Build a $300 underground greenhouse

Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it’s cold frames, hoop houses or greenhouses.

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the w alpine (an Aymara Indian word for a “place of warmth”), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.

Here’s a video tour of a w alipini that even incorporates a bit of interior space for goats:

How a Walipini works and how to build one


t’s a pretty intriguing set-up that combines the principles of passive solar heating with earth-sheltered building. But how to make one?From American sustainable agriculture non-profit Benson Institute comes this enlightening manual on how a walipini works, and how to build it:

The Walipini utilizes nature’s resources to provide a warm, stable, well-lit environment for year-round vegetable production. Locating the growing area 6’- 8’ underground and capturing and storing daytime solar radiation are the most important principles in building a successful Walipini.

The Walipini, in simplest terms, is a rectangular hole in the ground 6 ‛ to 8’ deep covered by plastic sheeting. The longest area of the rectangle faces the winter sun — to the north in the Southern Hemisphere and to the south in the Northern Hemisphere. A thick wall of rammed earth at the back of the building and a much lower wall at the front provide the needed angle for the plastic sheet roof. This roof seals the hole, provides an insulating airspace between the two layers of plastic (a sheet on the top and another on the bottom of the roof/poles) and allows the sun’s rays to penetrate creating a warm, stable environment for plant growth.

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walipini.jpeg.492x0_q85_crop-smartThis earth-sheltered greenhouse taps into the thermal mass of the earth, so that much less energy is needed to heat up the walipini’s interior than an aboveground greenhouse. Of course, there are precautions to take in waterproofing, drainage and ventilating the walipini, while aligning it properly to the sun — which the manual covers in detail.

Best of all, according to the Benson Institute, their 20-foot by 74-foot walipnifield model out in La Paz cost around $250 to $300 only, thanks to the use of free labour provided by owners and neighbours, and the use of cheaper materials like plastic ultraviolet (UV) protective sheeting and PVC piping.

Cheap but effective, the underground greenhouse is a great way for growers toproduce food year-round in colder climates.



Grand Canyon

American Rivers


Share your story about the Grand Canyon and what this amazing place means to you!



The Grand Canyon has inspired countless people from across our country and around the globe. It is truly an unforgettable place.

If you’ve been there, you know that sense of wonder that few places can rival. If you haven’t been there, you can still appreciate the value of this wild place that is one of our greatest national treasures.

The Grand Canyon is a special place that belongs to all of us. That’s why we are partnering with TakePart to share your stories and speak up for protecting this iconic landscape  

Right now, the Grand Canyon is threatened by massive developments that would devastate its wild nature, its beauty, and the health of the Colorado River. Threats include a proposed amusement-park gondola ride, to increased uranium mining, to potentially damaging groundwater withdrawals.

But the good news is, stories from people like you have a strong influence on your friends, your elected officials and key decision makers. We hope you’ll speak up about why the Grand Canyon is special to you, and why it needs protection.

Share your Grand Canyon story:

Please take a moment to share your story and photos. Help us tell the world that the Grand Canyon belongs to all of us, and it’s not for sale!

For the rivers,

Jeff Wiedner
Director, Online Community
American Rivers

Welcome to the March Gathering around the Pond, Sunday March 1

aisha north

Dear family of light! Time seems to pass faster and faster, and this upcoming Sunday it is already March 1, and at 21:00 Oslo time we will once again have our monthly Gathering around the Pond. This is what the CCs want to share about it:

“And so it is time for all of you to come together once again to make way through the ethers by way of organising your own energetic fields in such a way, the combined effects of it will once again be sufficient to move mountains out of the way, not just for you but for All. Let us explain. By now, you have become accustomed to the fact that this task that you have taken upon you, is one that encompasses so much more than what you see about you in your daily life. For you are not just here to set yourself…

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Mother Earth is Speaking

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php  I monitor this site daily since 2011 and since  2/11/15 there has been a global tremor registering with these large quakes, it calmed down on the 2/22/15 now today its back with the 7M quake in Indonesia. Between 2/11 and 2/22 we had 10 earthquakes over 6 magnitude, all registering globally then quiet until today……… check it out for yourself……….. Mother Earth is preparing to rollover!!!

Who Dwells Inside The Earth?

Humans, as a species on earth with one of the highest population density, we are constantly changing our environment with no regard to how it is affecting the other species on this planet. Namely how we build our homes and communities. Who wants to live inside Mother Earth? Well, I have collected some pictures of our brothers and sisters that choose to dwell inside of Mother Earth to share with you today!



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Now that you took my virtual tour how are you feeling about the idea? Still not interested? Let me share some of the reasons why it might be a good idea to go inside of Mother Earth. We have a radiation problem in our atmosphere. Our ozone is depleting, Fukushima is spewing massive amounts of radiation into our environment, not to mention the extreme storms that are wiping out entire communities world wide in recent years. I do not want to be another doom and gloom, spreader of fear, but truly this is our present reality and so I choose to concentrate on solutions to the problems we are creating for ourselves……consider for a moment the footprint that you personally leave in your wake? Consider for a moment what the cost of powering your current dwelling really is? Now imagine how truly beautiful our planet was and will be again? Mother Earth has a voice and she is speaking to us! Gently reminding us that there is a sustainable way to use the resources that she so generously provides to us.

Extinction level events have already occurred on this planet, we are currently in the middle of one right now.

Earthen Dwelling EcoLodge Attracting Thousands Of Visitors From 75 Countries In Sweden, Even YOU Could Make One Of These!

Nibiru Pithouse Society

Earthen Dwelling EcoLodge Attracting Thousands Of Visitors From 75 Countries In Sweden, Even The Inexperienced Could Make One Of These!

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Great Plains Chapter Nibiru Pithouse Society

After painstaking delays and administration nightmares. I am happy to share our little gathering and introduce you to our team.


This is Dietz founder of the Nibiru Pithouse Society. He created this project and he handles all gifts and financial donations.   https://nibirupithousesociety.wordpress.com/


I am Jennifer founder and co-creator of the Great Plains Chapter. I handle all of the administration and correspondence for our Chapter. As well as, over site of our upcoming youth project.



This is Tiffany our co-creator and materials acquisition specialist. She handles material donations as well as being a donator of all the concrete blocks for the base of our upcoming youth project.


This is Joseph our co-creator and construction manager. As well as being a donator of construction tools and materials for our upcoming youth project.


This is Jason our co-creator, he is building a Pit-house in Arizona. He has been gracious enough to share the building of his pit-house from the unbroken ground to completion, as well as building a pit-house, he is creating a sub-terrain garden.


Here is a short video of our campfire ceremony to mark the founding and creation of the Great Plains Chapter of the Nibiru Pithouse Society.

We are looking forward to sharing our upcoming youth project as it progresses.

Please contact Jennifer or Tiffany @  wanderinghawk3@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Look for us @  kiva.org/nibirupithousesociety

Another Dedicated Soul

2/20/2015 — Viewer Fundraiser + Mystery of the Earths tectonic plate movement SOLVED by professionals = THE ASTHENOSPHERE

by Michael Janitch

Something that I’ve been working on for the past 2 year has been proved by professionals!

This is twice in the same week we see something that I’ve been working on, be picked up by professionals and proved correct via experiments!

Magically, (like clockwork after I put out work on the topic), professionals have figured out that the movement of the semi-melted magma BELOW the plates in the Asthenosphere is causing earthquake unrest and tectonic activity.

Oh the irony of it all! Proved right on something VERY controversial yet again?!

Starting 2 years ago I began explaining to the world about how the Asthenosphere movement is the cause of tectonic movement.


If you like my research, please consider giving to my fundraiser!

Viewer support is needed!! I don’t sell anything, and do not charge for my information. I want to always keep it this way.

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Over the past 2 years I’ve had so-called “professionals” come to my videos and tell me I need to go back to school to “learn more about the inner earth”.

As it turns out, they are the ones who are going to need to “go back to school”.  Or maybe just watch my videos on youtube instead, now that this is proved science.

Here is a graphic I made from last year from May of 2014 showing the movement, where it occurs, and explain WHY it causes earthquakes.

asthenosphere earthquakes may 4 2014

Above: May 4 2014, shows an example of earthquakes in the Asthenosphere Lithosphere boundary , which then displaced the plate and caused the entire Pacific plate to have a series of earthquakes.

From the study:


“Plate tectonics successfully describes the surface of Earth as a mosaic of moving lithospheric plates. But it is not clear what happens at the base of the plates, the lithosphere–asthenosphere boundary (LAB). The LAB has been well imaged with converted teleseismic waves1, 2, whose 10–40-kilometre wavelength controls the structural resolution. Here we use explosion-generated seismic waves (of about 0.5-kilometre wavelength) to form a high-resolution image for the base of an oceanic plate that is subducting beneath North Island, New Zealand.”

Main stream media report:


Scientists have long known that the Earth’s crust consists of at least 15 tectonic plates–continent-sized slabs of rock on the surface of the Earth that shift about to create mountains, volcanoes, and earthquake zones. But the exact mechanism by which the plates move has remained a mystery.

Until now.

A new study suggests that the plates glide about on a six-mile-thick hidden channel of “soft” rock located between the base of the plates and the upper portion of the Earth’s mantle (the layer of molten rock above the planet’s core), Live Science reported.

“The idea that Earth’s surface consists of a mosaic of moving plates is a well-established scientific paradigm, but it had never been clear about what actually moves the plates around,” study co-author Dr. Tim Stern, a professor of geography, environment and earth sciences at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, said in a written statement. “To work this out requires an understanding of what happens at the bottom of a tectonic plate.”

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This map shows 15 of the largest plates.

To glimpse the underbelly of a tectonic plate, the researchers used dynamite explosions to generate seismic waves across the southern part of New Zealand’s North Island, which sits above the so-called Pacific Plate. The researchers mapped the waves as they traveled through the plate and then used the data to create what Stern called “the most detailed image yet of an oceanic tectonic plate.”

The data showed that the seismic waves slowed abruptly at the base of the plate–which suggests that they must have hit a hidden layer of jelly-like rock, Cosmos magazine reported.

The researchers hypothesize that the soft rock creates a slippery base upon which plates drift when they are pushed or pulled–though exactly what is doing the pushing or pulling is still up for debate.

According to Cosmos magazine, some scientists think that extruding magma or slowly creeping convection currents may push the plates apart. Others think that as a thick, heavy plate dives beneath a thinner plate, it pulls on the plate behind it–and the jelly-like rock found at the base of a tectonic plate may lend support to the pulling theory.

“Understanding this boundary between the base of cold, rigid tectonic plates and the underlying hot, convecting mantle underneath is central to our knowledge of plate tectonics and the very formation and evolution of our planet,” Stern said in the statement.

The study was published online Feb. 5, 2015 in the journal Nature.

Here is a video explanation of the Asthenosphere movement:

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