“Our chickens generate about 4 wheelbarrow loads of compost a week during the summer that we can transplant directly into and grow a tremendous amount of crops in. In exchange for that, they give us 12-16 eggs a day. And they cost us about a penny per bird per day.
Our main expense is buying in millet and sunflower seed. The other whole grains we barter for, and we collect compost scraps from local organic sources, as well as hay and wood chips to make the basic bulk mix. This system has evolved steadily over time, there is much more to learn and understand, but the basic pattern feels reliable and functional and we’re excited to share it with others so they can take from it whatever components feel most useful.
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Our work with Earthbag building in Nepal now covers the expanse of nine years. We have completed four dormitory buildings for girls getting an education in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal for both their college and university education. We’ve also built 6 classrooms using the method and all buildings have been successful in a variety of ways.
One, the earthquake resilience was sufficient to withstand the twin earthquakes of 2015 where not only were the buildings still standing after the quakes of April and May, but they were not damaged as many of their standard construction buildings were. Our tour of the area and the community’s sites after the earthquake showed significant damage to other buildings while the earthbag buildings were essentially untouched. Perhaps even more importantly the community leaders relayed to us that these buildings were critical as places where people took shelter after their own homes were destroyed. They told us, “these were the only buildings where we truly felt safe after the earthquake.” And in rural Nepal, many days walk back to a road, much less a town of any type, the feeling of safety and knowledge that there was somewhere safe to go, is the highest order of recommendation and accolade that we could receive.
Green School Bali has won the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the Global High Schools category, Asia region. The announcement was made at the annual Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday, 16 January, 2017.
Green School Bali won the award for its project proposal to install a 10 kW photovoltaic system and an energy storage bank made from used mobile phone and notebook batteries with a capacity of 32 kWh. The 10 kW photovoltaic system will increase the school’s share of annually self-generated electricity from 26 percent today to 40 percent (Green School Bali already has a 118 panel-photovoltaic system). The new energy storage bank will supplement a 72 kWh lead battery already installed at the school. Furthermore, the collection of 3,250 batteries (3,000 mobile phone batteries and 250 laptop batteries) will help re-use electronic waste from the community.
If you’re a young family who want to move into a tiny house, this could be the perfect design for you! Built with the modern family in mind, this home is constructed to be completely non-toxic, using natural materials and has been designed to include a separate room for the kids as well as a private home office space.
Bryce’s videos just keep getting better and better. This is one of the first tiny house videos I’ve seen that carefully addresses the various issues of natural building – low toxicity, good air quality, insulation, etc. Good job. I encourage the builder Ben Garratt of Tiny Healthy Homes to write a book.
“This family is hitting the road and doing it in style! They have converted a simple school bus into an unbelievably comfortable home. The entire bus is designed to be off-the-gird giving them perfect freedom to roam wherever they choose.”
The interior is very nice. Like Bryce says, it doesn’t even look or feel like you’re in a bus. They pretty much did a total rebuild — raised the roof 20”, reduced the number of windows, fantastic kitchen, etc. This video has already had nearly 3 million views in just a few months, so obviously there are lots of people interested in school bus conversions.
Want to grow/build excellent soil at the lowest cost? Listen to this incredible information from world famous organic farmer Gabe Brown. He gets bumper crops without using any fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides or tilling.
Gabe first grows ‘green manure’ soil building ground covers. Then he knocks them down with a roller and plants his seeds. Gabe is saving about $80,000/year on his organic farm. This is how to crush the big agra companies that are destroying topsoil across the world.
If you enjoy this video then check out other videos by I Am Organic Gardening channel. Mark has many other excellent videos about building healthy soil naturally. He explains how once you build healthy soil you probably won’t need to keep adding so many soil amendments. Soil building plants do the work for you.
So-called “green homes” are very often a total fraud, warns the Health Ranger, because they’re filled with toxic chemicals that saturate the air.
I agree. Many green homes are just marketing hype. Same with how words like ‘natural’ and ‘healthy’ are used on so many foods now even though most are unhealthy. They overuse the word to where it becomes meaningless. That’s why I’ve always preferred the term Natural Building.
Here’s another advantage to tiny house living: due to the low cost of tiny houses you can pay off the home fairly quickly and be mortgage free in your retirement years. I found two interesting videos on this topic so I’ve combined them into one blog post.
“Single Mother Builds Tiny House to Create Retirement Plan:
Michelle ” MJ” Boyle is a mother of two and as her kids were coming of age she realized she had no plan for retirement. Michelle built a tiny house so that she can have an affordable place to live.”
Luxury Tiny House – No Mortgage Retirement:
Super beautiful interior design. “Ray, a 57-year-old engineer, spent two years building a Tiny House with innovative slide-outs so that he can retire without a mortgage and age comfortably in the space.”
This design would be expensive and difficult to build. I’m showing it mostly because of the interior design. It looks like a custom home in many ways. Some may consider it overly extravagant, but it’s 100 times more efficient than the typical suburban home. This type of design may very well convert thousands of people to ditch their big homes and downsize.
“Beautiful to behold, this spectacular tiny house cafe is a remarkable specimen of skilled labour and artistic vision.
Chantal and Mike are a truly dynamic duo, one with a dream of starting a boutique coffee shop and the other with a zeal for eco-tiny house building. When these unique passions were combined to create Le Bon cafe, a wonderful and rare work of functional art was the result.”