In March of 2006, Tulsi and Norris purchased a small house on a .2 acre lot, and used permaculture principles to design their food forest, sun garden, and house renovation. They aimed to create a low-maintenance, truly sustainable habitat for 2-4 people plus wildlife, providing from the property all necessary food, heating & cooking fuel, water, and waste treatment. Join us for a reality check on what's worked and what hasn't, what seems theoretically possible for the future, and what all this means to the oxymoronic goal of a sustainable city.
You can view a PDF (6 MB) of our presentation slideshow. I went into a lot more detail during the presentation than what I was able to write out on the presentation slides, but you can still get a good idea of our journey from looking through the slides.
UPDATE April 2014: I have now created a slideshow with audio synced to the images. View Self Sufficiency, Five Years In online (may require reasonably fast internet connection) or download 36MB zip for offline viewing. (Extract to anywhere on your hard drive, then open the included index.html file in your web browser.)