What systems are in place for treatment of black water and grey water?

The ranch has water, lots of it! We are collecting water from 7 springs (there are more, but 7 suffice for now) so lack of water will never be a problem. Each house has two separate drainage system. Toilet waters go to a septic tank, while grey waters are used for irrigation of
garden plants after they go through a cleansing mini pond with plants such as water lilies and many others. This video demonstrates in a much more advanced way, what we are trying to achieve http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BcC3uSiWZk. Our first filtration section is made out of sand and gravel.

Where would I put my chickens and/or livestock?

In addition to your 10×10 meter garden area and your 1000 square meter plot of land, we are also allowing each family to have an extra piece of land closer to the mountain for their livestock and/or chickens, etc. This is to ensure that others are not negatively effected by bad odors, noises, and other problems that may occur when animals are too close to living areas. Remember, our ranch is 700 acres, so there is plenty of room for everyone!

Do I have a space to plant my own vegetables and crops?

Each person has their own land, which is approximately 1000 square meters. You may do what you wish to your land and have your garden/patio of your dreams… In addition, you will also have a 10 x 10 meter plot in another location, which is specifically dedicated to your crops, vegetable garden, and/or greenhouse.

Where does your drinking water come from?

Our potable water comes from mountain springs (manantial in Spanish). On our ranch we have a very large mountain behind us. We are always searching for natural springs to tap. We search in the dry season to be 100% sure that water will run all-year-round. The water has been tested and is 100% clean and pure, although just for extra precaution, we also use top of the line filters before the water enters your home. Yes, you can drink right out of the tap!

What is an Ecovillage?

Ecovillages are urban or rural communities of people, who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this, they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more.

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