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General Alvear, Mendoza
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 130
Persons: 14
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 49429
Country: Argentina

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Last Updated: June 26, 2016

We're giving the first steps toward creating a self-sustainable, multicultural community in Mendoza province, Argentina's wine country and home to the World's second highest mountain, and endless natural beauty.

We want to create an environment where people can live in harmony with nature, with permaculture and natural building techniques.

The location we've chosen is ideal for the creation of an ecovillage:

- It has virgin and very fertile soil, which is excellent for organic agriculture
- We have multiple sources of water, including a mile of river running through the 321-Acre farm.
- There’s plenty of sand, clay, and other natural materials to replace cement in building.
- The community of General Alvear, where we are located, has an exceptional environmental awareness, and a history of struggle to defend the environment and protect natural resources.

Currently we are in an advanced stage of building the first EarthShip-inspired home in the farm. “Earthships“ are a type eco home – developed by the architect Michael Reynolds – that are 100% off the grid and fully self-sustainable. They produce their own energy, capture rainwater (and reuse it 3 times), produce organic food and are mainly composed of natural and recycled materials (tires, bottles, cans, etc).

The project has received a lot of support from local community and government, which is providing most of the recycled materials used for the construction, through its recycling plant.

The house currently being constructed – based on the concept of “Earthships“ will be used to accommodate more volunteers and allow us to expand the eco-village.

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