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Biomimicry & The Blue Economy

Discussion in 'THC Entrepreneurs' started by enjoypolo, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. enjoypolo

    enjoypolo Well-Known Member

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    Hey folks,

    I had a great time yesterday attending an introductory permaculture workshop here in BC (Bowen Island to be specific), where we explored healthy soil building and mycology (soil food web).

    It was a little less hands on than I had expected, but a very educational process of gathering like-minded souls together nonetheless, from all ages and backgrounds.
    I even ended up getting some oyster mycelium plugs (Stamets style) which I’m excited about.

    Overall though, this sort of workshop gives me hope, and faith, about where we are headed towards, where collaboration between artists, gardeners, farmers, scientists, academics, and everyone in-between can keep amplify the feedback loop towards regenerative culture.

    There was a potluck where everyone brought their own food to share with others, and we visited some of the participants gardens; did some group activities to figure out what/how to improve landscapes using permaculture principles, including observing the contextual system situated.

    Though I have some notes, I’ll share here some the pdfs that were sent to us afterwards to recap.
    It contains some basic permaculture principles (zones and sectors when designing).

    We touched a bit on biodynamic agriculture, especially related to a few wild flowers that are benefitial for health and soil, like yarrow, dandelions, comfrey, chamomile, etc. Those are wild varieties that can easily be found in a wild patch of grass so it blew my mind away. (Check the pdf titled “2017 Soil” for details). They are great for medicinal teas, or even to boost the composting process.

    Below is also a link to resources shared by our organizer, Kym Chi, with valuable links to websites, local organizations and books. Especially if you’re in the Pacific Northwest area.
    I loved that it was by donation, and once again, this synergistic energy where we all collaborate with all our varied personalities.

    Resources link by Kym Chi:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bCo-HbTu628AjrV17Czg82maQ_0d0fhSl7k91XfL8-0/mobilebasic

    PDF Docs & Permaculture notes:
    https://mega.nz/#F!SsgzDS5J!bb1p9gXpIb7EqhFXqRY_aw

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    rani Active Member

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    So I built my vortexer, I made a video, but it's a bit big to put up here....not sure the beast way to share it. any suggestions?

    Anyhow, once I gathered the materials, it was very easy to make. The best thing about it is that the vortex is about 60 cm deep, and it maintains the vortex even once the pump is off. Next step is to get a little timer so it runs 1 min on, 2 mins off, but the vortex is still going. beautiful.
     
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    enjoypolo Well-Known Member

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    Congrats Rani, that’s dope!!

    Youtube, Vimeo, Bitchute.. first two would be my choice for uploading content.
     
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    My lil vortexer. See how beautifully it runs without any power.

    While I've been playing with it I noticed the interplay between the vortex and sound. I'm going to do some experiments with my tuning forks... But it made me think. The pyramids have resonance chambers at their heart, and there is kirilian photography to show that it also produces what looks like a vortex or birkeland current (are they manifestations of the same thing?) Made me wonder if there is a connection there too, between the sound and the energy vortex...

     
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    enjoypolo Well-Known Member

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    Sweeet!
    Well done Rani, that vortexer looks awesome what are/will you be using the water for if I may ask?
    As for sound, that’s intriguing as well.
    I’m sure you’ll uncover many hidden insights no doubt:rolleyes:

    Edit: I just realized your artwork doesn’t seem to require external power.
    Does that mean that as the water spirals down, it creates enough force to propulse itself up again?
    Very cool stuff
     
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    I see a vortex in a bucket and some inlet piping that doesn't seem to be active. I'm not sure how it is configured aside from that, do you care to provide some more details?
     
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    Ah yeah, sorry you guys, bit misleading I guess : )...

    The whole set up is two buckets, a bilge pump and a battery I pulled out of my lawn mower.

    The inlet is powered by the pump in the bottom bucket. I noticed that because the outlet in the top bucket was a wee bit smaller that the inlet, the bucket was going to overflow. I switched off the power and waited for it to drain so I could drill a bigger hole. The vortex didn't collapse, it just kept running with no water flowing in. So, rather than drilling a bigger hole and running it constantly I decided instead it would be much more efficient to get a timer to run the pump one minute on / two minutes off so I can maintain the vortex without draining the battery.

    Just waiting for my little programmable timer to arrive, and I'm set.

    The set up is for brewing compost tea to douse the biochar in. There is a lot of chat back and forth whether you really need to aerate the tea at all, some people say it produces more microbes than can survive in the soil once it's applied. I decided to build the vortexer any way because it looked like a fun project and eventually I also want to build an aquaponics system and this seemed like a useful step in the set up.
     
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    Ah, I bought a little programmable timer off ebay, it's got 16 cycles per day, so I'm hoping that's enough to do a brew.

    The one you posted on amazon like a flow controller? I'm looking more for an on / off timer so I'm not running it for a full 12 hours.
     
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    The highest resolution programmable timers do go down to cycle times low enough, but do not have enough program space to make the system constantly circulate. A mechanical timer would be able to go all day, but only has 15 minute increments. A speed controller will allow you to dial the flow to the correct rate and constantly circulate until you turn it off. You will need to wire it inline with the power supply.
     
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    Super excited about some of the local discoveries and connections I’ve made in the past few days.
    I visited Fruittuin van West/Pluk Amsterdam, a local food orchard and CSA (community-supported-agriculture) that practices organic and regenerative agriculture, with a mixture of agro-forestry, permaculture, soil buildingx free-range hen/roosters in the field and other cool stuff. It even features a compost lab, including something they call a Biomeiler.

    I’d never heard of it before, but from what I undedstand, its basically a huge compost, sitting on top of a metal coil, and when the compost ferments and produces heat, its passed thru the coil to heat-up buildings and dwellings using floor-heating. Pretty neat stuff.



    I knew I’d fallen in love when they had an outdoor toilet where they encourage people to leave behind their waste (humanure). Apparently the owner is an eccentric type that loves to collect weird things, and he has this awesome water tower with a funnel going down.
    My initial impulse was that he must know about vortexed water! Unsurprisingly, the “weeds” growing underneath seemed lovely and lush (all that Life-Magnetism endowed thru charged water!).

    Not to mention, all the fields are covered in green (with clover; grasses) as well chicken running freely all around. At the end of their lives, they are slaughtered and sold on the market.
    I think you can’t ask for a better life.
    It’s one big ecosystem working synergistically.

    Long story short, met some people there and will be attending some workshops over the weekend (first one is on clay-house building; kinda like an Earth-ship but much smaller), and eventually would love to volunteer with them.

    I’ve also joined another local group that takes surplus food from local groceries that would otherwise go to waste, and they then organize and prepare meal gatherings with a different bunch of people/events.
    I couldn’t believe how much food the couple groceries were giveing us, for free, stuff like avocados, cantaloupes, ginger, cucumbers, lettuces, pumpkins. These aren’t usually cheap at the store either.

    Couldn’t help but think that there’s such a growing need for initiatives like this to share the bounty with.
    It’s also a great way to meet people, and develop networks. All about resilient communities, right?

    While I don’t get paid for any of those things, I know it makes me happy and gives me satisfaction doing it. Eventually of course, I’ll need to find those greenbacks. And from what I hear, it ain't easy to find paying jobs doing this sort of thing. But I’m keeping my faith that something good will manifest out of.

    This is also in great synchronicity with the last two THC episodes. First one was the documentary called Biggest Little Farm I first heard on Dana Cohen's show, which happened to be screened at the farm (didn't get to see it but I'll get to it for sure).
    Also, couple days ago, I’ve found a beautiful, unpolished quartz on the street, and picked it up not thinking twice about it. Then I heard Ben Ras’ thing about crystals and felt a huge tingling in my body. Like whaaat. Sheet, maybe it was guiding me all along! (Should probably give her a polishing at some point)

    Anyways, life is a mystery and it’s throwing me bones I’d never expect.
    I owe much gratitude to Greg and to y’all as well for being bearers of insights.
    So Namaste Everyone :)
     

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    Yeah, all true, but I'm off grid and I need to watch my power consumption, especially in winter. I thought being able to run it on / off would save me from having to charge the battery as much. If is doesn't work, I think I'll just drill a bigger hole in the top bucket to match the input rate, then I shouldn't need the flow controller.

    Good on you EP! I love your energy! We use those Biomeliers over here to heat the showers at the permaculture cons. They are amazing.
     
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