Fenceline along VelaCreations farm. They used Allan Savory’s rotational grazing method (left) while their neighbor did not.

Fenceline along VelaCreations farm. They used Allan Savory’s rotational grazing method (left) while their neighbor did not.


Owen,

“We launched our new VelaCreations.com website, with a special focus on our How-To articles, which now number over 50, with another dozen in the works. There’s a lot of shelter-related articles, from our Rapidobe system to ferrocement, to making all sorts of things around the homestead.

We also released our new book, Food Web: Concept, last week. It’s about integrated farming on a small, backyard scale, and how to use waste streams to produce food. It’s written from a personal, DIY perspective, and I’m sure it’s something you’d be interested in.

Let me know if you have any questions.”

Thanks, Abe

Here is what our land looked like before:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4QFxJhd7QhxV2hZVFJGV2wzU00&authuser=0


Comments

Abe’s Farm, New Website and Book — 5 Comments

  1. Interesting site. I like the cloth-form techniques they use, but I worry about the structural integrity of their rapidobe wall construction technique. Other than compression from adding more infill during construction, how does rapidobe become compressed to the point that it becomes a viable load-bearing structural element? I’m glad I saw buttresses on the walls, I guess… :-S

    • We compact it as we fill, similar to rammed earth. It doesn’t have to be load bearing, actually, as you have a row of posts on both sides of the wall. We made straight walls, but curved walls won’t need the buttresses.

  2. Abe has been leaving comments on the rotational grazing blog post from the other day about Allan Savory’s land restoration method: http://www.naturalbuildingblog.com/allan-savory-how-to-green-the-worlds-deserts-and-reverse-climate-change/

    It’s good to hear some first hand input from a regular contributor. Judging by the photos he’s done a marvelous job of improving his land. Abe has been sending me more links to Allan Savory’s method. It really is worth looking into.

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