I’m definitely delving into the permaculture concept since it makes sense. I like the concept of working with nature instead of beating my head against the wall trying to work against it. In the current issue of The New Pioneer magazine, I have an article on permaculture, including building hugelkultur bed,s where I interviewed Paul Wheaton of permies.com and Paul Gautschi from Back to Eden. It was a treat to speak to both of them, and I never tire of learning more.
I also wrote a profile on Paul Wheaton. Paul came to Great Falls last spring to present his ideas to our community garden group. It was a wild evening, complete with a power outage at the library that left us in the dark, but I think many of our gardeners walked away with a new way of looking at how we’re growing things. We’re even talking about creating hugelkultur beds at our Park Place garden with leftover logs we have from our bench building project. Paul was pleased with the article, and posted it on his site for discussion.
The last piece in this issue was on a redneck geotherm system put in by friends of mine in Belt. Geothermal heating and cooling is such a fantastic concept, but the cost is extraordinary. Logan and Jenni put in a simple system that doesn’t cost tens of thousands of dsiteollars, but does a great job heating/cooling their large shop. I’m always amazed at their innovation, and they never fail to put my mind through a series of mental gymnastics understanding how he put together something. It’s easy for Logan, but I need to draw stuff out! But once I understand how it works, it’s even more amazing.