It's hard to
tell from these pictures, but the tomato plant in the planter, is an
incredible 8'9" tall ! That's from the planter up. It grows
about 4" per day! When it was planted in the planter, about mid
March, it was about 8" tall. There are lot's of little tomatoes
on it and we can't wait to taste them!
tree isn't quite as tall as the tomato plant, but it's still a
respectable 7'4". Hard to believe it's the same plant I brought
home in June last year in a 4" pot! What an amazing house!
|Tours of our
In the first three years that we have been living in our "Earthship",
we have welcomed well over 500 visitors to tour our home. We have
met an amazing array of people from all over Canada, the U.S. and
beyond! All of the people we have met have been extremely interested
in our way of living and share a common goal of living lightly on
the planet as well as living a more natural lifestyle. We welcome
people to tour our home, by appointment, on most Saturdays. If you
are interested in a tour, please contact us at 519-586-7122 or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that we do not
have an answering machine, nor do we check our e-mail every day, so
it may take a few days for us to respond. Also, we are, at times,
booked up for several weeks, so you may have to wait a while. Please
be patient, it's worth the wait!
Donations for Michael
Reynolds Humanitarian Projects
Many people over he years, who have toured our home, have asked
if there was a charge for the tour. We have always said no. We share
what we have learned because we enjoy meeting people and seeing how
they respond to being in our home. Some people have brought us a
gift of some kind anyway, which is nice, but it is not what we
intended when we decided to open our home to visitors.
Last year, we began to think about how we could help with Michael
Reynolds vision of helping people who are in need around the world
following disasters. Since people seemed to want to show their
appreciation to us in some way to us for taking time out of our life
and opening our home to them, we thought that maybe we could ask for
a voluntary donation to help Michael Reynolds when people visit our
home. We called "Earthship Biotecture" and spoke with the
people there about this idea, and they were thrilled! They told us
that no one had ever offered to do anything like this for them.
In April, 2015, we made a trip to Taos to visit "Earthship
Biotecture". It was great! We met a lot of great people while
we were there and saw a lot of really cool stuff! Unfortunately, we
were not able to meet Michael Reynolds personally since he was not
there at the time. Anyway, we knew that Michael and his crew travel
all over the world to disaster areas to help people to re-build
homes after theirs have been torn apart by Mother Nature. What we
didn't know, until we talked to some of the people at "Earthship
Biotecture" is how they have been struggling to pay for these
humanitarian trips. Taos, New Mexico is not an affluent area. Most
of the people who live in the area are struggling themselves, and
yet, they rise to the cause when Michael is trying to raise money to
help people who have lost everything. None of the people who live at
the "Earthship Biotecture" community are wealthy people,
including Michael Reynolds and yet, when the call comes to help,
they all pitch in, in whatever way they can.
Since we started taking donations, in May, 2015, we have raised
over $1,000 Canadian for Michael Reynolds projects. A donation is
not a requirement to tour our home, but if you are so inclined, we
would be very greatful!
The project to which we are directing the donations is a Canadian
build that will, hopefully, be taking place this summer, 2016, on
the "Six Nations" reserve, near Brantford, Ontario. They
will be looking for volunteers to help with this project if you are
interested. It will be a great way to get a lot of knowledge and
meet a lot of great, like minded, people!
Tim, Valerie and their little girl came to visit February 28th. They
were really excited about the idea of being able to live in an
earthship. Great group of people!
Mike, brought a group of people to see our house from Ingersoll ON.
This group is trying to build an earthship in Ingersoll as an
information centre as well as a base for their "transition to
Less Waste" group. These people are doing amazing things in
their community to bring environmental awareness and to fight a
large company that is trying to put a dump right in the community's
back yard to bring trash from Toronto and dump it there. They have
been fighting for a few years to try to stop this from happening.
Keep up the war guys!
Brad visited us on a very cold winter's day at the end of January
and were very impressed with how warm and cozy the house felt.
|Sarah and her
family came from Cambridge ON. to check out the house. Sarah is
planning to do an internship with Michael Reynolds this year so that
she can gain as much information as possible before she begins
building her dream home.
Emily and Ann came from
Michigan to see our house January 17th. They are our official first
visitors for 2015!
|Here's some pictures of our almost completed grey
water planter. Our cats love it!
||Another view of the planter. Awesome!
||All of our little plants that we recently started
waiting to go into the planter. Can't wait for fresh tomatoes!
|We got some
great shots of deer this week with our trail cam. There is a bit of
a wildlife trail in our field that goes from our property through
several adjoining properties. That day, there was a small heard of
ten deer traveling through our field. We've seen all kinds of
animals traveling this route. Deer, coyotes, and lot's of wild
turkeys are frequent visitors. Who say's there are no animals living
around the wind turbines!
We have started keeping track of the animals that we spot on a
regular basis on our farm and to date we have seen lot's of deer,
coyotes, turkeys, two different types of hawks, owls, bald eagles,
turkey vultures, and many other birds that we have never seen
Morgan is taking life easy as it snows and snows and snows
outside our earthship! Everyone's loving it here in paradise!
We finally got internet at the new location so we will be able to
update the web site more often. We will be posting lot's of pictures
and new stuff over the next few weeks, so check back often!
Well, it's been over a year
now since we moved in to our earthship, and we are loving it here!
The performance of the house continues to improve every day as we
continue to work on it to seal things up and add insulation and
thermal mass. We finished putting in our grey water planter in
November and we have noticed a significant difference in how warm
the house stays over night. The earth in the planter helps to hold
the temperature and keep it more constant. Craig shoveled over 15
square yards of stone, sand and soil into the planter and we added a
layer of potato stone (potato sized field stone) on the top surface
to add even more thermal mass, as well as to keep the cats from
using our planter as a big litter box ! We have several plants,
including two banana trees, several herbs and many flowering plants
and my favorite, a gardinia ,thriving in the new planter. They love
the light and the temperature! The cats think it's a jungle!
We have been working on
plastering the walls and hope to have them finished by spring.
Contrary to what most people have told us, you can mix
up the sand plaster in the winter if you bring the sand into the
house in containers and let it warm up first. It seems to be drying
almost as fast as it was during the summer and not adding any extra
moisture to the house because the water we are using, was in the
house to begin with!
Here's our new contact
Craig and Connie Cook
227, 7th Concession ENR
RR#1, Clear Creek,
Canada, N0E 1C0
Our new phone number is:
|Hugh Piggott's 2011 wind turbine plans, Imperial edition.
We now have available Hugh Piggott's latest axial flux turbine
plans. The new 2011 edition "Wind Turbine Recipe book" is a 65 page manual with
step by step instructions on building an axial flux alternator, including
blade carving and metal works. Included are plans to build a 2', 3', 4',
5', 6', and a 7' version. There is truly a turbine size for everyone! All
measurements in the new plans are in Imperial. (inches and feet)
plans are available at $26.00 Canadian each and $3.00 shipping to
anywhere in Canada.
We accept PayPal
For more information, please check out our products page.
|These are some recent pictures of our earthship. Our
friend, Roger, is a landscaper and has access to bobcats and other
cool equipment for moving stuff around. He brought the toys to the
house and scraped the floor smooth for us and brought in all of the
gravel that we need under the slab. His kids, Carlee and Jessie were
big helpers in this endeavor!
We have since then put the sill plates in place on the front and
back wall to attach the roof in the spring as soon as the weather
breaks. Can't wait !
This site has been constructed to give people information about
home built wind turbines, energy conservation and more. The turbine we are currently running ,is
a twelve foot diameter, homebuilt axial
flux turbine designed by
Hugh Piggott. This turbine was put up three summers ago, after running the ten foot
axial flux for a year. This has been a fabulous turbine! It makes way more power
than we need. We use the extra power to heat our domestic hot water.
Since installing our first turbine in January, 2004, we have been very
busy. Our home has become somewhat of a landmark in the area. We have had people
from all over southern Ontario coming by to see the turbine. Most of these
people have been very interested in building a turbine of their own. This made
us think that we should have people come to the house to build turbines in a
workshop setting with other people. This idea was very well received by everyone
since most were somewhat leery about doing this on their own without any help.
Since we first opened our home to helping people build their own
wind turbines in 2005, we have assisted in the building of approximately forty
turbines. Not all of them are up and running yet, but hopefully they will be
soon! New people are coming here every month to start on their adventure in the
crazy, and very addictive, art of wind turbine building.
The following pages have lots of information about turbine
construction, designing a home power system to suit your needs and lots of
things you can do to dramatically reduce your energy consumption in your home
without having to go to extreme measures or spending huge amounts of money.
Please note that we
will be working on a new place for our turbine building get-togethers next
summer (2013) and we are hoping to be able to start again next fall. We
really miss our drop-in turbine building sessions. We have met a lot of
wonderful people over the years and hope to meet many more in the future.
Watch this page for updates!
||We recently had a visit from Peter and his wife and two of
Peter's shop students who are building a wind turbine in their class.
Peter was one of the students who came to build a wind turbine with the
group from The University of Western Ontario a couple of years ago. He now
has a class of his own and is passing on the turbine passion!
||On November 15th, we had a group of student's from the
University of Waterloo engineering department come to visit our earthship.
It was a great visit and there was a lot of enthusiasm from the students.
Our dogs, Gus and Abby were very popular with the students as well as you
can see in the group photo, just before Gus gives Sarah a big sloppy kiss!
||Earthship started, only two years to go.
The fun has begun!
More pics on earthship page (Breaking
||We have had a bunch of new people start their turbine
projects here lately. Everyone is very enthusiastic about wind energy! The
wave is getting bigger!
Here's Wayne and Ginny and Al and Paul working on their turbines.
Everything looks great so far!
||Jake, get your hands off our new blades!
Jake looking sheepish after getting caught! Nice try!
Check out the video page for more videos!
|Craig and Pippa are putting the finishing touches on Pippa's
turbine while Mike makes witty remarks about how they're not doing it
right. Thanks for your input Mike!
Check out our new page "News" for news and information
about happenings and upcoming events such as workshops.
Due to a great deal of interest from people who are unable to
attend our weekly get-togethers here, we have decided to offer one day workshops
here for people who live too far away to come here on a regular basis. For more
information, check out our "News" page.
Check out the "Saturday's" page to see a really big
turbine that Ben is working on!
Since the turbine gang is getting quite large now, and it's
nearly impossible to get everyone here at the same time to get a group picture,
we decided to put thumbnails on of everyone instead. Our little group has now
grown to about thirteen regulars and several others who just pop in occasionally
to visit or to get a little help with something.
(Check out our new
section featuring turbine adventures from other people and places!)
you are having problems locating the magnet discs for your turbine, we can
get them for you.
These disks have been laser cut and
have the holes for the hub and bolts already cut out.
The discs are 12" o.d. x 5/16"
The 12" discs are available at $30.00 each Canadian
We also have 14" discs available at
$40.00 each Canadian plus shipping.
For more information, click on the products page