Many of the problems we face in our global landscape today came about by working against nature: global warming, soil degradation and erosion, loss of forests, pollution, decrease in sea life, lower food nutrition, to name a few. These challenges are largely due to tremendous human development over time. Fortunately, there are solutions that we all can apply that require relatively small inputs of time and energy. Furthermore, the solutions are low-tech and can be done at a fraction of the cost of creating the damage in the first place.
Permaculture is a system of designing agricultural landscapes that work with nature. Permaculture practitioners seek to find balances between the give and take of nature and the needs of humanity. From sustainable homes and renewable energy sources to food forests, the permaculture movement is about much more than gardening. Permaculture farming methods differ from other modern farming techniques. A permaculture garden focuses on more than merely growing food. Creating your own permaculture garden is a good way to start yourself down the road to sustainable living.
The Rocket Mass Heater provides relatively high heat utilization and low emissions and is cost effective to make and utilize. Masonry heaters have been used since pre-historic times and have evolved into various designs in Europe, Russia, and China. The key principle is ducting the heated exhaust from a wood burning firebox through a large thermal mass built of masonry. The masonry absorbs heat from exhausting combustion process and directs it in a winding path through channels embedded in the masonry.
Over the course of the workshop you can expect to learn:
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Here's a photographic documentary of how we were building our rocket stove mass heater in our own house. Animals were really enjoying the heat, just as we do.