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Billy Rioux: Log-Home-Adventures

#1 Tips For Building Log Homes

21 Log Cabin Builders Share Their Thoughts
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 3:45 PM

Ever dreamed of building a sustainable and beautiful log home?   Want to have a small cabin in an off-grid homestead?  Below are the #1 tips and pieces of advice from 21 log cabin owners, builders and manufacturers for making your log cabin project a success! We really hope you find useful insights and knowledge to use and apply when building your log cabin home. » Read more

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Compost Tea Brewing

How to Build a Compost Tea Brewer and Brew Tea

DIY Compost Tea Brewer
Monday, February 1, 2016, 2:50 PM

I had a free 55 gallon barrel that I decided to turn into a compost tea brewer. Compost tea is a great way to magnify your compost by breeding the beneficial microorganisms and spraying them on your plants. Plants sprayed with high quality compost tea will be healthier, less affected by pests, and produce better fruits and vegetables. » Read more

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How to Build a Survival Shelter

Emergency protection from the elements
Monday, January 18, 2016, 1:47 PM

When you need to find a site to build an emergency shelter, you need to consider a few key elements to ensure your survival. Whenever possible, use existing terrain for shelter – look for hills you can camp between, or caves and overhangs for protection from the elements. » Read more

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Phil Williams

Mason Bees

How to Raise and Attract
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 5:06 PM

The mason bee namesake comes from their habit of sealing their nests with mud. They typically nest in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by wood-boring insects. The blue orchard mason bee and the hornfaced mason bee are the most common here in Central Pennsylvania, although there are many. Mason bees are excellent pollinators in the early spring when many fruit trees are blooming. They are more efficient pollinators than honeybees and they only travel up to 300 feet from their nests, so if you grow mason bees close to your food forest, they will be there. » Read more

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Phil Williams

Commercial Permaculture Farm Design

Considerations for sustainability and profits
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 3:14 PM

Below is a link to a design for a commercial permaculture farm I recently designed for a local client.

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How Soil Health Impacts All Wealth

A focus on the importance of healthy soils
Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:13 PM

In today’s complex economy how do we progress financially from where we are today and the life of abundance we seek? This is the first question a financial advisor will ask us. It is seldom an easy question to answer because the quality of our life isn’t measured purely in financial terms. There are multiple factors including our work, our family and, fundamentally, our values. How does our quest for financial wealth balance with the people and planet upon whom we depend? Surprisingly, it all begins with soil.

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Chickweed Flower: Phil Williams

Introducing Chickweed

Not a weed in my garden
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:28 PM

Stellaria media or common chickweed is a cool season annual “weed.” This plant will germinate in the fall or late winter and forms ground covering mats in the early spring. The plant starts to retreat in the middle of the spring and by early summer, it’s gone entirely. » Read more

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Are You Less Prepared Than Your Neighbors?

Evaluating your preparedness
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:10 PM

According to research studies, the number of natural disasters per year has increased significantly over the last thirty years.  While the scientific community debates what the causes may be, disasters and destruction seem more and more prevalent in today’s world than 30 years ago and it is becoming increasingly important to prepare for emergency.

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Fruit Tree Guilds

Polyculture planting areas
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:13 PM

Polyculture or the growing of many different plants in a given area is a popular permaculture principle. Fruit tree guilds are a specific polyculture technique used to improve fertility, confuse pests, and attract beneficial insects, as well as provide increased yields. » Read more

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Natural Disaster Survival Tips

Be prepared for the unexpected
Friday, October 23, 2015, 6:54 PM

Natural disasters come in all shapes and sizes.  Hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and landslides, forest fires, tornadoes, and many other disasters can present themselves unexpectedly. They all can have a major disruptive affect on our lives.  Being prepared for these events can help you and your family ride the storm and come out on the other end safely and better able to handle post disaster situations. 

Here are 10 tips to help become more prepared for natural disasters: » Read more