Making Biodigesters, Aquaponics, and Other Self Sufficient Systems from Everyday Materials at ECHO

Continuing my tour of ECHO Farm, this time I talk about the demonstrations of their sustainable systems. So many incredible things to see at ECHO. Rocket stoves, water filters, aquaponic systems, biodigesters, water heating, oil pressing, and many other appropriate technologies mostly made from reused and reclaimed materials. You can also find open source directions and how to info about making all of these sustainable systems at their website echocommunity.org.

Harnessing Wind Power the Old Fashioned Way: Sailing in the Gulf

My aunt and uncle take me out sailing on a sailboat my uncle built himself. This is wind power technology that humans have been using for thousands of years. I love the feeling of speeding along knowing we are moving without the use of anything but natural power. Maybe next time I can get them to do the entire trip without the motor. I know they have the skills. I’ve only gone sailing sporadically in my life and most of those times were with my aunt and uncle.

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Lake Erie’s Real Monster and the Ruins of Cleveland’s Mass Transit

Over twenty years ago a monster took over Lake Erie and has been wreaking havok on its ecosystems ever since.  In this video we take a walk along Lake Erie, , see the signs of the Lake Erie monster, and also find some ruins of an electric trolley system that was scrapped way back in 1937.  Then we visit my old stomping grounds and the patch of land that inspired my interest in grapes.

Hardcore Sustainable Goes to the Burbs: Paving of a Paradise

Before I went to Florida for the winter I spent some time with family in the burbs I grew up in.  I have a lot of nostalgia for times I never lived in, and though I know that life wasn’t easy back then, it was by far more sustainable.  In this video series I look for the signs of what used to be before everything became covered with parking lots, housing developments, and shopping malls.  There’s nothing sustainable about these places and in fact they are perfect examples of exactly what’s wrong with our economy, and why it is doomed to failure.

What we can learn from 60s hippies

There are a few different philosophies for changing the world, and most of them have been tried before. Which methods work depends on many different societal factors, but it’s clear that some methods just don’t work. History can tell us a lot about what we need to know, but our schools teach us a very limited history. Lost to the most recent generation is the history of the movements of the 60s and 70s and the lessons we could have learned from them.

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Kyle’s Crazy House: Earthen Plaster on the Gnestle

Dancing Rabbit is the best place to see many examples of natural building first hand.  We have over 30 natural buildings in one place built from mostly local, natural, and reclaimed materials.  In this video, and the next few I post, I will be showcasing the buildings of Kyle Yoder, who’s lived at DR for several years and is known for the organic forms of his design.  One of the great things about natural building is the freedom it gives builders to think beyond the 90 degree angle.  Kyle’s just begun the finish plaster of his own home, the Gnestle, and we’re going to get a peek at his work and a little explanation from the builder himself.