“Help Build first Hemp tiny house in Washington State for Senior Citizens – with Solar Panels on the Roof.
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Senior citizen Pat Rasmussen is building the first industrial hemp insulated tiny house on a trailer in the state – right in Olympia – to show other seniors how they can build their own secure, warm, comfortable green home on a small budget.
Many seniors like Pat live on $800 or less a month social security – some had jobs that didn’t put retirement away for them. At age 70, they deserve a secure, warm home and they can have one – a tiny home.
Natural hemp insulation with energy efficient design means no heating is required. Solar panels mean no electricity bills. Solar water heating provides hot water. The tiny house sits on a trailer designed for tiny houses so it can be moved when needed.
Growing industrial hemp is now legal in Washington State – the first seeds go in the ground spring of 2017. We are fostering a new industry for our state. It’s time to get ready for building with hemp!
The tiny house can be in a community space, a tiny home village, or as an Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) in someone’s yard where they can live in community with the home dwellers and other friends in the neighborhood of their choice and with a network of support.”
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“Artist Ezio Cusi’s house is a work of art —and also built smart. The timber-framed house with light clay walls is made with mostly local natural materials.
For the cold winters, it has an annualized geo-solar system (AGS) which in summer transfers hot water from solar panels to storage in the ground. In the cool months the heat flows back into the house, warming especially the periphery. It’s comfortable even in the top story. A hand-sculpted dragon provides whimsy as well as warming in the masonry rocket stove — which burns far more efficiently than a wood stove as well as offering a nice warm bench to sit on! Art is embedded in walls while many windows are graced with original stained glass. Enjoy the blend of beauty and functionality.”
We all know the US economy is not the greatest right now. Many people have lost their jobs and can’t find new ones. Many people are thinking about moving elsewhere. One possibility is moving to a popular scenic tourist town.
Some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been are quaint tourist towns in scenic areas. While the economy in many areas may be miserable, tourist towns typically do quite well financially because they are desirable places to visit and live. I’ve always been particularly drawn to the old town areas that have very charming architecture. This is where you’ll find friendly family restaurants and shops with interesting things such as antiques, old books, local crafts, juice bars, health food stores, sporting goods, etc. Some of these towns are particularly popular because they are near large national forests, large reservoirs that attract many fishermen, as well as ski resorts, popular hunting areas, peaks and hiking and biking trails. This helps create a diverse year-round economy, not just summer tourism.
Property in town is usually expensive, but the prices often drop as you get farther outside town. One option is to fix up an old building until you can save up to build your dream home. Tip: you can check real estate listings online to get a good idea of cost and availability. Obviously some tourist towns are very exclusive and extremely expensive.
Salvaged wood timber is an excellent option for building roof trusses. If you buy salvaged timbers through an architect for a custom home like this they will be pricey of course. But timbers like these can also be obtained cheaply or even for free if you do the work yourself.
Years ago my friends and I volunteered about two weeks to help tear down an old World War 2 era warehouse at the airport. For our efforts we obtained enough rock hard old growth douglas fir wood to build a 1,000 sq. ft. house for free. The deal included full 2” thick 2”x12” joists and 2”x4” studs. You can’t buy newly sawn wood so strong. It was a lot of hot, hard crowbar work, but also a lot of personal satisfaction.
By the way, the salvage company we worked for did all the work negotiating the contract, getting insurance, etc. He made the most beautiful antique custom barns I’ve ever seen. They were truly works of art for rich horse owners. (This is a potential business opportunity if you’re interested.)
This is a new building code system that city planners are trying to implement in Austin, TX.
“CodeNEXT is a plan is to effectively do away with old fashioned things like neighborhood zoning and building use restrictions. Those are too complex and burdensome. Now that Austin has become a “destination city,” we shouldn’t live in houses on blocks in neighborhoods. Instead, we should be divided into “corridors,” “nodes” and “transit hubs.” While this may work for designing certain sectors of undeveloped land, it should not be imposed on existing neighborhoods against their will.
CodeNEXT: “A comprehensive planning process that uses codes to integrate the built environment into larger economic development strategies.”
You can go check out the CodeNEXT site here. The “Listening to the Community Report” artfully speaks in the reverse. You will see page after page of the same phrases, but not a single hint of public suggestions, public comments, or even any summaries of public likes and dislikes of any of the concepts mentioned. There is a long roster of consultants and assorted private firms listed in these reports. The City’s website lists 11 members of an advisory group that is working with these firms as part of CodeNEXT. But nowhere will you find the backgrounds of the advisory group members, who they work for, or who appointed them. This is most likely another consultant-driven process with pre-ordained results.
Nix CodeNEXT Before It Nixes Us!
We have just started fermenting our own root veggies
I must admit that I never really liked foods like store-bought Sauerkraut. We had both tried Kimchi at Korean and Japanese restaurants and were not impressed. So when I started reading and hearing about how important our gut bacteria is, to not only only our digestive system, but the healthiness of our entire body, we were both rather skeptical.
Then we realized that fermented foods we have eaten previously sometimes contained vinegars, which is what gave them such a harsh flavour. Looking into fermented foods further, and talking to family that grew up with fermented foods, we realized that “real” fermented foods were much simpler.
On to YouTube to look at some videos and away I went with trying out my first fermented food trial. We happened to have a few turnips in the cool room that were getting towards the end of their storage life. We picked up a small celeriac (celery root) to go with the turnips and also added ginger root, mustard seed and Himalayan salt.
All I did was put grated ingredients together, pound them for a bit to get juices coming out and put them into an earthen bowl. There was not quite enough liquid to make sure veggies were fully covered (otherwise there will be spoilage), so I poured small amount of previously boiled water over the mix.
A lid from another bowl fit in upside down to give a partially sealed cover. I also added a few extra plates on top to make sure it stayed down on first batch. Didn’t need it on this one. Then I just covered it up and put it in a dark corner of kitchen for a week or so.
It tasted great! It wasn’t harsh like the vinegar-based products at all and the ginger gave it a nice little kick.
This time I am using sweet potatoes, carrots and ginger, along with mustard seed and salt. Next time, I may even add some onions and garlic!
Try it out for yourself. It is very good for your health and adds a flavourful condiment to your meal as well. Don’t eat too much in a day to start or your digestive system might not be too happy. Also, if you have health issues, or an overbalance of bad bacteria in your system, you may experience die-off like I did.
Be sure to sterilize everything used in process, and don’t use any veggies with molds on them.
As Buckminster Fuller so poignantly said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
So close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax. Now start to imagine the ideal world you’d like to live in. Here are some things I’d like to see:
– Forest gardens everywhere: no industrial agri farming with toxic sprays and fertilizers. The world could be literally covered in food producing forests since we know it’s possible to regreen the deserts.
– Ecovillages built with sustainable, natural building materials: We believe that community is an essential building block for creating a cooperative and sustainable world. The structures and wisdom of community are both a means and an end to meeting the needs of all people and the planet, and must be available, understood, appreciated, and developed. We envision cooperative communities of all kinds working together to meet these needs.
– Sustainable energy: Technologies that promote sustainable energy include renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy, wave power, geothermal energy, bioenergy, tidal power and also technologies designed to improve energy efficiency.
– Local self governance: Decentralisation of powers is a pre-requisite of a democratic society. Local self-government implies the decentralisation of powers so that the elected bodies may function independently with authority and resources to bring about economic development and social justice. For sure, I do not want to see a top down, one world government as some are proposing.
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