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Make your own cement blocks

block makerFrank Aragona has an interesting company by the name of Agricultural Innovations. They are using technology to promote permaculture and sustainable practices throughout the United States and Latin America.

I was really impressed with the block press pictured to the right. Two people can make an average of 300 blocks in a day using this machine, which works on hand power. It requires a mix of 90% dirt and 10% cement, although the earth should have some clay and other minerals with agglutinating properties.

I just finished listening to episode 49 of his podcast, and if you like this subject it might be something worth checking out. He's got a good speaking voice and I like his style. I give his podcast two thumbs up.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Thanks for the link and the kind words. Seems like you would be a candidate for a podcast interview. If you are interested get in touch via the contact link on the web page.
Comment by Frank Aragona Fri Apr 24 09:40:53 2009

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