Light-earth sanctuary
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Light-earth sanctuary

Earth building is cheaper than conventional building – but only if you do it yourself, says Sam Southward. He has built four light-earth constructions at the delightfully named Absurdistan Community near Kaiwaka. Theresa Sjöquist pays a visit to find out more. The following content is only available to members. Join us for access. The following content is…

Recipe for an eco kitchen
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Recipe for an eco kitchen

Custom-made kitchen cabinetry using natural materials may be more expensive up-front, but it’s healthier, long lasting, and won’t end up clogging our landfills like cheaper products. Theresa Sjöquist talks to craftsman cabinetmaker Roland Zander about his business Natural Kitchens, and things to consider in creating more sustainable kitchens. The following content is only available to members. Join us for access. The following content is accessible for members only, please sign…

Low-tech living in a light-earth house
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Low-tech living in a light-earth house

No fridge, doing the laundry by hand, and carting composted humanure around in a wheelbarrow are not everyone’s cup of tea, but for Wolfgang Hiepe and his wife, Sabine Drueckler-Hiepe, it’s a good lifestyle. Theresa Sjöquist finds out why they’ve prioritised resilience and independence over convenience.   Wolfgang and Sabine emigrated from Germany in 1987, full of verve and the…

How to make a charbecue 
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How to make a charbecue 

Sharon Stevens in conversation with Dennis Enright    What could be better than a summer barbie with family, friends, and neighbours?  To Dennis Enright, the answer is obvious: switch out the barbecue for a charbecue. “It’s a lot of fun.”   You’ll still cook up your kai, and you’ll also make biochar (see sidebar). You’ll enjoy the usual social benefits, plus you’ll have a…