An Earthship is a unique type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires), designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico. The term is a registered trademark of Michael Reynolds.
Instead of water wings and inner tubes, Dennis and Danielle McClung’s backyard pool in Mesa, Arizona, is filled with tomato plants, grape vines and wheat. There’s a chicken coop and a fish pond, and the food that comes out of the pool, from tilapia to tomatoes, feeds the McClung family of five. It’s a system that took a few frustrating failures to perfect, but now the McClungs hope to take swimming-pool farming international.
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Living off-grid means taking more responsibilities for yourself rather than relying on the middlemen who just want to exploit your need for them. Continue reading Building A Cozy Cabin Under $4,000
Most of the conventional ways we were being taught have one common characteristic: myopic, nearsighted ideas that don’t take into account the underlying mechanism of how things actually work.
In cultivating a food farm, we were being taught to feed the plants directly rather than work on the soil first. The use of manmade chemical fertilizers not only reduces the overall yield over time but they also ruin the entire field and will make it dependent on fertilizers from then on.
Due to its obvious advantages, eClinik advocates the use of electric current in decisively dealing with all parasitic infections. However, not everyone may be able to do it for reasons like no access to electronic parts supply especially those who are living in remote areas of the country.
In such case, plant medicine may be the way to go. However, choosing this option need some education, i.e. we need to know exactly what particular herb suits a particular condition.
Building a house is more than just a dream for most of us. It is the crowning jewel for all the hard work and it should look and feel the way we wanted it to be.
The more elaborate designs do cost a lot from their conception, building and up to the point that the dwellers are using them. However, a house need not be as big just to satisfy the ego.
The idea of eschewing electricity, running water, and the white picket fence is a terrifying prospect for the average American. Based on the number of modern off-grid homes in remote locations that rely on the sun and wind for energy, others clearly disagree. Earlier this week, we were charmed by an efficient, beautiful home located in the middle of a cornfield. We feature it past the break, along with other sustainable houses far from the rat race. These stunning, alternative abodes make a strong argument for unplugging and creating a green oasis away from it all.
Most of us desire freedom. But not all of us are willing to do what needs to be done in order to get there.
Living off the grid is the most decisive way to achieve freedom, but you need to learn a lot of things and a lot of skills in order to achieve it. But it is surely a step in the right direction, and the whole journey can be fun, too.
The hardest thing about gardening is remembering to water regularly. A sprinkler systems solves the problem but can be expensive. This method is so easy — anyone can start a vegetable garden — no fancy sprinkler system required. And did we mention it’s free?
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