Walipini Grow Hole

This a plan that another person made for their growhole. it was simple yet effective. Mine evolved as I dug due the maximum depth I could dig and noticing the warming of the path of the winter sun across the pit.

This a plan that another person made for their growhole. it was simple yet effective. Mine evolved as I dug due the maximum depth I could dig and noticing the warming of the path of the winter sun across the pit.

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An example of a Walipini from online photos

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Another Walipini that is rather large with raised beds.

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My array of earth moving and digging tools.

4 soil sleds

These are some “earth sleds” I made they allow me to scoop up a large amount of soil and drag it to where I need it. The one in the foreground has been extremely useful I can pick up move, unload, spread and level material with a fraction of the effort and time that I would need with a shovel wheel barrow. No digging listing, rolling on one wheel, emptying and spreading.

outdoor sheltered tub

An old cast iron tub, holds heat and is protected from the cold and wind by the sun warmed soil and high earth berms. This is on a January night and it should be useful after a hard day of gardening in the winter and summer. Water is drained to the garden pits. Some Walipinis have been able to grow bananas year round in rather northern climates.

walipini jan 17 2015

The pit showing the heat storage tub, the deep side pits that will be filled with top soil and compost, the terraced sides for plant shelves, hanging and trellis plants.

wide view

Even wider view of Walipini low bearm in front to keep out unwanted water from heavy rain.

NEW YEARS PARTY DECEMBER 31 THROUGH JANUARY 1

Cut up a fallen tree in the neighborhood should make a great bonfire for the party

Cut up a fallen tree in the neighborhood should make a great bonfire for the party. also made an fire pit  by just soaking the earth in a circle and packing the mud into a ring.

We had a wonderful New Years with about a dozen people around the earth fire ping I made a few weeks before.  Less than a day of work piling up and tamping damp earth in a circle.  after the fire was going well some of the guests put a big root on the fire soon we noticed that it was burning from the inside and it turned into a natural rocket stove. It blazed so fearcly that we all stayed around it even though the outside temperature had fallen to below 25 degrees.  People stayed overnight and the next day the fire was still going.  Some of us worked on the new project a dug out earth sheltered green house also know as a walipini. Walipinis have their origins in the Andes and have been modified and promoted by the Ezra Taft Benson Institute in Utah were they have become popular for sustainable year round gardens.  I’ll have pictures soon.

earth fire pitCome to our New Years party. We will have a big bonfire, food, music, fireworks, you’re welcome to spend the night inside or out we have a few tents or you can bring your own. Bring your own beverages, if you play an instrument bring them and play. We have some guitars and an amplifier. hope to talk about what can be done to make 2015 a better year for all. RSVP on facebook or geraldkatz2000@gmail.com, you can call or text 951 436 8402.

We will have site tours during the day on December 31 and January 1. You can learn about solar power for electricity, heating , water distillation, cooking and other uses. Rammed Earth, sustainable gardening, water use and energy conservation. Suggestions for other activities are welcome.

VIDEO ABOUOT ECO ACRE PROVIDED BY SUPERGREENSOLUTIONS OC

SuperGreen Solutions OC, a provider of solar, efficiency and green tech technology for homes and businesses has published a video about our off-grid solar powered rammed earth home. The video was produced by Diana D’Itri and videographer Stuart Christensen. We are so impressed with the way they have put this together to show others how sustainable desert living can be done in a way that is both elegant and affordable. Check outwww.supergreensolutions.com and the nearby location  http://www.supergreensolutions.com/laguna-hills-ca/. . Thanks again to Diana and Stuart.

More people are looking for affordable alternative ways to live in an ever changing world. Climate change, higher prices, uncertainty with government, we the people need to find new ways to sustain the best life we can for ourselves, and for our children.
Even if you don’t have kids, you recognize that leaving a lasting legacy for the future means being mindful of waste and saving natural resources.
This documentary outlines 10 tips for making an affordable dwelling place that accomplishes the great task of being comfortable, spacious, earth conscious and 100% sustainable. No more mortgage, energy or water bills.
Kudos to Gerald and Sharon Katz for sharing their story with us.

http://youtu.be/X3y305E6yBo

 

SolaTerre Video preview

We just got a seven minute preview of a video by Diana D’Itri and Stuart Christensen about Eco Acre and the Solaterre Project. The final is expected to be about 20 minutes. Diana and Stuart have done a wonderful job of showing what our project is about. Click below or Copy and past link in your browser.

 

EARTHDAY GET TOGETHER SATURDAY MAY 3, 2014

EARTHDAY!

COME AND CELEBRATE EARTHDAY AT IMG_0061

ECOACRE

https://www.facebook.com/EcoAcre/info

ON MAY 3, 2014 FROM NOON till 6:00

 23139 GERTRUDE AVE.  PERRIS, CA 92570

THERE WILL BE HANDS ON ACTIVITIES, MAKING AND USING  SOLAR COOKERS, RAMMED EARTH CONSTRUCTION AND TREE PLANTING.

SEE A SOLAR POWERED HOME, SOLAR WATER HEATING, WELL AND OTHER PUMPS, SOLAR WATER STILL, SUPER EFFICIENT APPLIANCES INCLUDING A SOLAR POWERED COOLER YOU CAN BUILD

DRIP IRRIGATION DEMONSTRATION AND TRY THE  HUMAN POWERED GENERATOR.

SEE SOLAR PUMPING, AND HEAR ABOUT BUILDING WITH RAMMED -EARTH.

BRING A VEGETARIAN POTLUCK DISH AND SEE HOW TO MAKE LUNCH IN A SOLAR OVEN.

STAY TO HEAR SPEAKERS AND  LIVE BAND MUSIC.

AND DON’T FORGET THE BONFIRE!!!

AND DON’T FORGET THE BONFIRE!!!

YOU’RE WELCOME TO SPEND THE NIGHT, SO BRING CAMPING GEAR IF YOU PLAN TO.

For More Information see https://www.facebook.com/EcoAcre/info

EARTHDAY!

COME AND CELEBRATE EARTHDAY AT ECOACRE

ON APRIL 28TH FROM NOON ON

THERE WILL BE HANDS ON ACTIVITIES, MAKING SOLAR COOKERS, AND TREE PLANTING.

SEE A DRIP IRRIGATION DEMONSTRATION AND TRY THE  HUMAN POWERED GENERATOR.

SEE SOLAR PUMPING, AND HEAR ABOUT BUILDING WITH RAMMED -EARTH.

BRING A VEGETARIAN POTLUCK DISH AND SEE HOW TO MAKE LUNCH IN A SOLAR OVEN.

STAY TO HEAR SPEAKERS AND  LIVE BAND MUSIC.

AT 5:00 A 28ERS MEETING WILL BEGIN; HEAR WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH!

AND DON’T FORGET THE BONFIRE!!!

YOU’RE WELCOME TO SPEND THE NIGHT, SO BRING CAMPING GEAR IF YOU PLAN TO.

For More Information see https://ecoacre.wordpress.com