Walipini – The Underground Greenhouse

These are some of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! I’m imagining the potential ability to grow tropical-climate plants in our short Canadian summer, and a continuous sustainable food source through the winter. I’m really excited about the prospect of building one or two of these. In one video I saw, they even built a tunnel for the chickens to get from the coop down into the warmth of the greenhouse in the winter. I haven’t though through the long-term ramifications of that yet, and I suspect it might be too much of a climate change for the poor chickens in our winters, but it’s an interesting idea.

Walipini

(Source: treehugger.com)

Benson Institute has a free manual online for building your Walipini.

And the Pure Energy Systems Wiki has a great collection of information and videos on Walipinis.

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