The 2 acre property was purchased in 2009. It has produced an energy surplus since Oct of 2011. Food production began in early 2014 with the hope to have a surplus in 2015.
I've been working full time on Sustainability since 2004. The first project was to convert my lake house to net zero energy. April of 2006 as the last utility bill of the lake house. This project seeks to become a demonstration and eduction site for permaculture.
So far the following things have been done:
Installed 10 different solar systems totaling 50kw.
Installed battery backup system
Installed charging system for electric cars
Deep energy retrofit on warehouse
Produced surplus of energy since Oct 2011
Install wood gassifer for heating building and water
Added permeable paver parking lot
Started hugelkultur bed to reclaim part of old parking lot planted blue and asparagus
Started aquaponics system
Installed small rain water catchment and water feature Installed small vermiculture system
Started composing wast for neighboring restaurant
To Do List:
Start teaching classes
Add tiny houses so site can be urban homestead
Deep energy retrofit on office space
Much larger rain water catchment system
Expand aquaponics system
Add NFT to aquaponics system
Add deep culture to aquaponics system
Add green house
Add micro hydro
Remediate stream to EPA compliance
Expand rain water collection
Add swales to capture and retain rain water
Build soil, current red clay
grey water system
black water (living machine)
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