Here is a quick update on Michaels dome. We are about 2/3 done with the height. It will start closing in from here on so the time and materials to complete it won't be a whole lot. We have a shot at finishing before my eye operation Jan 5, but it depends on the weather.
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In an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, a horrific trend unfolds. All reasonable, rational natural farming methods are being jettisoned, because of the fear of e. coli. I encourage you to read this article and consider its consequences.
After experimenting with a few designs, we've come up with a water tank system using inexpensive 55 gallon plastic drums. The system can work for any number of drums in multiples of two. A manifold was constructed from pvc pipe parts and poly tubing.
Here are some pictures from our Nyagen toilet project for Michael. A nyagen is a hole in the ground covered with concrete for a squat-type toilet. He will also have a shower in the same dome. The shower water will drain out a pipe for gray water once dome is complete, rather than into the nyagen. The cost for the nyagen was about $100 for the concrete (25 bags) and $10 for the rebar, and about $10 for the 2X4's, which we can re-use .
We have numerous challenges from insect, rodent, and bird pests here at the Sanctuary. Because we are surrounded by wilderness where there are more animal life forms than the natural plant life can sustain, all the juicy, succulent things we are growing are highly attractive to the pests.