androo thornton's Off-grid solar organic growing project

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Build Project Description

1.6 Ha field at planning stage. Hopefully Spring of 2014 we shall be on and building infrastructure. Compost toilets, 20 panel solar array, 500m2 polytunnel with rainwater harvesting, bio mass heating, wood gasification, wooden building with green roof. Planting 200+ fruit trees , raised beds

Structure of My Build Project

Non-Profit Organisation

Building Styles Integrated

Rammed Earth
Straw Bale
Recycled Materials
Round Wood
green roof

Sustainable Systems Integrated

Solar Power
Rain Water Collection
Sustainable Appliances
Cob Oven
Composting Toilets
Food system integration
Rocket Stove

Build Project Facilities

Water. Badgers.

Activities near the Build Project

Site is semi rural with local walks, cycle paths. Bus to town takes 25 minutes

What to Expect about Food

We will provide the food
I am 100% vegan.

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Current Building Status

Planning and Preparation

Type of Build Project

New Structure

Projected Start and End Dates

1 May 2014 to 31 Oct 2015

Previous Building Experience

Always amazed me how many ways there are to do something well.

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Type of Volunteer Being Looked for

Planning phase. Web e-marketing , PR people Architects, planning advice

Where you will be Sleeping

None at present. Most likely my house.


Peter Meadows's picture

stephen pether's picture

The project looks great, your methods and ideas look ideal for building and self sustaining materials, being self sufficient, and low impact on society, it looks a great challenge and will be a rewarding achievement for yourself and those involved in the project, I look forward to hearing from you soon

regards stephen 
Petra Schwarcz's picture


I am a student at SHU,studying Architectural Technology and I would be very interested in volunteering. Thanks. Petra
Yamina Nater's picture

I am planning on traveling though the E.U. and U.K. this fall and would love to help out with your project. I am a fast learner and a hard worker and am very much interested in sustainable, tiny home living. I look forward to hearing from you.
stephen pether's picture

hi Andoo how are things going, on my project we have just put on the green roof, next week we start on the rammed earth floors, the builds coming on well, plenty of lime rendering to complete, let me know how things are going and what stage you are at.

regards stephen
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Nico Abraxas's picture

Hi, I'd love to know more about your projects and the progress made so far. I am a builder by trade, and archaeologist by degree and a wood worker by passion. I've been wwoofing for over 3 years now, and I'm looking at being somewhere new and exciting. I've carried out many sustainable building techniques; compost-toilet/tree-bog building, green-roof, rammed-earth. I currently reside in Sheffield. I have all my own tools and I'm pretty self reliant already. Please feel free to take a look at my online profile, to gain a better idea of who I am, and then decide whether I'd be of any benefit to you and your venture. I hope to hear from you. Nico- 07722373005
Alys Hargreaves's picture

Hello! just been reading about your project and would love to come and volunteer on it in early December? Would you be wanting an extra pair of hands around this time?
I'm up for learning and trying anything you want to chuck at me!

Would be great to hear from you 

Alys Hargreaves
Mark Pearse's picture

Hello, I'm interested in rammed earth and earth bag construction. If you have any of these methods in practice, and still need some help I'm free from the end of July to September, and would love to come and lend a hand