Troy Rhodes wrote:I built a greenhouse two years ago (michigan, cold enough to matter). It has really changed what I can get out of a garden. 12 1/2' x 28' hoop house from EMT and proper greenhouse plastic. Less than a thousand bucks and super sturdy. A youtube search for build a hoop greenhouse will get you a ton of info.
I am going to build a second one, and have been gathering information on how to heat it without the use (or bare minimum use) of fossil fuels. There's a book called the Forest Garden Greenhouse that is a good resource, and it's very inexpensive. Twenty-something.
You can also do a google search and a youtube search for Annualized thermal intertia, solar battery greenhouse, winter greenhouse, and get a ton of resources. Jerome Osentowski is growing bananas and figs in 7,000 foot elevation colorado...
As far as an intentional community, how much government supervision do you have? Are they crazy about building codes and zoning? Around here, we often refer to them as the Department of Making you Sad.
Su Ba wrote:Feeding that many people year around will be quite a big project unless those people already know how to grow and store the types of food that they prefer to eat. A lot depends upon the land and infrastructure. Is the soil already fertile or will it need to be developed and enhanced? Is irrigation, run off control, wind blockage, wildlife control already set up? Are tools already available? Is there housing and sanitation already in place or will it need to be built? Do the 6 to 10 people already know each other or have worked successfully together? Does anyone know how to preserve the food you plan to produce so that it will be available through the winter? There are plenty more questions that need to be explored. .......Just a suggestion for things for you to think about.