Anarres 2 cooperative community

March 24, 2018

Summer 2018?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 2:21 am

Current status of the project: Still looking for others interested in forming a worker coop-based, democratic socialist community. Still no water or septic though, and you need those before you can add county compliant housing. Still no power either. Still haven’t had anyone contact me who has said they like the idea, they are a committed democratic socialist and they are willing to help make it happen. My financial situation prevents me from sinking very much more money into the project at this point, but I plan to forge ahead as best I can.

I’m seriously considering a visit this summer. I didn’t go last year, so I really should go this year just to check on things and do maintenance on the fence, etc. I do enjoy camping out there. The Green Party is having its annual meeting in Salt Lake City in July, so that is tempting, too.

I came up with another business idea. I saw a story on TV about some guys in Iceland who are making vertical axis wind turbines. They are hand crafting them out of stainless steel (I think) and there are multiple parts needed to assemble their fancy, high-tech, and very expensive wind collectors. My idea is to make the collectors out of steel drums, a.k.a. oil drums (new or used) by cutting flaps in the drums and bending them into a similar configuration. Small turbines, the parts that actually generate the electricity, can be bought fairly reasonably. My other idea is to install solar panels over the roofs of mobile homes or as carports, which would provide shade (in short supply in Nevada) and electricity. We could build prototypes and test them at A2 as we develop them.

Hopefully there is water running in the Humboldt river this year. During my previous visits there wasn’t, but they’ve had a fair amount of rain since then. I could use that to water my trees this year instead of bothering my neighbor.

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2 Comments »

  1. Progress in developing land can be slow, expensive and a lot of work, we are slowly making progress here at the Lardeau Eco-village; it has taken years but we are finally getting it together. Our water well is finally working after 3 drilling companies have come here, over all we have spent as much as $30,000 on drilling and hardware. For alternative power the best option is solar (panels are available for less than $1.00/watt) but if you have adequate wind potential your best option for this would be one of those cheap Chinese wind mills. We are developing a market garden, another thing to sink cash into, but it is creative and provides productive involvement for prospective members and community connectivness through sales.

    Comment by Dick Martin — August 3, 2018 @ 7:37 am

  2. Your well must be deep. My neighbor’s was too, about 290 ft., so his cost about $15,000. That was during the peak of the drought though, so maybe demand is lower now. My lot has a lot of wind and sun (too much sometimes), but harnessing that power to generate electricity on reasonable scale is not cheap. Harvesting the sun for hot water is a little easier, at least in the summer. Glad to hear you are making progress! I know you make furniture. I think something like that, whatever skills your members have, is a better way to generate income than farming, unless you are going to farm on a large scale. It’s not very cost effective otherwise, unless you are growing something rare and valuable, like saffron, but yes, it’s a nice project for feeding yourself and getting people involved.

    Comment by Ed — August 16, 2018 @ 2:03 am


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