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CA$ 3,771 pledged of CA$ 12,500 goal
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By Oliver Glaser
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About this project

We want to create the most complete video series of "how to build a natural home" available: from concept to completion. How you too can build your own home without  going into huge debt or needing a mortgage, with the help of friends and how to best live off the grid.

So here is our plan...

Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter. Here on Jewel Creek Organic Farm in Greenwood, BC there is always work to do and things going on. We have been hard at work preparing our homestead, welcoming volunteers who have been invaluable in helping us get to where we are now. For the last two years we have been documenting what we are up to on camera and posting that footage free for the world to see online. Now we are taking the next step. We are putting together a film, documenting the process from design to completion of a Natural home and all the systems contained within. Below are a few examples of some of the videos that we have put online to show what we are up to (and hopefully motivate others to do the same thing!). 

We want this video series to teach you how to:

  • Find the right site to build on
  • Design a small naturally built home using Permaculture principles
  • Source building materials for minimal $
  • Build with materials from the land - wood, clay, sand, stone, water, etc...
  • Design and build a rocket mass heater that will fit in any home
  • Design and build off grid energy, water and waste systems to enable you to live comfortably, with modern conveniences 
  • Build with various techniques, from timbre framing and stacking stone, to cobbing and straw bale construction

The Examples

We intend to build a small, timber framed, strawbale house this summer to move into by late fall and in doing so, turn our current large log house into guest accommodations for those looking to visit the farm. Our intention is to document this process, showing perspective builders and those interested in Permaculture and natural building methods, stages from development to the  building techniques used. In this video series (I expect it will take a least 2 if not 3 DVD's to cover it all), you will see (and hopefully learn) about how and why we designed certain systems a certain way and specifics on things like rocket mass heaters for warmth, earthen floors, straw bale walls, timber framing, sawing logs, natural plasters, solar PV and microhydro electrical systems for off grid living, gray water and composting toilet systems, passive solar heating, and more! 

We want to show that building like this is possible for anyone! That you can live mortgage free and build with materials at hand. 

If this sounds like something that you might want to see or better yet be a part of, support us in our goal of making this happen this summer! We would love to have you be part of the fun.

The T-Shirt and Sticker have been Designed!
Talented tattoo artist Sandra McAndrew has taken our colourful logo and made a beautiful version of it for the Limited edition T shirts.

The Reward Workshops

We will be hosting several workshops all summer long. These will all be a part of the finished DVD series. If you are interested in taking part here is what we offer; 3 organic (mostly) vegetarian meals plus snacks. The lake with a beach to swim, boats for fishing and even to sail at (we have a 16' sailboat moored at the lake all summer long!). Surrounded by wilderness and wildlife, there are endless trails and forests to explore. Every evening there will be bonfires around which we can host talks, hang out and socialize before bed. There are old mining relics and ghost towns scattered around the area. Bring your bike and explore the area. For those participants with children, child care will be included. And now for the list of workshops.

Rocket Mass Heater workshop - This 1 week course will focus primarily on retrofitting the existing log house with a large rocket mass heater. You will LEARN by DOING! We will be installing some timbre frame supports under the floors and then get right to it. This segment will show that anyone can design and build for very little money out of recycled and free-cycled materials a highly efficient heating system in any home. If we have enough time, then a second one will go into a greenhouse that we will be framing at the same time. 
May 25 - 31, 2014

Timbre Framing and Natural Construction - In this 2 week workshop, we will be using the excavator to prepare the site, learning to mill lumber harvested from the property with our sawmill. We will be erecting the timbre frame for the house, taught and led by expert local timbre framers and natural builders. Traditional joinery will be taught and put into practice. You will also learn to and actually build a cob pizza oven at the site of an outdoor kitchen and bakery - something that anyone can build in their backyard.
July 06 - 19, 2014

Strawbale building, Cob works and Natural Plasters - In this 2 week course we will erect the walls, finish framing, install windows and plaster the bales preparing for finishing. We will learn and build a rocket mass heater and interior walls from wattle and daub/ cob and begin interior finishing. We will mix cob and earthen plasters, and build on various parts of the project, putting what you learn directly into action. As with all the workshops the food will be first rate.
August 17 - 30, 2014

What do we need the money for?

To make it happen!... but seriously, making this project is not gonna be cheap. Here is a quick list of some of the things that we need to put together with this money (if you support us)

Costs of running the workshop - Everything from  food and supplies for the participants, to hardware and parts for the builds.

Instructors - Experts in their field; we want talented natural builders and, and permaculture professionals to teach our workshop and to help make the build a success. 

Camera equipment - Along with our HD cameras, and the steadicam that I already own and plan to use, we would like to incorporate POV shots utilizing GoPro cameras, Movi's (another camera stabilization system), A jib arm and perhaps even a camera drone (like a remote helicopter with camera mounted on it) for wide overhead views of the site.

Production and post production crew and facilities - Camera, Sound and Editing crew and editing facilities as well as Misc production costs.

Disk replication - Making copies of the DVD's and BluRays for you all to enjoy and learn from.

That's it. Simple. Thank you Kickstarters!

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges when you shoot a film as far as logistics go and making sure that you cover everything you will need in the edit... But nothing that I am not used to...The biggest challenge as I see it on this project is the weather... so long as it holds out and we have our usual sunny hot summer, the build should go off without to much trouble. The logistics of dealing with so many people (food and lodgings) in the workshop, is also one thing that we will have to contend with, but with some great help and a bit of experience with larger groups, we think we will fair well. The edit will be labour intensive, and depending on the amount of footage we have and how many DVD's worth we think it will take up, there could be small delays in delivery. That's it really.

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