ArkFab is now operational. We have a location and several projects underway. Last week Liam moved into the ArkFab house located in the Edgewood neighborhood of East Atlanta. He is excited to join the collective house started by Iuval Clejan and Dav Frayne.
The house, and the .5 acre of land around it, is owned by our 501c3 nonprofit and is a liberated piece of land providing collective members a rent-free living space. This allows collective members to better focus their energy on the projects they care most about rather than have to seek out a job that dictates to them how they spend their time. Donations to ArkFab are tax deductible and we are currently seeking federal tax-exempt status to allow us to seek grants.
We are building a home in the city that is off the grid both as an experiment and as an attempt to improve our personal relationships with each other and our landbase instead of the Southern Company, Georgia Natural Gas, Kroger, and others. While self-sufficiency on such a small piece of land is unfeasible for more than one person (Iuval is trying hard!) community self-sufficiency is an exciting prospect. We're joining a vibrant community of gardeners and small-scale agriculturalists to create an autonomous local food system based on non-monetary exchange.
we have three beds of experimental upland ARKansas rice growing. highly carbonaceous food crop useful for mulching.
Iuval built a program using spreadsheets and a BASIC macro to optimize our planting schedules for nutritional profiles and land-use. We would like to continue to develop the program to include a geographic information system (GIS) to better optimize using information about soil type, intercropping, pH. The school of biointensive agriculture has been very helpful in providing us with datasets about plant productivity and basic heuristic devices (i.e. planting plants for mulch!). We're experimenting with the results from the program this season.
ArkFab is located on a 100 year flood plain. We installed these raised beds to avoid the floodwaters. They stack functions by creating natural chicken runs beneath them.
Living on land at the confluence of three streams is both a blessing and a curse. Stream water can provide for our irrigation, cooling, and hydroelectric needs, but frequent flooding threatens our livelihood. We are still working on a permaculture design to better understand how our house can integrate into the hydrology of the area.
hydroponics provides the opportunity for vertical gardening and in the future integrated fish production as aquaponics