A Boy’s Life

A Boy’s Life

Jim is two. He lives to do what his siblings do, from eating what they eat, to saying whatever they say (sometimes they regret that!), to… Helping with the biochar retort… **** **** **** **** *** Playing with the cow… *** *** *** *** *** and baby...

Sunday night is gear-up night. We’ve found that picking up chickens at night makes the job a lot easier. Chickens (and other fowl) don’t move at night. That makes them easy prey for nocturnal hunters, including chicken farmers. The guys go out after dark,...
Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder

We were talking with Peter Hirst and he mentioned this AMA overlooked disorder: Nature Deficit Disorder. We find that when children come to the farm, they delight in their access to animals, plants, dirt. They love, in a word, nature. I realized today what it means...
Ah, spring!

Ah, spring!

Our yard was very aromatic this week.  The apple trees are blossoming.  The lilacs were open.  Mark moved the compost pile.  It rained.   The neighbors are spreading liquid manure thickly.  I didn’t say all the aromas were good. Babies are part of nature’s...
TLUD

TLUD

> While Peter Hirst was here, he showed the guys how to build a biochar burner called a TLUD, which stands for Top-Lit UpDraft pyrolysis. The basic components are a paint can (with lid and handle), a no.10 can, and two 28 oz. cans. It uses the principle of a top down...
Opportunity Taken

Opportunity Taken

Even though it was rainy and breezy, several brave and curious souls arrived at the Michigan Biochar sponsored biochar seminar last Saturday.  As mentioned before, Peter Hirst was the featured presenter.  Peter is one of the foremost proponents of biochar in the...

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