Well dang if that didn’t just take an extra long while for me to actually write again. It’s not that I’ve been just sitting around, watching the leaves turn pretty colors and fall to the ground, because I have been doing a bit of that. No, it is said that a rolling stone grows no […]Read More Lake Effected
April 17 and May 1 Sunday, 12-4 PM Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030 Want to get dirty? Here’s your chance to practice experimental building technologies at BLD farm. The first project this year is an addition to a barn. We’ve been filling in the earthen floor, and the rocket stove is mostly […]Read More Building with Grass, Sticks, and Mud
Just because I’m not writing things, doesn’t mean things have stopped around the farm. Things never stop around here, even though I might occasionally want that. Once Viann turned 2 weeks old, I started separating her from Ann overnight allowing Ann’s milk to accumulate for our consumption. Pretty much why she is here after all. […]Read More Seedhouse shed
Trying out this slideshow thing. Quite a day. I’ve been thinking and looking at shaving horses since the comment in my last post brought it up. Wether it helps or not remains to be seen. I made it from Locust I just cut. First was splitting the seat. Haven’t done that in 25 years. Getting […]Read More I’m not shaving a horse
Although we still have cold temperatures ahead, it’s clear that spring is upon us. I have seen turkey vultures, geese, bald eagles, and robins. I have seen the tips of crocuses poking through the snow. The maple sap is running slowly but surely. What signs of spring have you seen? Please join us as we […]Read More Spring Events
still grinding away at things here. this week we have a house guest who is more than a little willing to get his hands (and feet) dirty for the cause. with his help, we have gotten the base layer of the Rocket Stove with Thermal Mass Bench started. it’s coming along well we’ve mixed up […]Read More the bench is born
well, we finally got it plastered. not 100% finished and done yet, but we got the plaster “brown coat” on the entire exterior of the structure. and let me tell you not a minute too soon. Chance of “snowy mix” tomorrow. anyway, here are our latest images next step is closing in the greenhouse and […]Read More the Seedhouse has its winter coat on!!!
In late 2011, Charles and I began the construction of a timber-framed straw bale green house that will have a hoop house attached. Mostly I helped dig the drainage ditch for the foundation, which will drain into a bioswale. The green house will increase our capacity to grow vegetables, at-risk medicinal plants, and other important medicinal plants. […]Read More Building a Straw Bale Green House