Devin Lavign

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uggg...I hate trying to describe myself. * last updated spring 2019 *
I moved to 40 acres of raw land with an existing pond in the WA Okanogan Highlands 3 yrs ago. I have been busy observing and making trails.
I am planning to start building a house this year. Though I am probably going to hold off on planting anything until I finish building a house and just work on infrastructure.
I am looking forward to finally put into practice the ideas I have without having to compromise due to it being someone else's land.
Some history and background about me.
I have traveled and lived most of the continental US. So have a decent grasp of the different areas of the US. As a kid I preferred going into the woods to play over going to a park or friend's house. Still I will almost always pick nature if given the choice.
I worked trail maintenance in the Cascades and that was likely my most favorite job ever. I lived, worked, and played in the forests of the Pac NWet. I learned a massive respect for pack goats during this. As they hauled the majority of our gear up the trail every day. Amazing smart animals and I can't wait to get my own goats to enjoy.
I lived and worked at Arcosanti for 4 yrs in AZ. Including managing their 15 1/2 acres of edible and medicinal landscaping. A fun place to meet lots of wonderful people and pick up skills. I have spotted at least one other Arco alum here who I know. Who lived there previous to my time, but who I did meet and hang out with several times both at Arco and to go see him in Prescott.
Pac Northwest, east of the Cascades
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Recent posts by Devin Lavign

Xisca Nicolas wrote:Are mealworms really edible after such a diet?

Now my waste mostly comes from some food packaging I can still not avoid. And I do not keep meat and fish packaging for long! I have also been wondering how I can freeze my own meat without plastic… Glass is not feasible because too much too heavy and meat sticks so you have to leave it in the jar. Paper? It sucks the water…

I reuse bottles I find as mini plant warmers, and protection against lizards.

The styrofoam eating larvae aren't meal worms exactly. I am not sure how edible they are without eating styrofoam. From what Jennifer was saying is they pass the material through them and start to break it down. So there is still some plastic materials left in their waste, but it is a lesser material than it was before.

So could you or your chickens eat these larvae after they have eaten styrofoam? I personally wouldn't. I would only raise them to maturity and then maybe feed the adults to animals.
1 week ago

Xisca Nicolas wrote:In the US they talk about making compost in 1 month which I found very fast...

I Europe I have found that they talk about a 1 year process.

The company in WA doing composting burial, says it can be as fast as 2 weeks to compost a body. That is pretty fast for sure.
1 week ago
I was surprised how after posting about this stuff I was discussing with some locals about WA new composting burial law and how much of a push back against it I found from locals.

From conspiracy theories of government plots, to sacrilege. The folks in my small town seemed quite against by the idea. But oddly most agreed they would like to be buried on their land rather than in a cemetery.
1 week ago
Here is the video of Robbie's plot tour

Hey Robbie, thought you might like this video of your plot in this thread, if not just let me know and we can delete it.

I was wondering about these when at the PDC, now after reading this thread I am thinking these might be a great idea for my property when I start fencing it.

I have lots of rock and very rocky soils that are a pain to try and put posts into. So some rock jacks would make life a lot easier to secure posts.

I was wondering how I was going to do some of the fencing, and didn't like how I saw a lot of the 4 strand barbed wire fences around here did things. But these rock jacks seem like the right thing to do the job well.

Jack Edmondson wrote:However, I don't know if I am setting up competing networks (although they will take years to reach one another); or if they will fill in and become symbiotic to one another?

Not an expert, but a very interested amateur. From my understanding annuals are a more bacterial based soil life, while perennials and especially trees go to more fungal dominated. While the perennials and tress may be more dominated by fungi, the bacterial life tends to stay the same amount as the soils of annual soil type just with more fungi growth as the trees mature.

So should you worry about competitive fungi growth for inoculating both areas with different batches of inoculate?

I wouldn't think there would be a lot of worry about that. Everything I have read and seen points to healthy soil life will work well and figure itself out in the transition zones between annuals and trees. Forest meadows do quite well with no human help. A good soil ecosystem will likely just spread it's good life.

That said you might want to look at inoculates that have more than just fungi, since bacteria and other critters do still make up healthy tree soils as well as tend to be very important for the grasses and other annuals.

Again not an expert, so mileage might vary and my advice might be corrected by Redhawk or other experts.
1 week ago

Ian Young wrote:Ah, I think we've accidentally conflated two very different methods of body "disposition" because the bill in Washington legalized both of them. There's liquid cremation aka alkaline hydrolysis, and then there's human composting, which is quite literally composting.

I just looked into it, and yep you are right. Though no one here seems to be talking about the liquid cremation, which might be why I didn't even know that was part of the bill. All interest seems to be for the actual compost process. Which I do have to say is exciting.

Especially since even though I have a 40 acre homestead, the burial laws here say you have to have an official cemetery run by a corporation to be buried, which makes home burial a bit difficult. So even though this is being sold as a way for urban folks to have a natural burial, for me it might make sense to do so I can have my remains put back into my property.
1 week ago

r ranson wrote:Have you ever reached out to someone from your distant past to say "thank you for having a positive influence on my life"?  

Not as much as I would like, but then I also am a Facebook Resistor which makes reconnecting with people a bit difficult.

But I definitely have done it when I can refind people from my past. It gets hard though since I have been rather nomadic living all over the US up until recently.

I also tend to do something similar with the present. I really work at letting people know when they do things right, or do something amazing, or even just make an impactful moment. It is so easy to complain and make the negative comment, and forget to congratulate people when they do good. So I try and make sure to let people know when I see or hear them doing good. Instant positive reinforcement.
1 week ago
I don't think the e article you read is correct. The companies in Washington aren't doing liquid cremation. They are composting. With wood chips, alfalfa, and straw to turn your body into 2 wheelbarrows of soil.

Here is a video that discusses it.
1 week ago