• Website design

    Q. Your web site is beautiful, graphic design is great. Can you tell me who does your design/web work? Thanks. Mark Q. Wow! I just learned about your web site and I’m blown away. I must take time to read every page but in the meantime… Who designed your web site? It is one of […]

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  • Pedal powered grain mill

    Q. I am a student of social change and appropriate technology, and inspiring homesteader in Maine. We just built a cob oven here at our farm, and are planning to start a bakery in the spring. We have been grinding our flour by hand for many years, and with the increase of bread production, want […]

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  • Less plastics

    Q. We have been trying to use less plastic for food storage in our home. Canning/recycled jars are very efficient and work well, but not everything fits into a jar! I was wondering what you did to keep your home made bread fresh. Currently, I wrap the loaves individually in a tea towel. This is […]

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  • Oil lamps

    Q. It’s Denise here with a question regarding your oil lamps. Somewhere on your site I saw that you use bio fuel for your lamps. Are these your typical oil lamps? And the bio fuel is used rather than the toxic stuff from the stores? How bright does it burn? I have some olive oil […]

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  • Constructing raised beds

    Q. My husband and I want to make some raised beds in our front-yard to grow our own veggies, cutting flowers and such. I was looking at your beds in your photo gallery, and would like to know what kind of wood you used to outline the beds with? We do not want to use […]

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  • Building a bicycle to power appliances links

    Q. We are looking for information on how to build a bicycle that could power household items like the computer or TV. We would like to build a “demo” model for our Sierra Club office so we can take turns cycling and storing up energy…to be used later for SC projects. We are in an […]

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  • Building lodge pole trellises/arbors

    Q. Hello, I am a second-year gardener (using organic techniques) in my backyard and I’ve extended my square foot/ lasagna garden hybrid into a 90 square foot rock raised bed. I am fascinated by your structures and trellises, in particular the “lodgepole trellises” you built. I would like to know more about how they were […]

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  • Materials to build raised beds

    Q. I was wondering if you have a source of recycled or scrap wood to build raised beds? Cedar or redwood is best? Any other tips or links on your site for raised bed building? Also, chicken wire in the bottom? Many thanks, Katy A. Try craigslist.org or recyler.com. Redwood is best but expensive. There […]

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  • Pedal powered grain mill and blender

    Q. Hi – we met last weekend. I am the one who asked you about the pedal power (bicycle station) and you replied to e-mail you. Here is the request – please let me know about it – how it works, what does it take to make it happen, cost etc. Thanks. Israel A. Thank […]

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  • Disposing of biodiesel waste products

    Q. I live in New Zealand and am investigating making biodiesel from used vegetable oil. One of the problems I have is disposing of the waste product which will be filtered out of the oil as it is illegal to dispose of it in a land fill site, I was wondering how you deal with […]

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