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Free Hot Water! Free Heat! There's Free Energy Everywhere! It's Time To Learn How To Use It! The book covers the groundbreaking systems Ben Falk, M.A.L.D. and his team have established at the Whole Systems Design research farm over the past decade.

Free Hot Water! Free Heat! There's Free Energy Everywhere! It's Time To Learn How To Use It!

The book includes detailed information on earthworks, water systems, rice paddies (likely the first on the planet in such a cold climate), livestock, species composition, site design and management, fuelwood production and processing, human health-soil enhancement strategies, topsoil production and remineralization, nuts, perennial food and medicine crops, and high performance buildings. Click on the book image to purchase your copy.

Solar Panels In Basic Terms: How Do I Set Up A System? A beginner’s guide to spring foraging. I love to eat from the wild and I've done it from my earliest years.

A beginner’s guide to spring foraging

The flavours, textures and nutrients are elemental and vital; they bring a new dimension to your cooking. I cherish the intimate connection I get with the environment, and the ebb and flow of the seasons and weather. It's fun to search for your own food. If you take responsibly, your bounty is sustainable and free. Please only harvest what you are confident you can positively identify: if in doubt, leave it out. Spring is ideal to collect wild food if you've never foraged before.

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) These have jagged, heart-shaped leaves with stinging hairs on the leaves and stems and grow to about 1.5m tall. Pick the top four to six leaves of young nettles up to about June. Healthy News and Information. How to Build a Soda Can Heater. Alternative energy is no longer a fad but a necessity for a lot of people.

How to Build a Soda Can Heater

With natural resources draining rapidly with no perspective of renewing, people are left with choosing the smarter methods of producing energy. And with pollution from dumps on the rise, repurposing everything they have in their grasp and turning them into useful products and machines, seems the most intelligent thing to do right now.

Of course you will need some technology in order to efficiently make energy sources from alternative materials. But we will show you how easy it is to use ordinary objects, like pop cans, in helping you build a DIY solar panel box for your solar heater. Grab the following items: What is a smart home anyway? At a recent panel discussion on smart homes held at Toronto's Workshop, three of the four panelists had been on TreeHugger before: Janna Levitt, Paul Dowsett and Ted Kesik.

What is a smart home anyway?

Both Ted and Paul showed this image of what they considered to be a really smart house: a wigwam, as built by the Algonquin and Chippewa. And it is surprisingly* really sophisticated: It has an inner structure lined with birchbarkIt has six inches of swamp moss insulationIt has an outer frame covered in elm, cedar of basswood bark. This is more sophisticated than about 99% of modern houses, where the insulation is between the studs which act as a thermal bridge. It is more like the staggered studs or double walls used in Passive houses. Fire Coil transforms your camp fire into a hot water heater. Off grid products, deep well hand pumps, well buckets, human powered machines, pedal powered PTO. Focus on working buildings. This exhibit shows stages in the construction of a charcoal kiln, and the charcoal burner’s hut.

Focus on working buildings

Charcoal is produced by the controlled burning of wood with a restricted air supply. The burning kiln has to be constantly watched, so the charcoal burner lived on site with his family. The finished product was sold as a fuel giving an intense heat about twice that of wood. The craft of charcoal burning is a very ancient one, but the basic methods changed very little until the recent introduction of metal kilns.

It has long been an important industry in the Weald, supplying the essential fuel for iron-working in the area. Hainault Forest Website. Charcoal burning finally died out at the beginning of the 20th century, when charcoal production in the traditional way was no longer profitable.

Hainault Forest Website

Build Naturally...Blog: Build a Clay (Cob) Oven in Your Yard! How to build a wood-fired pizza/bread oven using local natural materials If you are looking for a small project to get your hands (and feet!)

Build Naturally...Blog: Build a Clay (Cob) Oven in Your Yard!

Dirty testing out some natural building skills, then building a wood-fired oven is a great place to start. If you have a little help, it takes just a couple days to build, then a few weeks to let it dry out (during which time, you can sculpt your oven to any shape), and then you're ready for a pizza party!! What is a cob wood-fired pizza oven??'s a baking oven that is heated by lighting a fire inside, the fire warms up a thick clay oven wall, and the clay wall remains warm for hours after the fire is pulled out. 7 Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life. #2 Is Awesome! Have you ever wondered how to filter water, keep away the mosquitos or how to make a solar microwave?

7 Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life. #2 Is Awesome!

These tips might save your life one day.