late posting- this is the house as of Dec2014
Future pond preparation at the rear side of the house, improving our living conditions with passive cooling all at the same time preparing the farm for planting in the next 4 months and hopefully through this, "rolling funds" can be generated that can sustain us. We will apply rammed earth or ferrocement ,natural plastering method along the way.
As of August 1st week- We don't have enough CHB and Course Sand hence we will make use of stones and soil and cement to complete the walls- they are just scattered around- Toilet still at 100%CHB. The rains keeps pouring and delivery is hampered due to it, the road is too slippery and funds getting low. Let's make use of the cowtractor, PASAGAD! for the cement..
What to do? Apply Natural building concept- use what is available (the stones, our current manpower,sandy soil, cement as exception which we cannot do without at the moment and consider perma culture concept- "generate your own input by using what is available at the place- SCB for CHB="Soil Cement block" or what they call ferro-cement. We then practice semi- off grid or homesteading skills.
Composting (Bokashi): 3 pail (mix of cow, goat manure), 2 pail pig manure, 1/2 sack ricehull biochar, 1/2 sack rice hull, 4 sack soil, 2 sack dried leaves top with black soil found just behind and EM.1 + mulch of rice straw- as of 13thJuly- 3 days still, then turn, 7th day ready to be applied to 13 rows of raised bed. Maintenance , once a week EM.1 spraying. Hope this works.
Passive cooling Style Green house location- in the next 2 months hopefully will be already up!. Seedling, germination etc will then follow. -Companion planting, attractants, repellants,(flowers?, herbs?) I am excited...
As of August 1st week, FUNGI is appearing, however we need to raised it up further.
16 raised beds is done on the east side and another 8 on the west side, prepped up with the organic matters and covered with 40% net to lessen the impact of heavy rains. Water Canal to avoid flooding the beds.
The 3 LA's Chicken love the place this time under cover of the 40% net, they have to be confined soon... controlled free ranging.
Started planting to test this EARLY!.1st week August, for cover crops, nitrogen source, Tapioca (from 1 year ago harvest) Kangkong, carrot, Corn. aheee. we are excited!. Don't know what will happen, Did we understand the bio dynamics of our place or not, lets see. Hope it will not rot.. Anyway, Water canal will help to avoid flooding.
Cant wait to have the Microscope and we might need to do soil testing if it doesn't work.
We will need to provide stable water supply/storage for watering during summer via barrel system, piped swale system (same elevation as the beaver dam), using the existing pipes or a ferrocement made tank. Which has less cost to implement? And distribute automatically to the beds easing the work. Thinking of using BIkal or Bolo bamboos as pipes(hose) for our drip watering system treated with salt solution to make it last longer or search for the bitterest herb/plant or legume found in the property. We will need to do taxonomy.
Will update this as it develop.
Note: EM and IMO being utilized.
In the future, 6 months from now, see HERE the produce.
UPDATE as of October 3 : With limited resources and different priorities, tasks at hand- things are not moving as thought!. Need to beef up our support. Time to hire experienced Sustainable Agriculture farmer to help us through? Anyone interested may contact us ASAP! OJT's are easy to find but a rare to hold.
The challenges of sustainable farming is on oneself, nothing else! If your not cut for it, but you desire it, then be your own tailor.
Lets play the odds systematically, fixes are always available by careful and keen observation, walk it through, adjust as you act and without leaving behind the lessons from our teachers, don't forget it. Look at all four fronts and you will see. And never give up.
18 October 2014 Wow!- despite bug down with manpower, time lines and budget, camera pics missing or whatever, lapses in communication and quick assumptions, the Plants are showing HOPE! Soon, every perspiration, tears, fears, sighs,frustration, Expectations, down/up feelings, pains of getting through, BALAKANG and ALL = WE ALL WANT TO SUCCEED!. KEEP IT UP, TOGETHER! THIS WILL BE ONE of your MOST TREASURED STORIES to live and tell and so do I. And Thank you Lord! Please bless our work, friends helping, people around us!
Its 2.5 months to go! Keep our motivations up! WE CAN DO IT! despite the odds..
Project Manager: BarnFeetPL