A Backyard Bioshelter

Jonathan Bates of Holyoke, Massachusetts has a nifty greenhouse he calls his “backyard bioshelter.” He uses it to grows veggies year round in a climate that often goes well below 0°F. An aquaponics setup and a worm bin are also integrated into the shelter. And he’s even trying to grow avocados! You can keep up with what he’s doing on his blog at permaculturegreenhouse.com. Thanks to the Natural Building Blog for the lin...

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Los Angeles Permaculture Design Course Certificate Series

...end of the course. WEEKEND TOPICS October 5/6 & November 2/3 Fire, Water, Earth & Air… Introduction to Permaculture Systems Thinking and Natural Pattern Understanding. December 7/8 & January 4/5 Food, Water, Shelter & Energy… Designing & Building the Complete Home Ecosystem. February 1/2 & March 1/2 Community & Green Business… EcoVillage Design and Community Celebration. TEACHING TEAM Instructors incl...

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Saturday Linkages: Rammed Earth, Vanilla Ice and Moonshine

...er: Nan Kohler http://feedly.com/e/oWHthiZg  Meet the Baker: Dave Miller http://www.farine-mc.com/2014/02/meet-baker-dave-miller.html?spref=tw … Flower Mandalas: http://boingboing.net/2014/02/17/flower-mandalas.html … Fallout shelter originally installed in 1955 for a family of three in Fort Wayne, Indiana. http://feedly.com/e/1vhqFO23  For these links and more, follow Root Simple on Twitter: Follow @rootsimple...

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Age of Apocalypse

...pse of civilization due to nuclear accident, peak oil, or SARS epidemic finally ends the ever-present barrage of media, tax forms, toxic spills, and mortgage payments, opening the way to a simpler life of farming, maintaining shelter, and maybe defending one’s family . . . This is why the return to simplicity offered by the most extreme scenarios is providing so alluring to so many of us. The apocalypse meme also recalls Freud’s obser...

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On Living in Los Angeles Without a Car: A Debate

...#8217;s not pleasant. Have you ever heard the term “pole shade”? It’s the thin sliver of shadow thrown down by the pole of a street light. People waiting for buses in LA huddle in the pole shadows, trying to shelter from the insanely intense LA sun. There are very few bus shelters here. Bus stops are ill-marked afterthoughts in an already unlovely urban landscape.  I stand in the pole shade, wondering if the bus will ever come,...

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Moonlight Medicine Foraging Expedition!

...She actively composts food, landscape and human waste. She only uses a flush toilet when no other option is available. She designed and currently manages a large scale, closed-loop vermicompost project at a downtown homeless shelter where cafeteria food waste becomes 4 tons of worm castings a year which in turn is used as the soil that grows food to return to the cafeteria. More information on Nance can be found at her website, here: http://www...

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Saturday Linkages: Don’t seek the truth – just drop your opinions

...et/2012/10/15/bas tard-chairs-of-china.html  … Tiny Home With Metal Siding in Texas http:// lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/10/tiny-h ome-with-metal-siding-in-texas.html#.UIBNRCkp2Ys.twitter  … Life is swell in a fallout shelter!: http:// boingboing.net/2012/10/17/lif e-is-swell-in-a-fall.html  … Small, Flat-bottomed Sailboat http:// lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/10/small- flat-bottomed-sailboat.html#.UH78qIIo7TY.twitter  … Car Tent fo...

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Bushcraft Video

...channel.  And she doesn’t even do any of this stuff! Yup, this guy will blush to know he has groupies in LA. I’d recommend: Meet the Bushcrafters: Here he’s telling the story of how he got into this stuff. Shelter and Fire in the Rain — mostly because the invisible Nick is funny in this one. Fan quote: “Drip. Drip.” Making The Shoveaxe Bush Tool: He makes this incredible axe/shovel hybrid. It looks like a wor...

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Goat Worship: A Halloween Exclusive!

...living in a yard about the size of generous suburban back yard. The kind of yard where you can play fetch with a big dog or toss a football–but by no means a pasture or huge space. Within that space is the goats’ shelter, a pile of logs for them to climb on, their feeding and watering stations and a chicken coop. The specific codes of your city or county might specify a certain size lot for livestock or a certain distance the animals...

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Gingerbread Geodesic Dome

Scout Regalia Reel 02: Gingerbread Geodesic Dome from Scout Regalia on Vimeo. Now you can bake your own version of Drop City without getting “baked” yourself! Some local designers, Scout Regalia, have cooked up a gingerbread geodesic dome and offer a kit for making one. Now when it comes to geodesic domes as shelter I’m with former dome builder Lloyd Kahn who concluded that “Domes weren’t practical, economical or aesthet...

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