[permaculture] Bliss, Idaho Design Course April 16-29, 06 Re: Designers for extreme cold?
santoyo at earthflow.com
Mon Oct 31 15:40:56 EST 2005
Vint et al,
We have a Permaculture Design Course scheduled for April 16 -29, 2006
in Bliss, Idaho...(yes, Bliss!) and we will, of course, be featuring
strategies, techniques and technologies for cold climates.
details coming soon -www.IdahoPermaculture.com.
For a decade of my life I homesteaded in "rustic elegance" in the
forests of the inland NorthWest. These days I am very much into the
greening movement in manufactured homes and the clean-lines of a more
modern design aesthetic -and I'm happy to say, I'm once again living
and enjoying the weather of California's beautiful Central Coast.
When I lived in the Great Northwest... I worked on the production
crew, for Tony Galen, Julian Russell and Bill Mollison, on the cold
climate segment of "The Global Gardener" video and have maintained
clients and projects there ever since... including the extreme
conditions of the Flathead Reservation.
I'd be happy to give you a list of plants, suitable for (most of) the
extremes of the inland Northwest that I compiled while working at
Bear Creak Nursery (back in the day) and am now using for a project
in Whitefish, Montana.
I'm not sure if he does any design work -but for plant info -Michael
Pilarski is a legend in the Northwest and is truly a "walking
encyclopedia" of botanical and ethnobotanical info...
see - http://www.friendsofthetrees.net/
Don't forget Jerome Ostentowski's infamous green house designs.
see - http://www.crmpi.org/
Most any super-insulated house should work well there... I just
finished a design for a single story load-bearing straw bale house
with radiant-floor-heat hooked into the water heater. I recommend;
Building One House: A Handbook For Straw Bale Construction by
Nathaniel Corum, Red Feather Development Co.
see - http://redfeather.org/boh.html.
There is also a home builder in Livinston Montana that insulated a
grain silo to use as living space.
see - http://organicstyle.com/feature/0,8028,s1-37-0-0-1290,00.html
Larry Santoyo, Director
EarthFlow Design Works
>Information shared to the whole list might also be appreciated. I may not live
>in a zone known for extreme cold as in Montana, but in my exceptionally cold
>pocket of New York's Finger Lakes, I rarely get more than 12 frost-free weeks.
>Cold-hardy agroforestry, greenhouses (look up Elliot Coleman,) and
>well-designed homes seem to be key.
>Who else is growing/living in zone 4 or colder?
>>I have received an inquiry for both permaculture and building design for
>>Northern Montana. Low temps are twenty to thirty degrees sub-zero
>>Does anyone have any recommendations of practitioners in this area or
>>equivalent and neighboring zones?
>>Anyone who should be avoided?
>>You can contact me off list if you wish.
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