Urban Homesteading: The Integral Urban House

Once a Victorian mansion, The Integral Urban House has been converted into a model of self-reliant living.



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In the middle of Berkeley, California, a 100-year old house was converted into a prime example of urban homesteading.
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House resident Charles O'Loughlin inspects one of three wooden compost bins. The containers feature slatted sides, to allow easy removal of compost (which is ready to use after about three weeks of biodegradation).
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Members of a Saturday afternoon tour group stop to admire the IUH solar collector.
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The containerized rooftop garden. Proof positive that anyone, even apartment dwellers, can grow their own food!
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The IUH garden, as seen from the roof. Crops are sown in raised beds that recovered with an inch of compost.
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