Our Minimal-Impact Home and HAfunland
Jodi and I as a husband and wife team have attempted to build sustainably by using recycled cargo containers and rough cut lumber harvested from storm dropped trees and from trees cut from folks back yards and dropped at our yard waste drop off spot here at the farm. All the buildings were constructed to use solar power as their primary energy source. We re-purposed a discarded jet ski trailer. It became our mobile woodworking shop with 12 deep cycle batteries and solar panels on top of the trailer. An inverter converts the energy from 24 volt DC to 110 volt AC.
Who says the sun doesn’t have enough juice? All our farm and HAfunland buildings are OFF GRID, making their own energy from the sun. Normally the market is run on just the battery bank and sun energy, however when we are open on market days our electrical demand is too high for the battery bank thus we use a 5 cylinder Mercedes Benz diesel motor from a local junk yard, powering a 25 Kilowatt generator. We use discarded veggie oil and diesel blend to power it. It sips fuel using only 0.45 gallons/hr. Like our house, the main market building is made out of shipping cargo containers that once sailed the seven seas.
Our homestead is made out of recycled cargo containers and lumber sawmilled here at the farm from yard waste and already recently dead trees. It is off grid with solar panels and a battery bank. There is passive and active solar heating and a home made super efficient masonry stove. We have solar hot water heating, rain water collection, organic garden, fruits, berries, and nut trees.