Garys Blog: Vacuum dryer test numbers

The numbers dont lie....

The numbers dont lie….

August 14, 2015

From: Gary

Morning,
 
We just tested the gravity water vacuum dryer system, and it did very well.
 
Minimum usable is about 10 kPa of vacuum, which halves drying times at ambient temperatures..
 
I thought we needed better than 50 kPa to function well and shorten times. So I was happy to see a constant 80 kPa from flow, and we didn’t do any better hanging the water column to break a vacuum..
 
Basically the venturi pulled as hard of a vacuum as the 100 ft plus of water column.  
 
What this means in layman’s terms, is that similar systems can be easily and cheaply built anywhere on the planet there is gravity water, and dry any product in a reasonable amount of time using free energy and commonly available materials…  In other words, any mountain people with access to a decent hardware store can build a gravity water vacuum dryer, and dry anything from Bananas to Yak milk…
 
Anyway, I am having the guys start leveling the building site, for the little one room processing station.
 
One realization I made about this system is that it has military applications; any mountain people with adequate gravity water can build these Ben Linder devices entirely underground, including the processing stations, and plant permaculture agricultural products, and feed an army indefinitely in a way very hard to detect or eradicate…
 
Tipping the balance towards common man in any dispute with central power junkies…
 
The simple technology has myriad other uses, which I wont discuss here, but all are benefits to mankind. Now we can eliminate most of the food spoilage and eliminate market fluctuations from excess production.  We can increase value of common agriculture products and we can deliver products that are more sterile.  These processes could happen as cottage industries over much of the planet providing incentives for decentralization and increased food production just ahead of the looming food crisis…
 
And do so using zero fossil fuels other than those used to produce the Ben Linder devices themselves.   They can be built in any size imaginable; from one inch rigid plastic pipe, to running a river through one…
 
Basically its free energy conserving food forever….
 
Here in Central America, it could spread like wild fire, and change the lives of poor farmers forever, and it would mean food that now rots will be able to arrive on the other side of the planet and feed more people affordably.
 
I would like to thank Mr. Paul Uy of Walnut California for financing this project single-handedly.  We think his faith and generosity has started something with the potential to make the world a better place for everybody in measurable effect.
 
Thank you Paul, we would not gotten this far without you.
 
The National President of Agricultural Co-operatives is scheduled to arrive soon for a routine visit to this cooperative.  Our cooperative has a little surprise for him and it should mean that we can get the information out rather rapidly.  
 
There are thousands of people here in Panama growing products that can use this tech.  Most are already using gravity water for irrigation. Once they realize how simple this is, I am hoping they will be popping up like mushrooms. Wouldnt it be great if the villagers could afford dental work for their kids soon, and other things that the rest of us take for granted?…
 
G
 
 

Gary’s blog: The food dryer project

The water pipe

The water pipe

August 11, 2015

From: Gary

Morning,

Had an interesting couple of days. Went and paid phone bill and found out company policy was changed but locals didn’t know how, and it would be several days with no service to sort it out..
 
Third world internet service seems to come automatically with as many “Screw you factors” as possible, due to a warped cultural sense of profit motive..
 
Also managed a trip to David, Panama to buy pipe and other ingredients for the gravity water powered vacuum food dryer project. 
 
It was an all day trip, much running back and forth, but managed to get the lion’s share of the stuff for getting to the test experiment phase with the project, so I know how much if any design complications must be added for function.
 
We filled a mini pickup truck with expensive things, and will have to do another such run. and maybe three such runs total for the project.
 
I found out they don’t stock large diameter water line caps here (city main size stuff) because they think they are too expensive.  They just plug the lines with a batch of concrete..
 
What this means, is that they risk mixing sewage and potable water underground to save a few dollars on caps…
 
It also means I will have to fabricate caps to use the large diameter  plastic pipe for food grade vacuum chambers.
 
Meaning welding etc..
 
Anyway, my guys had the ditch and path system ready, so now they are burying the supply line, about a half a kilometer of ditch and rock faces that we have to pin the line to…  It´s a fairly major project, but will also get a quality gravity water system up to the populated area where people are growing food, as well as create a method of product preservation for what they do grow.
 
I am also having the guys mark the pipe joints so we can go back later and T in and put valves for irrigation water where we trenched through their agricultural area..  
 
The headwaters spot is very pretty, a rocky creek in a tropical canyon with some water falls, so I am planning to try to do a nice job at the intake to not ruin the ambient aesthetics. A good civil engineer should be able to hide what he does, or make  what he does a positive in the environment.  Most seem to be about as creative as a sewage plant…  “industrial culture” tends to be quite tasteless… Nice work can be created with the exact same resources.  It just takes having someone with some imagination.
 
For instance, I had my guys carve a very nice trial into that spot, to bury the water line under.  An older lady property owner was quite pleased.  She has a pleasant and easy access into a pretty part of her property which will be nice to visit on hot days in the dry season…  
 
It´s also an easy access for cleaning the screen after hard rains.
 
Locals are starting to realize that they are getting a serious upgrade to the community, in the form of a more professionally done water system and the dryer project is now moving forward.  Not just talk and waiting on Latins to do what they say they will..
 
Once they realize it is serious, everything changes..
 
Plus, it´s a system that can be built any size. One could run a river through pipes to create vacuum..  I have even thought of how such tech could replace the highway and rail systems in the US and elsewhere, with an air and vacuum hybrid system of underground passenger, freight, and even private vehicles, at a fraction of current costs and much higher speeds, efficiency, and safety…
 
And using basically free energy…
 
No more “Resource Wars”….
 
The current Status Quo is “Intellectually Bankrupt” in my opinion…  Management without imagination is not leadership…
 
Without such systems, humanity is doomed.
 
Stagnation invariably leads to collapse.
 
Another good spin off from this dryer project, is I can use the water to boot a large aqua-culture system  using concrete tanks (that I designed in my 20’s) for a more aesthetic architectural fish ladder system….  I am gearing up tooling to do the first steel moulds, so we can create jobs and income, and start getting people making money growing high end protein…  Maybe if I can get Crowd Source funding, start by loaning a tank per family, and then show them how to multiply by adding tanks using the created economy… a micro-loans type start up.
 
Should be fun! Some hands on engineering, where poverty meets production…
 
This is way better than an office job, and I get to do what I see needs to be done.  
 
I also can work forward to more such projects one step at a time.  The advent of Crowd Source funding means freedom from corporate slavery for people who know how to do things.
 
G

 

Gary’s Blog: Tool information and teaching English

Hoe heads

Hoe heads

August 1, 2015

From Gary:

Later,

Got the new pick hoe head sharp and painted it and another Imacasa hoe head. I took an image of them and sent to Tami, hopefully she can post them with this article.
 
The wide head is an Imacasa 1-04 and is my opinion of the most perfect digging hoe for raised beds that have already been worked up with a pick hoe or other heavy hoe like the adze eyed hoes used by forest fire fighters in Ecotopia….
 
Another good heavy hoe sometimes found at yard sales etc. is an egg eyed grub hoe. I used one for my best organic garden ever.
 
Then I went out and picked some corn, from what we planted to get seed going with local genetics.  I husked and took an image of about a third of what we will end up with.. you will notice some of the corn has red genetics. this is what we will prefer for seed, the red ears, and other ears that did the best on Tami’s soil.  We should have enough seed now to plant all the corn we need, but it will still be awhile until we are self sufficient as we use maybe 25 lbs per month for ourselves and dogs, and we could use more especially if we get chickens and other animals..
 
Corn harvest

Corn harvest

Corn is one of the best plants ever, and if I was going through a star gate and could only take one seed, it would be hard corn…
 
The general rule of subsistence is that you plant and grow as much as possible, and survive off of what actually produces and you just keep planting and growing more and more, working like crazy, and eventually you get to the Nirvana of self sufficiency…
 
This is where the concept of retirement came from; our ancestors married, lived in tents, built cabins or shacks, cleared a hole in the forest, and grew everything they could, and got a milk cow, chickens, etc. going, and when they had enough land cleared for a garden, began clearing for orchards and pasture…
 
After about 20 or 30 years of this, and pumping out kids to help, they had it all going good, and the fruit and nut trees producing, and they could “Retire” to the porch and stove, to hull nuts or slice apples etc. for drying, and they would be able to fairly easily get squash, beets, apples, and cabbages etc. into the root cellar.
 
This was retiring, and had nothing to do with wage slave jobs, income tax, stock markets, government bonds, or retirement funds, all of which have been created to rob millions of their efforts, and support a lot of drones who shuffle papers with larceny in their hearts…
 
Tami and I are working on the “Corn Bread futures market” and investing heavily. Corn bread is a staple in our diet, and we are happy to have it.. with corn and legumes we can survive.
 
Our usual diet is based around corn bread and lentils or peas.
 
We buy the stuff now, it’s the cheapest staples in the store, and Tami grinds the hard corn in her blender using the solar panels and inverter.  When we have spaghetti noodles it’s a treat. 
 
Tami is realizing the value of help. That our problem now is that it’s just us. But people will be starting to think soon and come visit, 
and we can help the ones who want to find land etc. and start cooperating to create a good community of like minded types. We are also working with the locals, and trying to do things in the community that are positives. Every Wednesday I teach English in the little school, and it is my great joy to do so.  I am starting to get really good results, Kids that were daunted by English are now seeing it can be interesting and fun, and are taking notes and becoming very involved with me. This is a long ways from the deer in the headlights looks that were on their faces when I first started.
 
I get them laughing, I tease them and joke with them, and wear myself out in a couple of hours of stand up teaching non stop. I usually go through two sticks of chalk and the teachers and kids joke about that..
 
“Get Gary his chalk!”
 
I have friends… they may all be about four feet tall, but I love teaching them.
 
I fight to teach them all that I can. Some of these kids live on dirt floors, and don’t have much for clothing etc. so I do my very best for them, I’m fighting for their futures and they are starting to figure that out. That I am trying my hardest to teach them any way possible and give them a boost over the town kids with money. 
 
And I see it in their eyes…
 
They know I am trying to help them have better lives, and be able to give their children better chances than they.
 
Anyway, also trying to work on the agricultural stuff and get them better diets in due time..
 
Another thing I do is always show them things about Native American culture. Last week I showed them images of Appaloosa horses, and had told them about the Appaloosas and Pintos being created by Native Americans.  I do this because a share of them are Native Americans and have no clue as to the importance of Native Americans in the cultural mix of what is now the Americas…
 
This also helps the self esteem of these kids, and teaches the others to respect the gifts we have been given. I’m sure it’s even a shock to the indigenous parents…
 
An American who teaches all the kids interesting things about indigenous people….
 
I’m hoping to eventually connect them with people from tribes in the US, and maybe have them help teach some crafts that have been lost here, and help us augment with things like sheep and wool textiles from that resource, and at the same time get them to quit nuking your coffee to do what sheep will gladly do in it…
 
So, I may not be rich or handsome, but I have managed to create a wholesome life for myself and am involved in a struggle with meaning.  
 
Soon more and more people will figure out that the rat race is a waste of their lives. And they will come.  And I can introduce them to my little friends, and they can help also, and get their reward in happiness.
 
We need more “Fighting Teachers” here.
 
G

Gary’s blog: Making progress

Gary under the tarp in front of the shed

Gary under the tarp in front of the shed

August 1, 2015

From: Gary

Morning,

Home alone with the dogs and thought I had better write a blog entry whilst Tami has the ability to post it.

Much new here. Got up one of the milspec truck tarps for an expedient shop. it ain’t perfect, but it is drier than standing outside looking up…

We went to town yesterday, I got a few tools for the vacuum food dryer project, and hauled stuff on my back across town, for Tami and Jasmine, Beto’s sister, who Beto sent to buy stuff for him, so he could keep working..

So I got my “working mule” work out, not to mention driving a deuce and a half to and fro…

Found out the other day, that local Taxi’s charge more just to take a person out of our “hole” than it costs us in fuel to go to town and back with the 6×6….

Anyway, got a couple of pick hoes and a tiling spade, for the ditching in progress, Beto broke his own pick hoe on a rock, so I bought him a replacement and gave him his choice of two heads in hopes of one easier to fit to the old handle…

Beto and Alexander are carving a trail for maybe 500 yards, and ditching, to be able to bury the pipe for water powering the vacuum dryer…

I may be going this week to buy pipe.. with Victor, another “socially conscious” neighbor, who has a small pick up to haul pipe etc..

My method, is to just keep gnawing at stuff, and be relentless… eventually you make it…

I learned this sailing single handed, that you just have to let go of everything except destination, and get there, when you get there. and not when you thought you should on paper…

Anyway, buying the pick hoe heads made them come up in discussion with an online “friend of the farm”, That we have been conversing with about our mission statement etc…

I stated that a good pick hoe would be my number one choice of a subsistence farming tool for creating new gardens out of abandoned land, like post collapse.

I personally hope to eventually get to the point we can do you tube videos so I can teach others what I have learned about subsistence agriculture in a life time of dabbling in it from childhood on…

I see modern people in two classes;

1. Unrealistic Preppers

2. The willfully ignorant

The Unrealistic Prepper types think you buy a can of seeds, maybe a bag of fertilizer, and then when the government magically goes away, you plant a two acre garden on your quarter acre lot in the suburbs, and in 90 days or so, you are the local barter grocer…

And then you make a fortune in gold and silver coins from those not so enlightened. (who didn’t think to stash gold and silver like you did.)

Well, ask Tami how easy it is to start from scratch as a city person, and get to a cornucopia just spilling food out in culinary ecstasy….

As I pointed out to her, the other day, the three most important survival and subsistence skills are probably Fire starting, sharpening, and weeding..

Anyway, I do recommend that people know what a pick hoe is, and have one unless they expect to watch the food supply crash on TV.

A good sharp pick hoe is the tool of choice for turning clearings in the forests, or empty city lots into gardens… They take some getting used to. The average pick hoe head weighs about five pounds, and they are devices to concentrate large amounts of force into small areas, to cut or break out very stubborn resistance like from sod, roots, rocks, or buried hunks of concrete from the original construction by a tribe of insane wild eyed white people, casting concrete indiscriminately across the landscape to create “forever Tipis” that they would then buy from their banks for about 3X actual costs, as “time slaves” ….

Anyway, humor aside, you have to sharpen the hoe side of pick hoes fairly often. A decent one will last about ten years, working five days a week, two hours per morning. until the blade gets too short, from sharpening..

There are also some nice down sized pick hoes on the market that weigh perhaps 3 lbs.. This would be my tool of choice for a refugee situation due to it being easier to carry. You can find them in tool racks in garden and tool sections of many stores in the US…

They make a real nice “ladies” pick hoe..

Ask Tami, she uses hers for all kinds of stuff now. It’s like it just slips into her hands when she has a job to do…

Which is why her being harassed for this or that by people far away doesn’t set well.. (back seat drivers with a really long steering column….)

Who probably wont have a pick hoe when they need it…

Here you can buy a decent head made in Central America for $10-$12, my favorites are by a company that makes good quality machetes, and all kinds of other stuff.. Their tools aren’t as finely done as old American tools, not finished etc. but the steel and temper is very good generally… but way better than Chinese on metal quality and temper. (American made! in Central America, by Central Americans).

They also have slip eyed axes of good temper. These are not known about in the US, but are a good axe for the survivalist due to ease of handle extraction for mobility or replacement.  See: imacasa.com

Someday I am hoping to do videos on subsistence skills, and get on YouTube. It could help thousands of people survive.

Just because the society is going to collapse doesn’t mean everybody will die. Its the ignorance of simple things that will kill millions.

We have governments more concerned about “Continuation of Government” than about whether the bleeping people have a decent chance to keep their kids alive.

If I were king, I’d have WPA projects going on to get water from northern Canada via pipes and geo thermal powered pumps, to every possible garden spot in the sun…

Instead, Government spends their time and our money, passing secret trade agreements that no doubt will keep themselves fat as long as possible.

Welcome to Animal Farm, where the pigs are more equal….

Anyway, better get your pick hoe now while you still can.. they haven’t out-lawed them yet…

And any real survivalist would know that people are going to need ten times as many pick hoes than guns…

But people with more bullets than brain cells, probably have not even thought about that….

G

Tami’s Blog: Life in the trenches

Tami washing clothes (523x800)

Tami washing clothes

August 1, 2015

From: Tami

Hi All:

I just got an Android knock off and have been trying to figure it out.  Until I get a computer literate person to join our group, communications may be spotty.  I am not able to get pictures off my laptop to the Android.  The Android’s pictures seem to be poor quality, so when I want to update the blog I sometimes have to go to town to use WiFi at the internet cafe to get pictures off my laptop.  I don’t want to bore you with the details but, as you know, internet communication is not as easy here as it is back in the states.  We are also very busy trying to figure out the growing seasons and trying to get our seed acclimated to the the climate here.  This could take several generations before we can get things producing.   Everything in nature occurs in its own time….not for our convenience ;-).

I also want to take this time to clarify my relationship with Gary since I occasionally find some folks aren’t clear on the situation.  Gary and I are working together on this project.  We are not romantic partners anymore and haven’t been for a long time, since our personalities are like oil and water.  I explained that way in the beginning but some folks may not have read all the blogs.

I am so proud of my daughter, Jade.   She studied so hard all through high school and has graduated from high school and is on to other adventures soon.  I am so grateful for friends like Paula who took Jade in when I was on my way to Panama.  My trip was unfortunately delayed so much that Jade was not able to join me as I had planned. Now Leslie is having an open house for Jade when I can’t be there to celebrate with her.  Thanks Leslie!  Bless all of you who have helped in my absence. I don’t think I would have taken this journey if I had known how difficult and long the road would be.  I miss being able to celebrate this special time with my kid.   I may be far away but my heart is always with her.  I love you honey!

Jade and me in 2012?

Jade and me in 2012

I am feeling very nostalgic today so sorry if I am not as chipper as usual.  It is not easy being a pioneer.  Makes me think of the wagon trains heading west in the US in the 1800’s.  I’ll bet those folks missed their families and friends back home too.  But they had even greater hardships to bear and no internet access at all.  So I should be counting my blessings.  Do do miss you all though….

For those folks with the ham radios.  Yes, I do have a radio but we still need a few items before we can set it up.  It is one of the things on the looooong TODO list that wasn’t as important as other stuff.

I am just hanging in there today…

Tami

 

 

Gary’s Blog: Three Important Societal Studies

Beto chopping the hillside for brush to name compost.

Beto chopping the hillside for brush to make compost.

July 1, 2015

From: Gary

Morning,

We got a bit of rain last night, needed it. Tami is planting Manicillo and working in the garden, Beto is raking compost. He will be done with the first hillside about Monday he thinks.

I spent yesterday morning on the wood lathe and bandsaw, making end plugs for the tent poles project. Got a dozen roughed out. and several more steps to completion, and will likely need four times as many before done…
I am learning as I go, and trying to see what is applicable to green house frames, as that is also on the agenda.

The last few days I have been studying a couple scientific studies, concerning the future of humanity. It’s something I have been into since high school when I first ran into the MIT limits of growth study.

The MIT study was bad mouthed by Reagan, and then the elite all ran off and invested in the things pointed out by the study; like declining health and increasing mortality rates. They became CEO’s of drug companies, (now known as “big pharma”) and then investment schemes, in exact opposition to what was needed to save humanity according to the study which has since been proven to be very accurate…

Basically in summary, the study said that we had to cut capital investment to zero and go steady state, or collapse with a population decline of 50%.

Anybody know anything about “derivatives”?
That was the fix; capitol investment extrapolated out to infinity….
And the MIT study did not factor in climate change, which has moved the date forward.
Anyway, now two more similar studies, and if you don’t study them, you haven’t a clue as to whats coming. I will have Tami link
all three studies here, so I can feel I have done my part.

MIT limits of growth study (original)                 http://www.donellameadows.org/the-limits-to-growth-now-available-to-read-online/

Sesync study (nasa)                                         http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800914000615

The Perfect Storm Study                                http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/goscience/docs/p/perfect-storm-paper.pdf

The Sesync study basically points out that for the last 5,000 years all collapses of civilizations have been related to two things;

  • Environmental degradation
  • An elite class, over using resources via economics, and impoverishment of the workers.

And that elite, management, bureaucrats, etc. are basically a form of predatory parasite on the rest of humanity and the planet.

Also that they invariably deny needed changes until the food system collapses, and even then refuse to change as they watch the masses starve. The French Revolution is probably the classic example.

The third study, known as the “Perfect Storm Study” by the Brits, is an overview of agriculture and affecting dynamics.
Which could bring the willfully ignorant up to date, if they would uncork their heads long enough to read it.

Basically you can read all three studies in less than an hour if your reading speed is average.

Anyway, having been into this so long, I have seen a consistent pattern of the scientific community being unable to get ahead of the curve on their prediction models. An example is the ice melt graph in the Perfect Storm study. I know why this is. Basically a combination of lost time gathering data, exponential curve on all effects, and endemic denial in humans of anything self caused.
In other words, it’s going to happen a lot faster than any imagine, and some of the studies are seeing 10-15 years out as getting ugly.

Also, one disruption of any fundamental; say a war in the mid east, restricting fossil fuels distribution, could and would set off a chain of events that would be unstoppable.

Meanwhile the management is the problem, which I have repeatedly pointed out in past blogs. But at least now have scientific confirmation for you in the Sesync study.

If you are white collar or affluent, your share of the problem is larger than those poorer. And ditto for even ” fat first world slaves”..
The US has traditionally exported its poverty to the third world. Usually via economics and puppet mastering backed up by murder and genocide. And yes Virginia, living American presidents have been indicted for crimes against humanity in other countries, and you probably have never heard about it.

Anyway, there you have it, heed, read, or bleed.

This will affect you, this will affect your children, and if you expect the Nanny State to save you, you will most likely be dead wrong.

But read the studies, and actually try to think how it all fits together, and you may understand what we are doing and why just a little bit better.

G

Gary’s Blog: The bond market collapses and other thoughts

Yovany is fascinated by the tools Gary uses

Yovany is fascinated by the tools Gary uses

June 21, 2015

From: Gary

Afternoon,

I had a productive morning.  Mounted the vise and the tubing roller both on Whistler’s front bumper this morning. The tubing roller won’t stay, but just test mounted it. Now can use it to make green house arches.
 
The real project was the vise, needed it to work on my tent poles projects. I am making a set of tent poles to use with the military surplus tarps, out of galvanized thin-wall steel conduit type  material.
 
My philosophy over the years has evolved from a hick’s version of the American nightmare, to a neo-nomadic mindset more appropriate of disenfranchised males of our era…
 
I was reading a pretty decent blog last night by a Brit, was who coined the phrase; “Ghosting”,to describe the one out of twenty guys in the UK, who have slid beneath the Radar screen. A Nanny State unintended effect.
 
His thesis on the collapse of the empire mirrored my own; That empires over extend militarily and go bankrupt.
 
Even Sun Tsu wrote about it in “The Art of War”, war time inflation and its dangers.
 
Tami has been watching war movies after reading “The Art of War” and she seems to be enjoying it, developing an appreciation for military hardware, and what guys do, mostly for the folks back home…
 
I think it’s a good education for her, outside the box from Traverse-shire thinking.
 
I see what’s coming over the horizon to be like the great depression on steroids, bred with WWII on steroids.  and a melange of other scripts thrown in…
 
Luckily I have been a hobbyist outdoor type and also a bit of a military buff, (once I recovered from my own service era trauma.)
 
To me survival and subsistence have been an interest since I was a kid. and I grew up in a military family etc. who grew gardens like a religion.
 
 The big problem with the future will be time wasted in denial. No repairs, no preparations when people won’t admit there’s a problem….
 
Anyway, I have long known the bond market was going to collapse, and that the derivatives were like being chained to a boulder on a ship with no rails… Interesting how the derivatives add up to about 1000 times the value of everything on the planet…
 
That’s quite the bubble…and the retirement funds wired into it…
 
Listening to a business program the other night discussing these issues, and that when things slid into the out house, the banks were going to do a collateral grab to try to weather the storm, and call in loans on houses etc. that had never missed a payment…  It’s in the fine print; the Devil’s details….
 
What that means, is a lot of people thrown into the streets. 
 
Might be a good time to own some neo-nomadic shelter, and a collection of tools, and some canned heirloom seeds from this year. You know; like those moron nut cases on the survival shows…
 
I might recommend a collection of Foxfire books, so you know what the objectives are, and how to get there.
 
A city person who has read those books has a better chance of survival than a “Terminator” wannabe who has not read them.
 
My very own lovely ex wife bought the collection for a gift to our oldest.
 
Tami said Traverse City is proposing more community gardens.. very wise.  They need a community green house too.
 
Beto chopping brush on the farm

Beto chopping brush on the farm

This week we have been employing good neighbor Beto to chop Tami’s hillsides and rake the organic material down into compost piles..  about an acre of tall brush.
 
It’s also doing him a favor, teaching him how to make compost…
 
It seems the government sent out Agronomy engineers to teach compost. They had a recipe that required rice hulls, chicken manure, charcoal, molasses, and a bacteria culture, plus other absurd stuff I can’t remember.
 
So of course, few could get it all together to make compost, in a dollar plus per hour labor economy.. if they had molasses they would either eat it or give to milk cows.
 
Anyway, so I tried to tell the locals that the Ag engineers weren’t farmers,
and that you could make nice compost just from chopped brush… I was probably disbelieved…  Everybody has brush here. its a constant nightmare,
 
And they pay $30/100 lbs for planting soil for their starts grown in flats.
 
Compost is literally worth as much as their tomatoes by the pound.
 
So, shifting gears on the local paradigm;
 
Have pointed out to Beto he could make better money growing brush than food…
I suspect it will develop into a cottage industry here.
  
And be the missing link for them to shift to organic..
 
yup!  I may be a jerk, but I am a knowledgeable jerk…
 
Funny how humans are so good at missing the most simple logic…
 
My goal is to shift them thru brush into manicillo and sheep. Shoveling sheep raisins is easier work than chopping brush.
 
And it would create more cottage industries.
 
Small end capitalism is alive and well here. They just need more variability to create a more wholesome culture.
 
I just love Social Engineering. especially considering that what I teach makes for more stability in my survival area of choice…
 
I had a short conversation with a Youtube video maker in his comments section. He did this video where he asked the disenfranchised guys whether they would choose normalcy and no improvement, or collapse that killed billions but things got set to rights afterwards… he was shocked to learn the majority chose collapse…
 
Gee?!?! who could those billions be? and what kind of guy ends up being forced out into the cold? It couldn’t be the individualistic types could it? That very type one would want to be with in iffy situations….
 
Funny how the universe works…
 
Individualism is now considered a mental illness by a terminal culture.
 
The same guys who build new paradigms.
 
I doubt they will want to reboot things this time. No incentive of ignorance. More likely they will let the Nanny State types fail, and consider it good riddance…
 
As the author of “Sands of the Kalahari“pointed out; most of humanity lives fat off the creativity of very few men.
 
G

 

 

Tami’s Blog: Adapting to the heavy rains.

June 21, 2015

From: Tami

It is Gary’s 59th birthday today. It is also Courage’s 2nd birthday. And, can you believe it?…. it is also Gary’s son Noah’s birthday today!! What are the odds of that? All born on the summer solstice. It is eternal summer here so I don’t notice the solstices as much as I used to in Michigan.

Courage happy with dog fence (800x533)

Happy Courage. You can see the new electric fence in the background…complete with surveyors tape.

Courage’s birthday present is the new dog fence! He seems quite content with it except at first when he got zapped as he tried to climb out between the wires. Suni is not quite as happy with it. She got zapped immediately and ran into the house after yiping. She is more sensitive than Courage and is still a bit nervous to stay outside. She has been hanging out in the shed most of the day. She is kinda like Chicken Little thinking the sky might be falling or maybe she thinks that it is the sky that is zapping her. She does very much enjoy being off the chain though. The dogs don’t bark nearly as much when they aren’t tied up.  

Tami arranging stones to create stairs.

Tami arranging stones to create stairs.

The farm is keeping us so busy that we just take small bites out of projects every day so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. This week I worked on placing stones on the top part of the steps leading up to the shed. I got tired of sliding down the slick incline after days of heavy rains. Actually, it is a lot of work carrying heavy stones to the work site but if you do a couple of steps a day with a shovel and pickhoe, it progresses nicely. When I see the the pleasant changes to the landscape, it is very gratifying. What time I do put into the garden seems very worthwhile since I know my efforts will be rewarded when nature gives back much more than I would ever have the energy to give.

Garden trenchs and electric fence (800x533)I have also been using the pickhoe and the shovel to trench the edges of each terrace in the garden. The rain has been unseasonably hard and heavy this year so we aren’t as far along on growing things as I would have liked. I had been getting ruts forming where the heavy waters were draining down the terraces. Gary taught me that by digging trenches and building one or two stone channels down each terrace where the water was forming ruts, that you can direct the waterflow so it isn’t so damaging to the terraces. I have also edged each terrace with thin poles. Laying them on the edge of each terrace creates a barrier to stop the water flow. It also looks pretty cool. Once the manicillo is established and we have mulched all the beds, erosion won’t be a problem. I also bought a hunk of greenhouse plastic and some seedling trays. Soon we will be able to plant new seedlings without worrying about them getting washed away.

Until next time…….

Gary’s Blog: Personal humor test (do you have any?)

Volunteer native beans

Volunteer native beans

June 16, 2015

From: Gary

Morning,

It’s been awhile since I have blogged, have been busy, and Tami does such a good job on her blog that I often feel complacent.

Since I wrote last, much has happened. I went on my first cruise from Long Beach to Vancouver BC with Paul, and we had a great time together, and discussed business opportunities. The weather was generally cold, so I was glad to have brought my trench coat, which was a big hit on the ship. it’s a Romanian wool Soviet era military uniform coat, that I replaced the buttons that were gun metal gray, with American military gold buttons, which set the coat off nicely. Coat was $30 online, and buttons $20 at Action Surplus in Springfield Oregon.

Paul and I ran into a Monsanto Exec on the pier in Vancouver, ahead of us in the Customs line. He had his luggage monogrammed with the word Monsanto. I suggested that a Monsanto monogram was risky here, (I was thinking in the Pacific North West) and he thought I meant in Canada, and stated that Monsanto had farms all over Canada. (I’d guess he doesn’t realize that BC is actually part of the Pacific North West culture, and we tend to dislike Satanic corporations, militaristic governments including our own, and the only way to tell the Canadians from the American government’s taxation victims, is they say; “eay?” and we say “huh?”..)

So then I suggested to Mr, Monsanto, that he could cover the monogram temporarily with a sticker that said; “pedophile” and no one would think as negatively of him…

This got a surprised look from his wife, followed by a half second smile…

Anyway, after we got back to California, we got an appointment to talk to Valerie Millano Phd. (plant sciences) and I informed her about Manicillo, and its potentials to replace Alfalfa in warm climates as a fodder crop.

During my stay in California, I had my first ever experience inside the Chinese American community, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was amazed at their velocity of Americanization, and how much fun it was to explore Asian markets, and several Asian restaurants, the whole trip was an experience of a life time, and being with Paul was great….

On the way home, I had a long lay over in the Panama City airport, where I would have frozen to death without the trench coat, (they had the air conditioner set so low, you could probably freeze beers…)

Anyway, made it through all the TSA and customs stuff OK, most of the workers seemed tired and burnt out from having to actualize a Federal “stupid shit” agenda…And I’m starting to suspect it’s not average Americans who have been dumbed down, but that it’s the bureaucrats pulling down the stats.. Most of them could get a better education working for Walmart, than their Ivy League universities…

As far as I know, no courses titled; Practical reality 101.

I find it amazing that 300 million plus people would put up with infinite crap from about 525 Federal “Pork Necks” to coin a phrase….

Most Americans seem to have a TV in their colon, and are very very near sighted.

Anyway, it was really nice to get home, so I can now start booting the gravity water powered vacuum food dryer project, which was Paul’s gift to the community here.. neither of us will make a cent off the project, but it will create many spin-off business potentials…

Paul also donated his wife’s Saxophone for a little girl in the village. which was incredibly thoughtful and caring, on his part.

Annie gets a sax: A gift from Paul that once belonged to his wife.

Annie gets a sax: A gift from Paul that once belonged to his wife.

After I got back, I was told that the teachers in the grade school wanted my help teaching English, so last Wednesday made my first stab at it. Teaching over 50 grade school kids. it was a great time of laughter, with the kids and teachers writing like crazy in their notebooks, as I pronounced and explained things about the English language. I used up a new stick of chalk in less than 30 minutes. and
taught how to pronounce words in groups with similar sounds that rhymed… the Dr. Seuss method of English education.

I started with words from the official curriculum, and expanded. so the kids got really good at pronouncing with the word groups.

The next Friday Tami and I did a town run, and got delayed by the usual Latino-landia sudden service.

It started to deluge on the way home, and I put the tire chains on the front end to get the Deuce and a half in the entrance road and up the last hill to her parking area. The creeks were roaring and deep, vegetation flattened by the rain, and as always, we just squeezed by the land slide without rolling into the little river. I actually rubbed the outside mirror on the embankment… there are other places where I
hang all four outside duals over the ends of short culverts to get through.

It’s not a drive way for the faint hearted. Fording at flood stage, and slick as snot patches with no gravel… with short radius corners. and dips and rises.

The last hill is the steepest part, and Whistler went up it in compound low six wheel drive, front tires chained up, and we just barely made it. that’s a bit of a challenge, but it just kept chewing its way forward…
If I ever have to do that again after hard rains, I will also chain up at least one set of the outside duals aft… The drive, in the steep spot is so steep you can barely stand up on it when wet…

Actually I enjoy the adventure, and watching the faces of first time riders.

You have to learn to enjoy being crazy to survive in the third world outback…

The Nanny State would have a nervous breakdown here. Tami has them regularly in her adaptation struggle….

She says it’s hard to go from a cushy life to nothing… (the only cushion here is your own hind end…)

She still catches harassment from her girlfriends, (arm chair life coaches…) I’ve noticed in life that most decisions are choices between this or that mistake.

We expect others to get as good as we are at choosing which mistakes
we prefer to call a life.

To each his own screw ups eh!?!?

We are not here because we wish to keep our opinionated friends and family happy with our lives. We are here because we both believe in doing the right thing for current circumstances.

And oh! by the way!; I have now had over 6,000 views on
my google plus comments on you tube videos etc.. brag, brag, brag… meaningless I know, but it does prove that my style of being opinionated is plenty controversial.

Actually, I use the comments sections to seed concepts into the virtual collective mindset. And have seen my concepts show up in later videos etc…

The thing to remember, is that expecting everybody else to be like you, is a no starter. Projecting clonism?

But that we are thinking apes in a group sense.

Some are members of more evolved thinking groups, and others are working their way up towards Baboon class…

But it all depends on perspectives…one man’s top is another’s bottom…To me the adventures here are what I call a life.. To a city drone in suit and nylon stockings, it would be a horror to wake up in my movie…

My opinion, is that its better to be practical than have perfumed thoughts.

I would rather people didn’t like me, than they just think they did.

Anyway, this morning I got the dog pen electric fence operational.

As Tami called it; a milestone.

I had been working towards it for weeks, months, years, and kept having to deal with other problems, that seemed to never end…

Some of the other problems finally farted out, and now the dogs can be lose around the junk pile.

Next on the 2-Du list, are things like an expedient green house for starting plants, and to get progress on the truck tarp awning shack extensions.

And while I am struggling towards those objectives, I will also be trying to boot the Co-op’s food dryer for them, so I don’t have to watch or smell their hard work tomatoes rot by the acres.

I ain’t here to please anybody but my self…

Ask Tami.

Last night, good neighbor Beto came over, and asked about seeds, volunteering to do seedlings of tomatoes and cucumbers, open pollinated, starting with the oldest seed. I went to his house to watch him do the flats, and learned a few things.

Beto got dumped by his handler a few weeks back, and needed a thousand dollars, that we didn’t have either, to reboot.

That’s the cost of producing a single tomato crop here, and they only make about $2,000 a year doing it. The costs stem from chemicals and hybrid seeds. So basically what we are doing, is likely going to raise local incomes by 50% by teaching heirloom seed reproduction and organic agriculture, plus the organic crops will also be worth 50% more…

So, do the math…If we can get it to spread, we can more than double the incomes of a hundred thousand families.. not a bad bit of work, for something others enjoy criticizing us for doing…

The bottom line on this planet, is a dichotomy between vanity and compassion.

I never was much to look at, suave, or rich. So I guess its just natural for me to be who I am, more focused on actual results and keeping things honest, than vanity fodder. Many have a hard time
with that… my only form of functional diplomacy is;
“interpersonal gun boat diplomacy…”

Sorry…

Actually, Tami and I were watching a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western last night, and I really related to the portrayal of sheer guts…

I think that’s what sets me apart from some fellow humans… sheer effrontery…

Just be happy I’m not a gun slinger…

😈

G

Tami’s Blog: Still home alone….but who could be lonely with Yovany and the dogs around….

May 17, 2015

From: Tami  

I am still home alone even though I get visits from Yovany.  Good thing I enjoy my own company ;-). Gary and Paul seem to be having a great time traveling together back in the U.S. and presenting their business plan to different contacts that they have made. They finished the cruise and are staying at Paul’s house in Walnut, California. Gary told me he is getting fat from eating all the good food on the cruise and at various restaurants. Should be fun to pick on him about that when he gets back! He should be home on May 23rd.

Corn and squash

Corn and squash (Just tried my zoom lens)

It has been raining steadily most afternoons and the seedlings are starting. In fact, it is 12:30 pm and it just started pouring rain. Thank goodness this shed roof is fairly new and I stay totally dry! Many of the seeds we brought didn’t sprout so we will be replanting things in the bald spots with fresher seeds. The corn and the squash are growing very quickly though. The radishes, beans (many different kinds), fenugreek, and many of my herbs are coming along nicely. I spend 2-4 hours daily weeding and/or planting manicillo.

Yovany with the flower he picked for me to transplant into my garden

Yovany with the flower he picked for me to transplant into my garden

Yovany and I walked the other morning. He got a clipping of a neighbor’s rose bush since he knows I like flowers. He also picked me an aster-type flower. When we got back to the farm he cut the long rose stem into three pieces and stuck them in the ground in my garden. He also stuck the aster cutting right in the dirt.  The roses are starting to sprout already!

The farmers around here have a kind of yodel that they use when they want to signal to each other from long distances. Anyway, one day after listening to Yovany and some uncle in the distance yodeling to each other I chimed in with a yodel of my own . It’s the Tarzan call that Carol Burnett used to do on her variety show years ago, only my rendition is rather pathetic ;-). Yovany seems to like it though and he will try to get me going by doing the Tarzan call himself (he knows who Tarzan is)……

I don’t have to worry about anyone sneaking up on me while I am here alone. The dogs are a fail-safe alarm system. And the Latinos are terrified of Courage unless they see him off the chain and see how much calmer he is when not restricted. The indigenous people also maintain their distance when they see the dogs. One fellow who walked by when we were camping on the coffee plantation said, “That dog could rip your throat out!”.

Courage is a bit too strong for me to handle since he is a very friendly boy but he gets over-exuberant. He could rip your arm out of the socket if he decided to take off after something while walking him on a leash. Gary handles him most of the time. Courage just loves to be with people and prefers to be in the house right next to me rather than outside. He shoves his nose into my stomach or my crotch to ask for a scratch. And he makes no apologies for his brashness. Suni prefers to gaze out at the land and watch for things to bark at. She is more submissive and easy to manage. Both dogs get so excited when Beto and Yovany walk by that they get crazy with excitement and it is hard to calm them down. Beto pets and plays with Courage. Yovany is slowly getting more at ease but is still very leery of the big bruiser. Yovany does take Suni for walks on a leash occasionally. They both seem to enjoy that.

Courage and the drill press before I found it hanging from the porch by his chain

Courage and the drill press before I found it hanging from the porch by his chain

One day last week, the dogs were outside and I heard a bit of a ruckus outside…like heavy scraping of chain. I rushed out to see Courage sitting on the porch with his chain still on. I looked over the edge of the porch and I was horrified to see that the drill press that had been sitting on the deck was now totally dangling over the edge where it was suspended on Courage’s chain! This piece of machinery must be 40 or 50 lbs and I had a hard time unlinking the chain to release Courage. You wouldn’t have known there was anything wrong just to see Courage sitting there. The large weight didn’t phase him much. He is definitely sled dog material!!

Since I can’t drive the deuce ( I wouldn’t want to on our dangerous, rough roads in this village) I am kinda stuck here until Gary gets back. The hour walk to the bus stop is fairly steep and so I wouldn’t be able to carry the supplies that I need back to the farm. I need cracked corn, rice, cooking oil and a 40 lb bag of dog food among other things. I have been making cornmeal mush or rice for the dogs and mixing it with a bit of cooking oil, sardines if I have them, or I put in a handful of dry dog food. I have been rationing things so I can hold out until this weekend.

I have been watching movies (that Gary’s son put on a hard drive for me) and reading. I try to work on Spanish at least a little bit every day. It is still coming along slower than I would like. Maybe others find it easier but it is not an easy thing for me to learn a new language. I just keep plugging along, trying not to be too hard on myself, just knowing that eventually it will get easier and easier if I just keep at it. Maybe the brain synapses don’t fire off as much after you get past 50!

Until next time…