Off the Grid on a Homemade Island

Floating off the coast of Vancouver Island, a 45-minute boat ride to the nearest town, is a sustainable island fortress complete with a dance floor, art gallery and garden. For artists Catherine King and Wayne Adams, this is home: a labor of love 24 years in the making.


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Building your own Hawaii minimal house for a vacation’s cost



Kristie Wolfe spent $5000 to build herself a tiny home on wheels in her hometown of Pocatello, Idaho. It started off as a yearlong experiment in simple living, but she liked it so much she decided to keep living small, not only in Idaho, but she began looking for land to build a tiny vacation home.
She bought a plot of land in Hawaii sight-unseen for $8000. A year later she bought a plane ticket, packed her bags full of tools and with the help of her mother, began to build a bamboo “treehouse” that to fit the surrounding jungle (though rather than using trees for support, she built it on stilts). After two months of building every day “from dawn to dusk” and an $11,000 investment, she had a second home.
For Wolfe, the fact that it’s small- 15’ by 15’ or 225 square feet- is an asset. “My original house was 97 square feet so that was really tiny so this feels huge… I think small homes are beautiful because it fits with my lifestyle. I think having a lot of stuff mentally weighs you down even in ways that you don’t realize.”
Building her own home meant that Kristie was able to design everything custom: from a toilet-sink to save water (she’s not only off-grid, but she relies on rainwater capture for water) to an indoor/outdoor shower with cork-bark tiling. Whether she ever moves here permanently or simply moves on to building yet another home, she now knows she can build her own shelter.

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Aquaponics now in Barbados @ The Baird’s Village


Barbados LD Aquaponics & Organic Farming in Baird’s Village

This project comes from a small village in the interior of Barbados where a group of community people have formed a CBO to focus on sustainable farming activities. The goal of the project is “to create a community aquaponics enterprise which sells aquaponics technology and produces organic food and fish for local consumption and sale”. The objectives are to: (i) “develop and promote sound standards and a certification process for an aquaponics industry in Barbados”; (ii) develop the capacity of the Baird’s Village Aquaponics Association (BVAA) in the areas of organisational development, management and good governance in order to build a strong and cohesive group; (iii) establish and manage nine production units and one demonstration farm which will produce organic produce and fish for local consumption and sale; and (iv) develop and implement a production, sales and marketing strategy which will transform the BVAA into a successful small business enterprise.

Haiti Aquaponics Project – Nelson and Pade, Inc.

Published on 6 Aug 2012

The Living Food Bank® is a unique aquaponic food production system that provides a continuous supply of fresh fish and vegetables, grown aquaponically. The Living Food Bank® was designed for missions and social projects in developing countries, urban areas and other places that traditional agriculture doesn’t work or access to fresh food isn’t available. The Living Food Bank® produces a high volume of fresh food in a small space, using minimal resources. This reduces the reliance on imported food rations for feeding programs in developing countries while providing higher quality, more nutritional food.

A Living Food Bank® includes the complete aquaponic system and crop protection, designed for local climate conditions and crop choices, plus a complete energy system (solar panels, battery bank and generator back-up). A Living Food Bank® can be set up anywhere, to provide fresh fish and vegetables to those in need.

The first Living Food Bank® aquaponic system is set up in Haiti at the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission in St. Louis Du Nord. The system at NWHCM will be housed in a tropical greenhouse. The aquaponic system is designed to grow tilapia, a fresh water fish and a variety of vegetables. In addition, field crops such as corn and potatoes will be grown in the soil using excess, nutrient-rich, system water. Executive Director of the mission, Janeil Owen, is collaborating with Nelson and Pade, Inc. in developing aquaponics in Haiti and expanding the use of the Living Food Bank® throughout Haiti.

Since soil is not necessary to grow crops in aquaponics; the system can be set up nearly anywhere. The biological process that makes aquaponics work relies on beneficial microbes that naturally occur everywhere to convert the fish waste into water soluble nutrients that the plants use. Filtration components in the aquaponic system simply provide habitat for the microbes and removal of the solid fish waste, which can then be used to fertilize soil crops.

Rabbit rearing a gold mine

Published on 1 Sep 2014

Rabbit rearing is one farming enterprise that many consider a fun venture. Many rear rabbits to keep the home beautiful by having pets move around the compound. But Jessica Nantale has turned this fun into a money making venture.

After working for several companies with little pay, Jessica felt that her resource was being underutilized and decided to turn this fun venture of rearing rabbits into business.

Kennes Bwire visited Nantale’s rabbit farm in Buloba, Kampala and filed her story of how she is making millions out of passion for exotic rabbits.