Based in Dartmoor National Park in South West England, the Steward Community Woodland was conceived as an experimental living project that aims to show that conservation woodland management, food production, and low impact living are not mutually exclusive—but rather best pursued as an integrated whole.
Consisting of 10-11 adults, and nine children, the community grows its own food, produces its own power, lives off water from a spring in the woods, and has built its own houses and other buildings. There is, of course, the obligatory compost loo that goes with permaculture projects like this—and the “poo temple” as it is affectionately known is one of the finest examples I have seen.
There’s no doubt that this kind of living is not for everyone. And many will be turned off by the crunchier end of hippy living, but with a per-person carbon footprint that is 34% of the average UK citizen, you’d be hard pushed to find a greener lifestyle in your plushest of luxury LEED-certified eco-condos.
If a global disaster beset our planet, resulting in the collapse of urban civil order, would you be able to survive and live a simple, self-sustaining lifestyle? There are more and more people choosing to live simple, sustainable lifestyles- not only does the environment benefit but it also promotes good health for body and mind. See www.ecovitality.co.za for interesting health and eco-living articles.
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