|Self Irrigating Planter||I Loved this YouTube Video|
Frank and his Homemade Grow Boxes
Build Your Own Self Irrigating Planter (SIP)
Meet Frank Fekonia from Queensland, Australia. Living in a relatively dry climate on a south facing slope he needed to come up with a way of growing bountiful gardens on rocky soil, on steep terrain, and with little water. Similar to the SIP, why not build tall raised beds or planters that conserve water while minimizing the amount of bending over to work the beds. Certainly he could figure out a way to build them for under $200 each. He did better than that. He built over a dozen of them for almost ‘nothink’. I love the creativity of Franks idea.
|Watch This 5-min. Video||Wes Jackson has been a key figure in the sustainable agriculture movement through his work at the Land Institute in Kansas. Their work is all about creating a more ‘permanent-agriculture’ – incredibly important work.|
A small team of internet videographers that traveled our nation last year (Your Environmental Road Trip.com – YERT) stopped in to meet Wes and to learn more about what he and his team were doing. This is the best short video I’ve seen that clearing and quickly explains the significance of Wes’s work.
I enjoyed this 5-minute video and wanted to share it with all of you. There are other short videos from YERT that I liked as well.
Pictured: Wes Jackson of the Land Institute
|Had to Share This With You|
Building Homes for 1/4th the Price
of Traditional Housing
Old bottle caps, used wine corks, spiky glass shards, odd planks of wood and chunks of bone — things other people might consider worthless — become valuable building materials in the hands of Dan Phillips. During the last 12 years, the maverick homebuilder in Huntsville, TX has either built or supervised the building of a dozen houses made of materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.
To lower living costs, he believes in building sustainable houses with up to 90% recycled materials, tankless water heaters, rain water cisterns and plenty of insulation.
I don’t think Dan even mentions the word permaculture in this video or article, but in my book, it is urban permaculture all the way.
Could we not take this excess carbon source, turn it into wood chips and with the use of these small gasification units, provide the energy we need? In effect we would be harvesting current sunlight and eliminating our need for oil, coal or gas while simultaneously sequestering excess CO2 from our atmosphere. Hummmm….
|A Little Ingenuity Goes a Long Way|
This 2-minute gem was forwarded to me by one of my good friends in Stelle, Mark, who is from Maryland. It is priceless in its charm, brevity and message – ‘we can feed ourselves from our own backyards’. As that itch to get our hands back into the soil continues to grow with spring drawing near, consider what is truly possible from our own back & front yards, empty lots, balconies and rooftops, especially with a little human love and ingenuity as Hank here demonstrates. By the way, Stockton, Maryland gets plenty of near zero temperatures during the winter. It’s solidly a temperate climate zone. And when the video clip is done, ask yourself how you would go about duplicating what Hank has created but with only organic inputs and renewable energy options. That’s a permaculture approach. Enjoy. I found it inspiring.
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|Becky and I will soon host the first Transition Training in Illinois in our home town of Stelle. Not only is it convenient for us, but we think most people will enjoy visiting our sustainably oriented community as well. A big part of the transition process is finding ways to decrease our carbon imprint while building some resilience into our communities, and residents in Stelle have been dabbling in this for decades. People taking this training in Stelle will receive a quick tour of our community to include the windmills, our solar powered telephone company, the tool co-op, garden co-op, chicken co-op and more. |
Here is quick 5-minute video of Rob Hopkins (left), the Transition Town Network’s founder, talking about community resilience as well as giving his quick overview on just what the Transition Movement is all about.