Abe’s Farm, New Website and Book

Fenceline along VelaCreations farm. They used Allan Savory’s rotational grazing method (left) while their neighbor did not.

Fenceline along VelaCreations farm. They used Allan Savory’s rotational grazing method (left) while their neighbor did not.


Owen,

“We launched our new VelaCreations.com website, with a special focus on our How-To articles, which now number over 50, with another dozen in the works. There’s a lot of shelter-related articles, from our Rapidobe system to ferrocement, to making all sorts of things around the homestead.

We also released our new book, Food Web: Concept, last week. It’s about integrated farming on a small, backyard scale, and how to use waste streams to produce food. It’s written from a personal, DIY perspective, and I’m sure it’s something you’d be interested in.

Let me know if you have any questions.”

Thanks, Abe

Here is what our land looked like before:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4QFxJhd7QhxV2hZVFJGV2wzU00&authuser=0

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How to Grow a Forest Really, Really Fast


“A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.”

More at the source: https://medium.com/ted-fellows/how-to-grow-a-forest-really-really-fast-d27df202ba09
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Thanks to Abe for this tip.

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Skip the fancy lotions and use oil to moisturize your skin : TreeHugger

Ever wonder if all the money you spend on moisturizers is really helping? Read this interesting article on TreeHugger.

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Skip the fancy lotions and use oil to moisturize your skin : TreeHugger.


Natural Building Materials and Methods

Chart of natural building materials and methods

Chart of natural building materials and methods


Chris Dancey put together a video titled Natural Building Overview that shows many different natural building options. The screenshot above was taken from his video. I like the chart because it shows at a glance the various natural building materials and methods in an organized way.

“Sustainable natural building materials and methods include: adobe bricks; compressed earth blocks; earthbags; natural plasters: rammed earth; cob; wattle and daub; earthen floors; straw bale; prefab straw bale panels; fiber batts; clay and lime binders; light clay straw; hempcrete; hemp with lime or clay binder. cordwood masonry; stone with and without mortar; log and timber frame wood or bamboo construction; earthships; thatch; living roofs; and living walls. Sweat equity and local natural materials can help you build debt free. Small, creative, carefully constructed buildings can also be better for the environment than conventional construction.”

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Greenhomebuilding.com provides the largest, best description of the different natural building methods that includes links to the best books and other resources.

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Formidable Vegetable Sound System   Recently updated !

Couldn’t resist posting this fun Permaculture video. Great fun for a Friday / Weekend post!

“Formidable Vegetable Sound System is spearheading a new and exciting form of musical activism and becoming one of the most important voices in a global cultural movement that began right here in Australia.” – Harry Angus, The Cat Empire

Featuring the voice and 1940’s Parisian-jazz-style ukulele grooves of Western Australian permaculture troubadour, Charlie Mgee, alongside an all-star cast of Australian musicians including the likes of horn-playing vocal explorer, Mal Webb and 10 piece live electro-swing band Ensemble Formidable, the album is filled to the brim with tracks of truly grooveworthy proportions in various out-there styles ranging from ‘energy-descent electro-swing’ and ‘climate-change reggae’ to ‘peak-oil polka’ and ‘post-apocalypso’.


Building Blocks at a Fraction of a Penny Each


Harvey Lacey’s Ubuntu-Blox block building machine was featured in seventh place in yesterday’s blog post on Top 10 Cottage Industry Products. Today’s blog post shows how his block making process has shifted to using extremely low cost materials – vetiver roots, the waste material from making vetiver oil. The end result is similar to straw bales except the bales are smaller, lighter, more insect resistant and they’re made on site with waste materials. The mini bales are less expensive than ordinary straw bales, take up less space and can be made without an expensive baling machine. His open source plans make it easy for anyone to build his machine quite easily.

“Harvey Lacey is the inventor of the open source Ubuntu-Blox building technology. We caught up with him in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in November, 2012, when he shared his latest discovery: using agricultural waste from vetiver to build Ubuntu-Blox in rural areas for a fraction of a penny.” For more details, check out Ubuntu-Blox Community on Facebook

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The Ubuntublox Institute
This discovery of vetiver root building blocks shows the importance of getting involved, and how eventually new opportunities come along. He’s done a good job of modifying his machine and building process over the last few years to create superior building materials.

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