organic not mechanical

The Only Sustainable Practice for Wastewater

100_4937Eventually our standards for what is considered “sustainable” will have to actually be sustainable.  As long as we, as a society, are not recycling all our wastes, as nature does, our practices are not sustainable over the long term.

Nathan Roy at Ecologic Construction is currently designing one of the first residential onsite waste water systems that is truly sustainable.  It is not a composting toilet!  It is a much cleaner, more efficient better solution. (more…)

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Eco-Cottage: walls and roof

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Business has been great, so we’ve hardly had time to work on our own projects, but finally we got the walls up.

After the foundation was laid, we started on the frame and walls and roof. 2″ x 10″ studs were used in the walls and roof to allow extra space for insulation. Thicker walls are also more aesthetically appealing. (more…)

Natural Brush Hogging

100_4072The name for the gasoline powered machine for clearing brush is derived from the earlier practice of using hogs to clear and fertilize a field before planting crops.  While we don’t have hogs, we have Navaho-Churro sheep for this purpose.  Our small flock can clear an acre in no time and provide plenty of organic fertilizer  in the process. Great green alternative to herbicides.  They LOVE poison ivy.
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EcoCottage: foundation

floorAfter many years of planning and designing, in the spring of 2010 we finally starting laying the foundation of an “eco-cottage,” a little structure that will be designed to heat and cool itself without much help at all from machines. We decided to build on a hill for aesthetic reasons and also to reduce the threat of moisture  as much as possible. Moisture is a problem for every home and prevention is the best cure. There should be no place for water to stand around a home. Gravity should be taking it away from the basement/foundation walls. (more…)