The Greenhouse of the Future is an innovative and strategic design, built of recycled and natural materials, that interacts with the natural phenomena of the planet in order to create the ideal environment for growth and abundance.
The technologies and concepts that have inspired the design of this greenhouse have been proven by over 40 years of research and development by Michael Reynolds’ Earthship homes as well as the many studies on passive solar greenhouses.
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Diversity is much easier to achieve on a small scale than a large one. You can have a much more intimate and diverse polyculture in a home garden than you ever can on a thousand hectare farm. Many of the principles of the Greenhouse Of The Future – and I’ve only mentioned a few of them here – are much more applicable at a small scale than a larger one. And producing food at a smaller scale will actually help us to feed the world.
We’re often told that European and North American agriculture, with its large, mechanised farms, is the most productive on Earth. It is, but only in terms of productivity per person employed on the land. In terms of productivity per hectare various studies have shown that, broadly speaking, the smaller the farm the more productive it is. The Best Way to Grow Sweet Potato in Straw Bales, Bags and Containers
On a small farm, and even more so in a garden, much more attention can be given to detail and this on its own raises yields. Intricate polycultures, which would be impossible in wide open fields where you get on your tractor in the morning and drive like hell all day, become much more feasible when your unit of production is not the hectare but the individual plant. Single Plant that Grows Both Tomatoes and Potatoes at the Same Time
One of the great thrusts of permaculture is to empower more people to grow more of their own food right where they live. The Greenhouse Of The Future vision of the future would include a lot more people growing their own fruit and vegetables, whether in city, town or village. Dry foods such as grains, and animal products, would still come from the countryside, but the size of the farms producing them would be somewhat smaller than now. The Best 5 Gardening System to Grow Food for all Your Family Every Year Even in a Desert
This will mean a lot more people growing food. As the price of food inexorably rises, which it certainly will as population rises and fossil fuels become less abundant, I have little doubt that food production, whether for home consumption or for a living, will become more and more attractive and lose the lowly image it now has.
By building this greenhouse with your family our your community, you will contribute to a healthier and more sustainable world, reconnect with nature, save money and produce your own local organic food all year-round.
The Zero Energy Thermal Mass Greenhouse solves the problem of freezing weather and a short season climate when you need to grow food. There is no grid connection for heat. It will work anywhere. The two big things that it does best is to allow you to grow transplants to extend your growing season, and reduce the plant maturity days of each crop that you grow. You can also grow summer foods in the winter. It can also be used as a work space to dry vegetables, process honey from your hives, etc.
Don’t wait until food becomes scarce; start preparing for the future now by becoming as self-reliant as possible. Your long-term chances of survival could very well depend on your ability to feed yourself and your family without relying on someone else.
Now, what not to do. Do not leave the bales exposed. Be sure to plaster them and protect them from the weather. In the photo below, from a project at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, the bales are left exposed and will eventually (sooner rather than later) rot. In fact, you can see the top bale is already growing grass from the top. This is a prime example of what not to do.
Other than covering the bales in a quality plaster job, and protecting them from the weather, you should consider adding operable windows to your greenhouse to allow for the release of moisture which will inevitably build up in the structure from the plants. The ability to adjust the moisture levels in the greenhouse will help you in your gardening and will help protect the bales in the long term. Below is a beautiful version of what I suggest. Used in a standard greenhouse as the end walls, Harvest Build Associates, Inc. designed and created these beautiful walls to insulate the ends of the greenhouse and allow for ventilation through the windows.
So building a greenhouse can be simple or it can be elaborate. If you take the time to decide what you really want out of the greenhouse first and then design the structure around those needs, you will likely end up with the best building possible. Build smart, and build for function first. Protect your bales in the short term and the long haul. Use bales only as needed, not just for the sake of it. Provide the right foundation and weatherization. Remember that your food will be growing in the space you create, so be sure to add a large handful of love and gentle comfort in the design.
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