[1. I want the added benefit of the box being black but the thought of paint is unappealing. Was thinking maybe a homemade concoction of black walnut stain?
2. Because I am using roughcut lumber I expect in time to develop small gaps as the wood dries. I could use food grade silicone but would rather not. Maybe cotton and wax chinking?
3. for optimal drying how hot shout it be?
I think air gaps are ok. Its the moving air that carries away the moisture as the food dries so I wouldn't worry about air gaps from your rough cut stuff. You can use mop head string to seal the gaps if you want installed as you put the boards together, but again its the moving air that carries away the moisture, and besides, who said the air has to follow yours or anyone else's prescribed path. We are talking about drying food here not super insulating and sealing a leeds certified greenie home.
Just char the interior with a propane torch. Build your box and char the thing. Keep some water handy in case you catch it on fire to douse the flames. The char, as we know, is non-toxic and absorbs odor, but mostly it absorbs heat. I would stay away from ALL the paints and the silicone; they cost too much in too many ways, but mainly by contamination.
We used to dry on tables made with 1x4s with hardware cloth to put the food on and covered with cheese cloth. No issues, stupid easy, and cheap. Apples dried in 2 days, squash in 2 days, roasted peeled green chilis in 2 days. I don't recall flies being an issue, but when you grow up on a farm they are just part of everyday life, like scraping cow dung off your boot. The only thing we didn't try drying are tomatoes. Some sites say that high acid foods like tomatoes are corrosive to the zinc coating, which is an elemental mineral we all need, so does it really matter if it does? Hmmm... then again maybe not.
I live in mountainous southern Mexico where wheelbarrows are ubiquitous and I frequently find myself longing for the antique radio flyer "radio cart" lawn cart my parents had. I remember it as being sturdy and maneuverable in our slopping yard, and rugged, they sold it when they downsized. What I remember best about it was it lay flat on the ground allowing you to rake, sweep, push, the contents in. More designed for leaves and grass clippings, but this was a pre-1980s steel thingy, solid as a classic radio flyer wagon and you could also put heavier things in it (though probably not heavy rubble).
I long for this whenever I'm struggling to shovel things into a wheelbarrow. I'm a shortish woman and loading the thing is the hardest part of wheelbarrow use for me.
I found it online https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-metal-garden-cart-green-radio-287828662
I dont get on alot so it's a later response, but I had a thing to share...
Acupuncture was mentioned once. If you can get it regularily it can make a HUGE difference over the long run, especially if combined with TCM chinese herbal therapy. (this doesn't mean taking some pills from a store, it means boiling teas of specific herbs which change as your condition changes)
I've seen people go from cognitive decline to improving more than once including myself following a brain tumor and others with alzheimers. The problem is it can mean 1-2x a week for however long a person can do it which can get obviously expensive. Finding a student clinic where there is a TCM school can make a huge difference depending what they charge.
There is a link between kidney health and brain health in TCM, I don't know if it exactly links up with what western medicine believes, by which I mean i'm not saying that general kidney stimulants or western therapies for the kidney would give nay help, but as a random comment if a person has a concussion they will often give you kidney supporting herbs and it can help make you better. Likewise there is often a 'drop in kidney chi' following a concussion, this wont necessarily show up in western tests, but a higher skilled practitioner would pick it up it most instances. This seems to link to one's mental clarity.
It's possible that anything worsening/harming the kidneys even from a western perspective would worsen their TCM-diagnosed condition for the kidney, and thus indirectly their brain function - I have at least one direct observation of this. Someone who was on prescription western drugs, specifically spirolactone was having their "TCM diagnosed kidney chi" dropping by the week - they had to lower their dose and it would improve, then eventually the slide would catch up and have to lower the dose more to stop the decline - yet despite dropping dose to 1/8th eventually it still had the same western theraputic needs required of it. Only when they quit that medicine did their kidney stop getting worse and their brain clarity improving at the same time seemingly. None of this would be caught by a western doctor because the changes are subtle, but i've seen cases like this watching peoples ups and downs with my own eyes using TCM herbs and acupuncture.
Joel Salatin calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. He is co-owner of Polyface Farms, which producing meat he describes as "beyond organic", and are raised using environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, sustainable agriculture. He has been featured in news stories, books, conferences, and documentaries showcasing his regenerative agriculture through rotational grazing.
To cure flea problems- repair the soil with an active biological compost and apply to the affected areas or compost extract soaked into your soil. Beneficial nematodes will take care of flea larvae. From memory I am pretty sure I heard Elaine Ingham say that
Im on my property now. Very little internet. Afraid I will lose thus thread so I'm posting. This forum is very strange to me. Ive never seen so many different options and I dont know anything about most of them.
Many integrative oral health specialists have mentioned that having acids in your mouth close to brushing time will wear away the enamel, so I can confirm at least that part of what you're saying. I like the robust discussion and ability to increase our knowledge in many areas.
I have heard similar things about Tai Chi and many other martial forms that can be performed without intense physical stress. It seems that regular general activity that involves the whole body has benefits to bone remineralisation as well as musculature.
Hi you all. Though I am a good sleeper generally, I have my opinion on this subject. I know / knew many people with insomnia. In most cases that's because chronical pain is keeping them awake. But in all cases (incl. the chronical pain patients) they have trouble getting rest because of stress, PTSS, feeling inquiet, restless, etc.
I know (own experience) that when you feel stressy or restless you can try whatever remedy, food, other mattress, other time, other place, etc. but it does not help! First the cause for that stressy feeling have to go away. When it's PTSS ... it won't go away so easy Maybe a good (holistic) psychotherapy.
I'd like to see more examples of holistic management which are actually holistic - that is, which include the entire ecosystem and not just the parts directly of benefit to humans. Specifically I mean including non-human top predators such as bear, mountain lion, jaguar, wolf, etc. Circle Ranch seems to be promoting this idea that the predators need to be restored in order for the ecosystem to function. I'm happy to see that example. http://circleranchtx.com/too-many-deer-on-the-road-let-cougars-return-study-says/
Until I see more examples like that, and see whole ecosystem restoration promoted as the goal of the method, I remain skeptical of holistic management/managed intensive grazing. Presently I see it as a way to make raising cattle less bad, but I do not see it yet as good, because it seems rare that top predators are even mentioned in discussions of the method.
We haven't had any rain in a long time and the only thing we have left ares tomatoes & bell peppers.
I don't use my oven in the summer and I am too lazy to pressure can in this heat. I made squash relish and pepper relish and just let the jars seal from the hot liquid and then put them in the fridge. They get eaten before they can go bad.
I agree about the hail nets. The only reason my tomatoes survived is that they were in cages, which at least kept them from being flattened completely. Nickel sized hail will do that.
We're looking at moving in the next year back to my old stomping grounds in eastern Washington/Northern Idaho. Too much heat and damaging weather here for my taste. Losing your whole crop to hail (which has happened in the past) isn't my idea of sustainable since it's my main source of veggies.
Perhaps, an easy answer is that, that way it gets into the most hands.
Hopefully, most of those people will 'pay it forward'.
Many people are reluctant to pay for something if they don't know whether it will work or not.
By giving it away, more people will try it. The more people who try it, and succeed, the quicker it will spread.
The quicker it spreads, the quicker we all benefit.
The entire asheville region, up to and including counties west to the Cherokee reservation and rural mountain regions have been steadily increasing the cost and price of living/moving. Its long been a vacation spot for out-of-staters and summer cabin occupants. Im in central NC and am looking towards the western mountain areas in SE KY, TN, WV or SW VA, NW SC.... VA is strongly getting my vote... cheaper taxes on most things, and a certain stretch NW along the I-77 interstate offers some great tracts of beautiful land.
Charles Thompson wrote:My family and I are contemplating a SC move. Any insight into the permaculture opportunities, volunteer opps, green culture support/education there? Your help is greatly appreciated. Charles
I moved to Charleston and decided to move to the upstate after 4 years. It is unbearably hot and humid in Charleston in the spring summer and fall where a typical 105 degree temperature feels like 125 degrees.... and that affects the growing season. In Charleston you'll be running your A/C 24/7 for most of six or seven months and for 5 of those months there is NO relief at night even. At least the upstate is a lot more dry and it is cooler at night.
90 degrees here, just feels like 90 degrees.
The farmers' markets sell more crafts than produce and only a tiny percent of the produce sold is organic.
Downtown Charleston is very pretty but I think it is a nicer place to visit.
Just don't get your hopes up about finding a lot or in fact any permaculture awareness there. Traditional organic farming is just beginning to catch on there. You'll find much more of what you are looking for in the northern part of SC and if you don't find enough there you are a stone's throw from Asheville, NC 45 mins from Greenville, where it is practically Permaculture Central.