One Community is a Highest Good of All green living and design organization creating the open source and free-shared blueprints for sustainable and self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be build around the world. Our idea of sustainability goes beyond the basics of food, energy, and housing to also include education, Highest Good business, social architecture, and regenerative and stewardship practices. This is our weekly progress update (#24) covering our accomplishments for the week of August 5th, 2013.
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This last week we completed the Large-scale Production Aquapini plant descriptions and food production projections. We also completed Walipini #2’s apple details compliments of our partners at Century Farm Orchards. Here are just 4 of them to demonstrate the diversity that we will be growing:
The Ashmead Kernal apple is one of the most unusual of all apples because it is completely covered with a thick russet. The flavor, however, is shockingly sweet and acidic and has been described as “fireworks for the palate.” You’ll never find this apple in the grocery store though because of its appearance and the fact that the apples tend to be erratic in size and on the small side. It ripens late September into October.
The Black Oxford apple is a deep purple (almost black) apple that is excellent for eating, cooking, and making cider. The apple is slightly ribbed and classically shaped, round to conical. Its unbroken peel has a faint grassy smell. The flesh of Black Oxford is dense and light yellow, firm, and with flavors that are mild and sweet followed by a prominent grassy aftertaste from the peel, which is chewy.
Also called Albemarle Pippin or Yellow Newtown Pippin, this apple was planted by both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson at their respective estates. Green Newtown Pippin fruit is large, skin yellow with a pink blush, and the flesh is yellow, firm, crisp, juicy, and subacid. Fruit ripens in October, and it stores quite well, often improving in flavor upon storage. This apple tree needs a loamy, friable soil to produce a high quality crop.
Burford’s Red Flesh has beautiful red flesh inside and crimson skin covered with light russeting. One of the venerable Tom Burford’s discoveries, this tree produces fall foliage that is a glowing and awe-inspiring orange-red. The apples are medium sized, crisp, juicy, tart, and sweeten in storage. These apples are especially great for ciders and making lovely red/pink sauces and chutneys.
More than any other apple, most older southerners remember the Horse apple. The tree is healthy, grows rapidly, and produces large crops of big apples late July into August. Flesh is yellow, soft (sometimes firm), uniquely tart, and will disappoint those who like sweet or hard apples. Fruit size is medium to large, yellow when ripe, possibly red on the sunny side. This apple makes great cider and cooks well too.
This last week we also integrated the SEGO Center roof design Andrew Sadera (Architect Drafter and Designer) created for the cupola and we finished the redo of all the walls in the Living Dome. Here are images:
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