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Ant Village Journal #4: Allerton Abbey Part 1

I have taken the lead on a large project here at Wheaton Labs, updating and renovating the first Wofati, which is now known as Allerton Abbey. We are going to replace the existing stick walls with straw bale and cob, as well as covering a large portion of the structure in cob and plaster, and doing some upgrades to the insulation umbrella, which is key to making the annualized thermal inertia concept work. Natural building experts Ernie and Erica Wisner came out for a week to teach us the skills needed to complete what is turning out to be a very complicated build. We are just getting started on this project, so stay tuned for part 2.

If you would like to follow the project day by day, I am keeping a journal and posting pictures out on the Wheaton Labs forum at


Earth Care Design: Answers to Your Permaculture Questions

I have just launched a new service at where people can submit their questions about gardening and permaculture, and I will help them find the answers.  I’ve spent the last 4 years dedicating my life to studying permaculture, following my passion to learn all I can about this system of design which I truly believe has the power to change the world for the better.  More and more, people are coming to me with questions about their gardens, or how to use more permaculture in their lives, so I am taking that as a cue to start sharing what I have learned in a bigger way. is the portal for that mission.  All the information is shared free of charge, with donations gladly accepted and much appreciated.  My hope is that as this service grows, it will help me transition to a right livelihood in which I am fully supported through sharing my knowledge and passion for permaculture.