Jacob Saltzman

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Sonoma Co, CA
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Most wool and fleeces are washed multiple times before they finally become fiber, so dryerballs shouldn’t have any issue. If they do, wash them, and dry them. You won’t hurt them. Hahahahaha I made myself some with some extra yarn I had. Don’t use poly-anything or it won’t felt up. Just take the yarn and start wrapping a tight ball. Do this until they are about the size of a tennis ball. 1 skene per ball worked for me. Once you have enough balls that you’re satisfied. Tie each one into a compartment in a pair of pantyhose, wash and dry them several times. You hve just created your own dryer balls.... have fun!
2 years ago
Hey folks i would love some feedback from anyone who has been to a Holzer event in the Past. What could have been done to enrich your personal experience?

For this course I am hoping to have lots of material for different potential projects. Log hive building, Mushroom inoculation, Tree planting, Seed mix creation, Terrace and retention space construction. spring casing. Then with some direction Students will be unleashed on a project of their choice.


Thanks everyone!

6 years ago
Hello my fellow Permies, I hope everyone is having a Great start to the new year!

I am very excited to announce that Sepp Holzer will be coming to California, and I'm very pleased that he has agreed hosting an advanced practitioners course. It will be April 8th-12 in Petaluma CA. We have all the permits and this will be an opportunity for some intense hands on experience.

Note: In the dailyish email announcement, Cassie mentioned that this was a ten day course but that was actually a mix up. It is only 5 days. Just to clarify for everyone.

Thus far it will be Sepps only trip to the Americas this year. Space is very limited and we are only accepting a maximum of 10(ten) participants. I welcome any questions or comments, either here on the forum or feel free to send me a PM.

Sepp Demonstrating Grafting at a previous workshop.


Course Information. Apply Here!

Since we are accepting such a small number of participants, we would love to have people who have had extensive permaculture experience. However, if you are motivated and have a tenacity that we feel comes through in your application, we would hundred percent accept you.

Basically, we are looking for people who are somewhat versed in sepp permaculture and or willing to get up to speed. We want people with bright eyes and open hearts thirsting for knowledge, open minded, and able to "learn to read the book of nature." And we are willing to help get people up to speed on the basics before the course begins, by emailing an info packet, answering questions on the forums, recommending videos to watch, etc. whatever is most appropriate.

We are also very willing to answer basic questions ourselves, before or during the workshop. In fact, Jacob and are setting up systems to help orient people before the workshop and take care of 'filtering' out some of the more basic questions during the workshop.

We want people to have an idea of what they are coming to see and ready to absorb as much as possible.

I think if we are forthright and explain all of this in the best of terms we can attract the right people, and make a better time for all involved. That said we don't want to make people feel like they aren't advanced enough, that is not the point at all.

Hope to see some familiar faces there.

Jacob Saltzman
6 years ago
Anything new to Report?

Sepp usually says that the food grade Geotextle, or pond liner is only necessary for the spring case if it is so close to the surface as to be concerned about roots growing into the pipe and clogging it.. in this case cover the case with gravel and then the pond liner/Geotextile plastic...

Hope this helps.


pato van ostra wrote:Hi Joshua, happy to give an update. We haven't been able to find food grade geotextile — we recently bought geotextile to support the new road we built and the company that supplied us didn't know of any food grade geotextile. In fact, with some of the extra geotextile we had leftover from the road building I created an indoor vertical garden, which began emitting a soapy substance when wet. I wouldn't case a spring with it.

Round washed gravel and food grade geotextile is best for this although not necessary in every case.



I'm leaning toward going ahead and trying without the geotextile in our particular situation. Will take some pictures and let you know how it goes.

6 years ago
I have herd Sepp tell two stories about using Dynamite, mostly up in the mountains when trying to get rocks out of the way. One in particular they were building a keyway dam and they needed to connect the clay to a lower layer of bedrock.


Bill Puckett wrote:I searched this forum and it returned no hits for the word "dynamite." I don't know much about it. I googled dynamite earthworks and there's an excavating contractor in Australia whose Facebook page shows a bunch of diesel machinery.

It seems like dynamite could be an alternative or addition to the machines for some.

6 years ago
Well here she is mostly done, I still want to add a mushroom style straw roof but i am waiting until there is some more dry straw in the field. I hope some bees like it..

What do you guys think?
7 years ago

justus bernhard wrote:dear zach!
there is nothing new and nothing invented by sepp holzer published by this topic!
log hives are used since hundreds of years in beekeeping and they were the first step in developing the "modern bee hives".
when you are using pictures, please publish them under the correct references.
the pictures showing the vertical log hive, its' building and the observation hive are not sepp holzers origin.
the pictures are showing my beehives in my place in the austrian alps and I'm not sepp holzer - you know.
yours thomas.



Gruss Dich, Servus Thomas,

I was wondering if you have done any experiments with Leaving the log whole and not doing any supers? Kind of like the descriptions Anastasia gives in her books. I saw a reference to one online and thought it sounded like a very good way to keep the bees.

How much ventilation is reccommended? In your demonstration hive I remember the bottom was slightly elevated in the middle, was this the same as your Removable bottom on your more conventional looking hives?

Thanks for any input.
Ciao
Jacob Saltzman


7 years ago
Here is the start of a log hive I'm working on. Help up at the moment because of some carburetor issues… Should be done in a few days, Just needs some end caps and a hole...
7 years ago
I spent 6 months in Hawaii on the big Island at La'akea, I liked it. I would also recommend Gaia Yoga Gardens. and Evening Rain Farm, not sure if they are still around though. There are several others i visited when i was there. names slip my mind at the moment. It depends on what you want to see also. Communities? For profit Farms? Aquaculture?

hope this helps a little. Have a good Honeymoon, what a good idea. Be sure to check out Kehenna beach, and Hidden beach. Kehenna is easy to find... Watch out for the Fire ants! and the Rat lung disease.
8 years ago
Hi Ryan,

How big of a swale are you planning. All sites are different.. I believe the general recommendation is to take it about 45 degrees off contour or so. If you only have a taper at the end, only the water at the end will flow down the taper... If the rest of your swale is perfectly on contour. Also on contour is supposed to be more prone to slides. Know what i mean?

Are there already any areas where rain had been causing erosion on the site you mention? Pictures?

Terraces may be more appropriate for your site.
8 years ago