I’m attaching some info about me that you requested. It’s what I put on my profile on wordpress but i’m not sure the avalonfarm bloggers ever see that anyway:
My educational background in biology, chemistry and environmental engineering, has provided me great opportunities to pursue some very interesting hobbies.
I’ve been interested in all kinds of alternative energy for several years. In 2004, this interest prompted me to take a 10-week internet course on the Design and Installation of Photovoltaics from Solar Energy International of Carbondale, Colorado. This was followed by a one week hands-on workshop at The Farm, a cooperative in Summertown. TN. While this probably gave me just enough information to be dangerous, my mode of operation tends to be more on the side of ‘jack of all trades and master of none’ so that suits me just fine.
This training led to an acute awareness of the need for conservation and the extremely cost-effective world of passive solar techniques. Conservation costs very little or nothing and saves energy on the front end and passive solar hot water is relatively cheap and pays for itself in 3 to 5 years.
Recent rises in gas prices brought home the need for alternative fuels and a new interest in biodiesel, particularly the use of 100% vegetable oil and small batch refined biodiesel.
Finally, my dream of one day having a home at Avalon Farms has led to other interests in wind and hydroelectric energy. I look forward to learning more about alternative energy from participants of this blog and hope to bring some of these projects to fruition with participant help and suggestions.