This radio show comes to you from the city of Guanajuato where I stayed for over a week while travelling south from the US. Guanajuato is a small, beautiful, historic city set in the Mexican highlands of Guanajuato municipality. It was declared a World heritage Site in 1988 by UNESCO due to its unique history and arctitecture.
My guests for this show are Seth Phillips and Anna Cristina Marin Fonseca. Seth and Cris have created a unique lifestyle here, renovating their home which is on an 820sqm property, very large for here in the city. In this space they’ve established approximately 40 fruit trees, have hens and have implemented a range of permaculture/sustainable living actions – such as greywater for the fruit trees, rabbits that cut and fertilise their grass, worm farms that feed their fruit trees, and a humanure composting toilet.
Join me as I talk to Seth and Cris about their adoble house which has been part renovated and part built from materials from the property. In particular Seth has developed a new technique of combining brick and reinforced cement with adobe blocks to create strong and breathable adobe walls.
On the property they have built another dwelling for rental so if you like the sound of this place you are welcome to come stay!
This show was recorded on the 30th July 2017
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This show was originally broadcast on the 17th August 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Cris and Seth Phillips with their daughter Katia
Seth has combined brick with the adobe walls using a unique method (as far as he knows). The bricks provide strength and adhere well to both adobe and to concrete.
Exterior of Seth and Cris’ adobe and brick home.
Humanure composting system in foreground. Hen run in the background.
This homemade solar oven can be swivelled manually to follow the sun. Cris is a keen cook who uses little electiricy, instead using the power of the sun. She makes everthing from scratch including grinding and processing the corn for their tamales. You’re very unliley to find any packaging in this house.
Cris loves cooking with her insulated box oven. Food is brought up to temperature on the hob or the outdoor solar oven and then placed in the insulated ‘haybox’ to continue cooking.