This year we constructed two greenhouses in the field, as well as a mini-one attached to the cabin on the hill. They will act as nurseries for propagated plants and winter storage for perennials. We also get to grow some heat loving crops like tomatoes and peppers in them now 🙂 Another greenhouse project that... Continue Reading →

Ponds Galore

Look out! Some asteroids struck Two Mile, BC.             Specifically, our field. And not so much asteroids as an excavator. We have taken some leaps this year towards our goal of a permaculture food forest and perennial plant nursery, thanks to a generous donation from The Cassandra Trust. What we... Continue Reading →

2017 Internship Opportunity at TCUP

UPDATE: We are no longer taking interns this year, if you would like to volunteer, please contact us via email @ Thanks! The Common Unity Project 2017 Internship Opportunity Off-Grid Homesteading – Earth Conscious Building – Permaculture – Community We are offering a unique opportunity for 3-5 interested persons to join us for our... Continue Reading →

An ode to our solar system

During the last two years we have been getting our electricity from our solar system which was a big help in getting things done. In the end it is much easier to use a table saw and chop saw and all the other electrical tools than doing absolutely everything by hand. After having lived without... Continue Reading →

Summer ends

Summer came and went, and with it a bunch of our volunteers. Thanks everybody! We put up some walls, making it look something more like a building inside. The glass bottles added a nice touch and some much needed light in the back library room (perhaps better as a movie room... we shall see). The... Continue Reading →


Oops, we're a little late to be writing about Spring, it's almost summer here now. We got chickens again, tilled up some new land for potatoes and garden beds in front of the earthship, built an herb spiral, did some major clean up around the property, went mushroom picking, and built a sauna. Community members... Continue Reading →

Winter is Coming

It's a mad-dash to get ready for winter here. First was the roof, which is complete except the gutters and some windows. Now we're nailing up salvaged plywood, shoving shredded news paper (cellulose) insulation into the wall cavities, and doing landscaping to drain water away from the house. We hope to get two stoves installed... Continue Reading →

Timber Frame Madness

Unbelievable as it seems, we finally finished the tire wall on the 10th row...only to find out that we'd gone too high and had to undo a whole course of tires - a bit of an anticlimax! Still, we got over it pretty quickly once we realized we wouldn't have to pound tires anymore and... Continue Reading →

Our Earthship Build Has Begun!

So our summer tire pounding volunteers have arrived and after one month we've dug a drainage ditch, covered it back up, dug out another ditch for the tire course, covered that back up with gravel, pounded 4 courses of tires complete with vapor barrier, insulation, and backfill. We took a little break to make a cob oven,... Continue Reading →

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