Fall 2014 Straw Bale House Update

Well design #305 (or so it seems) is currently being discussed by the wife and I. After some attempts to spread beyond our borders became a bigger challenge than expected we’ve decided to take another look at sticking to what we’ve got and building on the just over a half acre that we already own. We finally met with our …

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Hillside Hugelkultur Revisited

Steep Slope Stabilization 6 Month Check Up So its been over 6 months since we started our first hillside hugelkultur test and I’m happy to report that the results look good. If you’re unfamiliar with the process take a look at this post here. Over the summer the hillside was clearly very damaged with little more than rocks left on …

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Small Engineered Wetland & Climate Change

The Global Power of Wetlands: The Absorption of Carbon There is a lot of data out there about how important wetlands are to the safety and future of the planet but there is little emphasis placed on the ability of wetlands to capture carbon. Wetlands absorb carbon at a higher rate than more dry land for a few reasons. First, …

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Beaver County Nissan or Why I’ll Never Buy another Nissan Ever Again

  A Word of Advice – Never Buy or Lease a Nissan We leased a Versa in 2007, why did we lease? I own my own business (as you’re aware) and it honestly made sense at the time. It was a lovely car and a lovely experience. Beaver County was a high volume dealer so despite it being over an …

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Syria: An Open Letter to the President, Congress, and Leaders Around the World

Ladies and Gentlemen we stand at a crossroads. Before us is a choice that you’ll be making on our behalf. Despite what many of the citizens of the United States and elsewhere think and feel and no matter how vocal we are the choice is your choice and despite what you might feel about this Syrian civil war personally it …

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Summer 2013 straw bale house building update

Building Progress Made or Where Are We Now? It’s late Aug 2013 and summer (for those of school age at least) is coming to a close. Even nearly a decade removed from higher education I still have a hard time remembering that summer doesn’t officially end until most of the way through September but I digress. So many people know …

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Permaculture and relocation

The Push to Move and Migrate We’re very much still the same people we were over 10,000 years ago when we began to settle down. So when times get tough we often think if we just move we’ll be better off. While in the times when we were hunter/gatherers that was to find a place with more food today we …

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Experimental Permaculture: Steep Slope Stabalization

Erosion Control What do you do if you’ve got a steep bank, one that is already eroding away, specifically one that’s in a tight space where you can’t change the angle very much, maybe one below a road bed or some other already built up area where you can’t loose any more soil without risking collapse? There are a few …

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Straw Bale House Design #342

Refined & Redesigned House Design & Location It seems like we’ve designed and redesigned our house so many times. Well … we have but then again it’s important to get it right if we’re going to spend lots of money on it, live in it for many years, and have it function properly so it’s worth refining the design over …

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Straw Bale Workshop

Seven Days of Learning By Doing Teresa and I are mostly recovered from a seven day straw bale building workshop in Wheeling WV lead by Andrew Morrison of Strawbale.com. We learned so much, saw a few mistakes, saw how to correct some design issues, worked our butts off, had a ton of laughs, and made some great friends.

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