Silver Bullet is going to Earth Day Texas 2017

We are excited to announce that Vera is the Renogy Solar Ambassador to Earth Day Texas, April 21-23, 2017. Earth Day Texas is the largest global Earth Day event and takes place at Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, 10AM to 6PM each day.

It is our pleasure to provide tours of the zero-waste, all clean energy, solar powered Silver Bullet Tiny House. Take your shoes off, bring your sense of humor and meet Vera Struck, who designed and built a simple, off-grid, sustainable life style.

Her tiny house journey and build are available in her sustainable e-book, ‘Living the Sustainable Tiny Life’ (discount code is available to attendees).

She will be premiering the 2nd edition of her e-book, ‘Living the Sustainable Tiny Life Handbook’, a ten-week process workbook to get you on the road to designing your own sustainable lifestyle!

Step inside the creative, non-toxic, healthy, all sustainable materials tiny house on wheels built by this sustainability dynamo. Her design, based on bio-mimicry, made a tiny home that breathes just like the rest of us.

Be sure to be the first in line each day to see Vera’s Silver Bullet Tiny House for a special Top 5 Sustainable Lifestyle Practice Demo! We’ll see you there!

The Silver Bullet Tiny House is powered by a solar solution purchased from:

Earth Week Gardening and Composting

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Weeks ago we encouraged you to plan your celebration of Earth Day as we approach this 45th Anniversary!

As I prepare for one of the Boston University Earth Day Festivals tomorrow at their Medical Campus on Talbot Green I am preparing our garden and composting shed. Over the last week we have graded the soil, planned our composting and designed our sustainable garden. Our travelling and hiking have always nurtured our visual hunger with images of exotic plants, vegetables and flowers that grow in uncanny spaces on very little water. This year it will be a raised xeriscaped horizontal vegetable garden; next year, a vertical wonder!

You can garden as small or as large as you want. With a little planning you can save a whole lot of later tending, weeding and watering.

The WHY:

Fewer inputs – outputs create a more sustainable garden:

Less water – Less water

Less fertilizer – Less water pollution

Less Pesticide – Less air and water pollution

Less peat – Less rubbish

Less electricity – Less heat, less CO2 emission, less air pollution

The WHAT:

This week join us by adding some green to your life and diet; plant a vegetable garden in the yard, on your deck or in your apartment. Start hydroponics in recycled bottles at Petomato, your children will love watching them grow.

Try some new inventive vertical gardeningxeriscapinghydroponics or the tried and true, victory garden.

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Vertical hydroponics from WindowFarms

Get that compost pile started, either inside, on a balcony with vermi-composting or outside.

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The HOW:

According to Times columnist, Alice Bowe, the “Eight-fold path” to gardening is:

Make compost unceasingly. Making compost should be part of the routine in every garden, even if it is no larger than a window box.

Use home-made composts in place of artificial fertilizers, peat and other organic additives.

Practice rainwater harvesting. Water should be collected from roofs and pavements, stored in gardens and infiltrated into the soil, slowly.

Use physical and biological pest controls instead of chemicals.

Return to nineteenth century methods of soil warming, based on the use of compost.

Use a hand-powered grass-cutter instead of a fossil-fuel mower. This will also save you the cost of an exercise machine.

Use solar power for garden lighting and garden pumps.

Use lime mortar (not cement mortar) for garden construction, so that hard landscape materials can be re-cycled.

The Deep Dive:

Find out more about Earth Day here.

In our area, Earth Day events can also be found in Boston here.

Easy container gardening from recycling a wood palette to repurposing your old shoe containers here.

DIY hydroponic vertical towers video-11 minutes.

Follow Shawna Coronado’s easy front yard drought tolerant living wall design.

Or consider planting a vertical garden design inside your home, apartment or office.

Check out world renowned Vertical Sustainable Gardener (without soil), Patrick Blanc, in his 7-minute interview about his Parisian projects.

Hydroponics for the apartment, tiny house or home.

The 45th Earth Day, April 22, 2015

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The 45th Earth Day (Week #13)

I was there for the first Earth Day in 1970 (Coffman Union, U of M) where I met our speaker, Buckminster Fuller, under a half Geodesic Dome. Gaylord Nelson, the US Senator from Wisconsin, brought 20 million of us Americans Coast to Coast for rallies to support the environment which led to the creation of the EPA, the Clean AirClean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

The WHY:

The earth’s resources provide the sustenance for all life forms. We need to pay attention to how our everyday choices that impact our culture, our people, our economics and our environment. Sustainability is not a choice but an imperative.

Join us in celebrating the earth and learn how to steward its resources.

The WHAT:

Celebrate Earth Day by getting engaged with your family and your community out in nature.

The HOW:

Earth Day Ideas:

  1. Plant a tree in your back yard or plan an organic garden.
  2. Visit a nearby recycling facility and consider using the day annually for an around the home “Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse and Reduce” Day.
  3. Begin the art of composting.
  4. Plant flowers or flowering bushes at your local non-profit, place of worship, library or local park.
  5. Participate in a clean-up litter campaign in your community.
  6. Have a special Earth Day Potluck party or a Picnic for the Planet of all non-processed organic foods.
  7. Ride your bike, take a hike or have an organic picnic.
  8. Come to one of our Earth Day events – See below:

The Deep Dive:

Find out more about Earth Day here and the detailed history of Earth day here.

Earth Day events can be found on the National Mall, in the Boston Metro area, and in my neck of the woods, NewburyportRevere BeachBoston FilmFest for Earth Day.

Note: Consider buying a carbon offset to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions you create on the other 364 days of the year. Carbon offsets fund reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through projects such as wind farms, that displaces energy from fossil fuels.

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Mark Your Earth Day Calendars!!!

At several Earth Day Festivals April 15 – 25th, we will be demonstrating “College Dorm Sustainability Hacks” and speaking about the net-zero  Silver Bullet Tiny House Sustainable Education Exhibit designed and built by our Founder, Vera Struck, as an education module for a “tiny sustainable lifestyle”, at the following Earth Day Festivals, Sustainability Events, and tiny house workshops.

APRIL 16th, THURSDAY,  11AM – 2:30PM  

BU Medical Campus, Talbot Green 

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/bumc-earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 22nd, WEDNESDAY,  11AM-2:30PM      

Boston University Main Campus, GSU Plaza

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 25th, SATURDAY 10AM – 4PM

Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival, Amherst Town Common

https://www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information

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MAY 1st-3rd, Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Silver Bullet Tiny House Builder and sustainability lifestyle designer, Vera Struck, author of the soon to be released, “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, will also be speaking at Deek’s next workshop in Connecticut May 1-3. Sign up now before he is sold out!

http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com/2015/01/relaxshackscom-may-2015-tiny-house.html

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