Bark Eater Studios

127 Hadley Hill Rd
Hadley, NY 12835
(518) 696-5675
jeff@barkeaterstudios.org

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This is a preparation for a "Riva" focused on a collaborative Workspace and Living (8 months out of the year).

The bootstrapping plan for 2009 is at WorkingPlan.

Currently, the situation is primitive, and the plan is to upgrade. A small `campground´ for aprox 12-24 people, suitable for seminars. The site has hosted an event with over 100 people.

Several year-round cabins will be built. All structures will have ~96 sqft of floor space, and will serve as a form of micro-housing (see http://www.motherearthnews.com/Green-Home-Building/1995-04-01/The-World-of-the-Microhouse.aspx)

Facilities

  • BunkHouses
  • MicroHousing?
    • same size as bunk house, non-temporary lodging for 1-2
  • KitchenDining
  • MeetingAreas?
    • Indoor
      • Teams can work in bunkhouses
      • Dining area for larger meetings
    • Outdoor
      • bench seating around campfire area
      • drum circle facility
  • Other
    • Day-use cafe area
    • PC Reuse lab
    • Amateur radio facility
    • Woodworking area
    • Auto/Mechanical shop
    • Maple trees for syrup production
    • Sustainable Lumber sales
    • Organic Produce sales

Basics

  • permanent space
  • door locks
  • power and cabling
    • could be standard mains power
    • generator
      • must be clean power for sensitive electronics equipment
    • UPS
  • light
  • toilets (auto clean)
    • out-house
    • upgrade to composting
  • accessible manuals
  • garbage collection
    • waste awareness
    • composting + burning + recycling
  • cleaning facilities
    • laundry and shower
      • both available
      • future outdoor shower

Office Work

  • internet + wireless
    • probably via satellite
    • cable & dsl pending local infrastructure upgrades
  • chairs
    • build-able with local resources
  • desk
    • build-able with local resources
    • desks under fold-up beds in bunk houses
  • lamps
    • LED, low-voltage lighting
  • phones
    • voip soft-phones over ethernet cable for where 802.11 won't work
  • soundsystem
  • paper and pencils etc.
  • printer
    • ink-jet and laser
      • need refills
  • projector
    • needed
  • scanner
    • available

Outdoor Work

  • deer-resistant garden
  • lumber mill
  • maple trees to tap for syrup
  • raw materials for wood crafts

Storage

  • critter-resistant food containers
  • equipment storage
  • personal storage

Kitchen

  • structure
    • 8´x12´ kitchen/serving area
    • 24´x12´ covered dining area
  • water
    • cistern/tank or water line
  • tea / coffee
    • thermos bottles to store hot drinks for long periods
    • DIY hot water
  • fridge
    • would need to be LPG powered
  • stove
    • traditional LPG stove/oven

Ambients

  • a good climate (temperature and air quality)
    • potential for lots of snow in the winter
  • plants in GreenMicrohousing
  • a nice view
  • biking/hiking trails
  • swimming area

CurrentStatus?

  • facilities available
    • ceramics
    • 100 acres of forest
    • lumber mill
  • facilities unavailable
    • good broadband internet access
    • mains electricity to facility area

 

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