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Special open house for plant sales (Sun Dec 6th)

We were in the middle of writing a blog on “10 years after”  a serious blog about Life, Death, and what we have learned… then all of a sudden the phone started ringing about OCA.    The serious post is coming but in the meantime here is a info post…
and seeing as it is an info post check out the new Rainwater Website at

Special Winter Farm Gate Sales – ONE DAY ONLY

Open house THIS SUNDAY Dec 6th from 10am-2pm.  3295 Compton Road, East Highlands, Victoria.

We have OCA for sale (and many other perennial edible plants). LOTS of people have been asking about OCA, so I went out and dug a bunch of tubers…now I have COLD fingers and a bucket of OCA. Guess what we are having for dinner tonight.  

Oca leaves look similar to clover.

Oca leaves look similar to clover.

Oca is a beautiful clover like cover crop that grows our favourite little tubers. Excellent raw or steamed or baked. We have also noticed that Oca build soil and bring in the worms. They grow in full sun to part shade and make lots of mulch when they die back at first freeze. I’ll be putting together small bags of tubers (about 20) for $10.

Eco-Sense Public tour Sunday April 3rd, 2011

Hello,  It’s been almost 8 months since our last public tour, so due to many requests, we are going to have a public tour next Sunday April 3rd at 10 am.

Tour: Sunday April 3rd 10am – 12:30pm
Where: 3295 Compton Road in the Highlands  see link for map and directions
Parking: Please park at the bottom of the hill (there are a few spots up top for those with mobility challenges)
Cost: $20
What: tour of EVERYTHING!  See this link for info sheet on our home

Photo by Jeffery Bodset. Our living area. Kids playing chess.

Only 20 spots available – PLEASE email to reserve your spot.

There has been immense interest in our home since the announcement of the results of our petal certification for the Living Building Challenge in Oct 2010.   Jason McLennon (CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council) and the author of the Living Building Challenge has referred to our home as “The World’s Greenest Modern House”.   The much coveted Living Building Challenge award is hanging on our living room wall.  Come and check it out.
Here is a list of just a few of the articles and case studies on our home:

Press release:

Certified LBC projects:

ILBI Case study on Eco-Sense.
Trim Tab Magazine case study of EcoSense:
Sierra Magazine – article written by Tom Cruickshank of Harrowsmith   link

UTUBE clip of Gord and Ann:

Mother Nature Network:

Building Green:

Eco-Structure Magazine:




Rainbow water Coalition:

CBC radio On-The-Island Oct 18, 2010

Rob Aid blog:


Custom Home Online:  November 2010 – link here

BCSEA WATT’s Happening:  here Watt on Earth is a “Living Building”

Goldstream Gazette:  November 11, 2010 Highlands House Deemed “Living Building”

Business in Vancouver:  Oct 18, 2010 – by subscription only

Natural Life Magazine coming Jan/Feb 2011

Ann and Gord
“Nature doesn’t need managing…People need managing”

If it isn’t affordable… it isn’t sustainable.
Less life stuff… more life style!

David Eisenberg Presentation

David Eisenberg Poster

The bigger Picture: Green Building – Codes and Beyond

Tuesday Oct 26th 6:30 to 9 pm

First Metropolitan Church

Tickets $10 advance; $12 at the door

check out for more details

Presented by the Alternative Solutions Resource Initiative.


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