Auteur: Open Source House Project

Researchers Use Wastewater to Grow Forest in Egyptian Desert

Located near Ismailia, about two hours from Egypt’s capital, Cairo, Serapium Forest is nothing short of an environmental miracle – a 240-hectare forest of both native and non-native trees thriving in the middle of the desert. Advancing desserts have become a serious problem throughout the African continent, but a team of German and Egyptian researchers has come up with a very efficient way of stopping desertification and even reclaiming land from the dry sands. While forests have been used to stop the spread of deserts into fertile land for a very long time, the absence of rainfall makes nurturing...

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New concept: Aquaponics for everyone

The past few weeks we ave been working on a new idea to add to our aquaponics. Our goal is not only to develop an aquaponics farm in the 3rth phase of our project, but also to make these tecniques reachable for poor farmers all over the world. Therefore we have a new concept: a small aquaponics farm which is self-sufficient in energy and which is mobile too. Basically what we did is, we adjusted another existing hydro-ponics installation to aquaponics. The idea will still be the same as shown in the image below. The only difference is that...

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We made a trip to Kurumbo

In Februari this year we went to Gambia to Jerreh and Ria’s lodge at Kurumbo. We were there with three Dutch guys; Martijn, Steffen en Kevin to investigate the possibilities for our project. For Kevin this was already the fifth visit to the country, but for Steffen en Martijn it was their first trip. And a trip they definately had to make to get more feeling with the project. We slept at the lodge building already present on the Kurumbo plot. The mangroves surrounding Kurumbo were absolutely stunning, we have seen some amazing wildlife and did some very nice fishing....

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Use Straw To Grow Anywhere

One major advantage of growing in straw bales, is that you can setup your garden literally anywhere there’s available space. You can also make it as small or as large as you would like too, limited only by the amount of space you have, your desire, and your imagination. Here are a whole bunch of different (and very creative) straw bale garden setups that you’ll be able to draw some inspiration from. Use Straw To Grow Anywhere On The Lawn On Weed Mat… This garden was setup on a lawn on top of weed mat to stop any weeds from...

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A 300 Dollar Geopolymer Earthbag Dome

This 257 sq. ft. (interior) $300 earthbag dome home provides safe, decent, affordable shelter. It is owner built and can be expanded later with a bit of pre-planning to create larger structures. The Stone Dome is made with geopolymer cast stone. There’s a growing body of evidence that indicates the ancients built pyramids, temples, statues and other objects out of manmade geopolymer cast stone as documented by Professor Joseph Davidovits and other researchers at the Geopolymer Institute. I’ve been investigating the potential of using geopolymer cast stone as a low cost, durable fill material in earthbag houses and reporting...

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