Local Living Festival Green HoMe Tours are on Sunday, October 2, 2011, by RSVP only.
Please sign up at the Festival for directions, or in advance at SustLivingProject@gmail.com. A donation of $10 per person is requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
If you are signing up at the last minute the mail may not be checked in time, so call 315-347-4223 and leave a message. Please sign up early to avoid the possibility that we cannot check messages or that the tour is fully booked!
These tours will book up. Twenty maximum is pushing it. Some homes may allow for a second group an hour after the first, but this will be determined based on need. You will be put on a wait list if it's booked (and if enough get on the list the second tour could happen).
CRAZY JERRY'S CREATIVE OFF-GRID RETROFIT HOME
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 11 AM
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.
New this year 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!
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, plus a solar-powered wood splitter!
"Make plans to come to the Local Living Festival HoMe Tour --
you definitely won't see any of this on TV!"
SOW'S EAR FARM * DOUGLASS FAMILY HOMESTEAD
near Canton / Russell / Pyrites
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 1 PM
The Douglass farm is a 160-acre non-electric, horse-powered farm. A water pumping windmill 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.
PYRITES SOLAR HOME
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 3 PM
Artist/builder Bryan Lee built this beautiful home for our host Ann almost 15 years ago, it is super-insulated with a massive "Russian" masonry stove, two-story solarium with a lovely indoor garden, and many wonderful features such as an instant water heater and unique earthen floor. See how passive solar design can warm our homes, provide both food and shelter, and be aesthetically wonderful to reside in as well.