Category Archives: color garden

new compost management in our homeunit in Germany

It is not a big deal to report on the implementation of a compost pile. I becomes bigger if we focus the stories behind.

In our case in Germany we “share” the space with another family living on our property and over the years we collected a reallly big pile of compost. Beside of the effect, that we reused biomass for our own vegetablle garden we gave sometimes our population of chicken access to the pile. They contributed with a lot of tasty eggs and cleaned the pille from nearly all snaill eggs.

One problem of acceptance in Germany – even in little villages – is to have chicken at all. The sound of the cock, the always escaping “gang” of bantams (little chicken) and daily little troubles with animals expanding the challenge to host them beside close neighbours.

The combination of vegetable garden, chicken and compost is an advantage and we like to establish a similar circle in our spanish homeunit.

First of all we need beside our compost doctor David more people willing to move biomass to a compost pile. Second we need a group of people interested in gardening and using this bio mass. Third we need people interested in having chicken and hosting them in a common task.

how to measure sustainability

According to an actual diskussion in our forum we like to share some facts about our first art camp in early summer 2018 in the campus of our free university of informal education (UNIIE).

As already published  – count down … – we created an infrastructure of shower and sinks and a catering place in the color garden. We did this to expand our possibilities to host groups of people at the same time and to develop our educative projects like UNIEE (free university of informal education).

We used trash and waste to set up the structures like refurbished wood from paletts, sinks from trash and ibc tanks from industry.

In three weeks we established the camp and finished it just before we hosted the first group of students from a german high school.

It was used for 6 days by 40 kids and adults, sometimes more when we invited for special dinner (paella done by Clara!!).

Luke, a friend from australia, mentioned, that we used a lot of energy and material in infrastructure instead of using minimalistic solutions. he posted some samples in the forum.

We do not measure the distance between theoretical optimum and our reality, we measure the distance between our reality and the daily reality of our guests. We think, whatever we want to change in the relation between generations and their ressources and their biological food prints, we have to start in their realities.

A normal person use 122 liter water per day. In one TEDx – Talk we can listen that 50% of the sweet water in France is used for cooling nuclear power devices. Wether this is true or not, we are sure taht these 122 liter are not used in a close personal way.

In our first art camp all kids where sensibilized and stimulated to reduce the water usage as much as possible. Thanks to their teachers! Instead of theoretical 122 liter per day they used less than 10.

From our perspective this is a great result. Hopefully we will invite much more young people to further art camps and – as an aditional feature of beeing guest in our project – they reduce their biological food prints in a fundamental way.

art camp count down – minus 2

Today we realized the pee separation for the toilets. We used old plastic bottles.

We cutted out the bottom.

And mounted it inside of the hole of the toilet seat.

We mounted also some useful signs at the signpost…

…and some important information around the sinks.

We finished also the second toilet.

We moved another 1000 liter water to the water deposit.

We started to decorate the toilets a little.

This will connect the life in the camp a little bit with the history of the last 30 years.

We found a place for the gift from our friends in Bucharest!

We cleaned the working space a little and we prepared the ecoparc area.

And we mounted the surprise…for tomorrow.

art camp count down – minus 4

Today we finished some walls of the left shower.

We added a support for the lost&found – Box and the box itself.

Nicole cleaned and protected the box.

Also she painted and protected the new signpost.

In the lower part of the art camp we prepared the table for serving the catering.

And we added mirrors to the sink area…

… on both sides.

Than we started to route the water to sinks and showers.

And prepared part of the first shower.

art camp count down – minus 6

Finishing the installation of the water deposit was the last step yesterday.

Fixing the waste water pipe today the first task.

Also we mounted the tube for the pie.

And we unmounted more paletts to harvest wood for the construction.

We pulled out the nails of the wood.

And continued with the left shower and the left toilet.

And Jens continued his hard work with the stone wall.

 

art camp count down – minus 8

Today we continued to wrap the right toilet with wood.

We mounted the toilet seat.

And we prepared some space for tools and decoration.

And some very useful installations…

Also we mounted the two sinks in the middle part.

We finished the walls of the left shower.

And we finished the waste water tube installation around the two sinks.

Jens continued his work to rebuild the broken part of the dry stone wall.

And he moved some heavy rocks.