I use the plastic bottle method too, it's like not having to think! LOL, glad you enjoyed!
I was wondering the same thing, how do 4 people live on $20K??? I'm sure they have jobs outside the farm too. Daddy is a cutie, though!
I loved it but...
They live in Pasadena, CA --- now when we lived in NORTHERN California, we had 10 months ayear of growing time; Pasadena probably has 12! So it works in that sort of climate (even in northern CA, I never had to buy veg at teh store becasue my little 10' x 15' garden grew like gangbusters). Less likely here in the firgid north with three or four months of grownig season, assisted by green house for starting plants (which means even more space needed!).
DItto the solar power --- it is sunny nearly year-round there so going totally off-grid is possible in a place like that. Not so sure that many places would allow one to distill biofuel in a neighborhood, either!
And how many towns/cities do you inow that would tolerate goats, ducks and chickens in a backyard (even our little city nearby, in the middle of farming country, doesn't allow chickens!)? Planting your entire yard in veg --- a lot of neighborhoods wouldn't allow that (heck, I live in fear that one day, the HOA here will complain that DH has eliminated lawn in favor of daylilies!). And how many cities do you know would tolerate someone doing business from their front porch (most places, even in Calidornia, require a special license and neighbors can put a wrench into that works if they object to the traffic it might generate! I know, becasue I looked into getting a consulting license, working from home, when we lived in Northern California and the paperwork to get a permit to work from home was horrendous!).
So the liklihood of success of such a venture is really truly location-dependant.
I wondered about regulations too, Carol! Lots of my friends have tried the bio-diesel but given it up because of the LABOR and it winds up being more expensive than gas. There are some solar powered buildings and homes here, but what makes more sense in Memphis area is windmills. We have a constant 7 mph wind, it's never still, and the gurus of eco wonder why we don't harness it. I wonder too.
I had a totally crazy neighbor who went solar on his house. It got so outrageous in design that he got sued by the neighbors and wound up buying them all out so he could have his dream. Then the FAA smacked him about his house being too tall for air traffic regulations, so he built a berm in the front yard to make the roof closer to the ground Further down the block, someone has a giant Buddah in the front yard, facing east (and toward the house). That neighborhood lost its mind.
Here's the weird solar house.