Whoa. This information about chicken tractors caught my attention while watching a Joel Salatin video.
The key part I want to draw attention to is at 29:47 in the video. Joel says (slightly edited for clarity) “Instead of spending thousands of dollars on grubicides and parasiticides we just collect an extra $100,000 worth of eggs as a byproduct of the ‘pest and sanitation program’ (chickens eating the bugs). Take a waste stream that has no value and make an enterprise out of it. An eggmobile (chicken tractor) is a perfect example. Grasshoppers, crickets and worms that have no value can be turned into eggs that have a lot of value. You can grow more animal protein per acre in insects than you can meat and milk. If you turn that protein into eggs then you can double your income per acre without sacrificing anything. And, the animals are healthier.”
An article at Permaculture News shows how to make a small eggmobile. Joel’s eggmobiles are much larger. Photo above is from their site.
“Twenty years ago when Ben Spee was looking for a “special” place to live, the Foundation Forteresse was planning to turn an old Dutch fort into a B&B. Spee moved in and spent the next 15 years helping turn a 19th-Century fortress – complete with moat – into a “special” place to spend the night.”
“Travis built his own Tiny House on Wheels. He started with a water damaged trailer and proceeded to build without any plans.”
“The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen Code) is Part 11 of the California Building Standards Code and is the first statewide “green” building code in the US.
The purpose of CALGreen is to improve public health, safety and general welfare by enhancing the design and construction of buildings through the use of building concepts having a reduced negative impact or positive environmental impact and encouraging sustainable construction practices in the following categories:
– Planning and design
– Energy efficiency
– Water efficiency and conservation
– Material conservation and resource efficiency
– Environmental quality
“Joseph Kennedy is an architectural designer, writer, artist and filmmaker who specializes in sustainable building, ecological design, and community development. After many years of teaching sustainable building techniques in Africa, Asia, Europe, United States and South America, he now teaches architecture at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Joe is a co-founder of the organization Builders Without Borders, and international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of local, affordable materials in construction. Widely published in journals, proceedings and books, he also co-edited The Art of Natural Building, now in its greatly expanded second edition.”
I heard about rammed earth and adobe houses of Vilcabamba in a tourism video of Ecuador. Vilcabamba is famous for its natural beauty, perfect climate and high percentage of centenarians. Intrigued, I did some searching around on the Internet and discovered the following natural homes of interest. This shows how easy it is to find sustainable homes built of natural materials in most parts of the world now.
Very good overview of bamboo joinery. Most books are skimpy on bamboo joinery. The whole house doesn’t haven’t to be built out of bamboo. You could build the roof, interior walls and/or just use bamboo for decorative purposes such as wall panels or drop grid ceilings.
“You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. “We have had to invent our own rules,” she says.”
Search our blog for several related stories about bamboo building in Bali.
“I recently had the chance to visit Jeremy’s completely off-grid tiny house in eastern, North Carolina. The first thing that struck me about his tiny home is the simplicity of it while also maintaining a very nice aesthetic. His water comes from a pitcher pump inside the home that is filtered before use. His energy comes from a simple solar that meets all of his needs. His tiny house is basically everything he needs and nothing he doesn’t. He even grows much of his food, coming pretty darn close to self-sufficiency. One more word that’s never mentioned around Jeremy’s home, for obvious reasons is “mortgage.”