Jerry Ward

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since Sep 09, 2010
S.E. Michigan - Zone 6a
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I have one of the metal carports that I've put sidewalls on.  This barrel style would work well for my application (fast heat for a couple of hours while I'm out there working).  Any plans available yet?
4 months ago
The data is a couple of years old, but if you go to you will see that the US has many times more retail space per capita then most of the rest of the world.  We are talking about 5X for countries like the UK.

I'm sure this has to correct.
5 months ago
I'm looking to dig a well for irrigation purposes and to provide water to my chickens.  I have two location options "The high ground" and "The Low Ground".

The High Ground:
This area is near my house.  I built the house so I was there when the basement was dug.  There is about 7' of pure sand, 2'-3' layer of clay and below the clay a rocky, graveling area with plenty of water in it.  My basement floor sits at the top of this clay layer.  It is a walkout basement and the 4' deep frost wall at the walkout end goes below the clay layer.  I have a perimeter drain at the bottom of this frost wall that I ran away from the house until it came to the surface.  It has water flowing out of it most, if not all of the time.  I have a sump pump, that while it always has water in it, rarely runs.  This is due to the fact that the perimeter drain on the buried side of the basement connects with the lower walkout side drain.  Therefore the water can just flow downhill until the drain tile comes to the surface.

I've considered just trying to pump the sump crock into a pressure tank.  This would keep the pump and related equipment inside and protected from Michigan winters.  I think it would work with a small pump and a large tank.  There would have to be a sensor so the pump wouldn't run if the sump was low on water.  My understanding is you cannot have a well in your basement, which is a shame because I only need to go about 4' below the floor level of the basement to be in a water-bearing layer.

Another option would be to drive a sand point down to just above the clay layer (about 7' down) outside the house.  There should be water there as I'm on the low side of a mile of a gradual drop in elevation.  I could put a pump and tank in the basement, again to protect from freezing.  If that didn't work I could drive point another 5' - 10' and get into the water layer below the clay.  It should still be shallow enough for a suction pump.

The Low Ground
This area has a high water table (2'-ish below the surface) and is where the garden and chickens are.  I don't know much about what is underground except for digging post holes 3.5' deep and having them fill with water up to about 18"-24" from the surface.  It was sandy loam at the surface with some clay as I got deeper.  I've considered getting an extension for my post hole auger and going down 10' and putting in a piece of PVC pipe and pumping from that.  But I have no idea if the water would flow in fast enough to feed a pump.  Plus I have the hassle of needing to pull the pump and any tank in the fall.  Additionally, power in this area isn't as good as close to the house.

Another option would be to get a low flow pump and pump uphill to an IBC and then gravity feed down to the garden.  This would allow the "well" to recharge fast enough to supply the low flow pump.  But my house is at the highest point of the property so I couldn't water the flowers planted around the house with IBC Tank water.

Information from the Permis community would be appreciated.


7 months ago
I wish I could buy these in a streaming format - I love them and the YouTube version come and go.
Always need more tools
1 year ago

Chris McClellan wrote:Jerry, we are finishing the manual right now.

Are the plans available yet?
1 year ago
First of all I do not want to diminish what amounted to slavery in the sharecropping of 100+ years ago, but I feel that sharecropping should be promoted as a viable option in this day and age.  Curtis Stone had demonstrated this by farming in peoples back yards in the city.  My position is I want to eat better, I have land, I have water, I have access to compost and have friends with horses that I can get all the manure I want.  What I don't have is the time, experience or desire to be a vegetable farmer.  I have to believe there are many people in my position just as there are many people without land that want to take a run at running a market garden.  We just have to connect the two parties.

The key to making this successful is to create a mutually beneficial arrangement between the land owner and the sharecropper.  Also I'm not sure this would work where the land owner is looking to get the maximum return on the land.  I my case I have an acre or two that I don't use other than mowing, so anything I get would be a bonus.  There are many zoning problems with providing housing on site for the sharecropper, but if that issue can be solved then that raises the viability for the sharecropper.  Further there would have to be some expectation of a long term arrangement.  No one wants to spend time and money building soil only to have ti taken away from them.

What do you permies think about this.

My Pitch
I am looking for someone to do vegetable farming on my land in Ypsilanti MI.  I can easily provide 2 acres of land off the road and water and initially get paid just in produce.  As it scales up and becomes profitable I would get a share of the profit.  My land is on a main road that has about 7,000 cars a day drive by so a farm stand should be a way to sell produce.  Additionally there are a couple thousand houses within 1/4 mile, so some kind of home delivery service could also be considered.  Also there is also a farmers market less than 5 miles away.  If anyone in the area is interested send me a message.
1 year ago
I'm looking to get into content creation focusing on plans of things to build.  I think I could do OK on what would amount to tips if it was a face-to-face interaction.  I might have a set of plans and a YouTube video on building something and ask for $1.  How can the $10 go from the consumer of the content to me without loosing a large percentage of it?  The Brave browser and BAT crypto looks like it will be a good option - If it ever becomes common place.  This has to be something that is easy for user otherwise they won't bother.

Does anyone have experience with accepting Apple Pay or Google Pay?

Also I know it Africa it is common to send money via a text message, but that isn't common here in the US.
1 year ago
Another trick I've been told about proofreading is to read it upside down.  You have to focus more on what is actually there rather than your mind filling in things that you are familiar with.

Vera Stewart wrote:I just want to add that I've found it very helpful during the editing stage to print out a hard copy, find somewhere quiet where no one else can hear you, and read what you've written out loud to yourself. Even better is to have someone else read your writing out to you. You will catch typos, awkward constructs, and learn where readers struggle with lyric flow. The ear as editing software!

1 year ago
Would anyone have a different opinion if you did not know the target platform?  I have the option to do some guest writing for a web site, but may end up shopping the piece around if the first place isn't interested.  Therefore I may need to output in a more generic format, but Word does that as well.
1 year ago