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SUN Newz & Current Events / Re: Greetings Heliopaths!
« Last post by Gypsymamba on March 20, 2017, 03:56:24 PM »
Thanks for the help with the embed codes!

[html]embed code[html]

Got it :)

And yes... let's get this forum rolling!

:) GM
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SUN Newz & Current Events / Greetings Heliopaths!
« Last post by RE on March 20, 2017, 02:28:02 PM »
I'm dropping in to say hi to all newbies to SUN☼.  I'm glad to see this Forum awakening from slumber.  :D

I was asked to see if it is possible with the current set of add-ons to the SMF software that runs the forum if it's possible to embed Videos, and it IS! Just there is no button to do it on the menu bar so you have to do it manually using the ]html[  and ]/html[  tags surrounding the embed code (reverse the square brackets I used here to explain)

We will see about adding some more widgets to help with doing this sort of thing in the future.

Meanwhile, here's Eddie's new Bacon on the Hoof just born on his SUN☼stead!


RE
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Food / Re: Eddie's Baby Mangalitsas
« Last post by Gypsymamba on March 20, 2017, 12:50:00 PM »
Thanks for sharing, Eddie!  It looks like things are really working out well for you as a pig farmer! :)

I'll see what I can do to help with the Video URL embeds.

HUGS!!!

GM
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Food / Eddie's Baby Mangalitsas
« Last post by Eddie on March 20, 2017, 12:13:24 PM »
I don't seem to be able to embed video urls on the SUN forum.

Here's a link to a short video of my Mangalitsa babies, born last Thursday.

I am down to eight in this litter after mama laid on a couple of them, a common problem with big litters.

http://youtu.be/yekys-nI2xE

Eat Them to Save Them
How does a pig go from being the most popular and commonly-raised breed in the mid-1800s to near extinction by the 1990s? The answer lies in the fat. Mangalica are “lard type” pigs, and before vegetable oils were introduced, lard was the cooking medium of choice. Lard was used in cooking, candles, soap and cosmetics. Even industrial lubricants and explosives were produced from this valuable fat. Lard fell from favor in the mid-20th century when modern science declared that saturated fats were dangerous to human health. However, lard has less saturated fat and more unsaturated fat than an equal amount of butter, and contains no trans fat, unlike margarine, vegetable shortenings and hydrogenated fats. And lard has been seeing a comeback in recent years, as chefs realize that no other cooking medium has the qualities and flavor of lard. Foodies and farmers are rehabilitating the reputation of lard, and science is even reexamining the studies on lard.

But in Hungary, by the mid-20th century, there was little value placed on the odd and stout woolly pig that generations had raised for its creamy lard. Industrial farming techniques were being introduced and the Mangalica was not well-suited to the new intensive style of agriculture. The pig requires lots of space and access to the outdoors, and is uniquely protected from the cold weather of the Hungarian Steppe by its fleecy coat. Also, the Mangalica grows slower than the leaner and meatier breeds that began to replace it, and fewer farmers wanted to take the time. Also working against it, the Mangalica produces fewer piglets than the lean superstars of industrial farming. All good reasons to stop raising Mangalica pigs, and as traditional farming fell by the wayside, the Mangalica became less and less common a sight at Hungarian farms.

In the early 1990s there were just 198 Mangalica pigs left and a Hungarian animal geneticist became alarmed. He began a program that encouraged dedicated farmers to keep the breed alive, and raise the pigs on pastureland in the traditional way. Cooperatives of farmers were formed to protect the breed, and over 20 years, as the numbers stabilized, traditional Mangalica sausage with sweet paprika became available in the Hungarian markets again. When people stop eating a breed, farmers stop raising the animals. Thus, the seemingly contradictory logic of the phrase: “Eat them to save them.” Today there are over 50,000 Mangalica pigs available annually, which still makes them a very special and limited breed, but well out of the danger zone for extinction. There are even a few specialized farmers raising Mangalica pigs in the United States today. And Slow Food, an international organization that preserves traditional foods, endangered animal breeds, and stands against the industrialization of food has listed the Mangalica pig in its Ark of Taste, recognizing it as a breed worth saving (and eating). 

Eating Mangalica
The Mangalica is one of the fattiest pigs in the world; on average 65-70% of the carcass is fat, and lean meat is only 30 - 35% of the carcass, compared to over 50% in modern breeds. But that meat is considered among the tastiest pork in the world. The meat of the Mangalica pig is reddish, highly marbled with creamy white fat, and is high in omega-3 fatty acids and natural antioxidants. This is due to the natural diet of forage, wheat, corn and barley. Mangalica lard is lighter, and melts at a lower temperature, than lard from other pigs, because it contains more unsaturated fat. In Hungary, most Mangalica pork becomes sausage or salami. Because of the high fat content, cured Mangalica pork products can spend a longer time drying, which deepens the flavor without losing moisture.

In Spain, traditional ham makers discovered that Mangalica is ideal for the long, air-cured process that makes their hams famous around the world. A leg of Mangalica pork can age for up to 3 ˝ years, while maintaining a moist and pliant texture, a rich, deep red color and complex taste. While the Mangalica pig will never be raised in great numbers, and as an artisanal product costs more than other heritage breed pork, it is gaining adherents who relish the intense flavor and abundant fat. Chefs across the United States have increasingly been serving Mangalica in both fresh and cured forms. If people keep eating them, it’s safe to say that the Mangalica is back and fatter than ever.


http://www.dartagnan.com/mangalica-pig-heritage-pork.html
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Everything Under the Sun / WELCOME! Introduce yourself here :)
« Last post by Gypsymamba on March 20, 2017, 11:09:26 AM »
 :) :) :) Welcome to the SUN Forum!

Please take a moment to tell us a bit about yourself.  Why are you here?  Where do you live?  What are you interested in discussing here? What are your hobbies?  What is your passion?  Share it all here.  Get to know your fellow forum members.
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Community / The Greenhouse of the Future: SUN's first official BUILD!!!
« Last post by Gypsymamba on March 18, 2017, 01:02:42 PM »
Join SUN on Thursday, May 4 from 6:00- 7:30 PM at the Inman Library located at 50 Mill St, Inman, South Carolina 29349 for a public viewing of the "Greenhouse of the Future" DVD! SUN has proposed to the City of Inman, SC the building of an Earthship Greenhouse within the Inman Community Garden located on Bishop Street. Come view this DVD with SUN, members of the Inman City Council and the Mayor's Youth Council to learn the step by step construction process of the greenhouse.

This 70 minute DVD will take us through the building process, step by step, with detailed explanations about how the greenhouse and its alternative building materials work.

An Earthship Greenhouse's materials include used tires, soil, glass and lumber, among other non-traditional supplies.

A short discussion about the Greenhouse will be open to the public for comment after the video.

Visit our facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/Sun4Living

Visit our Facebook Event Page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/230772090660039/
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Everything Under the Sun / Re: SUN software updates
« Last post by Palloy on January 04, 2017, 03:23:01 AM »
4 Jan 2017
Updated WordPress to 4.7 OK
Updated WP-plugins OK
Updated WP-Themes OK
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Everything Under the Sun / SUN software updates
« Last post by Palloy on January 04, 2017, 03:04:17 AM »
This thread is for announcing/logging updates to the software running the SUN Blog and this SUN Forum.
Please do NOT report problems here, because I don't come here often.
Instead report problems on the DD Forum in CyberSecurity > DD Updates Log, making it clear that it is happening on SUN.
Thank you.


First Report, 4 Jan 2017

Updated PHP to 5.6.29
Index page reports serious security error! - upgrade.php has not been deleted.
Has nobody seen this before?  It has been outstanding for 2 years, since SMF 2.0.0 came in.
Deleted upgrade.php , upgrade_1-0.sql , upgrade_1-1.sql , upgrade_2-0_mysql.sql , upgrade_2-0_postgresql.sql , upgrade_2-0_sqlite.sql

SMF is at 2.0.11  (DON'T do the 2.0.12 upgrade, because it has the brown spot problem)
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Everything Under the Sun / Our Vision for SUN: A letter from our CEO
« Last post by Gypsymamba on October 03, 2016, 09:10:01 PM »
Vision: Greetings and welcome to the SUN☼Project

Sustaining Universal Needs (SUN☼) is a USA based, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, dedicated to the implementation of regenerative agricultural practices and critical infrastructure for long-term local sustainability. SUN☼ non-profit operates as an educational outreach organization. SUN☼ supports and helps to facilitate the community that surrounds it.  It ‘gives back’ to the community through teaching others about the importance of farming, gardening and by offering desirable and necessary goods.   

SUN☼ is a project that has grown from many years of discussions by our team on problems faced by industrial society.  These problems have become increasingly evident with each passing day’s headlines in economics, geopolitics, environment and social issues. What we have come to realize is we need to re-imagine the communities we already have to make them more sustainable in a world with lower available energy per capita.

The best place to begin such a re-imagination is in the smaller towns of America, like Inman, South Carolina. How do we create SUN☼Spot eco-villages and make them economically viable?  That is the question we seek to answer in creating sustainable communities which will match the actual amount of per capita energy we will have available in the future.
Resilience, Preparedness and Sustainability for any individual or community does not occur at just one level.  There are short term, medium term and long term considerations, of which the first is to prepare for short term disruptions to the supply lines which enable our industrial society and culture to function.

The recent gasoline pipeline rupture in Alabama disrupted the supply of gasoline to the southeast, resulting in shortages right here in Inman, as well as many other towns.  Fortunately the delivery disruption was fairly short lived and alternative means of delivering gasoline to the Inman community were implemented quickly.  However, what if such a disruption lasted longer?  What if alternative delivery methods could not quickly substitute for the primary method?  What if the shortages are not localized, but more widespread?  For how long can normal life continue to function in the event of a serious disruption in the flow of energy?
More common disruptions are weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes and floods.  Every year all of these disasters hit some community, and one never knows when such a calamity will strike home.  Without a plan to survive short term disruption, medium and longer term plans cannot be implemented until immediate needs are met.

Do you have a plan for electricity outages of a week or more?  Do you have a plan for housing people whose homes have been washed away in a flood?  Do you have a building or structure suitable for a storm shelter for your population during the worst periods of a violent storm such as Katrina or Sandy?  Does your community have a building that can withstand an F5 Tornado like the one that hit the community of Joplin,  Missouri?

Constructing such a building is not beyond the means of a small town.
AT SUN☼, we seek to offer structures that meet these requirements of great strength and durability at an affordable economical cost.  They are Monolithic Domes and Ferro-cement domes insulated with polyurethane, which can be constructed to virtually any size, from small individual shelters the size of a garden tool shed to full churches, basketball arenas, or even warehouse sizes.
As just a storm shelter, such a large structure would not be an economical thing to build, even though the price comes in low compared to similarly sized metal buildings or brick and mortar buildings.  However, this type of large building has multiple uses beyond just a storm shelter.  It can function as a community center, conference room, lecture hall, community theater and Youth center.  Because of the open planning possible in a self-supporting dome, domes can support multiple uses.

In beginning SUN☼Spot in Inman, developing such a Storm and Disaster Preparedness shelter is a first step in the process of developing Sustainability and Resilience at the Community level, for the Short Term issues we face due to infrastructure failures and extreme weather events.

Beyond providing shelter for disaster preparedness, SUN☼ hopes to be a beacon for those who are interested in natural living and sustainable agriculture.  This is an investment designed to foster stability in an increasingly volatile and unpredictable world. SUN☼ will contain a real, live, working farm, with an estimated 250 people who help the farm to thrive. Real-life occupants (those who live on and help maintain the grounds of SUN☼), volunteers or SUN☼ employees will volunteer to give visitors a tour of one of our many gardens and demonstration sites during scheduled events throughout the year, as well as offer the opportunity to participate in many of our community outreach educational programs. 

Classes on topics such as composting, raising livestock, raising poultry, fermentation, permaculture, aquaponics, medicinal herb identification and implementation will be offered. “How To” classes and demonstrations on DIY/ (how to create)  skincare items such as salves, lotions & soaps will attract those interested in personal health, style and personal care items.  Experts will offer advice and instruction about bamboo, plant care, hugelkultur and  more, welcoming locals and visitors.  Schools will be encouraged to bring students to visit SUN☼ on field-trips.  SUN☼ will offer summer camps and will be a magnet for art festivals featuring painters, potters, jewelry makers, photographers, knitters, weavers and  more.

SUN☼ will offer tours of large modern community buildings (such as monolithic domes, and other natural buildings), permaculture gardens, rotationally-grazed animals (cattle/cows, pigs, chickens, etc.), and community gardens.  SUN☼ will guide visitors through orchards, fruit and nut trees, fruit shrubs and perennials. Visitors may stay overnight in campers, yurts, tents and campgrounds.  Examples of greenhouses, wind/solar (etc.) technology, ponds and tanks stocked with fish will be available to visit. The tranquil, peaceful setting will flow naturally with running waters and springs, and the land will smile with myriads of flowering and medicinal plants.

SUN☼ will provide workshops, open-air markets, overnight accommodations, bamboo forests, open woods (for hiking, walking and meditation), concerts, performances, song/dancing/festivals and an overall interesting and lively community attraction.  SUN☼ will help to boost the surrounding area’s local economy, and provide a model or resilient living based on local resources.  Drawing visitors and tourists from across the region will greatly enhance the vitality of the surrounding town. SUN☼ will offer a mobile food truck, providing healthy food choices to the local festivals and county fairs. SUN☼ is an investment in people, empowering them to face and solve the problems posed by a post fossil fuel, environmentally degraded world. SUN☼ is an investment in the land. SUN☼ is an investment in community.

Residents of the community surrounding the boundaries of SUN☼ will be encouraged and invited to become a part of a cooperative along the lines of a CSA, or community supported agriculture. Food, herbal medicines, ferments, soaps and beauty products, and other items encouraging health and well-being will be delivered weekly or monthly to those who buy into the cooperative program.  Local businesses, especially restaurants, are highly encouraged to become members of the cooperative and will also be offered the opportunity to rent a parcel of land from SUN☼ for their own garden space.  Individuals interested in the rental of land for their own gardening needs are welcome as well.

Potentially viable LLP ventures could include dairy production, tree crops, bamboo crops, natural buildings and shelters, school/church/community gardens, hydroponics, aquaponics, ferments, bee keeping, natural medicinals and more. Community members will have the option to rent or purchase a parcel of land which they may use to place seasonal or year-round temporary housing for use while working alongside SUN☼. 

Stacking multiple businesses, families, partnerships, upon one credit base alleviates enormous financial and economic pressures. This is achieved as a number of people of various expertise with mutual support of one another (both financially and materially) work together on land capable of abundance.  Necessary for success as well is a concern and love for the Earth, a thriving community and ecosystems amidst a people capable of changing the terms of the American Dream in a coming century of change.

We welcome you to discuss the original concepts with us along with the current direction we are taking and use this discussion to continue evolving and improving the project.  SUN☼ is not static, it evolves and it will continue to evolve over time, and adapt to the situations we face as they occur.  That above all is the goal of SUN☼, to develop resilience and adaptability in the face of changes which are already upon us, like it or not. 

Sincerely,

John Litter
Chief Executive Officer
The Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation
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SUN Newz & Current Events / Our Vision for SUN
« Last post by Gypsymamba on October 03, 2016, 09:07:42 PM »
Vision: Greetings and welcome to the SUN☼Project

Sustaining Universal Needs (SUN☼) is a USA based, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, dedicated to the implementation of regenerative agricultural practices and critical infrastructure for long-term local sustainability. SUN☼ non-profit operates as an educational outreach organization. SUN☼ supports and helps to facilitate the community that surrounds it.  It ‘gives back’ to the community through teaching others about the importance of farming, gardening and by offering desirable and necessary goods.   
SUN☼ is a project that has grown from many years of discussions by our team on problems faced by industrial society.  These problems have become increasingly evident with each passing day’s headlines in economics, geopolitics, environment and social issues. What we have come to realize is we need to re-imagine the communities we already have to make them more sustainable in a world with lower available energy per capita.

The best place to begin such a re-imagination is in the smaller towns of America, like Inman, South Carolina. How do we create SUN☼Spot eco-villages and make them economically viable?  That is the question we seek to answer in creating sustainable communities which will match the actual amount of per capita energy we will have available in the future.
Resilience, Preparedness and Sustainability for any individual or community does not occur at just one level.  There are short term, medium term and long term considerations, of which the first is to prepare for short term disruptions to the supply lines which enable our industrial society and culture to function.

The recent gasoline pipeline rupture in Alabama disrupted the supply of gasoline to the southeast, resulting in shortages right here in Inman, as well as many other towns.  Fortunately the delivery disruption was fairly short lived and alternative means of delivering gasoline to the Inman community were implemented quickly.  However, what if such a disruption lasted longer?  What if alternative delivery methods could not quickly substitute for the primary method?  What if the shortages are not localized, but more widespread?  For how long can normal life continue to function in the event of a serious disruption in the flow of energy?

More common disruptions are weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes and floods.  Every year all of these disasters hit some community, and one never knows when such a calamity will strike home.  Without a plan to survive short term disruption, medium and longer term plans cannot be implemented until immediate needs are met.

Do you have a plan for electricity outages of a week or more?  Do you have a plan for housing people whose homes have been washed away in a flood?  Do you have a building or structure suitable for a storm shelter for your population during the worst periods of a violent storm such as Katrina or Sandy?  Does your community have a building that can withstand an F5 Tornado like the one that hit the community of Joplin,  Missouri?

Constructing such a building is not beyond the means of a small town.
AT SUN☼, we seek to offer structures that meet these requirements of great strength and durability at an affordable economical cost.  They are Monolithic Domes and Ferro-cement domes insulated with polyurethane, which can be constructed to virtually any size, from small individual shelters the size of a garden tool shed to full churches, basketball arenas, or even warehouse sizes.

As just a storm shelter, such a large structure would not be an economical thing to build, even though the price comes in low compared to similarly sized metal buildings or brick and mortar buildings.  However, this type of large building has multiple uses beyond just a storm shelter.  It can function as a community center, conference room, lecture hall, community theater and Youth center.  Because of the open planning possible in a self-supporting dome, domes can support multiple uses.

In beginning SUN☼Spot in Inman, developing such a Storm and Disaster Preparedness shelter is a first step in the process of developing Sustainability and Resilience at the Community level, for the Short Term issues we face due to infrastructure failures and extreme weather events.

Beyond providing shelter for disaster preparedness, SUN☼ hopes to be a beacon for those who are interested in natural living and sustainable agriculture.  This is an investment designed to foster stability in an increasingly volatile and unpredictable world. SUN☼ will contain a real, live, working farm, with an estimated 250 people who help the farm to thrive. Real-life occupants (those who live on and help maintain the grounds of SUN☼), volunteers or SUN☼ employees will volunteer to give visitors a tour of one of our many gardens and demonstration sites during scheduled events throughout the year, as well as offer the opportunity to participate in many of our community outreach educational programs. 

Classes on topics such as composting, raising livestock, raising poultry, fermentation, permaculture, aquaponics, medicinal herb identification and implementation will be offered. “How To” classes and demonstrations on DIY/ (how to create)  skincare items such as salves, lotions & soaps will attract those interested in personal health, style and personal care items.  Experts will offer advice and instruction about bamboo, plant care, hugelkultur and  more, welcoming locals and visitors.  Schools will be encouraged to bring students to visit SUN☼ on field-trips.  SUN☼ will offer summer camps and will be a magnet for art festivals featuring painters, potters, jewelry makers, photographers, knitters, weavers and  more.

SUN☼ will offer tours of large modern community buildings (such as monolithic domes, and other natural buildings), permaculture gardens, rotationally-grazed animals (cattle/cows, pigs, chickens, etc.), and community gardens.  SUN☼ will guide visitors through orchards, fruit and nut trees, fruit shrubs and perennials. Visitors may stay overnight in campers, yurts, tents and campgrounds.  Examples of greenhouses, wind/solar (etc.) technology, ponds and tanks stocked with fish will be available to visit. The tranquil, peaceful setting will flow naturally with running waters and springs, and the land will smile with myriads of flowering and medicinal plants.

SUN☼ will provide workshops, open-air markets, overnight accommodations, bamboo forests, open woods (for hiking, walking and meditation), concerts, performances, song/dancing/festivals and an overall interesting and lively community attraction.  SUN☼ will help to boost the surrounding area’s local economy, and provide a model or resilient living based on local resources.  Drawing visitors and tourists from across the region will greatly enhance the vitality of the surrounding town. SUN☼ will offer a mobile food truck, providing healthy food choices to the local festivals and county fairs. SUN☼ is an investment in people, empowering them to face and solve the problems posed by a post fossil fuel, environmentally degraded world. SUN☼ is an investment in the land. SUN☼ is an investment in community.

Residents of the community surrounding the boundaries of SUN☼ will be encouraged and invited to become a part of a cooperative along the lines of a CSA, or community supported agriculture. Food, herbal medicines, ferments, soaps and beauty products, and other items encouraging health and well-being will be delivered weekly or monthly to those who buy into the cooperative program.  Local businesses, especially restaurants, are highly encouraged to become members of the cooperative and will also be offered the opportunity to rent a parcel of land from SUN☼ for their own garden space.  Individuals interested in the rental of land for their own gardening needs are welcome as well.

Potentially viable LLP ventures could include dairy production, tree crops, bamboo crops, natural buildings and shelters, school/church/community gardens, hydroponics, aquaponics, ferments, bee keeping, natural medicinals and more. Community members will have the option to rent or purchase a parcel of land which they may use to place seasonal or year-round temporary housing for use while working alongside SUN☼. 

Stacking multiple businesses, families, partnerships, upon one credit base alleviates enormous financial and economic pressures. This is achieved as a number of people of various expertise with mutual support of one another (both financially and materially) work together on land capable of abundance.  Necessary for success as well is a concern and love for the Earth, a thriving community and ecosystems amidst a people capable of changing the terms of the American Dream in a coming century of change.
We welcome you to discuss the original concepts with us along with the current direction we are taking and use this discussion to continue evolving and improving the project.  SUN☼ is not static, it evolves and it will continue to evolve over time, and adapt to the situations we face as they occur.  That above all is the goal of SUN☼, to develop resilience and adaptability in the face of changes which are already upon us, like it or not. 

Sincerely,

John Litter
Chief Executive Officer
The Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation
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