This winter I have gotten to know Michael Levy and looking over his website (taoshighspirits.com) I can see that he has had quite a career in the alternative building and appropriate technology fields. As a solar architect, design and build contractor, and green builder he has worked and taught building with steel, adobe, masonry, strawbale, and insulated concrete forms (in this case rastra block). Among other things he has designed and built passive solar buildings and underground, both commercial, residential, and remodeling. Check out his website for much, much more. I look forward to catching up with him next time we are in Taos, New Mexico and learning more.
I saw this on NPR's website the other day: Old Time Methods Yield Spring Greens All Winter. The web version has photos so that is better to show the hoop houses that are used as well as the techniques on this small farm in Central Virginia. Please check it out.
And to complement the NPR story here are my blog posts on the same topic. Now is a good time to start planning your garden for next winter:
Saw this 3:16 minute video in the New York Times this morning and it presents a disturbing picture of slavery through indebtedness. But it also shows brickmaking in another part of the world. I particularly was interested in the form they used as well as how they handled the mud.
There are two messages here for me. Stay out of debt, and build, or remodel, your own house using the material used most often around the world- earth.