In his posthumously published 1911 work Farmers of Forty Centuries, USDA agronomist F. H. King documents his travels studying the intensive agriculture of China, Korea and Japan. Multiple references are made to the efforts of farmers and city-dwellers alike to collect and distribute human waste to nearby farms as a valuable source of ongoing fertility: […]
From last year’s Cooking with Food Waste workshop to the upcoming installment of the developing Waste Not series, Living Web Farms is making a point to not only reduce waste, but help change the perspective on waste all together. There is no waste in nature. As agriculturalists, there is great importance in studying farming practices […]
My enlightenment on the subject of biogas began when I stumbled upon an article in a dog-eared copy of The Mother Earth News entitled “Chicken Manure Can Power Your Car.” Buried among debatable bootstrap business stories and homespun garden-prep tutorials, the write-up recounted how a one-legged British maintenance man named Harold Bate converted a 1953 […]
In the fall of last year I led a short workshop covering some homestead applications of common wood stove ashes. It was the first of what I hope will become one of many “Waste Not:” workshops hosted out of the Living Web Farms’ biochar facility. Later this year I’ll discuss the myriad applications – of […]
Part One available here The nexus of appropriate technology, circular economy and agriculture is a buffet of challenging, interesting projects. In 2017 and 2018, our continued work in biochar and gasification, and among other esoteric projects, our work with small-scale plastic recycling, – not to mention organizing the WNC Repair Cafe project – have kept […]
Update: 10/26/18. Part 2 available here Summer HVAC season is coming to a close and lately our local scrap-yard has been teeming with old oil burning furnaces. While Asheville residents are replacing oil burners with updated heat pump systems as fast as they can, conscious builders and tradesmen are recycling the used equipment, and although […]
By Dan Hettinger, Biochar Facility Manager The increase in annual global carbon emissions has stalled in recent years despite strong global economic growth. In effect, economic growth is no longer coupled with increased carbon emissions. In 2015, most of the world agreed that we can limit climate change to a rise of 2 degrees Celsius. […]
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