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This DIY, year-round greenhouse was designed by Francis Gendron, and it’s ethos is to provide you with an indoor garden no matter what the season or weather outside.

Called “The Greenhouse of the Future”, this walipini-style semi-underground structure can provide enough of a micro-climate inside to enable growth, especially in colder climates.

The greenhouses are easily made from salvaged materials, such as reclaimed metal sheeting also incorporating aspects of earthship construction by using discarded tyres. Indeed Francis himself graduated from architect Michael Reynolds’ Earthship Academy in 2012.

As we become more socially conscious about how and where our food is derived, so too do we look to try and become more personally involved in its production. In achieving this, our location on the planet will greatly inform what can be grown.

According to Gendron, “…the questions people should ask themselves… 

  • Where do I live? 
  • What’s the climate like?
  • How long do I want to produce food throughout the year (6 months, 8 months, or the full year)?
  • Do I have access to a sunny place where I can build?
  • Do I want more than just food production?
    For example, you may want a beautiful place to relax in the sun during the winter.”

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The semi-underground structure of the greenhouse design protects it from strong winds, and heavy snows in addition to benefitting from the passive geothermal energy of the earth.

Gendron has produced a film, ebook and provides plans and designs for building your won greenhouse, which are available here for purchase and download. You can also watch the trailer for the film here.

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Francis Gendron is a public speaker, educator, and passionate promoter of an ethical, resilient and sustainable future.

Francis spent many years as an outdoor guide teaching leadership, outdoor and survival skills in some of Canada’s wildest areas before he became the first graduate of the Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico, directed by renowned architect Michael Reynolds. He has led over 100 seminars on the philosophy and practical skills behind the Earthship concept.

He started The Greenhouse of the Future project to create a resilient, organic and local food production solution for any climate.
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The path of water in an Earthship

  1. Water is caught from roof catchment systems and channeled via silt catches into cisterns.
  2. Cisterns gravity feed a DC pump and filter panels (WOM).
  3. A Pump and filter panel (WOM) pushes water into a pressure tank and conventional household water pressure is the result.
  4. The Toilet is separated from drainage system of all other household plumbing fixtures.
  5. Water is used in a conventional way such as bathing or washing dishes.
  6. Next, this water is then drained into linear biologically developed interior greywater treatment and containment systems.
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Earthship - Corner Cottage

Great tour by John & Catherine.

Available for nightly rental!

Earthship Academy Weekly Roundup for 03.08.2013

Monday - Introduction

I meet all the brilliant students from the Academy at the Visitor Center!

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I’m still trying to remember those 35 new names!

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I’m staying at R.E.A.C.H. an off-the-grid community located 9 000 feet above sea level! Approximately 30 minutes from the job site.

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The view from R.E.A.C.H.

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Tuesday - Class Day

Here is Michael Reynolds telling us about the history of Earthships!

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A good virus!

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The tour of the Phoenix!

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And here is the job site where the third generation of the Global Model will be built!

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Here are some of the construction materials!

  • Tires
  • Insulation
  • Cisterns
  • Cooling tubes

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Wednesday - Work Day

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Here we have the team leveling the first course. I had my first tire pounded!

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 The second course is on it’s way!

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By the end of the day the third cource was started! Ready for the cooling tubes to get installed!

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Thursday Work Day

The team is leveling the ground for the thermal wrap!

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The cooling tubes are being installed and insulated!

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The fourth course is on it’s way!

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And the fifth!

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Weapons of mass construction!

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By the end of the second day we had five course done! The cooling tubes installed and buried! And the first layer of thermal wrap installed!

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Friday - Class Day

  • Power Tools Workshop - Earthship Crew *Reported
  • Water 1 (Roof, Cistern, Silt Catch, WOM) - Michael Reynolds
  • Water 2 (Gray Water, Black Water, Food) - Michael Reynolds

Saturday & Sunday

Spent most of my time writing artilces! Got to keep feeding the ever growing number of followers!

This post was written with a solar powered computer!

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