Wisconsin Historic Property Tax Credits

This last summer, we’ve been taking advantage of historic property tax credits to help subsidize the repairs to our historic Cooksville home. This process isn’t complicated and can net you up to 20 percent of the costs associated with the construction project. Here I’ll outline some information I used to apply for this tax credit. … More Wisconsin Historic Property Tax Credits

Workshops: Earthbag Walipini Greenhouse Construction; 29 Oct., 4 & 12 Nov.; Free

We’re building an earthbag walipini greenhouse this fall and we’d like you to join us for the process. This type of greenhouse is buried in the ground to take advantage of the thermal mass of the earth to moderate temperatures in the summer and winter. You’ll get experience building with earthbags — sandbags with a … More Workshops: Earthbag Walipini Greenhouse Construction; 29 Oct., 4 & 12 Nov.; Free

Das Bienenhaus (The Bee House) Information from the Swiss Village Archives — Part II

Yesterday I described the Bienenhaus (bee house) at the Swiss Historical Village in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Today I am providing PDFs of four resources from their archives. Thanks again to the folks at the Swiss Historical Village for access to these materials. Their bee house was donated by the Barth family and in the archive … More Das Bienenhaus (The Bee House) Information from the Swiss Village Archives — Part II

Das Bienenhaus (The Bee House) at the Swiss Historical Village– Part I

In Switzerland and other German-speaking Alpine regions, bees were traditionally kept in large, purpose-built sheds. Since the 1970s, their popularity has declined as they were overtaken by Langstroth and other cheaper beehive configurations. I’ve been interested in this type of beehive because they are aesthetically pleasing and may provide better winter survival as the colonies … More Das Bienenhaus (The Bee House) at the Swiss Historical Village– Part I

Workshops: DIY Solar Water Heating, Jul. 29/Aug. 12, Free/$10

This year our major research project is a DIY solar water heating system that will provide both domestic hot water and space heating. As these two activities account for the majority of domestic energy use, they are low-hanging fruit for cutting our use of fossil fuels. We will be building and experimenting with approachable solar … More Workshops: DIY Solar Water Heating, Jul. 29/Aug. 12, Free/$10