Luke split his hive before our open house and made them mad. They were stinging us all. Yesterday he made splits with new queen cells. I think he got 10 good ones out of one hive. They have calmed down. He fed that hive some kind of secret potion last february and it just produces brood like crazy since then. It’s an extremely strong hive. I hope he doesn’t mess up changing queens…
As for speaking, he does really well. He teaches a lot when we have university students here. He usually teaches some of the water purification, sometimes bee keeping, though the universities are shying away from those classes because of liabilities of getting stung.
Also, to keep the number of posts down, I’ll stick this in here.
We made the paper today. Jakob and his tractor made the front page. The rest of us are on page 5A. Here’s a link to it. Maybe you can find the stuff on page 5A (I couldn’t).
And here is a copy of what I could copy and paste out of the newspaper website in case you can’t get to it without a subscription.:
ADAPTech celebrates appropriate technology in Randolph County
Jakob North stands beside his tractor which uses gasified charcoal and water for fuel.
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:10 am | Updated: 10:22 am, Wed May 23, 2018.
By Sarah Corson
Hidden among the hills and hollers of Randolph County are some marvels that many people would travel hundreds of miles to see. Yet some of us who live here have never visited many of the amazing places within a few miles from our homes.
One of these places is the North family homestead. Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, they invited everyone to an open house of the organization they founded, ADAPTech, short for Advancing Development with Applied Practical Technology. They have built dozens of technology models aimed at meeting basic human needs—water, food, shelter, income, health, sanitation, energy, and most of all, hope, in today’s world. The North family also incorporates these technology models they use in teaching into their daily life.
Yes, they produce fresh vegetables in abundance. Many of us have already discovered their neat produce stand. But that is just the beginning. The parents, Billy and Erika North, have been associated with SIFAT for 30 years since their teenage years. They are graduates of SIFAT, former staff members, and continue to have a close relationship with SIFAT as trainers. A model of appropriate technology for daily life is a reality right here among us.
The Norths’ home and ten-acre property have become a classroom for learning technologies that are sustainable and ecologically sound. Led by their Christian faith, their four children are as motivated and involved as the parents to change the world for the poor and to teach models of providing our daily needs that protect the earth from degradation for future generations. Each of the children has a different technology they have studied in depth and then built.
Jesse, just turned 9 years old, is already a real expert in pumping water with falling water. He has built different models of a ram pump, one of which is now pumping water from a stream at the bottom of a hill up to the other projects that need water in the yard. No electricity or gasoline is involved. It is powered by falling water.
Naomi, age 12, uses appropriate technology in producing food. She designed a beautiful garden that fills their front yard with plants and incorporates many appropriate technologies such as composting and vermiculture-raising earthworms—to make the very best organic fertilizers. The beautiful border around the garden is a rock wall, with rocks held in place between cattle fence panels. A sidewalk, made of earthen cement, meanders through the garden up to a bench under the shade of a plum tree, a favorite spot for reading.
Jakob, age 14, is captivated with how burning charcoal mixed with water produces a gas that can run an engine. After attending several seminars and much study, he has turned a 70-year-old tractor into a machine that works by burning charcoal in a gasifier mounted on the tractor. The family also has a pickup truck that runs on wood gas by building a wood fire in a heater mounted in the back of the truck.
Like I said, there is more in the paper but I can’t seem to find it in the online version…Also, It’s always amazing how often news people get stuff wrong. I have been in the paper dozens of times and have never seen them get it all right. Makes you think about the news you consume…