Guest post by Carl L. McWilliams
North American Solar Network, PBC (under formation)
Earth Keepers, PBC, (under formation)
New Castle Town Manager Tom Baker and Post Independent columnist Ross Talbott, are cognizant of specific “solar powered incubator testing” this winter at my home on Silt Mesa.
Today I publicly announce to We the People of Garfield County, that passive solar energy critical mass was reached for one hour at 5:00 a.m. on the morning of February 27, 2014, on the front lawn of our home on the Silt Mesa, as our Solar Powered Non-GMO Victory Garden utilized 100% passive solar energy (no grid connection) in 32-degree, freezing ambient temperatures, to artificially create a “false spring” inside the containment chamber of the Non-GMO Victory Garden, quite similar to an artificial rainforest, all powered by low-tech passive solar energy.
My Solar Powered Non-GMO Victory Garden is constructed from Colorado pine beetle kill logs, sourced and milled especially for this project by Kathy at K&K Lumber in Silt, and assembled with hardware purchased from Mr. T’S in New Castle, from the relocated Fred’s Hardware in Rifle, and also hardware from Tim’s Tool’s and Hi-Way Feed & Ranch Supply in Silt. The solar sink medium is well water — not fracking fluids.
This pine beetle kill lumber and the hardware was transported to our home on Silt Mesa in a 1997 Jeep Wagoner, insured by Dee McGowan of Rifle, and assembled in our typical Silt Mesa tool shed by my wife Karen and I.
I comfortably assert to all of We the People of Garfield County that our Solar Powered Non-GMO Victory Garden has an economic development potential for Garfield County, quite similar to the economic impact the Apple-Macintosh had upon Silicon Valley in the late 1980’s.
Therefore I, as representative of the McWilliams family of Silt Mesa, propose to share 50% of the pre-tax profits of our Solar Powered Non-GMO Victory Garden with We the People of Garfield County through a public benefit corporation platform. Additionally, wherever I take this 2014 Economic Redevelopment Plan for Garfield County, $25/hour living-wage jobs will follow.
*FTS: Last fall Karen McWilliams and her granddaughters sprouted lettuce and parsley plants from non-GMO seeds. Karen and Carl planted the seedlings in the greenhouse in November. Since then the plants grew through the winter months and were allowed to go to seed to illustrate their full maturity. McWilliams will not allow the actual design of the Non-GMO Victory Garden to be photographed because of “Ricardo’s Comparative Advantage” — whatever that means. However I did witness him cut the connection to the grid so it is impossible for the plants to survive without passive solar energy.