Future Plans: Zebaleen Fire Festival

On the weekend of Feb 4th to 6th 2011, the Magid Arcology Urban Farm will host the Zebaleen Fire Festival.  We will honor the City, the farm that is about to revert to life  and we shall also recognize the work of those we call the Zebaleen – artists and tradespeople who salvage and (re)build.

The Festival will feature Drummers, Singers, Musicians and various Performers, Pyrotechnicians, Craftspeople, Artists and Technologists.

Stalls, competitions and other diversions are welcomed. Please contact the Magid Arcology Center for details and bookings

Please note that, although not intended as a purely religious event, the date is significant.  This festival will mark the start of Spring, halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.   For Americans, it roughly corresponds to Groundhog Day, when tradition has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow outside the burrow at dawn, there will be six more weeks of winter.

This holiday is known as Imbolc,  Solmonath and Candlemass, and to the Druids, it was Oimeaig (pronounced /im-mo(l)g/).

Aquaponics: the Magid Arcology Center’s next project

This New York times article provides an interesting overview of aquaponics.  The MAC will soon be setting up an aquaponics greenhouse and will be selling tomatoes, cucumbers and fish

Tools needed for making “scrap” green houses

Tools and equipment that you’ll need:

(all of these are inexpensive, or can be found by dumpster-diving – or borrow them from us!)

  • Flour
  • Eight 18-inch rebar sections
  • Sledge hammer
  • Scrap lumber
  • Carpenter’s pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Storm door
  • Ventilation fan
  • Hammer
  • 10d nails
  • Four 20-foot sections of schedule 40 PVC pipe (3/8-inch diameter)
  • Heavy gauge wire
  • Heavy duty staples
  • Staple gun
  • Greenhouse plastic

Making “scrap” green houses

1. Use your tape measure to lay out your greenhouse on the ground using flour. Then hammer your rebar supports into the ground, four on each side of the greenhouse across from each other. Your supports should be no more than 3 feet apart. For larger greenhouses, add more rebar and PVC sections.

2. At the base of the rebar, lay out the scrap lumber into a frame and hammer the boards together at the corners. Use abutting joints, and wire the rest of the boards to the rebar supports with the heavy gauge wire.

3. Frame in the entrance end of the greenhouse using scrap lumber. Create a door frame and a window to hold the vent fan. Use boards to brace these supports. Hang the storm door in the door frame, and the vent fan in the window.

4. Bend the 20-foot sections of PVC into a horseshoe shape, and place the ends over the rebar supports to make your hoop frame. Create a ridgepole by stringing wire over the ridge of the greenhouse from one end to the other.

5. Cover the greenhouse with greenhouse plastic and tack it to the wood foundation at the bottom of the greenhouse. Cover the frame at the ends with the plastic. Wrap one end firmly and staple in place. On the entrance end, cut a hole in the plastic for your window and door. Tack the plastic to the wood around the window and door with your staple gun.

MAC commences stage 2 of Urban Farming

The Magid Arcology Center has now completed the emplacement of vegetable beds and ‘scrap’ greenhouses.  The following seeds have been planted

Beets
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cilantro
Fava Beans
Garlic
Kale
Lettuce
Parsley
Radish
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Turnips
Thyme
Onions

ISO Container as Workshop

This is an example of the MAC fabrication capabilities. This is a completely mobile workshop that fits within a standard 20′ ISO contaner.

This example is set up for the construction of orthopaedic equipment – but could rapidly be configured for other tasks and crafts

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Stoves for the homeless

The MAC (as part of a project to help the homeless of Tifton) has been contracted to produce a number of prototype ‘rocket ovens’ – and then teach the necessary construction and cooking techniques to the people who will be using these stoves.

Rocket Stoves have the following advantages

  • They can be easily constructed from salvaged materials (cans, bricks, even stones)
  • They can burn any solid fuel or biomass (wood, cardboard, paper, grass clippings)
  • They are very efficient and reduce IAP (indoor air pollution)

 

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