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Hands-on Workshop: Building a Solar Water Heater, Sept. 6-7

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Dear Relatives,

Hope everyone will help us spread the word!
thanks!
For a Solar Future,
Paul

Hands-on Workshop: Building a Solar Water Heater

The Long Branch Environmental Education Center is sponsoring a hands-on workshop with inventor Walt Clark on Building a Solar Water Heater September 6-7, 2008 from 9am to 5pm at the Center in the Big Sandy Mush Creek Community in northwest Buncombe County.

The design is an Integrated Passive Solar Water Heating System (IPSWH), also known as a Batch System, Breadbox Solar Water Heater, or Integrated Collector and Storage System (ICS).
It will feature the use of 3-40 gallon water heating tanks plumbed in series that will be able to generate 175 degrees F. on a sunny day and provide 80% of a residence’s needs.
The design is the essence of simplicity: Put water holding tanks in an insulated box, with glass on the side facing south and fill it with water.
No moving parts, nothing to break down, free fuel and no pollution.
This user-friendly design is extremely practical for homeowners, students and novices.
No prior building skills necessary, though architects, engineers, and building contractors are welcome, and everyone is welcome to bring along their carpentry and plumbing tools.

Workshop leader is Walt Clark, a solar designer, inventor, and builder with over 35 years of experience who holds an international patent on a unique solar device.

Issues to be covered include:
• Introduction - defining passive solar water heaters, classification of types
• A History of IPSWHs - U.S. history of first solar water heaters and first commercial solar water heaters
• Basic Design Principles - radiation, available solar energy in various parts of U.S., emmitance, absorption, reflection, transmissivity, reflector types, conduction, convection
• IPSWH Design - placement, performance related to slope and orientation, color, heat retention, glazing layers, shutters, shades, insulation, reflectors, sizing, hot water needs, backup system, construction, concepts for virtually free solar water heaters, concepts for advanced solar water heaters
• Operating an IPSWH - reflector adjustment, open lids, conservation or staging of hot water use
• Backup Heating - wood stoves and heaters, gas, electric, flash heaters
• Building Your Own - step by step guide to designing and building your own solar water heater including safety considerations
• The Future is for IPSWHs - energy costs keep rising!

Cost for the workshop is $50 and will be limited to 15 attendees. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

Please call or email Paul Gallimore at 828 683 3662 or paul@longbrancheec.org to ensure a place and get directions.

“Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not plant, that you will not live to harvest.”

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Dear Relatives,

Thought you might enjoy this one from the late 60s!
Here are a few of my favorite lines:

“Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.”

May All Beings Be Happy!
Paul

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Manifesto for the Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion — put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

– Wendell Berry in the Whole Earth Catalogue, 1969, Page 25)

For conservation and sustainability,


Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
Tel. 828/683-3662 Fax: 828/683-9211
E-mail: paul@LongBranchEEC.org
Web Site: www.LongBranchEEC.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org

“To restore the land one must live and work in a place.
To work in a place is to work with others.
People who work together in a place become a community,
and a community, in time, grows a culture.
To work on behalf of the wild is to restore culture.”
– Gary Snyder