Runktrun...my memory needs help

nandina(8b)July 7, 2012

Nice to see you posting again, Katy. At the moment there is a question on the Organic Forum titled "Year round Self perpetuating Garden". It reminded me of two Island projects and I wonder if there are updates available on them?

The first is the gal who was heating her home using a chicken house open to the main house. I remember it received quite a bit of publicity at the time. Is this still an ongoing project?

And the second was back in the 80's. A display home off the grid using solar gain windows, batteries and exterior wind powered small surplus Navy fans placed to catch the ever present ocean winds. Has that project survived?

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diggingthedirt

I'm looking forward to hearing about these! I found this article about the chickens, but haven't looked for the Navy surplus fans yet - that sounds really intriguing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Anna Edey's West Tisbury farm (MVMagazine)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 6:33PM
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runktrun(z7a MA)

OMG Nandina if you are looking for help remembering something you are definately asking the wrong girl. LOL

I do recall that twenty or thirty years ago her farm Solviva was considered extremely unique (particularly her approach to waste water)and she offered tours to the general public.

When I saw your post I pull out my copy of her book Solviva How To Grow $5000,000 On One Acre & Peace On Earth and was suprised at how relavent it still is today. She really is a woman ahead of her time.

The second project I believe you are thinking of was the Wind Farm Museum that again was ahead of it's time. It was a popular trip for the school kids as well as tourists but unfortunately did not survive what I would call the Land Grab Years 2000-2008 and is now a golf driving range :(

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:09PM
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nandina(8b)

Thanks to both of you for your answers. It helped and Katy, your land grab remark reminded me of one of the Island's former famous North Rd. residents who used to look me in the eye in those early days before WWII and say "repeat after me, never tell anyone about Martha's Vineyard". How he loved the Island, farming and sailing. Ended his years on his New York farm breeding Scotch Highland cows originally imported from Queen Elizabeth's herd. Think grapefruit for identity of this farmer.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 1:38PM
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