The Micro-Energy Generating Garage Assembly (MEGGA) is a demonstration / prototype to turn everyday detached garages from simple storage units (aka ‘car-holes’) into food growing and energy-generating systems using permaculture design. The basic concept is to partner a garage with an attached greenhouse and renewable energy to create sustainable 4-season growing systems with minimal fossil fuel input that serves both practical and recreational purposes. Owners of a MEGGA can then customize how they want the system to function and what and how they want to grow. This project prototype takes a 24′×26′ two-car garage and couples it with a 23ft off-grid 4-season geodesic dome greenhouse. The greenhouse will be accessed through the heated garage which will host a 6000L vermiponic (aquaculture) system to raise tilapia and red claw crayfish, grow various plants, utilize a rainwater catchment system to fill the fish tanks and water the greenhouse, a 7′×9′-32-tray aeroponic system for growing microgreens and wheat grass, an 8′×8′ walk-in cooler or root cellar for cold storage, a solar PV and solar thermal array on the roof, and in the greenhouse a climate battery and rocket mass heater (coppiced wood-fired) hot tub! There will even be enough room in the garage for a small workshop and/or one parking space! Hosted by ReThink Red Deer (The Sustainable Red Deer Society) at their 1/5-acre urban homestead, this project will demonstrate sustainable urban living to the community and the rest of the world as it leverages the practice of urban homesteading and the success of the existing edible forest and SPIN-gardens on site.
As the majority of people in the world now live in urban areas, this project has the potential to be a major amenity for sustainable living in the 21st Century.
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