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Adrien Lapointe

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Adrien grew up in Northern Quebec where he was exposed to gardening, hunting, fishing, and small fruit gathering. He was also exposed to large scale farming as his parents owned a farm for some years growing barley, canola and at one point raising milk sheep. Growing up he always had rabbits, chickens and various other small livestock.
Now an avid gardener, foodie, amateur woodworker, and raw milk advocate, he is experimenting with hugelkultur and polyculture, cooking from scratch, experimenting on reducing his ecological footprint, and much more.
Adrien was introduced to Permaculture few years ago through Joel Salatin’s techniques and travelled down the rabbit hole to end up at Permies.
Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)
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Introduced species is a tricky topic. It is hard to know for sure how ecosystems evolve; we only have a snapshot in time and there are so many factors at play. Regardless of whether an introduced specie is good or bad, once it is present in an ecosystem, I like Samuel Thayer's approach to using it for food. The nice aspect of the non-native is that if you over-harvest it, in some cases you have solved the problem. I remember reading an article of a chef using the asian carp in his restaurant, that is cool.

One last comment. I would like to remind people to stay civil and not attack others' opinions.
1 month ago
Thanks everybody for all the input, it will take me a bit to digest the different options.
1 month ago
There is no more water infiltration. However, there could still be condensation on the concrete from humidity in the air and from what I read that is why the semi-permeability of the foam boards is desirable, plus it is not sensitive to moisture.

1 month ago
I should have said earlier that we had the whole foundation excavated in the summer and an impermeable membrane installed. The contractor also put 2 in blue foam insulation below grade. I thought about adding insulation above ground, but it would not work well with the bricks.
1 month ago
We will be renovating our basement this winter. The current insulation is 1960s fiberboard which has soaked in humidity from the concrete and needs to be taken out. I have done quite a bit of reading and the consensus seems to be: "do not put wood directly on the concrete and put a semi-permeable foam board". The rational is that we want to break the thermal bridge and avoid condensation against the concrete that would then touch the wood and cause molds and rot. Makes sense.

Are there any alternative to the extruded foam insulation that would serve the same purpose?
1 month ago

Chris Kott wrote:I think, though, that the beavers could be very useful from a moose and aquatic insect perspective, and for ensuring that the landscape doesn't dry out too much.

I am not sure if water is an issue there, perhaps in some areas. Maybe because we were in a canoe...duh!
2 months ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:
In the last 20 years it has been shown to the point of being a science proof that top predators are actually the keystone animals of any ecosystem, and that removing the keystone animals will insure that ecosystem will be destroyed.

Ah! I was writing as you were posting! I guess we had similar thoughts about the importance of keystone species. :-)
2 months ago
We did a canoe trip from Achray down to Barron Canyon a few years ago. We portaged through old growth stands of trees. What struck me was how small those trees were. My thought then was that the land that was set apart was the bad one where nothing grew really well.

From experience, a forest that is managed (or naturally periodically disturbed) will be more productive. Humans can be a keystone species in the ecosystem.

2 months ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:My husband is making cloches from 1 gallon juice jugs, using a glass scoring jig and a soldering iron.

What is the process? Any pictures of the finished product?
2 months ago
My guess is that they don’t or if they do, it develops later. When I transplanted mine a few years ago (see pic), I could see the nitrogen fixing nodules, but no evidence of a taproot. In comparison, similar size apple trees or hickories clearly have a taproot.

The other possibility is that because I grew  the seeds in a wooden box, the taproot got stunted.

I wonder if there is literature on this.

2 months ago