Importing Organic Matter
In order to make compost on a small farm scale we need large amounts of organic matter. We import horse manure from a friends stables, wood chip and sawdust, straw, and olive leaves from the local olive press. These are waste products at other establishments, which we turn in to resources at our farm.
Our camping loo has a single bucket with no separation of liquid and solid. Fine sawdust is added as a carbon material. Our home toilet will be two buckets to separate solid and liquid. We collect our sawdust from our carpenter. When the toilet waste has been through the hot composter, we use it to fertilise our perennial systems.
We heat our home during the colder months using a 7KW wood burner. All our wood is from our, or our friends farms.
Our camping shower is heated using a back pipe in the sun. Our home hot water will be a compost heating system.
We heat our food with a gas hob. In the future we hope to produce our own biogas. We also have an earthen oven which is used on occasion.
We collect our drinking water every week or two from a local spring. We will soon be building a 20,000L rainwater tank to collect water from the roof of our house for drinking.
The water for our showers is from our well. We currently treat it with chlorine as the water contains E-coli, and we are currently looking for a long-term solution to clean our well water for general use.
Grey Water Treatment
Our camping grey water is run directly into grey water loving plants. Our home grey water will run through a gravel/reed filtration system, and then on through thirsty plant beds, and finally to our pond.
All our electricity is supplied by a 1200W 24v solar system. We have a 150W solar pump which fills two tanks on top of our hill.
Our chicken coop has an open base so all their night time droppings land on a pile of dry straw or sawdust which is periodically composted.