Jcnielsen4

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  1. I love that Kratky method. Really works well with very little effort!
  2. I am at work so the pictures are blocked but i wonder if it is Fungus mycelium? Your description makes it sound like thats what it is.
  3. VKN, congratulations on your continued success!
  4. Zak, welcome. Looks like a great build. I look forward to lots of updates on your progress.
  5. I agree it is a lot of money when you compare it to my bank account but in the federal scheme of things, a mere drop in the bucket. I hope it works out!
  6. My family and I moved to the country a few years ago. We are refurbishing a horse boarding operation and starting a small Almond orchard. These things are keeping me busy. It's ironic, I now have the space to do all kinds of things but no time. I really liked the simplicity of the non recirculating hydroponics. That is probably going to be my first related project. Someday i would like to try an iavs.
  7. Very exciting! Looking forward to those pics.
  8. Pretty darn funny!! Made me laugh!
  9. Jeff, Thank you for your updates on this forum. Your questions and comments are thoughtful and helpful. Since i have not set up a sand bed yet i am living vicariously through your trials and tribulations. Jens
  10. Wow! That potato harvest looks amazing. What is the difference between a Chinese potato and a potato i get in my grocery store here in the United States? I didn't know potatoes would work in sand culture.
  11. Cecil, What a blessing you are for those teachers and students. Quite an amazing opportunity for them. Being a 5th grade teacher myself, i really appreciate when someone with a passion like yours chooses to share with their community! Great job!
  12. I have not grown them in aquaponics, but in the ground they are prolific and easy to grow. Made lots of great salsas and sauces.
  13. Dr. McMurty, Thanks a bunch for the Chemistry lesson! I did not take chemistry in college so i really enjoyed the "basic" lecture. I would have had to pay a lot for that lecture at university. Jens
  14. VKN, I follow this thread closely. It is our one good look at someone actually using IAVs to grow food. Your comments are thoughtful AND come with pictures. When i see that your thread has something new i get quite excited. Thank You for sharing. I wish i had more to contribute but i never miss the opportunity to check in and see what is new. Jens
  15. Pigs really are a great addition to a farm. They turn waste into bacon! I really feel much better when i have my hogs around because nothing goes to waste.
  16. From what i have heard hugelkultur works well in our hot dry summers. I have not personally tried it but i have heard that the wood as it breaks down acts like a sponge to hold water.
  17. Gary, A book that i read quite a few years ago that immediately came to mind was Twelve by Twelve a One Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream. IT is a book about what it means to have "The American Dream" and how the things associated with the american dream like a house in the suburbs full of stuff often get in the way of true happiness. It is a great and inspiring read for anyone interested in a permaculture lifestyle. Jens
  18. Thanks for the update! Looking great!
  19. Looks delicious!
  20. Ande, Really looks amazing. I just raised my first hogs last year. I had a butcher process it, but next time i would really like to do the butchering myself. Looks like i could really use your help! :-) I would love to see them once the smoking is complete. Jens
  21. Thanks for the updates! What a great setup you have created and shared with us! Awesome! Jens
  22. Luke, What would i use to pellitize the horse litter and where would i get one or both of these machines. I am also curious as to the emisions. Here in California the state can be a little picky about what and when you burn. Thanks a million for your input into this thread and topic. Great to see! Jens
  23. Here is to your continued success VKN and the continuation of this exciting and engaging conversation. Jens
  24. Luke, That was awesome! Do you think i could process dried horse manure and pine shaving bedding in this machine. As i have posted on other threads in this sight i have a horse boarding operation with 34 horses. Needless to say i have a lot of this stuff. Currently it is piling up and is a nuisance. If i could process it into biochar to spread in the orchard that would be a great addition to our small farm. Jens