#DIY

What if you Couldn’t Buy It? A Cooking Class


  • August 6, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

There are some things for which we just depend on the supermarket or co-op, but what would happen if you couldn’t? This class puts a fun spin on a semi-troubling question, by exploring how to grow and make from scratch some of the very items you may not consider local or handmade. Capers? Sriracha sauce? (more…)

Small Engine Repair and Maintenance


  • March 12, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Save time and money by doing your own repairs. Diagnose and repair common problems with 2 and 4-stroke engines. Avoid costly repairs by learning maintenance, proper fluids, and appropriate settings. We will have hands-on/eyes-on learning of actual processes so you can go home and feel empowered to tackle your own equipment issues. (more…)

Back to Backyard Biochar

Save for our WNC Repair Cafe project, and a handful of appropriate technology workshops, we’ve been pretty quiet over here at the biochar facility for a little while now. Lately, most of our work has centered on upgrading the liquid components of our method of biochar production: we’re going deeper with our research in wood […]

Online Q&A: How to Grow Your Own Kombucha or Vinegar SCOBY

Our workshops and YouTube videos can spark some questions that take a little extra time to address. The blog is a great way to answer and to share with a wider audience. Send your questions via email and they might just end up here (with your permission, of course.) QUESTION: How do you grow your […]

Low Voltage Controls: Part 2

Last time I wrote about controls, things got a little dense real fast.  If all of the talk of switches and relays seemed to lack any relevance, then stay put, because this month I’ll skip ahead and show some real concrete examples of ways we use low voltage controls around on our farm.  Review the […]

Low Voltage Controls: Part 1

  Last weekend I had the privilege of leading Living Web’s first workshop for 2018.  Tech workshops tend to work best in the winter, before the growing season kicks in. Cold weather and a stiff wind kept us in the classroom and bundled up tight for a brief tour of some of the low voltage […]

Conducting a Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audit

by Richard Freudenberger, Living Web Farms Resource & Alternative Energy Coordinator There are two benefits to saving energy in the home. One is the financial gain of allocating less of your household budget to keeping the household humming, and the other is the less noticeable advantage of managing consumption for the sake of our planet’s […]

DIY – Make a TLUD Gasifier

By Dan Hettinger, Biochar Facility Manager Last month I wrote a little about the carbon impact of biochar production, and concluded with the assumption that going ‘carbon-negative’ is likely very possible with simple scale ‘backyard’ biochar technologies.  Bob Wells’ immensely popular presentation on the Tin-Man shows an effective DIY method with a single 55 and […]