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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

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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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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!

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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

Nibiru Pithouse Society – Great Plains Chapter – Contact Wanderinghawk

Thank you Friend I am grateful for our connection and our mutual resonance on this very important project……..and so it is……blessed by creation and growing;)

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Nibiru Pithouse Society – Great Plains Chapter

Ok lets talk about Nibiru! There is a dragon rising in the southwest skies of North America. Shall we stand here in awe of it like a deer in the headlights?


It is time to start coming together as we make this great transition. For it is upon us and we must start speaking in a manner that leaves out the debate and addresses the real concern of how we are going to rebuild our society and what we need to be doing TODAY to prepare ourselves and our children for what is happening. I have children, I want them to understand that our universe is cyclical and that history is vital to understanding our present…

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“For Real”, Real Estate Investment In Noah’s Ark Times! Modern Above Ground Housing Becoming Obsolete Around Pole Shift Time?

Beautiful collection of housing ideas and I love the new template phenomenal truly phenomenal.

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“For Real”,  Real Estate Investment In Noah’s Ark Times!  Modern Above Ground Housing Becoming Obsolete Around Pole Shift Time?

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