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Happy New Year

I received the emergency shelter book from Cal-Earth. It has many interesting designs for small adobe housing, suitable for visitors. Trying out a few of these will be a good step toward learning how to build with this method in preparation for the larger permanent residence eco-dome housing, and will provide more comfortable spaces for visitors to stay.

Status Update

I continue to focus most of my energies on the business (Sites That Grow LLC) to generate capital for the project. I have taken on a part-tiem teaching job, which is keeping me busier than ever.

We recently had a visit from Patricia, a woman from Tucson, who is interested in the project and can draw out a housing plot for us -- she is an interior designer.  We hope to have another visit from her soon.

We also received an inquiry from Mark, of the Oracle, Arizona area.

Another man named Mike G. has also expressed interest and may come to visit sometime in 2009.

Status Update

Recent Activities

  • We have had very good monsoon rains, above normal rainfall in July and August
  • Continued  to bury the water pipe which runs from the well to the storage tank area.
  • Bought MycoGrow to encourage growth of trees, bushes and annuals. Some of the trees have started leafing out more, but it may be due to the monsoon rains.

Planned activities

Spring Winds

The spring winds came powerfully in March. So powerfully that the tin roof on the toilet house blew off. It was time to do something drastic, so we put on a layer of OSB (plywood) and asphalt roll roofing. The roof is now extremely solid and will handle anything that Mother Nature will deliver (no tornadoes here).

Status Update

What's happening at the Sanctuary:

We received another pickup-style camper that is in pretty decent shape. It needs a bit of repair, because it was tipped over by a horse, but has most of the amenities intact.

We are slowly continuing to bury the water line. We added another faucet to reach an area we previously had to carry water to.

The permanent, large water tank needs adjustment. We put in the liner without filling it with water -- MISTAKE!

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