I've started a audio podcast series called "Holy Scrap". The first interview is available. Jay Hawk of creator of the Yahoo papercreters group is interviewed. The episode is 30 minutes long and Jay explains what papercrete is, how to make it, some tips, and where to learn more.
We have been making our own soy milk. It is a pretty easy process. Notice the 50lb bag of soy beans we had to order through our coop. This is the recipe that we have sort of made up as we go. 1/2 cup dry soy beans 1/4 cup of oats soak for 6 hours minimum strain rinse boil in pressure cooker (takes out strong bean taste) fill soy milk maker win "MIN" water amount wetbean operation (1 hour) fills 1/2 gallon jug strain for particles Add flavor: 1/4 tsp salt 3 tsp vanilla 4 tbl sp. agave nectar
Wendy has been working on thatching bamboo into shade for our outdoor workspace. Two months ago we had gathered up the bamboo sticks from a dumpster. A neighbor had decided to landscape their yard and dumped all this great bamboo. She spent the morning using a compound miter chop saw to take the ends off the bamboo and cut them to 4'+ and 8'+ lengths.
living room. Notice our prickly pear paint we used to white wash the
roof weeks ago. The house has been feeling significantly cooler since
we painted the roof white.
place long before we moved here. When two roofs are joined together there will often be a leak. Today I am sealing up the leak with a propane torch and a form of tar/asphalt paper called "Torch Down".
1. Our clothes take only 20 minutes to dry on the line as opposed to 1 hour in the dryer.
2. Our power bill dropped to less than 20 a month only 120KWhrs.
CNET had contacted us about our 40 year old trailer renovation. I posted some pictures of the entire process. It was really just sheet rock, paint, tile, bamboo and plenty of home made trim. The renovation took 3 months, covered 1100 square feet and cost about $10,000 including labor. Renovation Photos
September 2007 issue of Women's Health Magazine. The story is called "Uncommon Bonds" and it profiles four couples that work together.