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Getting Started: Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living

We have posted thousands of articles here on the Green Trust website over the last 10+ years on how to DIY your own food, energy, and shelter. Here are some good tutorials (including video) from the folks at AltE:

If you are just beginning to learn about Renewable Energy, this is the place to start. In this section we will give you an overview of the most important factors to consider when choosing a renewable energy system.


Tony Avent’s Plant Articles

Welcome to Tony’s Plant Articles section. Here you will find a series of in depth articles about an array of various subjects from Arisaemas to Plant Trademarks. Many of these are reprints of articles that Tony has written for publication in various venues over the years, with some written specifically for the website. These are not the typical website articles which are short and fluffy, but instead often go into great detail….you know, the stuff that everyone says is worthless on a website. We think you will find a wealth of information in these articles, and we thank the other authors that have also allowed their work to be republished here.

“Mr. Avent said he stopped using pesticides and chemical fertilizer in his outdoor gardens 20 years ago and was amazed at the improvement in his soil and plants. Conventional wisdom says that plants can’t tell the difference between a chemical fertilizer and an organic one, he noted, “but the microbes do — the fertilizer was burning up the compost.”

After he switched to organics, he said, “it took about a year before everything started jumping. Our insect problems disappeared. It was just amazing.””


The NY Times on Living Off-Grid

Contributers Nick Rosen, Alan Bridgewater, and our own Steve Spence chime in on what it takes to be disconnected from the power grid. Read more at the NY Times website or in the May 30th Escape section.

Steve is quoted as saying “You start adjusting your way of life around some of the natural rhythms of nature.”


Preparing the "Barn" for the new animals

We just got word that we have piglets arriving in April/May, and baby turkeys as well, so it’s time to get the “barn” ready. We will be using a section of our Geodesic Quonset, siding it with slabwood like we did our woodshed and generator shed, and configuring sections for the different animals. We may be adding two milking goats to our little farmstead as well.