have almost 2 acres to work with but we are trying to find out how much
food can be produced in an area the size of a small backyard. This area
on the side of our home is where our neighbors can see it, it's easy
for us to access from our home and we can use our small Waterfall Pond
for the 'tilapia' fish that supply the plants food (that clean the water
for the fish).
pumping the water so that it returns to the top of the water feature
Donna still gets benefit of the waterfall's sound and the water gets
part of the water feature (that wasn't operational when we moved in)
could allow us to also pump some of the water into a reservoir farther
away that connects to the pond that can also be used for more plant
growth and water purification.
The 'stream' empties into the fish pond and may be part of later expansion (or someone's project :)
Our first GeoDesic Dome (The MoneyDome
has been a regular and popular feature at several freedom oriented
festivals for more than a year. We learned a lot about their
construction and benefits and wanted to connect two together, a
'doubleDome', that can provide the infrastructure for our Aquaponics
EMT (electrical) conduit that was fabricated to exact dimensions over
several days by activists is what you see on the deck. Three complete
16' diameter domes were fabricated (one went to Leo and his family to
house his growing flock of Japanese Quail that they raise for food and
Our Domes are 3 Phase (3 different sizes of conduit - go to 'The MoneyDome
page for an explanation and links to Dome Calculators). Two Domes are
represented by the piles of conduit on the deck that is now ready for
The two AquaDomes will occupy most of the available space.
Used straw from the chicken coup is the first layer.
two fresh straw bails are spread out to provide a thick weed free layer
so that we have a clean floor in the AquaDome and a clean work
environment. We also plan to clear some spots for ground growth (carrots
Ready for Dome assembly tomorrow afternoon (Friday May 17th at 3pm) and then swimming... the water is nice.
one will have an opening to the deck and another to the sidewalk. Dome
one will also be connected to dome two. Dome two will also have an
opening facing the side door of the house.
Starting to assemble the Aquadome:
Our Next Door Neighbor
Our Neighbor's view
From Our Mailbox
Looking towards the street
Dwaine Halberg and Daniel Sackett (Saguaro Materials Research) will be coming by Tuesday May 21st to see the progress