Yes, we've had rainbows and towering clouds, and yes we have had rain. Not much though. After 7 years of relying solely on rainwater, we got water delivered. I must admit, there is a sadness to it, but I realize that just like the generator back-up for our photovoltaic system, this is our fossil fuel based back-up for the rainwater system. There are natural limits to the sustainability of any off-grid project that integrates with the modern world. Transportation, for example, is an element where we regularly depend on non-renewable resources. In our climate, food production (mostly the associated transportation) is another. But we choose to be a learning center and prioritize hosting students and offering sustainable living experiences, and that takes water. So we got it trucked in. But our tanks are filling with rainwater as well, and we look forward to more!
Thanks to Community Artist Ken Wolverton for leading the way with this Eco-Architecture revamp! Look at these before and after photos of this little structure we call the Potshed. It holds our supplies for the community kitchen. We used an old discarded truck hood and espresso bean cans from our local coffee shop. Also thanks to Janus and Stanley for joining our crew for this workshop.
Thanks to Bella, Veronica, Derek, and Roger for making our site better while trying new things! Roger framed out the West wall of the hoop house, Veronica created a humanure toilet box with handy attached sawdust supply. Derek and Bella transformed the yurt into a spacious community library!
Looking forward to our next events in September and October! We will host an open house, a composting workshop, a permaculture class and site tour, and a climate change check-in. Dates TBA.
We still have some available dates for personal retreats and residencies this summer. Come glamp-out with us! You can book through airbnb or directly with us.