We’ll start our day with a tour of Eco-Sense. If you’re not familiar with this rad house, it’s North America’s first code-approved seismically engineered load bearing insulated cob house. It features solar PV with grid tie, an option for future wind turbines, solar thermal hydronic heating, passive solar design, LED lighting, earthen floors, natural plasters, grey water re-use, composting (NO FLUSH) toilets, rainwater harvesting, and a living roof. The home is zero waste and net zero energy. Besides all the amazing environmental features, it’s a beautifully designed and built space, and a really inspiring house to tour.
After the Eco-Sense tour we’ll have a picnic lunch. To keep costs down, please pack a lunch for yourself, but we will supply lots of snacks to share.
After lunch, we’ll head to Haliburton Farm for the afternoon. Haliburton is a publicly-owned farm; they currently house 5 farm businesses, offer workshops for farmers, gardeners and and consumers, give tours to school and community groups, and have regular CSA/box programs. They offer a really cool model of how to organize a farm to include and educate the surrounding community. Plus, the farm itself is beautiful and includes restored wetland, resident salamanders, nesting birds and other exciting natural residents.
We’ve rented a van from the carshare for transportation, and the first five folks registered can catch a ride with us. Other than the van, I can help facilitate vehicle sharing, so please let me know if you need a ride or have space in your vehicle to offer.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. If you’re under 18, let me know, as I’ll wrangle you a guaranteed seat in the van and will need to get you to have your parents sign a form.
Cost: $15-30 sliding scale.