29 May '12, 3pm

Lessons From The Past: How Living Like Great Grandma Is Green

Lessons From The Past: How Living Like Great Grandma Is Green

© Matt's backyard circa 1913. Gardens, root cellar, chicken coop, dog house, well, cistern, and outhouse all worked within the patterns of nature. Steve Mouzon has noted that everyone used to be green: Originally, before the Thermostat Age, the places we built had no choice but to be green, otherwise people would freeze to death in the winter, die of heat strokes by summer, or other really bad things would happen to them. At the Old House Web, Matt Grocoff writes a wonderful piece about how people lived in the house he is in now, before the Thermostat Age. A photograph of our backyard, taken circa 1913, documents several ways in which the Gauss family lived within their means in an elegant cradle-to-cradle, closed loop pattern. They grew much of their own food and canned, preserved and stored it in the cellar. In the far back yard we can see the chicken coop and rabbit hut...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/lessons-past...

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