Posts tagged ‘self reliance’

August 19, 2016

Urban Permaculture transformation

by kaiconfusion

It’s done! We did it! All building projects are completed and the garden is growing uncontrollably! Check it out!

 

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After picture taken on the 20th of June 2016! – (11month later)

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Before picture taken end of July 2015

SHORT

Between summer 2015 and summer 2016 I had the pleasure to re-design and re-build the urban 690m2 home of my brother’s family in Berlin. The focus of the design was everything surrounding the house, lifestyle and behaviour changes and reconsiderations of resource and energy uses.

After an initial consultancy including an interview, I spend several weeks analysing the property and doing a lot of basic work in preparation of 2016th design installations. The design and implementation plan I drew up over winter.

Between April and June we build an entrance ramp and replaced and old stairway, we build wodden and stone retaining walls, a large insect hotel and a little bat house, created soil, created gardens, planted nearly 100 different vegetables and herbs, dismantled dysfunctional elements, replaced and repositioned others. We suggested many changes such as subscribing to a CSA, a solar system which was installed in Oct 2015, to go dumpster diving, to use a worm farm and to recycle all compost waste through garden composting. We have turned more than 75% of the available area into productive organic gardens, created a lot of soil, build a shed for tools and another one for bicycles and beautified eyesores. We created spaces for the children to play and plenty of places for wildlife to thrive. We have cared for the earth, cared for people and we now can share some surplus !

Enjoy looking through the images and feel free to comment. I am happy to answer questions !

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August 3, 2016

That’s how you split your firewood!

by kaiconfusion

 

 

A genius invention I discovered at Permaculture demonstration site Melliodora in Victoria Australia – home
of Permaculture co – originator David Holmgren.

An old car tyre makes for the perfect tool to split wood. Everybody that splits firewood by hand knows how annoying
it is when the wood falls to the ground. The tyre stops the wood from falling and when the axe hits the rubber it bounces back and saves you energy!
The tyre can be stacked full with wood and all split at once. So much faster!!! Awesome!

March 16, 2016

URBAN PERMACULTURE TRANSFORMATION

by kaiconfusion

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In time for beginning of spring from April 2016, after having spend much of the winter designing my brother’s urban property in Berlin, I will start to build what I have designed on paper and engage into my second larger transformative experiment with permaculture. (THE FIRST EXPERIMENT)

Permaculture Design

The Design Process

Permaculture is a design science that aims to redesign our way of life through our understanding of the ecosystems.

The world is changing fast and those changes are not always to our benefit. The excessive wealth and conveniences of a few are seriously damaging the lives of many today and risking to destroy the future for all.

There are many dark scenarios for the future and the reality gives us a good idea of how Bad that can look like. The sooner we accept that, we can become the architects and designers of this change and create the world we Do want.

It is time to wake up to the fact that we are the ones who have to do it. There is NO looking or hiding away from it! The crisis has long arrived at our door steps. It is more important than ever to look forward and take our fortunes back in our own hands! Why don’t we turn our fears into our greatest strength? Permaculture is here to help us design this world that we want – Now!

This is not about landscape gardening, this is political!

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BIRNHORNWEG IN SPRING 2015

This project is only a small contribution and directed at my own family primarily. But there is plenty of space for FAIR SHARE !

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June 20, 2015

I NEED YOUR SUPPORT – CROWDFUNDING FOR PERMACULTURE CONFERENCE

by kaiconfusion

HY MY DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY,

Kai Lindenblatt

I will soon visit Europe the first time in 3 1/2 years!!!
While in Europe apart from wanting to meet and you all, I also want to visit the international permaculture conference in

England this September. The conference  is relatively costly and exceeds my budget. Since I have engaged in volunteer work for the past year staying clear from an unethical income I don’t have a lot of funds.
Therefore I though I could contact my community to support my engagement for environmental and social change. I am lodging this private crowdfunding and with your help it will be successful!

The crowdfunding starts today and runs until the 8th of September or until funded.

Thanks for reading, supporting and believing in me.
Take care!

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BACKGROUND:

I found my passion about 3 years ago while travelling in Thailand.  What I found is a concept known as Permaculture. Permaculture is a holistic design science that aims at the design of ecological sound human settlements.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

IPC2015principalThis years International Permaculture Convergence will be held in England in September 2015. The IPC UK will bring together leading Permaculture experts and practitioners from around the world. The conference aims to create a vision of a near future society that is caring, sustainable and fair, and explore how we can collectively design strategies and pathways to make it happen.
“We have everything we need to create a sustainable world and future.”

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December 10, 2013

Survival bushcraft camping adventure in cold outdoors of Sweden

by kaiconfusion

About 3 weeks survival camping in cold Sweden – Applied Bushcraft skills without tent, gas or matches… No roof, no walls, no heater, no telephone, no stove, no sleeping pad…

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This story is about a Bushcraft trip we made two years ago in Sweden in November 2011. The conditions weren’t really pleasant 9,5h of daylight, temperature plummeting below zero in the night almost constant fog and cloud cover and high humidity. The last days before we walked back to civilization the lake we made camp next to started to freeze in. It’ll be hard but I’ll try not to narrate to long….

For more detailed information’s about Bushcraft click on PAGES – How to build Shelters, How to find water, How to find Food, How to make Fire and How we build Boats… !

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I developed the idea for this trip in the past years as I started to deeply concern myself with the philosophy of self-reliance and primitivism, bushcraft and survival skills. The interest in this is rooted in my personal analysis and interpretation of the dis-functionality of our modern times society and represents a central key to solve this dysfunctional dependency toward a self governed sustainable life. SEE – ANARCHO PRIMITIVISM

The idea magnificient landscape swedenWe wanted to head out to a relatively remote spot to live there in a down to earth reality. We wanted to practise our skills on how to live in the forest with a minimum of gear in an already harsh climate. November in Sweden is dark cold grey and wet. Perfect conditions for a great adventure! No roof, no telephone, no heater, no tent, no gas cooker, no sleeping pad… Prior to the trip I was searching on maps for a spot seclude and far from humane settlements in a distance from Berlin still able to reach without air plane and within our budget. Apart from that I searched for a good entry and exit point and a water way such as a river on which we could travel, that would help us navigate and that would supply us with water!

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June 1, 2013

Erase Facebook Out Of Our Life

by kaiconfusion

I have written this post to everyone that has considered getting out of Facebook before and to everyone who want to learn why to consider it.

I’ll tell you how I did it

delete FB oneWhen I first signed up for  Facebook I honestly had no idea what it was.
That was the time when I first discovered things like YouTube etc.
I was being naive and not well-educated about the internet.
Even though I have never actively used it, over the years many photos that people have tagged and many contacts have collected in my account.
I have thought about getting rid of my Facebook account since more than two years now. I guess there were always some sort of fake
hindrances holding me back.
One major reason not to delete it earlier, was that I didn’t know how to save all the nice pictures and secondly cause I have used Facebook in the past year to let people know about my blog.
Well, now it is time to live according to my believes and stop being a hypocrite and erase the account.

Reasons to get out of Facebook:

no FBI believe to most people this is quite obvious but as with so many other things too,  even though we know what is right, we still decide in favour of the wrong!
Lets imagine what life must have been like 20 years ago and before that,
working for secret service, police and similar institutions to spy on people in the name of freedom and public safety. To get information’s about a certain person or a group of people it must have taken an agent quite long to get anywhere. Especially information’s on social networks of people would have been a hard nut to crack.
Hours of boring observations, following people around, feeling like a creep while doing so…

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September 22, 2012

Tacomepai – Permaculture Design Course PDC 2012 – Thailand

by kaiconfusion

About our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) experience at Tacomepai Organic Farm 2012 in Pai
Northern Thailand

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After our real introduction into Permaculture at the Panya Project we are now Permaculture designers…
after taking the Permaculture design Course in July 2012 at Tacomepai near Pai in Northern Thailand !!!

…If don’t really know what permaculture is – CLICK ?WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?  – for a short introduction.

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Permaculture Design Course 2012 Tacomepai Thailand Pai

The PDC class of Tacomepai 07/2012 in the forest of Northern Thailand.

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‘THOUGH THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD ARE INCREASINGLY MORE COMPLEX,
THE SOLUTIONS REMAIN EMBARRASSINGLY SIMPLE….’
Bill Mollison, co-founder of the world-wide permaculture movement

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The Permaculture Flower

Permaculture Principles

Pictures can explain better than to many words, which means I’ll write just briefly about our PDC course but I have posted a lot of pictures!!! First of all: It was such a great experience that I need to share this with you guys and I hope you will too, share with many people more.
That’s also why I can not stop encouraging everyone to look into Permaculture! It is for everyone, it is fun and meaningful and a real solution to our global, local and even personal problems!
PDC stands for Permaculture Design Course and was developed by Bill Mollison to teach principles and foundations of sustainable design.
All PDC courses offered throughout the world must follow the same format. The idea and concept behind it is, to give participants of the course no matter in which part of the world, the basic skills and understanding to design whatever it might be like your life, your house, your garden or any project in a permaculture way.
People who take the course will learn and understand the principles and philosophy of permaculture and will be given lessons in ecology, design, system thinking, food forestry, urban permaculture and many things more!
A great website providing PDC lectures for free is  permaculture-media-download.com/introduction-to-permaculture

The course that we have taken at Tacomepai

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June 17, 2012

PANYA PROJECT ::: II. BUILDINGS AND BUILDING

by kaiconfusion

Table of contents

  • IntroIMG_1954
  • Natural vs. conventional building
  • Materials and methods
  • Panya Buildings (pictures)
  • Related topics and links

Intro:
One of the major factors that puts most of us in deep dependence of our monetary system surely is to have a roof over our heads. Paying over priced rents every month till the end of time or becoming slaves of the banks by paying off the mortgage for house and lawn are about all options we have.
The building sector also is a huge factor for the destruction of the planet and exploitation of our natural resources with the heavy use of cement, steel and toxic chemicals.
Of course there are many alternatives. I will mention some but try and focus on what alternatives are realised at Panya. The buildings and structures here are natural buildings primarily build with mud. This building technique is called adobe or earthen building. The buildings and structures at Panya are mostly build from people with little experience as it is a learning space. There are many examples of buildings around the world with different degrees of quality. For many of them it is hard to tell a difference between natural and conventional building.

Natural vs. conventional building
Why would anyone want to live in a mud house?
Houses like at Panya as” unperfected” as they might be can cost between absolutely nothing if all building materials and tools are on site or not probably more then a few thousand Euros depending on size and style. Another unbeatable advantage is that literally everyone can build it. Mud houses are sustainable and ecologically sound, building is very fast and easy to learn and they are quick and easy to build, too. They are much more energy efficient, they are biodegradable and recyclable. That means everyone can have his own house with almost no ecological impact at all and no financial dependencies!
The only thing in our way might be the authorities which we need find creative ways to deal with! In probably most western countries, the building codes will make it difficult or even impossible to build natural buildings.
Before we start such a project we need to look into laws and regulations of the country we want to build in!
In anyway it shouldn’t be a reason to stop us! Mud houses and other natural buildings if yurts, tepee, or wood structures have been build for thousands of years. Some of them have proven to be more earthquake resistant than conventional concrete buildings. The reason why it would be illegal to build like that, is to protect the profits needed so badly to keep the system running and us firmly tied to it!

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Adobe brick
Most buildings are build from adobe bricks which are made in a mud pit to mixing the ingredients needed together without the need for tools.
Mud bricks are made from a mix of about 70% of sand and 30% clay plus fibres which can be chopped straw or coconut husks or rice husk etc.,which is then all mixed together with water until a thick consistency is developed. The mix is then filled in a mold which is a wooden form to give the brick their shape. The bricks are then laid in the sun to dry and become useable after about two weeks. For building the bricks will be laid just like conventional bricks with the mortal being mud as well.

Wattle and Daub

Another building method and still to be found in very old European houses and used at Panya is called wattle and daub. A wooden grid structure is build as walls. Straw is covered in mud to a kind of mud dread lock which are then smeared onto the grid structure to slowly build a mud covered strong wall. Once finished and dried these structures are very strong and have even proven to be earthquake resistant.

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