Archive of Past Tours

Let us know which ones sound interesting to you as a location to tour in the future!
 
     The Sustainable Living Project    
 & Local Living Festival
presents the    
 
Green Homestead &   
Garden / Farm Tours
   
                   


Many thanks to our
Tour Hosts

who donate their time
to
raise funds for our Project
while sharing
their homes, time & knowledge with you
...they help make
the North Country
a great place to live!!






The Ely family perennial garden with solar PV system.     

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GREEN HOME TOUR 
The very first of
regular monthly tours!

CRAZY JERRY'S CREATIVE OFF-GRID RETROFIT HOME

 SATURDAY APRIL 23, Noon
approximately 1-2 hours
Crazy Jerry's on the tour again!  His presentation will focus on a nuts-and-bolts approach to Off-Gridding your older decrepit, non-energy star home -- in this case showcasing some very unique items.   See how some of the oldest technology, simply and elegantly mingles with the new to provide the domestic amenities we love, in a tinkerer's treasure trove of a home.  By the end of the tour, you'll be hot on the trail to start your very own endeavor -- within your skills and your budget.

Here's a teaser list that should get you talking:

Mobile-mounted Solar Panels, Sine-Wave inverter/Chargers, Batteries, 375 rpm in-house Petter Diesel Co-Gen, Human Power!, Staber Washer, Spin-X Dryer, Sundanzer Refrigerator, Demand Water Heater and a fire truck extension ladder windmill tower ready for deployment.  You'll also take in the in-house bicycle generator setup,  the North Country's only bio-diesel powered motorcycle (115+ mpg!), sine wave inverter shootout AND a 3 minute spin dryer demo. 



New this Spring is a   hotttt    yellow  
human-electric hybrid full-bodied tricycle dubbed "The Aurora Project".  If you're a tinkerer, and even if you're not, you will never forget this tour!






Crazy Jerry says,
"Make plans to come to the Green Home Tour --

you definitely won't see any of this on TV!"




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TOUR  OF  FIVE  LOCATIONS
OCCURRED ON
ON  SUNDAY,  SEPT 26, 2010

as part of the
LOCAL LIVING FESTIVAL


SWEETCORE FARM  *  RICE FAMILY HOMESTEAD
near Canton / Russell / Pyrites

The Rice family lives on an off-grid farm consisting of 12 acres.  They grow fruits and vegetables on about two acres to sell through local markets and to provide for their own needs.  Some livestock is raised to supply a portion of the families meat consumption.  A root cellar is currently being constructed to provide better food storage options.  The 20x36 home is powered by a 700-watt DC photovoltaic system with four 175-watt panels.  Heat is provided by a small wood cookstove that is also used for baking in the cooler months.  Propane is used for hot water and cooking during the  warmer months.  A bucket toilet system is used with the waste being composted.  This lively family of four will show you how they've transitioned to a "back-to-the-land" ethos which eventually led them to build this home -- that was constructed in a good old fashioned house-raising just three years ago.  You will find the Rice family -- SweetCore Farm -- at the Canton Farmer's Market every week during the season.


SOW'S EAR FARM  *  DOUGLASS FAMILY HOMESTEAD
near Canton / Russell / Pyrites

The Douglass farm is a 160-acre non-electric, horse-powered farm.  A water pumping windmill (see photo at top of page) provides water for two farmhouses, the barn, crops and spring house.  A root cellar and ice house provide refrigeration and food preservation.  A 1.5 acre garden and the field crops feed the family and their animals.  Transportation is provided by horse and buggy.  The 1830's farmhouse has been completely remodeled and is super energy efficient.  This homestead is a good example of basic self-sufficiency,
subsistence farming, and life without electricity.



CRAZY  JERRY'S  CREATIVE OFF-GRID RETROFIT  HOME
near Colton
 
CrazyJerry's on tour again!  His presentation will focus on a nuts-and-bolts approach to Off-Gridding your older decrepit, non-energy star home. The kick-off begins with a presentation on Saturday that should intrigue you to visit this Retrofit Home on Sunday that showcases some very unique items.   See how some of the oldest technology, simply and elegantly, mingles with the new to provide the domestic amenities we love.  By the end of the weekend, you'll be hot on the trail to start your very own endeavor within your skills and your budget.
-  Here's a teaser list that should get you talking: Crazy Jerry's in-house bicycle generator setup / the North Country's only diesel (bio-diesel) powered motorcycle (115+ mpg!) / 375rpm in-house generator-heater / sine wave inverter shootout / 3 minute spin dryer demo.

CrazyJerry says, "Make plans to come to the Home Tour - you definitely won't see any of this on TV!"

TROUT BROOK MASONRY STOVE CONSTRUCTION
Southville , enroute to Hopkinton off of Rt. 11B
, near the Martin FarmStand

A master mason will explain and give a visual tour of the smokepath, dampers and general heater philosophy of the Masonry Stove, otherwise known as a Swedish or Russian stove, that passively heats an entire home for days after firing.   
The work is in progress and he will be actively constructing the masonry monolith all week, so see it while it's open and accessible.

WOODHENGE SELF-RELIANCE COMMUNITY
Adams Center, near Watertown

Woodhenge is an intentional community that focuses on using and teaching self-reliance skills.  The 55-acre site is a former gravel quarry that has been recycled into the location for both experimental and conventional mortgage free structures.  The tour will include viewing cordwood, underground, recycled, timber framed, and other homes, in various states of completion that are on the property.   All of the buildings are off grid and produce the power they need with a variety of renewable technologies.

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