We did something a little different this weekend, we took a short drive up to Ojai to visit a few tiny houses and farms as part of their annual Green Home & Building Tour. The tour was graciously organized by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition.
The green tour was a great opportunity for us to learn about: building an environmentally friendly home, organic and green farming including aquaponics and permaculture, and using recycled materials to decorate.
Have you ever been to Ojai? We hadn’t, and the first thing we noticed is how beautiful it is. They maintain the feel of a small town but still with all the benefits of living in the California climate!
And, it’s small enough that you can ride a bike pretty much anywhere! So that’s exactly what we did.
One of the first homes on the tour was the Sugarbox house.
This house was 400 square feet, made of recycled materials from old barns, and was insulated with shredded blue jeans. The inside was beautiful, and the total cost to build was estimated about $40k in labor, since all materials were reclaimed.
Then we sat in on Vina Lustado’s presentation on her brand new tiny home. Check out her Sol Haus Design page.
Vina’s tiny house is special in design because she extended the trailer to make her house wider, which really opens up the space. This requires welding and a lot of experience, but Vina has that advantage – being an architect herself. Her total cost was estimated at $35k. (more pictures)
Lastly we went to East End Eden, which was simply mind blowing. These guys have a completely sustainable farm with chickens, ducks, quail, goats, fish, and thousands of different types of edible plants.
The entire property is a botanist’s utopia, and our brains were about to explode with the knowledge and inspiring stories the owners recited.
We were even allowed to tour their indoor aquaponics garden. It was really enlightening, and immediately Guillaume and I were yearning for a system in our tiny home (unfortunately, we decided it wasn’t practical while we are on the road).
East End Eden offers tours and even courses in permaculture. Perhaps Guillaume and I will be back to take one!
Make sure to check out the Ojai Green Tour next year, if you can. It’s a great way to support a coalition for greener living.
And that’s the kind of day it’s been,