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Rotating compost sifter

Here’s another design for a person powered compost sifter.

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Super Enchilada

Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius), Lambs Quarters (Chenopodium album), Okinawa Spinach (Gynura crepioides), Spanish Needle (Bidens Alba), Broccoli greens, Kale, brown rice enchilada! Oh yeah, and a peanut butter Snickers. Life is all good again.

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How to build a compost sifter

When developing a permaculture system, or even doing basic gardening, growing healthy soil is an essential element. The eventual goal of a sustainable and regenerative system is to build an ecosystem which perpetuates it’s own soil health, but this is a long term process, so in the beginning, composting is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to begin the cycle, and as the scale of your composting system grows a good shifting system becomes increasingly valuable.

Check out this simply designed compost sifter that really paid for itself after just a few uses.

Solar powered off-grid goat house

Sustainable Kashi, here at Kashi Ashram has quite a few projects going on which are aimed toward growing and producing their own food. One of these projects is their stand-alone, off-grid solar goat house.

Goats are one of the various animals which can be integrated into a successful permaculture system. Goats can consume most any bio-mass and turn it into compost and/or milk, but like any other design option, a cost/benefit analysis should be done to determine if goats are the best option for your design. Some of the things to keep in mind are that goats are escape artists, and can be absolute terrors of left free-range in a garden or forest, eating all least greens and even chewing the bark off of trees. The flip side of these facts though, is that they can make excellent land clearers, as long as you are aware of their needs.

Kashi decided to integrate them into their system using solar electric fences, water catchment, and a milking parlor. Check out the walk-through:

Living in the woods

Many people I talked to said I was completely crazy, some thought my idea was a little wishful, others were completely supportive, a small minority were a bit jealous, and others I didn’t dare mention it to. The idea was to move out of the room I was renting and move into a tent in the woods, and after a bit of work and a little bit of easing myself into the logistics of being without-house, that’s just what I ended up doing. For nine consecutive months in 2013 I lived in the woods in a tent. I found a five acre plot of undeveloped land in the suburbs of Orlando Florida that didn’t have an obvious owner, chopped down some brush, set up a canopy, built an off-grid shower, and pitched a tent. I got rid of all of my unnecessary things and just kept a few pairs of clothes, a water jug, a small cooler, my laptop computer, and my beloved surfboard then stored them all neatly in the trunk of my car, except for my surfboard of course. That had to go to my parents’ house. When it was convenient, I took showers at the UCF gym, otherwise I used my makeshift shower in the woods. I studied at coffee shops, the library, and friends’ houses. Honestly, life didn’t change much outside of the obvious changes in my daily routine.

I have tons I could say about the whole thing, but I would honestly rather answer questions that you have in the comments section, so please, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Here is a walk-through of my place and some more explanation. Enjoy, and I hope this can encourage you to live a little more out of your comfort zone 🙂