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Interesting film.  No hard specifics.  This year relative to GDP, China dumps 6 times more carbon into the air than the USA and India only dumps double ours.  The USA contributes very little plastics to our oceans while about 90% comes from the orient.  If, in fact we have had 6 or 7 ice ages and that the last one was about 10000 years ago, then why would not the planet continue to warm until the cycle reverses and again we descend into another ice age?  yes, we should strive for sustainable living, but controlling other countries carbon emissions that will be difficult, especially if they manipulate any data.   Using  rocket stove for home heat, if one is actually using renewables for fuel and after the free power of the sun is maximized.  However, as the sun produces about 1000 btu for every square yard per hour, too often we miss the opportunity to build a south facing greenhouse for day time isolation, with night time insulation.  Alas, we have not asked our designers to lay out subdivisions with solar maximization (for northern USA) and minimal insulation for those in warmer climes.  Accounting for the sun in building has been around since the Anasazi, but, we seem to have a problem incorporating their design elements into our homes.    Jim Johnson 10 2020
3 months ago
The morning sun sets its target walnut aflame with brilliant, dancing green leaves in deep contrast to the dark woods beyond. And of course it gets modified as the day progresses.  Unlike aspens and maples my oaks and walnuts turn dull brown with but little concern for the lower end of the spectrum.   Now the sumacs and maples get all dandied up in the fall.  Alas I fell for more diversity in fall colors and planted some more maples to liven things up in my corner of the world.  

It is a joy to watch the various critters trespass into my world.  Surely they have a different opinion about who owns what. Here in SW Missouri, we have bobcats, deer, turkey,  whippoorwills (lovely night serenade), owls, hawks, crows and other creatures related to Pepe La Pu.  It changes every day.  Even a bald eagle dropped in.  It seemed a long way from their habitat around Stockton Lake.  It is rumored they have a floating sushi shop.  Alas, no sober human has spotted it, yet.  I have been told that Bambi has seen it.  

Folks get into growing stuff or gleaning it from the woods and fields.  They grow, therefore they can.  And such indigenous delicacies get passed around to guests and neighbors.  Speaking of foods and feeds, there is some serious BBQing in the neighborhood.  The various meats are locally grown or harvested.  The big cities don't know what they are missing.

Then there are the local wines from the local grapes.  Indeed some have received high ratings from the city folks out east.

We have a grist mill that has been hanging around since 1840 that can still grind your corn.  www.hulstonmill.com

There is a freedom that pervades rural America that cannot be found amongst the larger settlements.  Freedom is one thing that is not appreciated until it is taken away.  A pox on the grids!
Jim Johnson
Greenfield, MO







4 months ago
I have found a bow saw and a pole saw indispensable in maintaining my woodland.  Since I use a wheel chair now, the bow saw is gathering dust, but the pole saw is easy to use sitting on my garden tractor.  I have my garden in bunk feeders on the deck for easy access from a wheel chair.  The worm bins are in the garage.  
Jim Johnson
Greenfield, MO
6 months ago
Here is SW Missouri, our white tailed buddies just love hazelnuts.  Of course they have tons (literally) of acorns and hickory nuts to feast on.  Around here Walnuts tend to be a squirrel thing.  Be well.  Jim Johnson
7 months ago
Just a comment.  You might generate more interest if you had several iterations on your design reflecting various locations/climate conditions.  I would assume you have a gutter to capture rainwater and an internal cistern to store heat.   There is a "Low Tech Magazine" that gets into old fashioned ways to cope with cool climates.  One trick that would apply to a greenhouse is to build a north-side thermal wall to capture warmth (rather than an earthen berm) then espalier fruit trees close to it (on the south side).  Indeed a north wall with rocket stove heat (for those really cold days) built in.  Your design with the earth berm is good but lots of extensive shovel action required.  Perhaps a less laborious approach would be earth packed auto tires like they use for "Earthship Homes."  https://www.earthshipglobal.com/
Good luck.  Jim
Greenfield, MO
7 months ago
Where you have rodents (mice, squirrels rabbits) you will also have owls, hawks and around here an occasional Bald Eagle looking for snacks.  If your name is MacGregor, sorry, Peter will get you every time.  Last year the deer cleaned out my blackberry patch and relieved the Mulberry tree of its fruit.   But, the deer are a joy to behold in spite of their personal disregard for my property.   Be safe and be well.  j johnson near Stockton Lake in SW Missouri.
7 months ago