Gabriel Sandler

Monday, March 19, 2018

Living in the margins: ‘Ecovillages’ take sustainability to personal level

GLOBE – The residents of Wind Spirit live on 16 acres surrounded by citrus and olive trees, hills and old mines. They’ve built their homes using everything from a dirt-straw concrete mix called cob to buses painted blue, purple and yellow. Outdoor sinks have signs requesting visitors use tree-friendly soap. All the bathrooms have compost toilets.

Wind Spirit, tucked between Winkelman and Superior, just south of Tonto National Forest, is an “ecovillage,” where residents live by a public set of ever-changing of guidelines for respecting each other and the land.