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Re: “Charleston’s permaculture movement arrives at the drafting table

Thanks PQ, I was super bummed it did not make it into the print issue. Hope the follow up story once the house is complete will be in print. April

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Posted by apedogg on April 14, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Charleston’s permaculture movement arrives at the drafting table

Pronghorn, there are some examples through history that shows rammed earth being sustainable and structurally sound through flood events. after all, this method is 7,000 years old! my personal feeling is that a traditional stud wall system is pretty much ruined with any amount of flooding, we are seeing this now up in Columbia area from the October flood event. A Rammed Earth wall system would out-perform a stud wall system in a flood event hands down. The walls are incredibly durable and strong. I have samples which have been sitting in direct rain and flood events in my back yard for 2 years now and have not flaked, cracked, broken apart, etc. While I wouldn't go so far to call anything 'perfect', I think Rammed Earth solves many of our housing problems here in the Lowcountry, including rot, mold, termites, and moisture problems. We will plan some house tours for the public once it's complete. I think once you can feel the walls in person you'll feel confident; hard as rock! Cheers! April

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Posted by apedogg on April 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Charleston’s permaculture movement arrives at the drafting table

Thank you City Paper for covering this project! We are so excited to be paving this path!

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Posted by apedogg on April 12, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “S.C. natural birth centers could face closure by state regulators

Midwives are educators. They have an understanding of the female body and the birthing process unlike any other trained medical professional. Their role in our society is vitally important and it is quite obvious that more and more families are understanding how important they are and wanting to connect with a midwife during their birth experience. Midwives empower women to take the birthing process back into their own bodies and their own hands; something women have been doing since the beginning of time, but has recently been stripped away in the past several decades with the rise of medical intervention. Natural birth is safe. Midwives are qualified and emergency plans, which work, are in place should a hospital transfer become necessary. OB's and surgeons are important and necessary as well, WHEN the situation presents itself. Let women decide for themselves how they want to handle their birth process! Keep the government out of it and away from our bodies and our personal choices! If the States takes away this right, there will be a huge backlash and women will find alternative routes to have their natural births. This is a 'growing trend' which is not going to go away. We are ready to fight, SC! Any bureaucrat responsible for this new legislation should take some time to read one or two of Ina May Gaskin's books or watch her documentary; I think you will see that natural birth is common sense, safe, and responsible...and it is a human right to be able to make that choice during your birth process!

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Posted by apedogg on November 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Controversy heats up over clay oven in Cross, S.C.

And a side note regarding the health clinic; I'd just like to point out that the clinic has nothing to do with this project or this site. These are two totally different projects at two totally different locations. This project was the result of volunteer efforts with a budget of $0.00; all materials came straight from the earth, salvaged, and/or recycled. The clinic is at another location in Cross, SC with funding coming from elsewhere. In no way, shape, or form does this oven prevent this health clinic from happening. The piece of land which the oven sits adjacent to is less than 1/10 acre which is un-buildable land due to it's small size and close proximity to the street. This is why she wanted an ice machine here. Personally, I'd love to see the two projects work hand-n-hand, if it's truly about the community and the children. The article makes it sound as if the property on which the oven sits is preventing the clinic from being built; I just wanted to clear this up.

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Posted by apedogg on March 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

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