The Avis’ Permaculture Homestead Rebuild Namkheli, Nepal – 6 Earthbag Houses Completed Support Malawi Earthbag Projects A 35 mpg RV Setup A 35 mpg RV Setup Jun 28, Terracotta Clay Pots – old fashioned, yet new again Earthbag Production Rate: 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x Earthbag Dome Home in Hungary Permaculture, homesteading, and compost-powered heating in the Vermont hills Jun 25, Heart Shaped Topiary – ivy, terracotta pots, and wire Lloyd Kahn’s Small Homes Book under Production Jun 24, How to Make a Styrofoam Planter – DIY tutorial Tiny House Jamboree Solar Action Alliance Colombia’s Flintstone House Is Made Entirely from Baked Clay Tiny House at Home Depot Steadfast Nepal Earthbag Houses Forest Gardens for Biodiversity Earthbag Animal Shelter in Nepal Survived the Earthquakes with No Damage Jun 17, How to Break a Clay Pot for a Fairy Garden – diy tips Living a Free and Artistic Life in a Magical Gypsy Vardo Style Caravan 3 Reasons Why We Can Win the Fight Against Poverty Jiri Earthbag Project Report New Earthbag Projects in Nepal by First Steps Himalaya Jun 7, How to Make a Mini Twig Trellis Lasagna-Stuffed Zucchini Cauliflower Chicken Fried “Rice” May 31, How to Twist Wire – a DIY Tutorial May 27, Weathered Red Barn Paint – make your rustic crafts vintage May 26, Max – Mastiff, Alsatian Cross M.A.X. May 23, Short Garden Sayings – sometimes, shorter is better Hempcrete Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl May 4, 9 Spring Projects – I’ve been busy Hawaiian Turkey Sliders Hawaiian Turkey Sliders Grandma Krishna’s Earthbag Home in Nepal A REMINDER ABOUT GROUSE HUNTING May 3, Spindle Angels – rustic porch or mantel decor Report from Nepal Apr 23, Cold Porcelain Recipe – home made modeling clay Apr 23, Kroy Socks Yarn by Patons – a review Apr 20, Mason Jar Storage – for small bits and pieces Apr 19, My New Breezeway Studio – finally, a place to work! Mexican Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing Jun 28, Faux Birds Nest in a Terracotta Pot – those birds will make a nest anywhere Apr 11, Rustic Elephants – every garden needs a pachyderm or two Apr 6, Hand Painted Garden Signs – witty and whimsical Mar 31, Upcycled Potting Bench – finding a use for all those treasures FlipFlic – An Innovative Energy Saving KickStarter Project Mar 28, Rustic Bird Cages – weathered and junky Apr 1, Rurality Newsletter April 2016 Mar 6, Upcycled Day Bed – guest bed with a twist May 18, Favorite Hypertufa Molds – some inspiration Mar 3, Barnboard and Twig Siding for a rustic garden shed Mar 1, Rurality Newsletter March 2016 Jun 23, Twig Clipart; hand drawn dividers to decorate your blog or books Late Season Waterfowl Jan 31, Rurality Newsletter February 2016 Jan 31, How to Make a Quick Wire Heart Shaping Jig First Perch FIRST TIME HUNTER? Oh, Christmas Fawn. I mean, tree. Squirrel, Grouse, and Everything Nice May 15, Hypertufa How-To Manual – get started now Apr 3, Faux Birds Nests – save the real thing for the birds Dec 13, 9 Favorite Pages From 2015 Steak with Glazed Carrots & Turnips Steak with Glazed Carrots & Turnips Middle Eastern Chicken & Chickpea Stew Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette Herb-Roasted Turkey with Calvados Gravy Early Season DOPPLEGANGER MEETUP Feb 26, Make a Metal Moss Garden from old rusty brake parts CIDER SEASON 2015 COOK IT RAW ALBERTA – CAMP May 10, Life In Miniature – tiny landscapes, fairy gardens Banned pesticides pose a greater risk to bees than thought, EU experts warn | Environment | The Guardian Aug 21, Never Assume that your helper understands you Jun 4, How to Make a Primitive Angel – diy tutorial Moroccan Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork with Roasted Apples & Fennel Dan Dan Noodles with Shrimp Spinach & Tuna Noodle Casserole Beef & Bulgur Burgers with Blue Cheese Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tostadas Nov 2, Craft Storage Cabinet – do it yourself resource center Sep 6, Angel Wings DIY Tutorial – how to make rustic home decor BCSEA Announces its new Executive Director Hello world! ACTION ALERT! Share your thoughts on the Climate Leadership Plan BCSEA Kamloops Speaks Up On Trans Mountain Pipeline Aug 3, Rurality Newsletter – rustic and vintage August Aug 3, How to Make a Checkerboard – make mine rustic americana Aug 6, DIY Lanterns – light the way in your garden Jul 26, Soil Cement Bird Bath – a garden art diy craft tutorial Jul 23, How to Make a Wreath – my simple tutorial for a twig wreath Jul 19, Junking in July – a road trip Jul 12, Rustic Dragonflies – Garden Art Diy

The Avis’ Permaculture Homestead


“What does permaculture look like in real life? Nestled in southeast Calgary is one of the city’s original thriving permaculture projects – our home!

As engineers and long-time permaculture designers and teachers, we’ve traveled the world to learn about sustainable and regenerative human habitat and have implemented many of these concepts on our property. We’ve been transforming our inner-city home into a permaculture demonstration site since 2009, and are proud to use this video series to show you what we’ve done!

This 3 part video tour of our site includes explanations of our:
– thriving food forest complete with fruit trees, bushes and tons of edible/medicinal perennials
– passive solar greenhouse with rocket mass heater
– water harvesting systems
– energy-efficient house retrofits
– composting systems
– handmade cob oven
– solar-powered water heater
– and mega-productive veggie gardens (with wicking beds and swales)!

YouTube
Part 1
Part 2
Verge Permaculture channel (other excellent videos)
The sign on their front lawn says “Growing your own food is like printing money.”

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Rebuild Namkheli, Nepal – 6 Earthbag Houses Completed

“25th April 2015 is my 2nd birthday”, said Ang Furba Sherpa, our partner from Be Human Nepal. And it is so true for many Nepalese who had experienced the devastating earthquake which tore Nepal apart exactly year ago. The homes of our students at Manjushree Singa Primary School in Namkheli village were also not spared. […]

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Support Malawi Earthbag Projects

“Thank you Owen for this great development. Together with the Roscher Youth Development Centre in Rumphi, Malawi, I built a wonderful prototype of sandbag house last year, which now is impressing and convincing everyone about construction with earthbags (http://supportmalawi.org/en/projects/58-sandbaghouse). Aaand we now almost finished a first house for a teacher’s family. A lot of people […]

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A 35 mpg RV Setup

Mike and Nancy have come up with this unique and very efficient camping arrangement.  They pull a tear drop trailer behind their Honda Insight hybrid.  They achieve an amazing 35 mpg and have full sleeping and cooking facilities — they even have a shower!

Honda Insight and Little Guy teardrop trailer.

The Honda Insight is a standard 2001 with the addition of a custom trailer hitch made by Mike.  A transmission cooler has also been added.

The teardrop trailer is a “Little Guy” that provides a full sized bed for two and a small kitchen accessed via the back hatch on the trailer as is usual for teardrop trailers.  The Little Guy weighs only about 500 lbs.

They have even added a solar heated shower enclosure they can set up to take hot showers.

Shower enclosure with pressure tank water system.

Without the trailer attached, the Insight gets 50+ mpg and with the teardrop trailer attached and going the full speed limit plus it gets 35 mpg — pretty amazing for a full function RV.

The Little Guy teardrop and added Air Cond and Heating unit.

While Honda does not advise towing with the Insight, Mike says it works well and has not seen any adverse effects.

More here…

Its great to see teardrop trailers becoming popular again.

Gary
June 27, 2016

A 35 mpg RV Setup

Mike and Nancy have come up with this unique and very efficient camping arrangement.  They pull a tear drop trailer behind their Honda Insight hybrid.  They achieve an amazing 35 mpg and have full sleeping and cooking facilities — they even have a shower!

Honda Insight and Little Guy teardrop trailer.

The Honda Insight is a standard 2001 with the addition of a custom trailer hitch made by Mike.  A transmission cooler has also been added.

The teardrop trailer is a “Little Guy” that provides a full sized bed for two and a small kitchen accessed via the back hatch on the trailer as is usual for teardrop trailers.  The Little Guy weighs only about 500 lbs.

They have even added a solar heated shower enclosure they can set up to take hot showers.

Shower enclosure with pressure tank water system.

Without the trailer attached, the Insight gets 50+ mpg and with the teardrop trailer attached and going the full speed limit plus it gets 35 mpg — pretty amazing for a full function RV.

The Little Guy teardrop and added Air Cond and Heating unit.

While Honda does not advise towing with the Insight, Mike says it works well and has not seen any adverse effects.

More here…

Its great to see teardrop trailers becoming popular again.

Gary
June 27, 2016

Earthbag Production Rate: 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x

As an experienced builder, it’s fun to think of ways to improve productivity. Just imagine all the time and money you’ll save. This blog post explores three realistic earthbag building options: 1x = typical earthbag method; 2x = polypropylene tubes instead of bags; 3x = mechanized hyperadobe (raschel mesh tubes) on curved walls. (Note: An […]

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Earthbag Dome Home in Hungary

“Hello Owen, As you can see finally my first alone project has finished, hoorraayy!!. I want to say thank you for your guidance at the beginning and also I wanted to tell you that your book sometimes gave me that little help too because to reflect my knowledge and to see the things again in […]

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