Renewable Resources

Home Heating 

We heat our home during the colder months using a 7KW wood burner. All our wood is from our, or our friends farms.

Water Heating 

Our camping shower is heated using a back pipe in the sun. Our home water heating will be a mix of compost heater and solar heater

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Worm Composting

We have two bathtubs making worm compost 24/7. We use our humanure as a food base for the worms, and add green material when we have a surplus (after vegetable harvests for example).

Poultry Manure

Our chicken coops have an open base so all their night time droppings land on a pile of dry straw or sawdust which is periodically composted. The poultry runs are deep mulched with straw. Every month or two we clear the runs and make a large compost using the scratched up straw mixed with the bird poo.

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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, animal manure and olive leaves from the local olive press. Many of these are waste products at other establishments, which we turn in to resources at our farm.

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Toilet Composting  

Our camping loo has a single bucket with no separation of liquid and solid. Fine sawdust is added as a carbon material. We collect our sawdust from our carpenter. When the toilet waste has composted for a few months we add it to the worm composter for further processing, or use it to plant/fertilise trees.

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Food Heating 

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.

Drinking Water 

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.

Washing Water

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 runs through a straw filter then straight to a wicking bed which grows mint, and basil in summer.

Solar Electricity

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.