Latest news from the quintaFebruary 22nd, 2017. Post by Quinta do Vale
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Tangerine jam in the making. The citrus trees weren't too keen on the cold temperatures we had last month - down to -10℃ - and a lot of fruit has dropped and started rotting. This is one way to try and capture some of it before it's gone. ... See MoreSee Less
Good idea; despite protection my small harvest sufered the same way, a Lemon was worse, the fruit completely frosted have now turned black.
A hugely important message from Paul Stammets ...The fungal-fantastical. Emerging from their axial homes, fungi are beginning to be understood as nutrients to the human consciousness and ecological sustaina... ... See MoreSee Less
Fungi are the future! Humanity will not survive
Another vermicomposting toilet workshop! This is part 2 of the installation of a vermicomposting toilet system at Quinta dos Covōes, Fornos de Algodres (postponed from December when we all had the flu).
Vermicomposting Toilet Workshop
The installation will be a retrofit to an existing septic tank sewerage system, but is equally applicable to anyone wanting to install a system from scratch.
The outline plan for the workshop is as follows …
10-11:00am Tea/Coffee on arrival.
Informal get together and exchange of ideas/information about your individual projects and reasons for attending the workshop.
11:00-12:30am The Theory.
Why vermicomposting? Where and how is vermicomposting being used in sewerage systems and bioremediation projects worldwide? How does this system work? What’s its history? How is it constructed? What maintenance is involved? How does the system regulate itself? What are the environmental advantages?
Questions are encouraged throughout the session, whether in relation to your own project (planned or potential) or to the science in general, but please try to keep these appropriate to the general focus and flow of the session.
1:30-3:30pm The Practice.
Hands-on installation of the system. The system does take a bit longer than 2 hours to construct and install, but preparatory work will have been done in such a way that you’ll be able to see all parts of the system clearly and take part in the final stages of installation. Bring working gloves and wear suitable clothes.
Informal get together and summing up of the project. Any remaining questions.
COURSE LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS - BOOK EARLY!
Wendy Howard has installed a vermicomposting flush toilet on her own quinta and, together with local architect Filipa Ripley, has been the driving force behind the enthusiastic adoption of vermicomposting sewerage systems by the municipality of Arganil in Central Portugal. The first of her version of Anna Edey’s original open source design has now been installed in a local village and more are to follow. She hopes to work with other local councils to demonstrate the benefits of this system and to encourage its widespread adoption throughout the country.
COURSE FEE: 35 euros including lunch and refreshments
Overnight accommodation is available at extra charge.
MORE INFO / BOOKINGS: firstname.lastname@example.org
VERMICOMPOSTING TOILETS WEBSITE & FORUM
www.vermicompostingtoilets.net ... See MoreSee Less
New growing terrace being prepared. Now the chickens have finished clearing it and have moved on to the next terrace, we're creating the growing beds. These are double reach and run on contour across the terrace (contours run diagonally across all terraces on this quinta) with shallow swales doubling as pathways between to aid water infiltration. Compost and goat manure are being added as a top dressing and mulch will follow. ... See MoreSee Less
Chickens seem to be brilliant at cleaning up, I planned adding a few myself this year, unfortunately they were banned from the market because of 'bird flue'. I think the precautions will lifted faily soon, as the virus apparently doesn't survive warm temperatures?
Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Novo! ... See MoreSee Less
Happy New Year!
Happy new year Wendy Howard! ;) big hug. Paulo, Maria & Gaia
I'm liking this setup for a 'default' situation - for when the hens aren't out creating new cultivation areas or on bug-eating duties.Real Chicken Coop Design How to produce amazing compost right inside your chicken house while letting the chickens do all the work. This chicken house design... ... See MoreSee Less
This is what I'm doing on my balcony :) I've always loved this guy's videos.
Wishing everyone a Christmas filled with peace, harmony and happiness!
Desejo a todos um natal recheado com muita paz, harmonia e felicidade! ... See MoreSee Less
Bon Natal, Merry Christmas 😀
Merry Xmas ,Feliz Navidad 🎄🎄🎉🎉
Merry Christmas to you too Wendy.
The duck's new favourite place. ... See MoreSee Less
Nice guttering and handsome duck x