Prototyping the First 100% Off-The-Grid, Affordable, Low-Maintenance Greenhouse using Earthship Principles and Aquaponics. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 13, 2013.
About this project
**Update**: Thanks to you, WE SUCCESSFULLY RAISED $10,000 IN ONE WEEK! We are incredibly thankful and humbled by your generous donations :)
With more momentum comes bigger goals. So we'd like to set a new funding goal of $40,000 and reveal our next project, a perfect compliment to the Farm of the Future and Valhalla's mission to make communal sustainable living mainstream.
Introducing the 'The Dome' -- a 33ft greenhouse hybrid of Geodesic Dome and Earthship architecture:
We're also adding some fun bonuses for different levels of funding. (We're excited to do the rap video!)
We are Valhalla -- a group of people dedicated to making sustainable communal living mainstream and inspiring people to help create the beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.
We live in a time of extremes. Technology has enabled us to either cause great harm or make tremendous strides.
We want to make that choice an easy one, so we've launched a project that will do just that.
We are creating a prototype of the farm of the future: a 100% off-the-grid greenhouse that produces vegetables, fruits and fish year-round, all in an automated way that requires very little maintenance.
This model sounds expensive, but it's actually very affordable ($4,000 to $6,000) and will pay for itself within 3-7 years just from the food it produces.
Our unique and innovative design combines three of the most promising technologies for a sustainable future: Earthships, Aquaponics and Passive Solar Greenhouses.
Aquaponics is a symbiotic system incorporating fish and plants that automates the production of a large amount of diverse food.
Passive solar greenhouses capitalize on the cycle of the sun to maximize heat and solar gain, even in a freezing cold climate.
Earthships are sustainable structures designed and developed by Michael Reynolds. This technology enables the greenhouse to be 100% off-the-grid by using passive ventilation, geothermal heating, water collection and renewable energy. It also allows the greenhouse to be made at an affordable price using recycled materials.
We want to show that sustainable living is not only possible, but also the cheaper and easier way to live .
Can you imagine walking into your greenhouse, smelling the fresh basil, and picking your own lettuce, tomatoes and avocado for tonight's dinner?
What about doing all of this in the middle of winter?
This could be your reality.
This technology exists today, and will grow exponentially once it becomes mainstream. This is why it is our goal to bring easy, healthy, green food production into the cultural forefront and pave the way towards a sustainable future.
We're building the first prototype in Montreal, Canada on our 60 acre Valhalla community. The greenhouse will be available to visit by the public, along with the other Earthships being built on the land this summer. This community will be a shining beacon for sustainable communal living.
The funds from this Kickstarter will go towards the materials to build the first prototype of the farm of the future. This includes glass, wood, concrete, plumbing, clay and plaster.
Any excess funds will go towards building additional prototypes. We want to nail down this design as tightly as possible before releasing it to the public.
We will film and document the entire process so that we can then provide the plans at a very affordable price so that everyone can access them. Any proceeds will go towards creating an organization that will travel and build these greenhouses for those unable to build them independently.
By supporting our project you play an integral role in the shift towards the sustainable future of our collective dreams. Help us push this revolution forward by contributing and spreading the word!
Risks and challenges
This greenhouse will be the first prototype of this type of structure. This has never been done before. So there may be engineering challenges that pop up as we push through the construction process.
We're confident that we can handle any of these potential roadblocks because of our skilled team:
Francis Gendron, the designer and foreman of the greenhouse, was the first full graduate of the Earthship Academy of Taos, New Mexico. He has participated in the build of 3 different Earthships and has done over 40 conferences about Earthships and Passive Solar Greenhouses all over Québec.
We will also be working with 2 other experienced Earthship builders. We also have 2 experienced aquaponics specialists who will work with us to installing the aquaponics system.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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THANK YOU + WEBSITE MENTION: Thank you for being apart of this green revolution! We'll list your name on a special donors page on our website.Estimated delivery:
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SEEDS OF CHANGE: We'll send you an envelope full of seeds from the Valhalla so you can start your own green revolution :)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EBOOK: You get a digital, step-by-step guide to building your own Earthship Greenhouse! You also get the Seeds of Change reward.Estimated delivery:
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EBOOK + VIDEO ACCESS: You get a digital, step-by-step guide to building your own Earthship Greenhouse & exclusive access to online video tutorials! You also get all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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EXCLUSIVE VALHALLA SHIRT: You get a limited-edition Valhalla t-shirt with our Tree-xplosion design! These will only be made for Kickstarter funders. You also get all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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TREE PLANTED IN YOUR NAME: We'll plant a tree at Valhalla and name it after you. Your name goes on a plaque in front of the tree. We'll send you a picture! you also get all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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2 HOUR CONSULTATION: You get 2 hours of Skype with the Valhalla team about building your own Earthship Greenhouse (or whatever you want to discuss!). You also get all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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4 HOUR CONSULTATION: You get 4 hours of Skype with the Valhalla team about building your own Earthship Greenhouse (or whatever you want to discuss!) + You're invited to the official unveiling at Valhalla! You also get all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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PART OF HISTORY: Your name will be carved on a plate hanging at the door of the first Earthship Greenhouse ever made! You're also invited to the official unveiling at Valhalla + up to 6 hours of Skype with the Valhalla team! You also get all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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1 WEEK WITH FRANCIS: Francis Gendron will fly or drive to your house and spend a whole week helping you build an Earthship Greenhouse and have the best week ever! You also get all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)