design
Model for living diagram

24ft Yurt -
I chose a yurt because of the simple and quick setup along with the very small amount of materials needed. It took 2 days to set up, and is spacious enough to sleep 8-10 people if needed. Its easy to heat and cool, and provides year-round comfort.

Dome Greenhouse - This was an essential piece of the overall project. Most greenhouses dont have the height needed to grow fruit trees inside. This 22ft diameter dome gave me over 600 sq ft of growing space, plus 11ft in height needed to grow my guava, fig, persimmon, lemon and black sapote trees. Because of its shape, I can cycle warm air from the top to the bottom quite easily, and it gives a pleasant experience to be in a circle, rather than a square glass box. I will also be able to grow my greens year round, providing me with nourishment 365 days a year, and it will also allow the early establishment of seedlings before the outside ground becomes suitable for seedlings.

Wood-heated cedar hot tub - I have two of these. One on the perimeter of my deck outside, and one in the center of my dome greenhouse. The one in the greenhouse provides heat year round, and its will allow us to enjoy the warm water in the middle of winter with fruit hanging above our heads. I am going to encircle the hot tub with the fruit trees so the trees can absorb the warmth immeadiately. After 5-6 days of use, I will drain the hot tub and use that water for watering my plants and trees.

Deck - The deck is made from recycled wood and pressed plastic. The ultimate in recycling. No trees were needed to produce this lovely terrace. I have it shaped like a hexagon in honor of my bee friends. Along the railings of the deck are berry bushes, such as blueberry and strawberry.

Square Foot Gardening - use this method because it is the best way to micro-manage the garden and keep the soil in a pristine and unpacked condition. I will grow most of my melons, tomatoes, peppers, and other cultivars in this area. The rest of the site will be more "chaotic", leaving plants to naturally grow where they choose and I will manage them continously harvesting whatever I need, without pulling up the plant in its entirety. Whatever is strongest will survive and be present in the garden, so we will only be having the best food available.

Honeybees - I have two hives on the site, and by working with the bees, I am able to have my fruit trees pollinated much more efficiently and will have some honey and bee pollen of my own to enjoy. I honor and cherish these bees, and treat them with the utmost respect and dignity. I see myself as their guardian, and I take a very small percentage of what they create for themselves. Vegans will protest, but few have actually worked with bees on their own and understand the relationship between bees and the beekeeper.

Fruit Trees - I have over 50 fruit and nut trees on the site, most accustomed to the colder climate of Central Minnesota. I have many heirloom varieties, and quite a few tropical as well. - Some of the varieties that stand out are: Spitzenburg Apples Green Gage Plums Ranier Cherries Italian Everbearing Figs Meyers Lemons Hong Kong Guavas Hachiya Persimmons Black Sapote European Hazlenuts Jujubes Persian Mulberries Paw-Paws Grapes and Berries - These will be used as natural borders and shade producers. The grapes will placed in the entryway arbor of the property and the yurt itself. It will give much needed shade in the summer, and will provide wonderfully tasty seeded grapes with ease. Because they are growing off of the ground, there will be much less chance for fungus problems. I am growing only un-hybridized grapes and berries which still have seeds.

Soil - I am remineralizing the soil by using compost from leaves and swamp mud, sea water concentrate, and worm castings. By doing this, I am creating incredibly strong plants what will have more vitamins and minerals, and will be able to fight off pests without the use of any chemical pesticides. I am also using only copper tools after the first excavation in order to keep the magnetic properties of the soil intact.

Composting Toilets - For ultimate water and waste conservation, I am clearly using a composting toilet system. This system turns waste into a light compost which will then be placed out in the woods. There is no water or electicity needed, and I do not have to install a disgusting and expensive septic system.

Water - Water is harvest by collecting rainwater and a well. Water is brought inside by buckets into a reservoir in the kitchen and bathroom whenever needed. Because the diet practiced in the home is raw vegan, there is very little to clean up and no scrubbing. There is no dishwasher needed. The used water will be saved and placed on the fruit trees. Ultimate water conservation. We will also be mulching the ground heavily, to reduce evaporation and keep the soil most and alive. Most of the water will be naturally stored in the soil, and the rest will be in large light-proof containers.

Culinary Mushrooms - Underneath the deck, we will have a space suitable for the cultivation of mushrooms like maitake and shitake. We are making the most out of all of our space in order to produce the most abundant and varied food available.