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Build a Sustainable System

Build a Sustainable System
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I want to talk about building a sustainable system.

This is something that has been bouncing in my head for a while, and when I saw how one of my projects ended up helping another of my projects it brightened up the light bulb that hangs over my head.

Bees need lots of water; they fly hundreds of miles daily and are constantly working. Anyone with a swimming pool near a beehive can attest to this. They also can tell you about dead bees floating in their pools. Any bee book or class will tell you to put out some means of water for your bees, but they will also warn you about just putting out a bucket of water as the bees will easily drown.

I did not really bother with this, as there is a creek that flows very near my home.

My wife also made me move my barrel of fish outside after she saw the ants that were attracted to the seeds I was starting near the grow beds.

Imagine my surprise when I saw my bees taking turns landing in my grow bed and getting long drinks of water. They used the clay hydroton pellets to keep out of the water and drank their fill from the water in between the individual pellets.

By fish feed my plants that sit in clay pellets that keep my bees from drowning. The bees pollinate the plants, and the plants filter the water to keep the fish alive.

My bipod of sustainability turned into a tripod. All I need to do now is use the plants to feed the rabbits, whose droppings feed worms, and feed the worms to the fish…

System connected to system connected to system. This is how you build sustainability. This is how you take one dollar of resources and turn it into two dollars of resources.

The better we plan our preparedness system to reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle our waste the stronger we will become.

However, with that you need a little common sense – one of the main problems with our country is that we have become too interdependent – in the name of efficiency and cost reduction we have tied so many systems together that if any of them fail several systems fail. “Too big to fail” should never have been allowed to happen…

Balance the need to get more than one benefit out of each item, with the need to have redundancy in your system, and know that some things have to be specialized to be effective.

Know what you want, know what you have, and be flexible enough to get from one to the other.

Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage In Partnership with the Earth.

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  1. Andrea Keene Andrea Keene

    Have you looked into black soldier fly larvae for your fish?  They can be raised on your kitchen scraps, and will self-harvest into your fishtank as they get big enough.
    You could also raise duckweed for them (the fish, not the BSFL).  And, of course, feed them the leafy stuff that gets too big.
    Notes and disclaimers: I have an aquaponics system that’s working well.  I’m not yet raising BSFL for mine, though I keep toying with the idea and plan to set it up in my “spare” time (lol). Some people have trouble getting their fish to eat them.  Similarly, I’m not yet growing duckweed and some people have trouble getting their fish to eat that also.  I *have* given the fish lots of stuff that gets overgrown in the growbeds, and they devour it.  Particularly lettuce.
    My system, if you’re interested:

    •  I like the BSF idea, been wanting to try it for the chickens, but my generous wife still needs to warm to the idea of me attracting flies on purpose.  I also visited your site – NICE system, its way better set up than mine, thanks for visiting my site and leaving the comment…

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