Our Philosophy on Going Green
We are a young family with a growing concern for the environment and a strong desire to make a difference.
When we moved in to our ‘off-grid’ home on May 31, 2007, we had no prior exposure to living ‘off-the-grid’ and no related education. But, we knew we wanted to create a ‘green’ business and we had a willingness to learn. It was a natural fit for us.
However, being ‘off-the-grid’ is only the first step. Nature’s Harmony is in the early stages of a vision that is much bigger. Our goal is to live in a symbiotic relationship with nature and to minimize our impact on the environment. In doing so, we hope to generate awareness and inspire our guests to live a little more lightly on this planet.
Our ‘green’ philosophy is all about taking the first step. Ultimately, the final goal is to be as green as possible. However, if we only focus on the final goal, we would never take the first step because it is too overwhelming and too costly to achieve.
There wouldn’t be much wisdom to share if we had millions of dollars to invest in going green. We are not trying to demonstrate an ‘ideal’ green living that is attainable by only a few. We are here to share the process.
At Nature’s Harmony, we are laying a foundation and placing the building blocks – one by one – for greener living. It is a process, a series of steps and a lifelong commitment to learning and sharing. We are combining new technology with a back-to-basics philosophy.
We hope that our story will inspire others to take their first or next green steps.
The First Green Steps at Nature’s Harmony:
- Use of solar and wind power, a renewable resource, to power our home and cabins
- Focus on conservation of energy by turning out lights, eliminating Phantom Loads, using energy efficient bulbs and reducing water consumption.
- Minimize waste by recycling and composting
- Wrinkle friendly environment as all our laundry is hang dried
- Wash all laundry using ‘Earth’s Berries Soap Nuts‘, which is an environmentally friendly, all natural, organic alternative to laundry detergent
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- Constructed three outdoor composting toilets.
- Built three outdoor eco-showers, whereby rain water is collected and gravity fed in to the showers. Heating is by passive solar or fire.
- Commitment to a 10-year sustainable forestry management plan.
- Adaptation of previous logging roads for use as a trail system for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing
- Commitment to local shopping and promotion of local artisans, outfitters and small businesses.
The Next Green Steps at Nature’s Harmony:
- Learning the principles of permeaculture to integrate into our landscaping design
- Develop a natural swimming pond
- Create a garden to grow fresh herbs and vegetables
- Build a cob oven
- Design a solar oven
- New cabins to be built using a variety of earth building techniques and workshops will be available for learning.
- Use of renewable wood resources from our property to furnish new cabins and renovate interiors.