Daniel Ray

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I did this method last year and was making a new pile each weekend. From my experience the coffee and leaves are some of the best materials for the compost. I was also adding urine soaked sawdust too and had crazy hot compost.
5 days ago
The shape of the pipe will prevent it from being crushed as it is firmly packed in place by the other drain material. Most of the weight will disperse around the pipe.

The pipe serves to add an easy path for lots of water to drain fast--it also helps direct water in the drainage if your trench doesn't go all the way to daylight. You could have the pipe be the only thing that leads away from the foundation, thus reducing the amount of drainage material you need.

So no to your title question, you don't have to have the drain pipe.
6 days ago
I'm of the assumption that anyone can adapt to the cold, it is innate in our evolution as humans. You can condition simply by finishing your normal routine of shower with cold water for two or three minutes. Before you know it, your circulation will be better and you wont get cold feet and hands when the temp drops inside.

However, the cold can be miserable from a Permie point of view. I can't wait for spring to start planting, taking care of indoor plants is just not the same. I would love to live in a region with a winter I can garden through, but thats the price for solitude.

1 week ago
January 12, 7 pm via Zoom. Wild Plant Foraging with Thomas J. Elpel

Bring your appetite for spring and join Thomas J. Elpel, author of Botany in a Day and Foraging the Mountain West, for an evening of virtual foraging. Learn about the patterns method of plant identification to instantly recognize scores of wild edible plants. Learn to identify and avoid serious poisonous plants while harvesting and celebrating nature’s green abundance. Learn how to feast on wild edibles while maintaining sustainable practices and navigating issues of native vs. nonnative species. Discover new delights you will never find at the store. Connect with nature on a deeper level by meeting, greeting, and eating the plants that share the neighborhood. Become a little more self-sufficient, and a lot more aware!

Bio: Thomas J. Elpel had the rare opportunity as a child to spend hundreds of hours with his grandmother, Josie Jewett. Together they explored the hills and meadows near Virginia City, Montana, collecting herbs, looking for arrowheads, and watching wildlife. Grandma Josie mentored Tom in learning about wild plants and self-sufficiency, igniting a passion for nature that has inspired him ever since. He shares his experiences through classes and writing. Elpel is the founder of Green University, LLC (www.GreenUniversity.com) and the author/producer of numerous books, games, and DVDs about nature, botany, wilderness survival, and sustainable living.

Time: Jan 12, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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1 week ago

The thing I have an issue with social media is what to post and how many times a week. Is there a magic number?

We are lucky enough to have a staff member who does all this for us. But I would start with two or three facebook posts every week. Post about what is going on in the library, but also what is happening in the community. Libraries often forget they are the intermediary many times between the public and any and all resources available to them. Post what a local history center is doing, or find interesting zoom tours available for free.
1 week ago
Hi, sorry to hear about your librarian passing away.

I am the community librarian at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton, MT. I use Zoom for book clubs, meetings with the State Library, conferencing with speakers, and hosting interesting presentations to the public. It works very well.

Our Friends group is a bit quiet right now do to covid, but we normally do have a large book sale each year. A previous library I worked for has done a Chocolate and Authors meet and greet each year that was always successful. Basically a large group of volunteers baking sweets and getting as many local authors together. Again, this would be post pandemic.

Make sure you have a vibrant social media presence, advertise the library's goings ons as well as your own.

As the vaccine becomes readily available, in person programming and events are going to be doable within the next six or seven months most likely. Plan a big "welcome back to the library" party. It will culminate with summer so have the library do a plant or seed swap.

A great friends fundraising program is to do a 5k for the library.

1 week ago
Hello everyone, in the time of pandemics and in my case a frozen winter landscape, I miss my in person interactions with other likeminded permaculturists. I have been thinking along the lines of a monthly meet and greet group where we can discuss the finer points of permaculture, projects we are working on, anything permies related on an online zoom platform. It is my hope that this can transform into an group that engages in great discussion. Anything is on the table for this so if it sounds interesting, please say so as a comment and I will start planning a date for this to happen. If not, we will let this thread age and die in the land where unanswered threads go.

I am involved with my local sustainability group and climate action group so I will also be opening it up to them as well. Of course this would not happen until roughly february. Thought I would throw it out there! Cheers and stay healthy!
Thanks jay, I have a floorplan that is pretty close to accurate.
1 month ago
1. What, to you, is the most pressing environmental problem?
Broadly the  lack of human connectedness with nature. With a population that connected with Gaia we would have a lot less problems.

2. Are you alarmed by the proliferation of plastic in the environment?

3. Do you take any actions to reduce your use of plastic?  

3b. If so, what?  
no purchasing of plastic bound materials--or reuse of those plastics when purchased.

4. Do you support government mandated plastic bans?  
I don't think there are any in my area, but would do so if they were in place.

5. Has anyone here nearly eliminated their use of plastic, and if so, what is the most challenging aspect to get rid of?  
It is difficult to buy anything without plastic, but most of what I buy that has plastic on it I must be able to justify with a secondary use.

6. Do you think reusables are too  dangerous in the time of coronavirus?  
No. Surface transmission seems pretty negligible.

7.Do you agree that efforts to reduce waste should be suspended or cancelled in light of the pandemic?  
No, Gaia is much more important than a single species.
1 month ago
Hi Denise, I don't have a juice recipe, but I do have a suggestion on something that has helped many others with autoimmune issues. Have your friend look into the Wim Hof Method, I've been practicing for several years, and while it seems gimicky at the surface, there is a wonderful amount of hard science going into Wim's research. https://www.wimhofmethod.com/

The method using a combination of breathwork, cold conditioning (cold showers), and meditation. Simple stuff and completely free.

For a really good overview of how powerful this method can be get your friend Scott Carney's book "What doesn't kill us". i'm sure the local library could get it for you or you can purchase at https://www.amazon.com/What-Doesnt-Kill-Environmental-Conditioning/dp/1623366909

This method has helped many people with issues like Crohn's disease and while I did not have any medical issues going into the method, I have found a huge amount of benefits from stress relief to avoiding illness.

It definitely is not for everyone, but someone who has had enough with modern treatments and is looking to anything with hope, this is the method for them. I would suggest trying it for just a week or two and seeing if they get relief from it.

Hope your friend finds relief, I can't recommend the method enough.
1 month ago