Natural swimming pools

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:35

In researching design options for clients over the years, I've looked into what's involved in building natural swimming pools -- that is, ponds that stay safe enough for swimming without the use of chemical inputs. Here are some of the best links I've found on the subject:

Organic Pools DIY Manual by David Pagan Butler (PDF, 1.2 MB, 2013)

Modular raised beds with dimensional lumber

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:46
In a previous article, I ended by suggesting that raised beds could be made with dimensional lumber (specifically 4' long boards, 1.5" thick) by spacing the posts in a grid 4' apart, although I hadn't yet tried to implement it. I proposed that the uniform bed size would allow a structure such as a chicken tractor, cold frame, or trellis to be moved to any square of bed where it was needed and secured to the boards below.

Notes on OLCERI IWPSC at Pine Ridge, SD

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:45

August 30 to September 3, 2018, I attended the second Indigenous Wisdom and Permaculture Skills Convergence (IWPSC) at the Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative (OLCERI) on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. It was a very eye- and heart-opening experience, and it's taken a while for me to wrap my head around it. Here are my notes from the sessions, with some commentary.