A typhical untyphical week

A week at Ecotopia might look like this: On Monday the foundation Sparbanken Syd held their annual award for ”Newthinkers”, and we were invited as finalists. What a festive conference! Standup comedian Karin Adelsköld was the moderator and held a lecture, and so did scientist Mats Lindgren and IT expert Christer Månsson. Thanks to thorough planning… Fortsätt läsa A typhical untyphical week

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Problems are meant to be solved

Urgh! it stank 🙁 We have an eco sewer with urin separating toilets. During the two-week permaculture course the toilets started to smell. Before this they had been smell free for over a year. So we have been busy solving this problem. We plunged ourselves into the world of eco plumbing – filtration coal, lime,… Fortsätt läsa Problems are meant to be solved

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Many highlights at once

Bales of barley will be put in the pond which is finally cleansed from algae, so that oxygen can be led in. The algae is used as soil coverage in the kitchen garden. 
The first frost has come so we have taken the pumpkins inside. The paprikas, last tomatoes and melons in the greenhouse can stay… Fortsätt läsa Many highlights at once

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Autumn and winter program 2013

It is now time for a new autumn and winter program 2013. Most events this autumn will be held in Swedish so they are not listed in the English calendar. (See Swedish calendar here.) But we welcome guests from all over the world and have tours in English and German. We will update with international courses… Fortsätt läsa Autumn and winter program 2013

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Permaculture design

The certification course in permaculture design was very intense for the participators – and appreciated. ”A designers Manual” by Bill Mollison was in its entirety the foundation for the education. Lots of theory, many films, creative exercises, morning meetings, field trips, guest lecturers, practical exercises and last but not least the making of permaculture designs that were… Fortsätt läsa Permaculture design

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Building & Harvesting

The straw-bale house building course has now ended, and thanks to a shift of public officials in our local municipality; planning processes, the course as well as building, all came together in time so that everything moved forward efficiently. See the course leaders’ photos here. The roof is also in place now as well as… Fortsätt läsa Building & Harvesting

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Sustainable Building South

Sustanible Building South, a non-profit association, held a meeting at Ecotopia på Österlen. The association  outgoing from their project “Ecological LowEnergyHousing”, in Österlen, is to encourage local firms on building sites to develop in an ecological direction, through supporting their members with local competences and network development as well as courses and workshops. Of which,… Fortsätt läsa Sustainable Building South

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Roof edging on strawbale cabin

Last weekend we had Open Farm day with two guided tours, eco-café and plants for sale. My friends visiting from Austria helped out with baking and building a stall out of surplus material. We also received a proposal on how to decorate the roof edging on the second strawbale cabin with scrap larch wood. He… Fortsätt läsa Roof edging on strawbale cabin

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Flying start

The theme night about Raw Food and the course in ecological farming gave the season a flying start. A really successful start! Åke Wikström, who has 30 years experience of organic-biological farming, is a real health prophet who also knows a lot about sustainable development. It was inspiring to meet this knowledgable and at the… Fortsätt läsa Flying start

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Creative winter

Last weekend we held a course in clay building where the participants used their creativity and artistic vein. As the clay plastered walls in the strawbale cabin took shape, beautiful patterns and ornaments emerged. Inside the cabin it was completely silent. Each and everyone deep in dialogue with the clay and the wall. A wonderfully… Fortsätt läsa Creative winter

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