For decades it’s been my dream to visit developing countries and help build affordable housing projects. Now, here I am on the beach in beautiful Vanuatu to assist the Women’s Centre (and others) on various sustainable building projects.
The lowest cost soil for earth building comes from the building site itself. Dig the soil onsite and you could build a ferrocement tank below ground in the pit.
“We are working on a new project called Food Web. The Food Web is a holistic approach towards small scale food production. Basically, it’s a way to
increase efficiency and yields by integrating livestock. If you are going to raise animals on your homestead, you should design connections and
interactions between them to decrease feed inputs and labor.
We’re building a Food Web here in Northern Mexico as a working example and sort of an open classroom for the struggling farmers in our area. We are
documenting this project in a book, titled Food Web. It will provide instructions for people to be able to design and create their own Food Webs,
depending on their unique situations and circumstances.
“A cistern liner is a flexible membrane, sometimes called a geomembrane. You can get them in PVC or EPDM.
Here’s a link to where we get our potable liners:
An adequate freshwater supply is a basic necessity. Obtaining water can be especially challenging in deserts. The following photos illustrate a few simple methods for capturing and storing water in arid regions.