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Site Preparations for a Straw-bale home

New local resident Tony C discusses his motivations and preparations for constructing a straw-bale home. From Wikipedia: "Straw-bale construction is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly wheat, rice, rye and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or both. This construction method is commonly used in natural building or "brown" construction projects. Research has shown that straw-bale construction is a sustainable method for building, from the standpoint of both materials and energy needed for heating and cooling.[2]  Advantages of straw-bale construction over conventional building systems include the renewable nature of straw, cost, easy availability, naturally fire-retardant and high insulation value."

Check out Tony's progress on Instagram @ finding_freedom_off_grid

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Building an Earthship June 2020

An Earthship is a brand of passive solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds.

Earthships are predicated upon the idea that there are six human needs which can be addressed through environmentally sustainable building design:[1]

Energy: Thermal and/or solar heating and cooling, solar and wind electricity
Garbage Management: Reuse and recycling built into construction and daily living
Sewage Treatment: Self-contained sewage treatment and water recycling
Shelter: Building with natural and recycled materials
Clean Water: Water harvesting and long term storage
Food: In-home organic food production capability
Earthship structures are intended to be "off-the-grid-ready" homes, with minimal reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. They are constructed to use available natural resources, especially energy from the sun and rain water. They are designed with thermal mass construction and natural cross-ventilation to regulate indoor temperature, and the designs are intentionally uncomplicated and mainly single-story, so that people with little building knowledge can construct them.
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In this video, Matt and Goldie discuss their current building process and their design ideas for the final product.

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Crestone Atalanta Gardens

The Crestone Atalanta gardens is a prolific CSA in the heart of the Crestone/Baca community. Situated on 40 acres of land, this garden is an example of sustainable large scale gardening in a high desert environment, in inhospitable sandy soil. Visit Atalanta gardens at www.atalanta.org

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The Power Of Intention - Crestone Energy Fair - Crestone Town Hall - Rebirth, Renewal & Regeneration

This discussion was quite emotional for me. Never have I spoken with such candor about my experience, strength and hope for all humans and our planet. Join us for a personal journey of my transformation.

Leah and I are two humans who no longer support the inhuman, oligarchic empire model destroying our planet and our true nature as human beings. As activists we decided to do something about it, so we opted out of our former lives to begin anew. We are currently transforming pristine alpine wilderness into a self-sustaining homestead and organic farm in preparation for the upcoming collapse. We plan on developing and executing every single step of the process in open source format for the benefit of all humanity. With our backgrounds in academia and the sciences (climatology, geology, physics, biology, chemistry, and more) we hope to uncover the lies perpetrated by the mass media. It will be presented here and on our website in a systematic and thorough process. As you can imagine, this is a multifaceted, lifelong project, and we are so passionately excited to take the next steps towards self sufficiency and our dream!

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Lee Temple 2019 Keynote Speech

Lee Temple

Lee Temple is an award-winning author, visionary, elder, community organizer, and global sustainability activist/consultant—a planetary change agent and vital force for cross-cultural transformation. For the 2019 Energy Fair, he gave us a rousing speech laying out how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint among other things.

Watch the Video Here

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2019 Crestone Energy Fair: torroidal coil by Om Wear

Harry, creator of this particular torroidal coil gives us a personal demonstration of both personal and house model torroidal coil. Check out Om Wear at www.omwear.com you can reach Harry at Harry@omwear.com or call him at 347-452-0298 

  - Ana Sofia

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Owner Builder Conversations, Crestone CO 2017

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Song Threnody for Carlos Chavez
Artist Susan Bates
Album Lou Harrison: Chamber & Gamelan Works
Licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of New World Records), and 1 Music Rights Societies
Song Camelot
Artist Richard Burton
Album Camelot (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Original Album
Writers Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
Licensed to YouTube by SME (on behalf of Itube); ASCAP, LatinAutor, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell, CMRRA, Warner Chappell, UBEM, PEDL, and 4 Music Rights Societies
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