Just talked to Dennis (Bob’s son, the seller) and he’s willing to let us rent while in escrow! Since escrow isn’t scheduled to close until the end of April, and pruning in the vineyard needs to get done early to mid March, he said he wouldn’t mind if we moved in asap. I told him our current landlord deserves a 30 day notice since we’ve been living there for 7 years. So, it looks like we’ll be moving in the next 30 days! I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally start a new chapter in my life.
Dave (my husband) is pretty anxious, too. I’m pretty sure he’s looking forward to starting the big organic garden as soon as we get moved in, so we can get certified to supply his restaurant with our own local & organic produce. Takeables is mostly a take & bake restaurant, but we are becoming known for using only local and fresh ingredients in wraps, stromboli, calzones and other baked goods like mini pies and muffins. Dave makes extra effort to find his ingredients organic and non-gmo, too!
Enough about that, this blog is about the Earthship and our plans to build it on our new vineyard property…
I’m posting a pic below of the satellite view vs. a mock up of what I would like to see happen in the next 2 years (stretching it out). Feel free to comment here or on my Facebook page link to this post.
I have started looking for donations of old sheets, pillowcases and woven polypropylene bags. The bags can be from dog food, cat food, etc. We’re looking for large plastic bags that look like they are woven… you’ll know em when you see em! I want to build my mom an earthbag/cob greenhouse as a practice project. Her and I have collected 6 free shower doors, and several windows we found on craigslist and from her friends; we now have enough glass to complete the greenhouse!
For our house, I found a cool earthbag post a while back where this gal used old sheets sewn into large tubes the same size as the tubular (continuous) earthbags you buy commercially from CalEarth. From another vendor named United Bags, I can buy 1,000 mis-printed rice bags that are 18″ x 30″ for only $250… but who wants to spend needed cash on that method when you can use your sewing machine to sew together old donated sheets to get the same results? Beside that, the cotton or other material they are made out of, to me, sounds greener than using polypropylene. So, hit me up if you have something we can use that you cannot! If you need to ship it to me, I have a FedEx account you can use to ship it on my dime!
I’m looking forward to keeping things posted on our progress both here and on my Facebook page. Thanks for reading and watching our progress!