Using his "key" that exchanges the water's wet heat to dry heat, Mike has big plans for the South part of the Monroe Mound here at Mystic Hot Springs. The first "Bio Zone", a geothermal heated, passive solar designed, living/growing space, is getting completed and ready to show the world what Mystic can do!
Totally revolutionary and unique, this comfortable space uses little materials, that which it does use are all reclaimed and recycled, even using some of the wood used in Pioneer Cabins from the 1800's. Featuring it's own hot springs fed cast iron bathtub for private soaks overlooking the mountains, these Bio Zones are fit for a king with all the creature comforts. Built with form following the function in mind, these spaces, although look like merely art pieces, are completely sustainable and functional, unlike anything you've experienced before.
Deemed, Geothermania, Mike hopes to continue to expand and reform the entire south hill with an Off the grid, sustainable community of Bio Zones all using active geothermal, active solar, and passive solar to create living at it's finest, with no negative impact on the Earth, air, or other living creatures.
We are on our third year growing inside our geothermal heated greenhouses and we couldn't be more thrilled at how what started as an experiment, has grown some roots and is flourishing quickly! Through his experimenting with putting old army mag arches covered in plastic over the hot springs channel, Mike has figured out the “key” to turning wet heat into dry heat using no moving parts. This unlocks the 10,000,000 BTU's released every hour from the hot springs water, allowing the use of this constant, sustainable heat for thousands of square feet of growing and living space.
The smallest of the two greenhouses is currently growing lettuce, chard, arugula, fennel, tomatoes, kale, and herbs and serves as an excellent nursery for sprouting new plants.
The larger greenhouse is a tropical paradise! A real Garden of Eden, Mike has a beautiful collection of orchids, succulents, agave, citrus, fig, pomegranate and palm trees. Berry bushes grow among tropical flowers and aloe vera. Mike has also grown impressive bumper crops of heirloom tomatoes, kale, and lettuce, with plenty for feeding the family and crew here, with more to share.
Enjoy this video with Mike explaining his Greenhouse Project.
Video produced by Eric Abramson.