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Onsite Food ProductionOnsite Food Production

While this project is primarily centered on green building and building science as they relate to off-the-grid, extreme living, there are other aspects to self sufficiency, such as onsite food production. As the project progresses, we will test how to fill a larder with nutritious foods that grow well in a harsh climate.

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When the houses are complete, the garden will be next. Stay tuned  for more on the types of food we plan to grow.

From Green Builder Media's award-winning Celestia Project: A Message from 2100. As researchers analyze video and documents found in The Celestia capsule in Central Park, they have released the first of several messages sent back to us from 2100. This one's topic: The Future of Food.

Abundance—The Future of Food Security

WHEN WE ENVISION HOW WE WILL LIVE OVER THE NEXT 100 YEARS, we are faced almost immediately with issues of food security. How do we design a building, a city, a house or a kitchen—or even a cooking method—without factoring in where and how people will acquire and prepare their food?

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The 11 Tenets

Here are the eco-landmarks we navigate by as we create this sustainable enclave.

 Energy EfficiencyEnergy Efficiency Off-the-grid living demands the ultimate in energy-efficient products. Here’s what we picked.
 RenewablesRenewables Dependence on petroleum is dead; instead, we use these easy-on-the-environment technologies.
Water and Resource Conservation Water and Resource Conservation Natural resources are finite. Here are the techniques and products we use to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
 Indoor Air QualityIndoor Air Quality Healthy buildings mean healthy people. We spec’d products that make the indoors as fresh as the meadow air surrounding us.
 Smart TechnologySmart Technology We harness smart tech that will make life simpler and help us be more sustainable.
 DurabilityDurability See which building science practices and green products hold up to the harsh realities of high-altitude living.
 Resilient Housing Disaster can strike anywhere. Techniques and products can help buffer buildings from these assaults.
 Multifunctional Living SpacesMultifunctional Living Spaces We designed spaces that morph and accommodate more than one function.
 Onsite Food Production Fresh food grown on site is the healthiest and most green way to go (not to mention tastiest!) Here are some notes from the high-altitude larder.
 Indoor/Outdoor LivingIndoor/Outdoor Living New products and design conceits blur the lines between shelter and the soul-healing outdoors.
 Wildlife ProtectionWildlife Protection Wildlife conservation means protecting all plant and animal species and their habitats so nature will be around for future generations to enjoy. Here’s how we address this important concept.