Friday, April 4, 2014

New trailer

We designed this cool trailer based off of some BAW trailers I have seen and used. I would like to have bought a real BAW trailer, but at 1K, it would not a viable option for us. We will use this for Bicycle Longmont events, farmers market, and other car-free tasks.



Sunday, March 2, 2014

Update

This weekend we canned several quarts of homegrown and made sauerkraut using this recipe. We will see how it is in a few weeks.
















On the aquaponics side, things are growing like banshees. Here are some pics


Entire system


Raft with greens

Medium bed with basil, peas, etc.



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Aquaponics and Spring

It is almost March in CO, which means Sunna is at a higher angle and providing more Sun and warmth, but it also the snowiest month of the year, so only the Gods know what will happen.

Our system is working nicely, which both a raft system and a grow medium bed. We had quite the episode of trying to get the bell siphon working and while it is still not working as well as we would like, it is working. We have greens, peas, and radishes growing in the beds.

We transplanted our 40 tomato plants last weekend and sowed some more peppers and other seeds we got from the Baker Seed Company who specialize in heirloom and non-gmo seeds. Please support them if you need seeds that are non monsanto virus seeds.

On the garden side of things, now that the ground is soft enough to dig in, we are working identifying the plumbing for the in-ground sprinkler system, so we can replace the heads with drip irrigation heads and hose to mitigate water loss during watering.

We will be building companion beds for planting around our fruit trees with swales in between them. In middle will eventually be a pergola area for relaxing and holding Blots. On the outside along the whole food forest will be 4 sets of hops.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Aquaponics

We are getting into Aquaponics as another way to grow food with less resources that will provide through the Winter. We will also be raising Talapia fish as a way to get some protein from the fish we will be using for producing our fish fertilizer.

We have a 30 gallon tank where we will start with 2-3 fish and we will using a system to pump water from the task through a 15-20 gallon grow bed with a gravel bed as medium for the plants to grow on. The medium displaces about 60 percent of the volume of the bed, so we will be cycling through ~6-9 gallons of fish water through the bed before it returns back the task cleaned by the plants.

For now, we have created a raft style system floating in our fishless tank that is being used as an experiment to see how well the bio-filtering works. Here is a picture of the raft in the tank. We have planted 17 pots with different greens ranging from lettuce to green onions.












The next step is to run the plumbing from our tank and pump to a grow bed filled with medium and then a tube coming back to the tank from the bell siphon used to drain the bed. We also want move the raft to a bed and use a sump type system for this, where we will use an auto-siphon to siphon water from the tank to a tub where we will the raft floating in water with shrimp underneath. From the tank, we will pump water to the medium filled grow bed  and back to the fish tank via the siphon again. We will post pictures as time progresses.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cool idea to save money

I saw this on a minimalist site I get emails from and decided to try it. I just made the next 2 weeks deposits, as I get paid tomorrow and every two weeks.
We will see how it goes.

This picture says it all about food security and maybe politics in general. We know the government does not promote food security, as they are bought and owned by big-ag, bio-chem, and corporations in general, so it needs to start locally. Demand your local politicians support ALL aspects of urban farming!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fair access?

Do we really have fair and equal access to infrastructure as cyclists? Based on this post my city's residents do not feel we should, but you notice the post about running me over, as been removed. I wonder if she did it or the city did it.

  • Anthony Checkas and 3 others like this.
  • Devin Quince
  • Devin Quince Except for the travel lanes used by bicycles, but maybe you do not consider those travel lanes.
  • Chelsea Johnson No I'd run you over with my plow truck. The city does better then any city I have seen if you don't appreciate what the city has already accommodated bikers please leave.
  • Chelsea Johnson The city of Longmont does a fantastic job on our streets. Plowing is a lot of work they put a lot of hours into making sure traffic flows smoothly and minimizing accidents. If you aren't satisfied with the city of Longmont and the way they plow I hear Boulder plows the bike lanes.
    • Devin Quince So, I should move because my city does not do what they claim to be doing according to the requirements to be a bike friendly town? Also, if the lanes are not clear, I take the whole lane, as is my right legally and I am sure you will tell me to get off your road.
    • Devin Quince
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The snow was late coming last night and this morning. Snow Team A started work as scheduled at 3:00 a.m. and worked through the night. The team lead reports snow routes are a combination of clear and snow packed. Turn lanes are mostly snow packed. Little to no accumulation is present in travel lanes. This morning snow flurries exist with temperatures around 15 degrees. Twelve hour shifts will continue at least through today and into tomorrow.
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