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An Eco-Friendly Bed & Breakfast Inn & Permaculture Demonstration Site in the Mountains & Wine Country Near Dahlonega
At the Cedar House Inn and Yurts we try to be good stewards of the earth's natural resources. This page provides sources for some of the products we have installed for conservation and gives information on other products that are good for the environment.
Greywater Systems for Gardens
We have a great opportunity to conserve water by reusing the water from shower, bathtub and washing machine use. Such water is called greywater or graywater depending on who you talk to. An average four person household sends well over 38,000 gallons of reusable water down the drain each year from bathrooms and laundries. This water could be used for watering lawns and gardens. Fresh drinking water is not a finite resource. It's been said that in the near future water will become the next oil in terms of scarcity and worldwide demand. Why do we need to water our water hogging St Augustine grass yards with water suitable for drinking?
We have found an affordable and simple to install/use greywater reuse system made for yard and garden irrigation. During those wet weather times you can divert the greywater back into the septic system with a built in valve. The unit (picture above right) has a unique multi stage filtering system that uses Matala Filters proven for their effectiveness in over 40 countries.
For more information on both systems and other greywater reuse methods visit Greywater
The Vegan cookbook is one of Mary Beth's favorites. She has used many of the recipes at the inn. She has also served some of the dinner dishes and they were excellent. Hard to tell that you are actually eating healthy vegan meals.
Becky Kemery's "Yurts-Living in the Round" is a great resource for anyone who wants to get their own yurt for a vacation or permanent home.
The Yurt book (Mongolian Cloud Houses) is great for someone wanting to build their own homemade yurt cheaply and live simply.
Jim Merkel's book talks about living in a more sustainable way and how to reduce your impact on the Earth.
Ecopreneuring and Rural Renaissance are written by a couple who left the city life to start an eco friendly bed and breakfast inn in Wisconsin. Both books are inspiring and informational for anyone seeking the good life in a sustainable way. Mary Beth and Fred relate well to both books.
Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan is a great book that makes you mindful about where you food comes from. What we eat not only effects our health but the environment as well.
The Liquid Gold Book talks about using urine for fertilizer. In Sweden urine has been used for many years. Very high in nitrogen it can replace synthetic fertilizer and is great for leafy vegetables and the environment. Fred is using the 8:1 concentration on the trees.