Hey everybody! As some of you know, I’m now up in Montreal, Canada working on the Valhalla project, which was introduced in the ‘How We Can (Actually) Change The World’ blog series. Here’s a quick update for you.
We’ve rented out a massive house 1 minute driving from the land itself. Currently 9 people are living full-time or almost full-time in the house with more trickling in over the new few months. The land itself is absolutely gorgeous and MASSIVE. 60 acres is a lot of land. Thousands of dollars worth of trees and plants have already been donated and planted on the land. We tried out our first home-grown peaches yesterday. Delicious. We’ve dug a large pond (> 20 ft. deep), which will eventually serve as a fishery, swimming pool and visual gem. A Canadian company has committed to building a huge patio with furniture next to the pond in exchange for videos of the installation. Speaking of sponsorship, we’ve attained some hefty contracts building websites for some local businesses in exchange for capital and resources.
In terms of building, we’re going to meet with a local woman this week who has mastered Earthship style building. Apparently the clay found naturally in the ground in Montreal is the perfect material for insulated housing. The winters here go far below 0 degrees, and this woman only had to use her heater once last winter. Clay goes a long way!
The group we have here so far is amazing. We put together 10 committees last night to take care of the different parts of the project, and the variety of skills and interests in our group spread out perfectly. Currently I’m working with some people on finalizing the logo, and then the website.
In expanding our plans for the community, we’re placing a special emphasis on allowing those outside of Montreal to help out online and in their own communities. So if you can’t fully commit to this project now, rest assured there will be a role for you. As large of a role as you would like to take on.
However if you are interested in joining Valhalla full-time, please message me saying why you are interested & what you can contribute to the effort! Please only message me if you are serious about making the trip over here because my time is now more precious than ever.
If you have any questions, please first refer to Part 3 of the articles series (comments too!), then ask them below.
Much love to all of you <3
I’m so proud of everyone, this is so freaken exciting. Keep updating, I’m going to follow you all like a hawk. I’d love to eventually make my way up there and visit you guys, help in any way I can. Though my stay can’t be permanent, I would love to lend a lending hand. This project is glorious!
Please take pictures of the huts once you all are finished (I know that will take time). Give everyone a hug from HE, I’m sure many of us feel a hug is needed to share the echoing excitement from the online family.
Keep doing big things [:
I went there when they where building the water pond it was incredible, the entire area feels great, i couldn’t go back again because every trip is 13$ and i’m currently kind of homeless lol.
i’m 100% sure this project will succeed because the people had great vibes of determination.
This continues to be inspiring. Thanks for the update!
Do you have anyone in this community who is a cultivating mycologist?
I am very versed and experienced in mushroom cultivation in many and any approach. I cultivate mushrooms from waste products, primarily organic hardwood sawdust making the mushrooms organic, and in some cases compost which can be prepared organically as well. Newpaper, cardboard, leaves, straw, many many things are capable of intelligently using to grow fast and sustainable food. As I already have much of what is necessary to do this optimally including a laminar flow hood, it involves NEXT TO NO EXPENSE to grow however many mushrooms you have space for!
Shiitake (!), King Trumpet, Blue Gold Pink Elm Phoenix Oysters, & sacred mushrooms and truffles alike, you-name-it, I’ve got it already!
I already live as much as a sustainable lifestyle as I know to within my area. I’ve been “nomadic” in a sense for two years. I backpack and camp frequently. My diet is healthy and I’m quite aware of how to avoid fear-stimulating density in diet. I have narrowed down my use of money to only cash, and hardly move any of it abouts at all. Almost all my interactions for self-sustainability are made in barter when possible.
THE BARRIER TO LIVING MY LIFE AS I WOULD HAVE IT is entirely enclosed within the dilemma of “property.” Without a fall into illusory priorities, I cannot here rent a place where I can truly dig-in-deep to exercise my skills in more than the most uprooted sense.
This is all truly wonderful. Just hearing about it makes me happy!
@nightowl, dude. Awesome. A real mycologist! I want you to teach me things :)
Have fun up there. Say hi to kevin if he’s there. I’d like to visit in the dead of winter. End of january. I want to see some snow, and a little bit of Valhalla ha.
Let me know if you need anything from the inland empire.. I can draw? If you have chemistry questions (unlikely) let me know too heh.
@bongodeburrito, If you came to the land, you would lose any worry about thievery. It’s in an agricultural area, while still being less than 30 min from downtown Montreal. Canadians are wayyyy to chill anyways. We already have guns, but not for that security purposes.
@nightowl, We don’t have a mycologist but we are growing mushrooms ;) You sound like a perfect addition to this project. I’ll message you with some more details.
@blankey, no excuse in person indeed!
@ijesuschrist, a “real” mycologist you say? Hahah, it’s not a very saturated science, so what it is to be a “real” mycologist is still up for grabs. I’d say there are many different kinds, and the only peeps that may not fit the bill are the simple home psilocybe cultivators. But some of them are more than expert enough anyway. Though on many non-practical issues I’m pretty knowledgeable, I’m the practical kind… I handle and isolate cultures and grow many species that are quite different. If you’d like to learn from me or just have questions, shoot em at me in pm!
@bongodeburrito, This community is extremely entrepreneurial. We understand that the more money we have, the faster we can get this project done and spread it to other places. We’re going to be selling our own products online, in addition to many other online enterprises. More info on that to come. Just know that very soon, money won’t be an issue, and all members will have the opportunity to make money for themselves if they so wish.
Hi, I like the name Valhalla and don’t know if it’s the final name but I wanted to propose ARCADIA : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadia_%28utopia%29 (a little less warlike).
I any case I wish that you all succeed in that fabulous project ! :-D
@jordan, Sounds great, but let me know when you guys decide to build a community in a warmer climate. Also, I’ve got some questions:
-will you allow cars in the community?
-how much does it cost to build an Earthship, and do they have to be built in a community such as this, or could I theoretically build one in my current town?