We are planning dome builds at various sites where water, inexpensive land, and permissive building regulations all meet. However, these areas are typically outside where most people live and work. These locations are often off grid and are an average of an hour traveling distance from major metropolitan hubs. Most folks live within the grid, but would like to build a geodesic dome for an aquaponic garden, a meditation area, storage, tool shop, play house, or extra room for you name it. To fill this need we are designing a 12 foot diameter portable dome kit that is small enough to build without permits in most areas, but big enough to do a whole lot.
We found many like the idea of a self sustainable dome home, but are not able or ready to make the plunge into living off grid anytime soon. So, we decided to create a small portable dome design to introduce folks to the ease, beauty, and functionality of a dome building. The process is as educational as it is useful. Putting together a smaller version of the dome home is a great way to get started on your path to self sufficiency.
The frame is steel tubing which can be covered with Insulated magnetic wood triangles that have roofing or windows. These are the same design as used on the larger dome homes. This creates an insulated and quiet space that could accommodate many uses such as a play area, music room, cabana etc. Panels are easily customizable to provide windows where you want them. Alternately the dome could be covered with polycarbonate panels, ETFE, woven poly, Tyvek, and other creative covering materials and methods. There are a variety of uses such as a greenhouse, jacuzzi room, sun room or whatever your kick is.
Building an accessory building as a dome structure is not only a much nicer sight then a tool shed, it is structurally superior and portable too. The ease of construction could inspire some to go big and eventually build their very own geodesic dome home. Our larger projects include water capture systems, compostable toilets, air exchange temperature control, and solar power systems. You may want to learn more about these systems and living in a dome once you experience the feeling of going round. Some may eventually decide to get out of the box and off the grid.
We plan to have our first models ready by the end of summer. We will be providing the process and plans online as an open source venture to persuade any and all into the realm of geodesic dome building. More importantly, we hope that these domes will spread and be seen as a symbol of what is to come. Experiencing a new way of building self sustainable sensible homes is the beginning of a future where we provide for all of our common needs and solve our biggest problems without the complicated crumbling system currently in place.
There is lots of talk lately about how Apple might gain yet more dominance by using it’s “war chest” to acquire various companies and technologies. Here is a slightly more humane suggestion considering the estimated 7 trillion dollars of cash being hoarded worldwide. We’ll put it into perspective by comparing our current world scenario to a school cafeteria that needs to feed 700 kids. There are five hundred kids outside, fifty working inside the kitchen, fifty working as servers, and a hundred kids inside eating at the tables. There are three tables in the middle of the cafeteria with the shot callers, the popular kids.
These popular kids control who gets food in this cafeteria. You see they have a great support system of other kids in the surrounding tables that help them to maintain legitimacy and control. These other tables hold an assortment of really clever, smart, and strong kids. Some write a daily newsletter, some distribute and teach it, while the big bully kids make sure everyone stays in line. Kids are beat and die at the bully’s hands daily.
Everyone is made to read the stories in the newsletter everyday. The newest younger kids have to spend all day learning the order of things, and how the cafeteria runs to provide food for everyone. As they get older and prove they can participate perfectly, they may graduate into a position inside the cafeteria. Some actually make it into the dining room to eat. This is rare, but when it does happen, it is met with great fanfare. The newsletter reports these stories as possible for any of the kids. The popular kids and their friends are highly respected and celebrated.
The kids who have finally made it into the cafeteria to eat, do not dare upsetting the popular kids, for fear of being kicked out. Meanwhile, most of the kids outside are working to provide food and care for the cafeteria. They are in the sun everyday working very hard, but give all the produce to the cafeteria. These kids outside are given just enough food to stay alive – mostly. There are many kids that die of starvation every day. The kids outside are in such distress from the situation, that there is constant fighting and there is much brutality going on. Kids are disfigured and maimed every day under these harsh circumstances.
The kids inside the cafeteria look outside at this terrible situation outside and feel good that they are not like that. Some feel bad and write about it in little notes to pass around. Mostly the notes end up on the floor and get swept away, but some are stories made into plays or included in the Newsletter. The stories always have the same premise – that kids are complicated creatures and this is just how they are. They have been much worst in the past, but are getting better. There are always a couple of tables near the kitchen with kids that wear pink ties. They are in a perpetual planning stage working towards making things better, and consistently blame each other for the lack of improvement for the kids dying outside. The pink tie kids are always playing musical chairs, and are replaced every couple of weeks.
The smart clever kids lucky enough to be inside, are designing ways to improve upon the cafeteria, while others build cool electronic toys and new games. Others are singing and planning theatrical productions for the stage at the end of the cafeteria. Most are just taking selfies with their smart phones. The smartest and most influential kids are near the center tables. They actively plan on ways to get more production of food from the kids outside, and ways to give less to the kids working the cafeteria. They have been so successful that the kids at the center table have backpacks full of food and snacks all the time. So much so, that they daily throw away most of it because it rots. Hundreds of pounds are dried and preserved in barrels. Nearly all the barrels belong to the popular kids at the center tables.
This system has been working great, but the current school will be barren soon since no effort has been made to preserve the garden soil, and the water supply is now very polluted. The kids in control are working hard at designing a balloon so they can float off to another school to start over in the near future. There will only be enough room in the balloon for the center tables though.
There comes a time when the unrest and fighting outside are mounting faster than the mountain of food barrels in storage. A great many barrels are owned by the most popular boy who wears an apple printed on his t-shirt. He decides to end the nonsense. He rolls his barrells outside to share, and thus saves all the children from chaos, starvation and ruin. The other kids witness this act of compassion and feel the affects. They are moved to follow suit since the good that follows is undeniable.
We are very happy to have connected with local folks that have the same vision and are willing to do the hard work it takes to make meaningful change. We are working with three non-profit’s to build domes for their community gardens in San Jose, San Martin and Redding in Northern California. These aquaponic bio-domes will provide food and an exciting learning environment.
Garden to Table: Renovated idle urban spaces into eight neighborhood gardens, Donated over 30,000 pounds of fruit to Central San Jose food pantries by harvesting neglected fruit trees, Started a 1 acre farm and have taught dozens of classes on gardening and nutrition to hundreds of San Jose residents.
Team Tierra: Builder of re-purposed wood creation and community farms serving families & restuarants in San Jose and San Martin, CA. They’ll be helping us make and builk the domes too!
Garden of Hope: A wonderful project of Providence International that serves ar risk people by providing employment training, mentoring, and Hope for unemployed individuals.
A Learning Dome Living School is a sustainable aquaponic garden, in a geodesic dome, built on the most abundant materials and sustainable technologies.
Build in your school, neighborhood, or backyard!
- Nature’s geometry & structure
- Sustainable closed looped systems
- Gardening, Aquaponics, & Aquaculture
- Community, Cooperation, & Creativity
What if you could provide food, shelter, and security for your family without enslaving yourself to a lifetime of debt and stress? We believe it is not only possibel, but very easy, cheap, and fun all in one.
Future of the Free is a new venture from the Santa Cruz Mountains of Silicon Valley building community bio-dome’s using aquaponics and nature’s design to create an alternate future. This project introduces a bio-dome kit that anyone can build with parts that are recycled, free, or very common and low cost. The goal was to create an alternate path to provide the necessities that many on earth seem struggling to secure.
We like to call this an open source project for humans since the goal is to create the most with the least – for the benefit of all. We used barrels, containers, and parts found everywhere for free or cheap. We used 3-D Printing technology to design, teach, and test construction. We hope to raise enough funds with our Kickstarter.com campaign so we can produce the kits quickly with a ShopBot next time.
We love to inspire the imagination towards the possibilities and power of working in harmony with nature and each other. Our focus is to accomplish our goals through community movements that demonstrate real live examples of how cooperating with nature and each other reap rewards never to be seen in the current system of competition and profit above all else. We are already working with non-profit farms to build the first community domes in Northern California. You’ll see dome raisings from Garden to Table of San Jose, Team Tierra in San Martin, and Garden of Hope in Redding.
Organic Food & Home independence is not only possible – but is now necessary considering recent droughts and revelations regarding GMO’s, pesticide use, and bees dying in mass. Aquaponic systems yields more produce using only 10% of the water as commercial growing. Super strong weather resistant solar powered domes provide the easiest to build and strongest structure known to man using only a third of the materials – per the American Institute of Architecture.
The idea started when planning the first year of home-schooling for our young sons, ages 5 and 7. The boys had lots of questions about how our world works. We had to explain money, energy, war, poverty, jobs, taxes and so on – in a way that made sense and wouldn’t be scary to them. Answers to seemingly basic questions always required a string of explanations that showed that every aspect of our lives and relationships are governed by money – but has little to do with human needs – or logic.
We asked the most basic questions to get the simplest solutions. We decided it all starts with depending on our local communities that have our same interests at heart – instead of organizations that represent the blind corporate pursuit of profits.
For the last seven years our group has focused on projects that create better alternatives for our future. We’ve developed several sustainable products like the hemp surfboard, art canvas, jeans and more through U.S. Hemp Co and Museum. We’ve spent lots of time promoting change at events and online. We’ve shifted our focus further down the road now with the successful shift of public perception towards acceptance and legalization of Industrial Cannabis (Hemp) and Medical Marijuana.
This year we’ve joined our commitment to a better future with our love of innovation and technology to create our latest and greatest development – Future of the Free. Please join us.