Cob wall co-design, construction manager / lead

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Seeking a Calgary-based or nearby person with good natural building and cob skills to partner with me in creating a medium-sized cob habitat wall for native, solitary bees (different than honey bees) for the City of Calgary this Summer or Fall near Fish Creek Park. I’m a Toronto-based artist and will need to hire someone to co-design the cob wall and to manage and lead the wall build portion of this project. This project will also involve 6-8 volunteers TBA. I communicate via email (sarahpeebles at gmail) and via tel. Here’s a sample of the general idea: Dwelling (Paint Branch Creek) 2015 – A Habitat Wall for Native Solitary Bees and Wasps, with sensory bee viewing cabinet, at The University of Maryland Arboretum Outreach Center. https://resonatingbodies.wordpress.com/art/amplified-habitats/audio-bee-booths/audio-bee-cabinets/

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Pawpaw: North America’s Tastiest Fruit

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This course teaches everything about the pawpaw, North America’s largest and tastiest native fruit. If you’d like to learn more about regenerative agriculture, permaculture, or grants and cost-share programs for farmers in the USA, upgrading to the Versaland.TV monthly subscription will deliver condensed knowledge to you every month. If you’d like to take just this course for a test drive, you can enroll in it for FREE for a limited time, no credit card required. If you’re ready to start the course, click the here to enroll in the course,

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It bled radioactive orange and came from the garden…

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Warts.

Yup, that’s the start of this blog. Warts. Geez I wrote it again.

A good friend of mine this year relayed to me his conventional medical and unconventional journey of wart removal, nitro gylcerine to “freeze”, duct tape, a host of other attempts that I fear not to post here less someone attempt them as well.

His affliction was large and still is in a pretty visable spot, just under his right wrist. Not a lovely sight when first shaking hands.

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A Chemical Reaction: And a pretty amazing reaction from the crowd.

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When I was asked to go and speak on a panel after the showing of A Chemical Reaction in Saanich, not once but twice in one day I only had one question, “You want me to talk about lawns?”

A little bit of a redundant question I’ll admit but my philosophy about lawns has been largely “GET RID OF THEM”.

Suburbia schematics have “lawns” identified as “recovery zones” for automobiles. That’s right those areas of great input outside your home are classified as “recovery zones” in urban planning because of our focus on…. the automobile.

Between that and the fact that the maintenance, installation and industry of lawns is the second largest agriculture in North America (yea it’s seriously the second largest) I have no great love of a agriculture that requires huge amounts of time, energy, water, money and resources while yielding nothing I can eat, sell or otherwise use save for the two time I can remember actually laying down on my turf for recreation.

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