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by Farside
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Grocery Store PRICE Database
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Grocery Store PRICE Database

I have spent a good portion of my professional life developing systems for optimizing and forecasting promotional campaign ROI as well as providing administrative efficiencies and data quality improvements in things like this. The cost of food the consumer pays is handy, but there is a complex prici...
by Farside
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Energy
Topic: Home Heating in the GSM
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: Home Heating in the GSM

I haven't built one but I've been researching a lot on the topic on a periodic basis. The challenge with RMH is to economically construct a burn chamber that can withstand the extremely high temperatures over years of regular usage. Because of their high operating temperatures they are very efficien...
by Farside
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Energy
Topic: Home Heating in the GSM
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: Home Heating in the GSM

Something about these paper logs to bear in mind... The paper making process often incorporates clay. The cheaper the paper, the higher the content of clay typically. Since newsprint is about as cheap a paper as can be, it contains a lot of said clay. This isn't usually a big deal until you go to bu...
by Farside
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: Growing Indoors
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Growing Indoors

Here is an economical method of constructing green houses:
by Farside
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Icebreakers
Topic: Welcome to the forum.
Replies: 63
Views: 2721

Re: Welcome to the forum.

Hi all, I'm a New Zealander living in Canada (zone 3). I am interested in permaculture and studied geophysics at university back in the 1990's and I remember my professors talking about this topic. I spend quite a bit of time designing and testing permaculture systems for very cold climates. We get ...
by Farside
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: Growing Indoors
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Growing Indoors

Chickens and compost in a poly tunnel.
by Farside
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: Growing Indoors
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Growing Indoors

This year I moved two worm bins out to my small (6'x8') greenhouse. The bins themselves are black, and they are located below my plant shelf. I also put two black rubber mats down on the floor to collect and slowly radiate heat as well as made sure to plant winter crops in black containers. On the ...
by Farside
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: Growing Indoors
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Growing Indoors

Here's an important segment on thermal masses in greenhouses: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/l6hIhuW3I-I" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> A better option is to use an active...
by Farside
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Spoke with a farmer yesterday.
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Spoke with a farmer yesterday.

The issue seems to be the ability to get these huge machines into the fields when the soil is so soft, which means spring planting is delayed. I think Fukuoka style seed balls deposited in late fall or early spring while the ground is hard / frozen might be the solution here. Problem is nobody is de...
by Farside
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Fermenting
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Fermenting

I think we need a fermentation topic. I've noticed fresh produce is unusually expensive this winter, and it got me thinking about food preservation techniques. For the past few years I've been meaning to make sauerkraut when cabbage goes on sale. and at the moment it's 99 cents a pound which is chea...