Class K Mendocino County

Navigating class K , or Rural Residential permits is a bit complicated, yet well worth it. A very well written law, Class K allows you to build using recycled, upcycled building materials and alternative methods of construction http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/planning/pdf/Class_K_Ordinance.pdf . Including milling your own wood and not needing to have it graded. Possibly being able to avoid having to do the energy calculations, if you are heating only with renewable energy, solar or wood heat. Modify you plans as you build, with written notification . Live in the structure as its being built. Most structures can be drawn by the owner, and don’t need to be engineered. Only one inspection at the end if you want, or you can still get multiple inspections. It’s a law based on safety as the criteria, safety for the occupants. So handrails, fire and co2 detectors, legal GFI protected electrical circuits in the kitchen and bathroom still need to be to code. A lot of the building code goes back to 1976, so has more leeway than the current National Building code.
You have to live in an unincorporated area of Mendocino county. It’s meant to be for an owner builder’s primary residence, so it can not be built to sell, or to rent for the first few years anyway. Class K can also be used for additional structures on the property as well, within zoning restrictions.

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This building we are building using logs . Cut and peeled on our property here. We were also able to use recycled windows making our building cost substantially lower.

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Download Book for free here.

I posted this last week, but some of you didn’t figure out that the book downloads for free. Even though supporting this wonderful author by buying the book is fantastic.

All of Gene Logsdon’s books are really informative and helpful. Read them !

https://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/the-man-who-created-paradise-by-gene-logsdon/

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Agricultural community

I stumbled across this book many years ago. It got me so excited, I ran out and bought ten more copies and gave them all away. Then I bought a few more a few years later and gave them away again.

Read this inspirational book of community and regeneration.

https://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/the-man-who-created-paradise-by-gene-logsdon/

Gene Logsdon, Wendell Berry, Barbara Kingsolver, and of course Polyface Farm owner, Joel Salatin are all writing about what’s wrong with our agriculture and food systems, and how to build small farms. That large systems, especially in a biologically complex situation, don’t work as well as small systems. Oh, maybe they initially produce more, let’s exploit the soil resources. But then, the worn out, washed away, soil is pumped full of chemicals to continue to produce. The small farmer who cares that his soil continues to produce, applies compost, organic matter to replenish what was taken out. Ending up with hopefully a better soil in a few years. Also usually a more productive smaller acreage .

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Apple Pie

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I can’t make an apple pie without thinking of my brother. He decided one year to master an apple pie. This was also the year he stayed home to try to win Dialing for Dollars . Some of you will remember this show that called random phone numbers and if you were there you could win money ! This was also the year we would sing Janis Joplins, ” Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all drive Porsche’s I must make amends. Worked hard all my life Lord, no help from my friends. Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.”

Anyway Dan had an idea of how a perfect apple pie should be. The apples should be a large part of it. So he stacked Apple slices so high the crust could barely contain them. They would cook down to a thick wedge of well cooked lightly sugared delicious Gravenstein Apples.

I’m pretty sure we also tried different thickeners, or no thickeners. We definitely loved flour for the best pie making sauce. I don’t remember if he struggled with the crust…but it was good too. I loved my job as taste tester.

Today my pies made with our Pink Pearl and Fuji apples we grew here. The Pink Pearls added a wonderful pink color to the pie as well as a tartness. Baked in our brick oven, the pies are delicious. Harvest is here and reaping this bounty is a blessing.

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Flower Bouquets

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Roseman Creek Ranch is delivering flower bouquets . This is today’s ! A special vase someone gave me, for a special lady.

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Flower Farmer Florist

I’ve started flower businesses three times. People who know me from way back remember me in 1993 with my camper shelled truck, both sides would open with flowers inside. I sold my locally grown flowers and picked other local flowers and wild items to sell. I knew I could no afford to sell anything out of our garden until I had my own water source, local water companies are too expensive for gardens. Also here it had to be a garden without redwood roots, invasive roots that fill the soil and suck out all the water and nutrients. We bought this property because it was flat enough to farm and was a marine terrace of dead and dying pines without too many redwoods.

I have been planting and propagating ( cheap) plants to grow for flowers for the last 23 years. I keep moving mature shrubs when I move.

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I’m now officially trying to be a Farmer Florist again. I’m so passionate about flowers and the shrubs and trees have finally gotten big enough.

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I love old roses and unique foliage combinations. I will deliver bouquets locally. Or sell buckets or arrangements for events.

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Climbing trees

When I was twenty I visited a garden and saw an older woman up in a large tree pruning. I vowed at that point to climb trees in my forties. Now that I’m mid- fifties, climbing bigger trees doesn’t feel so comfortable any more. I can’t believe I’m admitting this. Today pruning this twenty foot fig tree I’ve pruned for the last five years, getting up in the higher branches just didn’t seem like a good idea. I did most of it anyway.
I think it’s the first time in my thirty five years of gardening that I wondered why I never considered a desk job… That’s saying a lot isn’t it ? Maybe I just need to learn how to give over some tasks… But I can tell you gardeners, if you love it as an occupation now, you’ll love it even more as the years go on. Gardening has so much diversity and constant learning experiences . If you want to be challenged, it will do it.

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