May 26, 2013

Seedling & OBX Update

As the seedlings were growing, it was a good of a time as any to skip town to the beach. Our early summer destination for the past few years has been the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

I couldn’t wait to visit my favorite earth-friendly brewery with the windmill, or as they say “The World’s First Wind Powered Brew Pub”-The Outer Banks Brew Station.
Outer Banks Brewing Station

Outer Banks Brewing Station windmill
You can always read up on wind power on your own time, but my favorite facts about this particular wind turbine are (from their site):
  • Maximum designed wind speed is 135mph
  • The turbine supplements the power and saves them between $150 and $250 per month on their electric bill (depending on the month). They use 100% of the power the turbine generates.
  • The turbine cost approximately $50,000.
  • At $200/month using the Net Present Value method, it will pay for itself in about 11 years.
  • It is designed for 30 plus years of service and has a 10 year warranty.
  • This system will offset approximately 1.2 tons of air pollutants and 250 tons of greenhouse gases over its operating life.
Annnddd…they serve delicious brews and food on top of that!

Here’s another windmill I spied while hiking the dunes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park:
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Some interesting facts about the park (from their site):
  • They are the tallest natural sand dunes in the Eastern United States
  • On average, the sand is 25-30 degrees hotter than the air temperature!
  • The park encompasses 420 acres, and includes a 1.5 mile trail, a 360 foot long boardwalk, and 1 mile nature trail
I came home to find that the seedlings had mostly survived my vacation, as I had forgot to assign anyone watering duty!

Here are some pics before the big replanting-to-garden session next week.  Hopefully all the seedlings overcome the vacation drought and are ready to go into the vermicomposty ground soon!
organic seedlings

organic seedlings
PS- Guess who also had a great time at the beach and dunes?
organic dogs

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