Underground Greenhouse for Community Sustainability Campaign

We are creating an Off-Grid and Heritage Farm Learning Center. Help us build part of this project: an underground greenhouse that grows all year-round!
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Eva Tavares
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Sorrento, British Columbia
Canada
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Short Summary

My name is Eva and I am an opera singer, actor, dancer, choreographer and environmental activist. I have grown up around very passionate people who want to make a difference in people's lives. This is our dream and we are making it a reality:

Our dream is to create an off-grid and heritage farming learning center based in the Shuswap. This facility's purpose is to demonstrate and put into practice multiple sustainable initiatives in order to strengthen and educate communities. By promoting lost heritage techniques in addition to newer,
emerging methods, we have a chance to lessen our impact on our planet while
reconnecting with the very roots of our humanity.

This is a very large and expensive project with many components, including
permaculture food forests, market gardens, alternative building projects,
traditional dairy production, heritage wool processes, and traditional
culinary classes as well as many others.But today we are trying to
fundraise for just one part of the dream: an underground greenhouse.

 After doing much research on reliable growing techniques, my dad discovered a plan for a partially underground greenhouse that uses geothermal heat to heat the plants within it. The greenhouse is 12 feet tall, 5 of which is
underground. Pipes that transport the natural heat from within the earth up to
the greenhouse are dug 8 feet into the ground. Fans are used to transfer this
air into the greenhouse, keeping the temperature in the greenhouse hot
enough to grow citrus and a variety of tropical fruit… all the time!

More info can be found at this link:

http://www.offgridchick.com/2014/03/30/going-underground/



What We Need

Approximate cost for materials:

Dome = $10,000

Piping/motors = $2,000

Fruit trees and other plants = Upwards of $1,000

Labour/machinery rental= Upwards of $3,000


Approximate
Total = $20,000

We are hoping to raise half of that total!


The Impact

- We can grow various tropical fruits and veggies all year round! We will be updating everyone on our progress throughout the building process.

-Educating our communities about alternative and sustainable food production
methods in a time when food security is a necessity. We would be
offering consultations and/or demonstrations after the completion of the
project to teach others how to benefit from this innovation.

-Decreasing footprint and reliance on fruit and vegetable products that
are not grown in our own climate.

Other Ways You Can Help

-Spread the word!

-Come visit us and help us
     complete these projects!

-Donate!



 

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$460CAD
raised by 14 people in 1 month
5% funded
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$10,000 CAD goal
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This campaign ended on July 4, 2014
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  • $10CAD
    Green Giver

    Anyone who donates between $10 and $45 will have their name included in a handmade piece of art that will be displayed in the greenhouse. Thank you so much for your support!

    5 claimed

  • $50CAD
    Tree Trustee

    Anyone who donates between $50 and $100 will get this perk. Your donation will be helping us get the right trees and plants we need for inside the greenhouse! Your name will be attached to one of the trees with a handmade name plate! Pictures and video of your personal tree will be sent to you. Thank you!

    3 claimed

  • $500CAD
    Sustainable Saviour

    Anyone who donates between $500 and $1000 will get this perk. Wow! You have made a significant donation to the cause and will have your name engraved on a plaque beside the door of the greenhouse ! Video and photos will be sent to you so that you can see the whole process. Thank you!

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