Social Permaculture Reflections

Susan recently achieved her Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) through Oregon State University.  Amazing course!  Amazing instructors and cohort.  Her final project was to design the layout of the Doighouse community gardens, orchard, personal, social and teaching spaces.  Here’s an example of the overall plan.

theDoighouse site plan.

Social Permaculture Reflections:

The goal of theDoighouse is to create community; using space and place as a way to bring people together to learn, to laugh and share our collective experiences. Continue reading Social Permaculture Reflections

We want you!!!!

Similar to the concept of ‘barn raising’ an Earthship build is typically a group of volunteers working together to build community; learning new skills; making new friends; and raising a new building.

This summer we will be hosting theDoighouse build.  We are anticipating a global experience with volunteers from around the world and are currently accepting applications from people interested in working and learning together with us. Tire pounding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, cement mixing/pouring, food prep and meal service are just some of the opportunities.

theDoighouse is committed to a safe build;  all volunteers will be covered by WorkSafe BC.

Continue reading We want you!!!!

Solar PV system arrives

Well… part of it anyway.

The first of the solar systems to provide power to theDoighouse has arrived on site; it is a mini system compared to what we will need for the house.  Right now, it is being used to a) power our daily needs for light/electricity; and b) learn how to manage the batteries and the Outback inverter… basically the system and how it works. It is beautiful!

Ok… in fact, even though it has been carefully thought through, planned and executed I do find it a little intimidating. Continue reading Solar PV system arrives

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