I’ve done videos on parts of my kitchen before, but I’ve never given a tour of my whole off-grid kitchen and all the things about that make it more eco than other kitchens. So many resources are channeled through our kitchens…all the things we depend on to feed ourselves nutritious food. I’ll take you on a tour of every little feature of my off-grid kitchen at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, one of the world’s most radical ecovillages.
Subhub is one of the newer buildings being constructed at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. The building is being built using natural materials like clay, sand, and straw. Like many natural buildings at Dancing Rabbit, it is insulated with strawbales and uses earthen plasters to protect the bale walls from the elements. It’s intended to be a community building with shared resources and infrastructure so that people in the ecovillage don’t have to build all their systems in their own houses. In this video, Liz, the builder takes us through the construction site and explains the different building methods, the design elements, and the systems she has planned for this shared resource.
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Many people get into sustainable living when they are young and idealistic, but as they age, the mainstream culture pressures them into conforming to the typical wasteful American lifestyle. I’ve been living sustainably for over 30 years now and I have yet to be dragged into a typical wasteful American dream. I’ve learned a lot over the years and in this video I share 5 secrets for maintaining a sustainable lifestyle over the long haul. The world needs everyone to live sustainably for their entire lives, not just for a short time.
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Last time I toured this strawbale house at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, it was half done, and it was pretty impressive then. Now I’m back again with a tour of the finished house and there’s a new owner, Cat, to tell us about what it’s like to live in the house. Cat’s Cradle, as the house is known, provides examples of just about every method of natural building imaginable: cob, strawbale, earthen plaster, wattle and daub, cordwood walls, earthen plaster mosaics, bottle walls, lime plaster, passive solar design, and earthen floors. It’s a work of art with many artistic and aesthetic flares. As well, its passive solar design and round shape make it efficient as well as practical for its semiretired owner, Cat.
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This is a tour of 5 of my favorite natural buildings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. DR has nearly 40 natural buildings, making it one of the largest collections of natural buildings in one place in all of north America. There’s strawbale buildings, cob, earthen and lime plaster, earthen floors, timberframing, cordwood masonry, rocket mass heaters, wattle and daub, and light clay straw. And some of these are pretty swanky houses.
Some vegetables can be baffling when we think about where their seeds come from because we only see the part we eat. Sometimes that part is a seed and but most of the time it’s a completely different part of the plant. But the seeds are the key to the existence of the vegetable we are eating, so every vegetable must have seeds somewhere. But where are the seeds on a head of lettuce?
This video will not only show where the seeds are, but how to grow them and save them so you can grow your own lettuce year to year without buying seed.