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October 2016


Self Reliant Community Incubator

Greetings and welcome to our Self Reliant Community & Technology Incubator. We are an Intentional Community providing appropriate technology workshops on subjects as diverse as growing Moringa to permaculture design. Another big part of what we do is incubate Artistic and Home Based Businesses. Get off the grid and out of the grind with a business that does not involve daily commuting and supports Art in all its many splendid forms; the art of living, the art of expression, and the art that is everywhere on this awesome planet we co inhabit.

Join our meetup for email notices for our workshops, seminars, classes and announcements. Our meetup group is Sustainable-Tucson-Eco-Village-Group We never send spam or even know your email, but you will receive our announcements.

We also provide a great place to live, learn, or just hang out for those who want to make a real difference. And we are a living library, University of Sustainability and an on the ground experiment in living a resilient self reliant lifestyle by using ancient wisdom and skills combined with cutting edge technology. We don’t have all the answers, but with years of research we are now trying to make it all happen and you can be a part of this.

Here are just a few examples of what we have found that can make a real and quick difference in anyone’s life and improve the planet at the same time. We provide information, research, and when appropriate can actually help provide you with these techniques and products if you do not have access to them elsewhere.

Moringa for Life

Here at the village we are very enthusiastic proponents of Moringa. We grow Moringa from seed and provide everything from seedlings to mature trees to Moringa energy drinks and Moringa weight loss products. We often offer workshops for how to DIY Moringa (See meetup link above). We have a page devoted to growing Moringa with pictures at the property. Moringa Trees & Products can change your entire life as they re a super food that you can grow yourself that is nutrient dense and calorie low.
Moringa Trees Information & Products

Hobbitats Domes, Homes & Greenhouse Structures

Our most recent incubator project is the development of Hobbitat Domes. We now manufacture and sell geodesic domes designed as greenhouses, sheds, workshops and other appropriately sustainable structures. You won’t believe how practical, portable, sustainable and useful they are. Not to mention our amazing prices and quality. You can even have a sustainable homestead with our Biospere3 system. Check them out.

Hobbitat Town:

In another new project at TTEV we are building a Hobbitat Town, using dome technology, container recycling, Small Houses, and earth building techniques. Hobbitat Town is supported by permaculture, food forests and real world science blended with old wisdom many hobbits were known to possess. Hobbits are sustainable in all ways. They grow their own healthy food or trade with neighbors that do. They grown their own smoke. They brew their own ale. They make most of their own cloths, implements, and equipment. They are resilient and self reliant as much as is possible given their uncertain times.

No we don’t have any, or pretend we are hobbits, orcs, or dwarves, but we do have a Dragon! Turns out Smaug had a sister and she is a good Dragon. Come help us build this amazing Hobbitat Town in the heart of our village. Please join our meetup with the link below where you will be notified when we are holding workshops and workdays here at Hobbitat Town. And we offer tours occasionally, though don’t promise you will see any Dragons. But just maybe…

Water is the key here in the desert

Without a water plan, no community is sustainable. That is especially true here in our desert SW community. But never fear, we have plan and it includes the newest science of water, permaculture and natural or structured water. We are each at least 50% water and without it we can not live well or have good health. Would you believe that there is a form of water that is almost magical in its simplicity and we have been using it to create almost miracles for the last few years. It is one of our most successful discoveries here at the village and effects everything we do. It changes everything and we use it every day. And you can to. Learn more about this here.

Food and Food Forests support us when combined with our aquaponics systems

It has taken several yeas of research and application of what we learned at our village. But we now can grow all of our own food and are close to self sufficiency in that. Food forests are the natural way our ancestors were able to successfully survive and thrive and Aquaponics is a sustainable closed system of producing food that is totally appropriate here in the desert as it allows the same amount of food to be grown in 1/10th the space with 90% less effort and energy. And it is simple, inexpensive, and effective for anyone that has even a small amount of land or space. Someone with even 1/10th an acre can actually grow all the food for a family of four and even an apartment can do a goodly amount with the systems we have learned and are doing. We have helped build Arizona’s largest Aquaponics farm. More info.

Why Invest in Resiliency...

No one knows what the future actually holds, but it has become obvious to many that there may be a train wreck in our near future. It may not be an end of the world scenario, but it is almost certain to be an end of the world as we know it. Still, why not hedge your bets both ways, by preparing for solvable problems and living life to its fullest no matter what the outcome. Invest in the process rather than the outcome.

We have become almost completely dependent on assumptions that plenty of cheap oil, clean water, good weather, stable political systems, continued consumption growth and abundant cheap food will always be available to us. But clearly that is not the case. There is no sustainability for any of these critical commodities or processes. It is not even worth arguing with the doubters and the ostriches on this subject, so you will not find any of that here

That is why we are building a Self Reliant Community at TTEV with a purpose and the intent to survive whatever comes with style and humor. We also call this “Sustainable Survivability,” and we are serious about it. And yes we have a plan and are in the process of implementing it right now. Education, reskilling, and relocalize are some of our strategies. Even if nothing bad happens in our future, it is still the best way to live this wonderful game of life. The world needs sustainable practices in all areas of life and living. It is not just about us, it really is about a community engaged in living a meaningful life. We call this concept “intentional community.”

As a Conservation & Educational Non Profit, it is our job, our pleasure, and our way of life to support a New Vision for living, surviving, and thriving in an uncertain world. Southeast Arizona is truly one of the most fabulous places to live on this planet. Though like everywhere else we have our own unique issues and problems. It is solving for those problems that our Self Reliant Community formed. Thus we incubate ideas, businesses, and on the ground practical Self Reliance and Resiliency practices while reskilling and relocalizing as necessary to survive in style.

Call us, come meet us, or take one of our workshops to find out how you can become a founding member of our unique community that is beyond sustainability, about sustainable survival, and an intentional community like nowhere else. Check us out at www.ttev.org or call Dave @ 520 262-3306 to chat.

Basic map and directions are available here TTEV Map and you can click on our Master Plan below as well.

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