Solar Water Heater Homestead

Posted on: July 3, 2015 by in Solar Water Heater
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Solar Water Heater Homestead


What does permaculture look like in real life? Nestled in southeast Calgary is one of the city’s original thriving permaculture projects – our home!

As engineers and long-time permaculture designers and teachers, we’ve traveled the world to learn about sustainable and regenerative human habitat and have implemented many of these concepts on our property. We’ve been transforming our inner-city home into a permaculture demonstration site since 2009, and are proud to use this video series to show you what we’ve done!

This 3 part video tour of our site includes explanations of our:

– thriving food forest complete with fruit trees, bushes and tons of edible/medicinal perennials
– passive solar greenhouse with rocket mass heater
– water harvesting systems
– energy-efficient house retrofits
– composting systems
– handmade cob oven
– solar-powered water heater
– and mega-productive veggie gardens (with wicking beds and swales)!

16 Responses

  1. VergePermaculture says:
  2. Scott Voigt says:

    Glad to get part 1;-)

    cool stuff…doing it here…

  3. havfaith S. says:

    Talk about your planting designs more.

  4. imasurvivornthriver says:

    TOO COOL! Where did you take your permaculture course? Thanks for
    sharing.

  5. Vention1MGTOW says:

    Very well done! When things get serious you’re going to have people wanting
    designs of your designs so they can try to copy and paste what you have
    into their own yards.

  6. Joan Smith says:

    nice video. Very nice garden. Congratulations on your success and thank you
    for sharing it!

  7. thor bonde says:

    I Love you guys so much
    For starting with your climate info
    your are the first permaculturists i’ve seen do it:)

    but it is so importent to know what climate your working before anyone
    start copying the tricks :)

  8. thor bonde says:

    also absolutely beautifully produced and made video :)

  9. nirvanix88 says:

    Nice Rob and partner.

  10. Marcel Pijper says:

    Very inspiring, thanks for the great video!

  11. Anne Armijo says:

    Awesome! Learned so much from your videos, clearly described + well shown!
    Inspiring all along the way to show us all how to build environments that
    are more fun and taste better. Love how community support followed your
    efforts. Offers hope that this will be effective in my area. Thank you for
    sharing!

  12. sammy sam says:

    I am so thrilled for you both!!!!!!
    We are backyard homesteaders and it is so precious to watch other families
    do the same, of course yours is much better than what we have so far.
    Congrats!

  13. la vie et Sebastian Laplante says:
  14. Sean Rafferty says:

    Isn’t Alfalfa edible?

  15. rtd237891 says:

    nice but dont see what the scary part is ? unless you have bad neighbors or
    live in a planed community that dose not let you do things like this.

  16. Simon Jund says:

    <3

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