel Fascist friends 🐉🦕🦖 are doing everything they can, whether they know it or not, to destroy all hope for future generations:

Trump touts report US is set to become world’s top oil producer

BY JOHN BOWDEN - 03/06/18 08:42 AM EST 
   
Trump touts report US is set to become world’s top oil producer

President Trump on Tuesday celebrated a report from the International Energy Agency which claims the U.S. will become the world's leading oil producer by 2023.

full article:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/376898-trump-touts-report-us-is-set-to-become-worlds-top-oil-producer


Some brave people🕊 are fighting this insanity in the courts. I wish them well. Trump 🦀 will do all he can to destroy them.

Court denies Trump admin’s plea to stop kids’ climate lawsuit

BY TIMOTHY CAMA - 03/07/18 02:11 PM EST 
   
Court denies Trump admin’s plea to stop kids’ climate lawsuit 

A federal appeals court Wednesday rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of kids who want to force the government to do more to fight climate change.

full article:

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/377219-court-denies-trump-admins-plea-to-stop-kids-climate-lawsuit



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:13:59 pm »

Which Countries Are the World’s Top Food Exporters?

The Netherlands is a small, densely-populated country with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile (500 inhabitants per square km). More than half of the nation’s land area is used for agriculture and horticulture, mostly in the form of high-tech greenhouse complexes that allow the Dutch to be global leaders in exports of tomatoes, potatoes, and onions. In terms of value, the Netherlands 🌻 🌼 🌷 🌱 is the world's second-largest exporter of food, trailing only the United States, a country which has 270 times the landmass.

More food, less water:

Since 2000, Dutch farmers have reduced their dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 percent, and they have almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides. 

Since 2009, Dutch poultry and livestock producers have decreased their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent. 🌟

The Dutch use “precision farming” 🌿 to get the most out of their fields. For example, the global average yield of potatoes is about nine tons per acre. The Dutch produce more than 20 tons per acre

http://www.wisegeek.com/which-countries-are-the-worlds-top-food-exporters.htm


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 03, 2018, 01:33:29 pm »

How Do Farmers Identify the Most Fertile 🌱 Soil? ???

Agricultural organizations around the world are coming to the realization that a pair of cotton underpants can tell farmers a lot about the quality of their soil. From the United Kingdom to California, farmers are trying out this unconventional method, burying undies in their fields and digging them up a couple of months later. Healthy soil teeming with microbes and bacteria will devour the cotton, leaving behind only the waistband. In lifeless soil, the unearthed undies come out intact.

Underwear goes underground:

Evan Wiig, executive director of the California Farmers’ Guild, explained that “cotton is an organic material and breaks down naturally, just like anything else you’d put in your compost pile.”

Soil conditions on beef and sheep farms directly influence how well grass and forage crops grow. In turn, this affects the quality of the feed that they produce. Better feed leads to more robust animals.

Scottish farmer Iain Green has been burying underwear on his 2,800-acre farm since September 2017 and says that the results have provided valuable insights.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-farmers-identify-the-most-fertile-soil.htm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:34:26 pm »

 

Incredible farm in Michigan becomes the world’s second ‘Living Building’ 🌼

LAST UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 AT 6:31 PM BY ALEXANDRU MICU

SNIPPET:

A beautiful, 15-acre farmhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan has been officially recognized as the world’s second Living Building by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

Full article: 🌿

https://www.zmescience.com/science/michigan-farm-0432423/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:01:58 pm »



ORGANIC VALLEY GOES 100% RENEWABLE THROUGH COMMUNITY SOLAR

November 8, 2017  |  By Laurie Guevara-Stone

SNIPPET:

Almost 30 years ago, seven organic farmers from the U.S. Midwest, unhappy with the state of American agriculture, decided to band together and form a cooperative to continue farming sustainably.

Today, the Organic Valley agricultural cooperative, headquartered in La Farge, Wisconsin, is made up of over 2,000 farmers in 36 states. And the cooperative just became part of a unique community-solar partnership that will allow it to become the largest food company in the world to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy.

Full article:

https://rmi.org/news/organic-valley-goes-100-renewable-community-solar/



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:57:55 pm »



Farming without glyphosate — how would that work? 
 

November 2017

SNIPPET:

EU member states have again put off a decision on renewing the controversial weed killer glyphosate. Could Europe really be close to banning glyphosate — and what would a possible ban mean for farmers and consumers?

Full article:

http://www.dw.com/en/farming-without-glyphosate-how-would-that-work/a-41104393#

Agelbert NOTE: What articles like the above do not seem to GET is that the question is ACTUALLY, "WHY don't farmers accept that farming WITH glyphosate is NOT WORKING?"!

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 02, 2017, 01:57:50 pm »

A great cause – Restoring local grain production in America

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Ken


Rice is a grain, a staple for billions and the staff of life. True.

And it only grows in Asia and in tropical climates. False.   

The amazing - and untold history - of African rice.
Video:


This is one of the most fascinating and promising local sustainable food projects I’ve ever seen. Please help take it to the next level.

http://plantwisdom.org/a-great-cause-restoring-local-grain-production-in-america/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:18:05 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Yes, a large part of US wine country is toast due to fires. But that does not detract from the value of Biodynamic Farming.

Biodynamic Certification is a Step Aboves Organic in food quality



Story at-a-glance

Food quality is determined by how it was grown. Certified organic food helps you avoid pesticides. But even organic foods may be lacking in important nutrients if grown in nutrient-poor soils

Biodynamic farming is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture initially developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. It’s an approach that can provide far superior harvests while simultaneously healing the Earth

The Biodynamic view is that a farm is a living organism — self-contained, self-sustaining, following the cycles of nature, and able to create its own health and vitality out of the living dynamics of the farm

The organic standard is the base of the Demeter standard, which then goes much further, taking into account the core idea of the farm as a closed system; solutions to disease, pest and weed control comes out of the farm system itself

Demeter is a global Biodynamic certification agency. Formed in 1928 in Germany, it’s the oldest ecological certification organization in the world. In Germany, 10 percent of the organic farmland is Biodynamic

Full article with eye opening historical information:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/15/biodynamic-farming-effects.aspx
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:27:35 pm »


Solar Plants Are Cropping Up On Farms 

August 19th, 2017 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on Nexus Media.
By Jeremy Deaton

If the United States wants to kick its coal habit, it will need to install a lot more solar power. That raises an important question: Where should all those panels reside? 


They could always go live on a farm upstate.


Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/19/solar-plants-cropping-farms/

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