February 2016
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Scaling Up to a Larger Aquaponics System – Part 1

Previously I talked about the small-scale aquaponics system I built a few years ago. You can read about it here: A Small Scale Aquaponics System. I was happy enough with the results that I decided to try a bigger system. I wanted to scale it up to see if I could get some significant production […]

Home Brewing – Progress Update – Taste Testing

Today is another update on my first attempt at home brewing hard cider. In earlier posts, I talked about the 5 batches I started and gave progress updates. Links to those are in the resources section at the bottom of this post. The first bottle have been in the refrigerator for a couple weeks so […]

What a Difference a Year Makes

It’s been exactly a year since I left home for my first WWOOFing experience. Looking back on all that’s happened would be almost unbelievable to the person I was then. Between then and now I drove from the East Coast to the West Coast and back. I ended up doing this twice more before the […]

A Honey Locust Seed Sprouting – Time Lapse Video

I’m adding honey locust trees to our food forest on the uphill side of the swales. The honey locust fixes nitrogen. It also creates a lot of biomass with its leave drop. The leaves are small and allow a lot of sun through so they are ideal where you don’t want too much shading. They […]

Video Review: “The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic”

Recently I came across this wonderful video while reading on the Permies.com web site. After watching it, I have to say it is a breath of fresh air. The video quality is very professional. The entire video is full of useful tips and ideas for the budding permaculturist.

One of the people responsible for bringing […]

A Day in the Life of the Chicken Run – Time Lapse Video

I keep finding more interesting activities to record with the time lapse camera. This time, I set it up in the chicken run and recorded a whole day from dawn to dusk. The resulting video is about 5 minutes long.

Watch as the chickens come storming out of the coop when the door opens automatcally […]

Home Brewing – Progress Update #2

Today is another update on my first attempt at home brewing hard cider. In my previous posts My First Attempt at Home Brewing and Home Brewing – Progress Update #1, I talked about the 5 batches I started. The batches have been fermenting for 28 days now. It is time to do some more taste […]

Abuela Gardens – Willits, California

Without water, plants don’t grow. Without water, people don’t survive. I quickly learned what was possible without regular rainfall in an area. The importance placed on water catchment is a theme throughout all permaculture but here it was a necessity. What I’ve learned since then and am now experiencing first hand is that here, the […]

Planting Fruit Trees in the Snow – Time Lapse Video

Here’s another quick time lapse video I took with my new toy.

Last week I ordered a big shipment of bare root fruit trees and berries to go into our swale berms. It is important to get them planted quickly after arrival. The trees were delivered on Monday. I was able to get a […]

A Day in the Life of the Chicken Coop – Time Lapse Video

Recently I acquired a time lapse camera. This is something I’ve wanted to get for awhile to document some of the project on the property. For fun, I set it up in the chicken coop and captured a full day of activity compressed into 6 minutes.

It’s fun to watch the chickens as they move […]