Florida’s Newest (and only) Ecovillage: St Pete Ecovillage

This is a tour of the newly formed St Pete Ecovillage. The people here have been putting a lot of sweat into fixing up the space they are turning into an ecovillage. This is a little walking tour around the property to see what they’ve got going on and what improvements they’ve already made. It’s a work in progress and expect more sustainable systems to be implemented as they get their houses livable and have time and resources to devote to other projects.

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The Homesteader’s Favorite Big Box Store: Lehman’s Tour

While visiting family in Ohio I had the opportunity to visit Lehman’s in Kidron, an Amish retail store that sell all sorts of products that help you be more self sufficient.  I love the store because they have products that can be hard to find otherwise, unless you order them through their website.  But here you can find them all right on the shelf and see how they work in person. From cheesemaking, to wood stoves, to old timey hardware, to non electric technologies of all kinds, you can find everything here.  I don’t usually recommend buying lots of stuff, but most of these products are about self-sufficiency, so they help you reduce your dependence on buying many other products and foods.

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.

My quaint passive solar tiny house: Wisteria Lodge Pt 2

In this video I take you on a tour of the interior of this tiny house and explain a little bit more about its background and the design.  Wisteria has a passive solar design, and incorporates natural and reclaimed material.  It’s a quaint little rental at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

My Other Tiny House: Wisteria Lodge Pt 1

When I first moved to Dancing Rabbit I lived in a different tiny house, an even tinier house.  Wisteria Lodge is only 240 sq ft, but it’s a nice little two story space and its passive solar design makes it easier to heat.  Keeping with its name it does feature a wisteria vine growing on a trellis halfway up the south side. Check out this video to find out more interesting tidbits about the house and to hear the story of how it ended up at Dancing Rabbit.

 

How does my house perform in a polar vortex?

 

It’s a good thing I have plans to get out of the cold if being swooped down on by the polar vortex is going to become a regular thing thanks to climate change. I’m getting the mudroom finished up and preparing to leave Dancing Rabbit for the winter, so maybe I don’t have to worry about how my house performs.  But even so, it’s nice to know it does pretty well on a sunny day when it’s 5 degrees F.  The problem is that we don’t get very many sunny days in winter, so I think I’m better living somewhere during wintertime where I don’t have to heat my house.