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Manitoba Earthship Project - 2012-2014

Future home of the Plantz Organic Farm

We have not updated this site in so long, here is my (Kris's) attempt to do so.... 

Manitoba Earthship is an off-the-grid eco home, that was started in July 2012 with construction still ongoing in March 2014 (don't ask when it will completed as we thought it would be months ago and there is still a lot of work to do).  This is the first Global Model Earthship build in this province. We have had such support from so many people including our excellent neighbours in the Interlake and Selkirk Building and Planning who are "learning with us". Kris and I (Nicole) talked about doing this since 2008 driving our friends and family nutz and then we did it (hey, less talk more action). As part of our project we want to understand and document the process for building Global Model Earthship's in Manitoba so we can help others who are interested in doing the same.

We got the shell closed up in 2012 just in time for real winter to kick in. In May of 2013 we started up again and since then we have finished most of the rough in of the interior (plumbing, walls, bottle work, planters, earth berm and more). We have been working with a small crew of volunteers on a regular basis (contact us if you're interested). We officially moved in September 2013 and spent one of the most miserable winters Manitoba has ever seen inside trying to make progress completing the interior as well as living inside it.  With no heating source besides that of the sun heating our thermal mass, we've managed to stay above 10.5 Celcius through all the -30 plus days with little sun we've had.  To those who say this can't work in any climate, I say this one is proof it can.  Sure it hasn't been as comfortable as having a heating source and a constant inside temperature but isn't living off the grid all about sacrifices to the expected normal comforts of everyday living?  This is also the most extreme climate, that we know of, that this has ever been built.

To this date, March 5 2014, we still do not have hot water or working shower but have managed to live without these "wants" so far.  It's amazing how many things you take for granted that you don't really need.  To be frugal, we've also been filling our fridge with ice (re-frozen in the same 5 gallon container after it melts), emptying our sink water (destined for the septic tank) to water plants or just thrown outside (if too greasy) to save space in the septic.

Building the Earthship is only the first step (a big one) that we will make towards living in a sustainable way of living (awesome permaculture site). In 2014 we will start to create a farm based on permaculture principles. 

Got questions or want to be involved in some way? Contact us at manitobaearthship@gmail.com.  If we don't reply to your email right away, we're sorry, we get so many questions and emails that it takes time for us to muster up the energy to answer the same questions over and over again.  We have a facebook page that is quite up to date and by scrolling through or asking questions on it, you're more likely to receive an expedited answer.  Just search Manitoba Earthship Project on Facebook.

We are looking for some volunteers for the spring/summer of 2014 to help with some finishing touches on the earthship and to get some of our permaculture gardens started.  So if you're interested send us an email.  

There will also be a third member of our earthship family arriving in mid to late May so who knows how much work we'll get done after that.  Nicole thinks she's going to very productive with the newborn, but I guess we'll see about that.












Posts

  • July 2013 - Where are we now? Ok, I admit, we have not done a great job of keeping our posts up to date on the website. So much to do and it's just so much ...
    Posted Jul 24, 2013, 7:51 PM by Nicole Bennett
  • Being books - the Human Library Project Kris & I have been asked to participate as a Book in this years Human Library project. Winnipeg Public Library, in partnership with CBC and The Canadian Museum for Human Rights ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2013, 5:51 PM by Nicole Bennett
  • The roof & flashings - January 2013 At long last we were ready for the metal for the roof and window flashings to go on. The second week of January our roofing company, Oakwood Roofing, had all ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 6:56 PM by Nicole Bennett
  • Thoughts on getting started A few thoughts about getting started with your Earthship build Over the past few years we have amassed information on Earthships from many sources. There is a wealth of content ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 3:55 PM by Nicole Bennett
  • Bottle Brick Making by Kris What is a bottle brick, how do you make them, & how much will you bleed?A bottle brick is a brick made out of two bottle ends taped together. These ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2013, 4:32 PM by Nicole Bennett
  • November 2012 Update Well it's been a long and somewhat tedious fall for us.  Since our Alberta boys (Stevie and Scott) left us a few weeks ago progress had been slow until ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2012, 4:08 PM by Nicole Bennett
  • September Update - MB Earthship 2012 A friend reminded me recently that our website could use a little updating - and so here I will attempt an update on the highlights from August - September in one post ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2012, 3:45 PM by Nicole Bennett
  • Costs to date - Phase 1 Everyone (ourselves included) is interested in how much things cost. Since we are being financed for this build (thanks to Sunova Credit Union) we are keeping close track of the ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2012, 11:20 AM by Nicole Bennett
  • July monthly progress update On June 29th, 2012 we got our building permit - as of August 1st (with a week off for Folk Fest) we have leveled our site, installed our cooling tubes, started ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2012, 10:40 AM by Nicole Bennett
  • Folk Fest supplies all the cans for the build This year we partnered up with the Winnipeg Folk Festival environmental crew. The crew added an extra step to their can/bottle separation process and bagged thousands of cans for ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2012, 10:28 AM by Nicole Bennett
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