The residents enjoy participating in open monthly events like concerts, workshops, readings, performances, cinema and exhibitions – all powered by wind and solar energy. There is also a shared vermicompost — or worm compost — system enhanced by ‘Effective Microorganisms’ (EM) – a Japanese composting technique that uses 80 species of ‘friendly microorganisms” to balance the soil. There is no running water in the community, but they reuse rainwater through simple mechanism and treat all their grey water using beds of reeds.
A ‘Free Box’ with clothes, shoes and toys is the community’s recycling stop for outgrown stuff. Living anonymous and away from apartment blocks inside not-so-well insulated trailers and wagons can be great in summer, but is very tough during snowy winters. Whether you see it as a political statement, an experimental architectural village, a hippie settlement, or just a group of people living an environmentally conscious life under their own ethics, Berlin’s Wagendorf Lohmühle makes us reconsider the way we live.
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