Some of the hot water for showers gets heated by solar energy. We also have a wood-burning stove in our kitchen which we use for cooking and to send hot water to our kitchen, bakery sinks, the jungle shower and one other shower. We only use dead wood from our forest for our wood stove.
Our water tanks get filled with our own fresh spring water with our RAM PUMP SYSTEM which does not use any commercial kind of energy such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene or electricity. The ram pumps use the fall of the water to provide the water pressure against air pressure in a small tank which in turn pumps water to our tanks. The process repeats itself 24 hours a day. This system has been in use since 1972.
Since our arrival in 1971, we have used the system known as composting. This uses the leftover fruit and vegetable rinds, cut grass, dried leaves, chicken and horse manure and a very black dirt that is made by a special kind of worm. This mixture is used to fertilize our garden and trees.
We use these special red worms for making black dirt that is filled with nutrients suitable for our garden.
All we do is feed horse manure to these terrific little workers and they do their magic.
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