with fish and smaller animals I usually let the pile "cook" for a month then turn it every other day after that until its cold and the materials are unrecognizable. Make sure your pile is large enough....mine are about 5 feet high and 5 feet wide.
I have composted fish and its turns out just fine. Once the pile gets hot they disappear within a couple of days. I have also done this with roadkill deer, foxes, birds, squirrels, and rabbits. There is no smell whatsoever and i never had a issue with critters. With fish you could also make homemade fish emulsion or just do it the indian way and bury it in holes during planting time.
there is a design for a earthship hut....its much smaller and round. It doesn't have a greenhouse but it does collect rainwater and its earth sheltered. Cost is around $2500 USD to build so very cheap. You might want to try that first before doing a whole one plus you will gain some experience on how to build them. Only downside is that they don't stay as warm as an earthship with a greenhouse. Still the lowest the temp will go inside the hut is that of the earth around 55 degrees or so.
clearing land is going to be alot of work.....you might want to get a section logged. The money you make can be used to buy any resources you need like fruit trees or animals. Or you could just try to work with the forest and plant shade growing perennial crops like wild leek/edible bamboos/etc. Mushroom logs would be another crop and maple syrup.
yeah i heard that is was illegal in some places but couldn't find evidence that anybody has every been arrested and charged for planting black locust.....99.9% of people have no clue what the difference is between a oak or an ash for example.....BUT if it is considered invasive in your area one should not succumb to selfish desires.
It would be cheaper to just use wood chips......find a company that cuts tree and offer to take their wood chips....usually they give them away for free.....the wood chips will break down in time and give you some real nice soil.
This past May my freezer broke and all the food defrosted and started to spoil so I threw all the contents into the compost pile. This included several pounds of hot dogs and hamburgers, TV dinners, whole ham, chicken thighs, several loaves of bread, and frozen veggies. After a month there was nothing left but the wax paper covering the hamburgers. In the past I have composted a roadkill deer, fox, sparrow, and mouse. I have also composted a whole sheet cake with strawberry filling and a couple of 100% cotton shirts.
I would look into old hunting camps.......these places are often remote and forgotten about...they usually come with a small cabin......local governments will not care what you do so going off grid is a possibility there. Moneywise figure between $100,000-200,000 for land (check out landwatch.com for listings). Also best to look in states and counties with small populations this is another indication of cheaper land.
Farming costs depends on what your growing/raising. Animals are going to cost you more. You should consider doing specially products...things that you can't get anywhere else.....like certain mushrooms, herbs, fruits, medicinal plants, rare plants for nursery trade, etc.
Bark is used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure some mental illnesses.....thats the only benefit I know of......The tree is exceptional at colonizing disturbed areas and is nearly impossible to kill....it produces an alleopathic chemical that suppresses the growth of many plants so not good to use as mulch. I am sure however that it can be used as firewood.
I been interested in wofati for a while...I am still trying to decide on what kind of house I want......anyway based on my observations it seems that most people choose to use grass as the primary vegetation that covers the roof....is it possible to use blueberries or blackberries instead....I think grass is just a waste when I could be using that space growing food instead....I think perennial crops would be bests to limit erosion. thoughts?
The thing about natives is that they support more Lepidoptera....this provides a lot of food for other organisms like songbirds. Other than that I do think if one is to be self sufficient it would help to incorporate non natives fruits/veggies to get the most out of a growing season.
so I got some land....its raw and forested....I would like to build a home but do not want to clear a bunch of trees for the home.....what is a good design for a forest home that will be green and have a minimal impact on the forest? Also I would like it to blend in and not be visible from above (in an airplane or google earth)
I would walk through your forest and try to ID as many tree and plant species as you can...if you dont know take pics and post......Many wild plants are edible....you can certainly add to mix.....here on the east coast some examples of wild edibles that do well in a forest situation include oaks(acorns are edible), pawpaw, persimmon, american plum, serviceberry, blueberry, chestnut, stinging nettle, ostrich fern, giant solomans seal and bamboo.....then you got mushrooms which can be cultivated in the shade of forest trees....annual vegetables that can be grown in shade include arugula, asian greens, chard, kale, lettuce, mesclun, mustard greens, scallions, and spinach.
To me the taste was more like pineapple with the consistency of custard. It also has a bitter aftertaste but not too bad. It is certainly underutilized but that could be attributed to the fruits very short shelf life...within a week some of the fruits were moldy. They seem to grow best in the understory of deciduous trees like tulip poplar, sycamore, and black walnut with a deep fertile soil along waterways.
people who do this do so undercover....your not going to be able to convince your code enforcement people to change their mind its been tried many times before.....just build a compost bin and hot compost it....no one will know the difference....
I am located in the area where they were first discovered in the United States..........got loads here.......the only natural predator I know of is a type of wasp.....I heard rumors they were going to introduce the wasp here from asia but not sure if they ever did