4th annual festival
Self Reliant Community Incubator
Greetings and welcome to our Self Reliant Community &
Technology Incubator. We are an Intentional Community providing
appropriate technology workshops on subjects as diverse as
growing Moringa to permaculture design. Another big part of
what we do is incubate Artistic and Home Based Businesses.
Get off the grid and out of the grind with a business that
does not involve daily commuting and supports Art in all its
many splendid forms; the art of living, the art of expression,
and the art that is everywhere on this awesome planet we co
Find out about our mostly free workshops on many subjects
at the Tucson Tortolita Eco Village. Join our meetup for email
notices for all our workshops, seminars, classes and announcements.
Our meetup group is Sustainable-Tucson-Eco-Village-Group
We never send spam or even know your email, but you will receive
We also provide a great place to live, learn, or just hang
out for those who want to make a real difference. And we are
a living library, University of Sustainability and an on the
ground experiment in living a resilient self reliant lifestyle
by using ancient wisdom and skills combined with cutting edge
technology. We don’t have all the answers, but with years
of research we are now trying to make it all happen and you
can be a part of this.
Here are just a few examples of what we have found that can
make a real and quick difference in anyone’s life and improve
the planet at the same time. We provide information, research,
and when appropriate can actually help provide you with these
techniques and products if you do not have access to them
Earthsky Technologies Cloud Dancer
Earthsky Technologies is one of our latest creations
that can have a big impact on nearly every aspect of
living life. Here we are exploring the Earth & Sky
for Art in all its forms with particular emphasis on
using natural technologies to create positive energies
to help us all. Our Cloud Dancers are just one of several
projects already developed and available for viewing
and purchase. It helps our community, it helps individuals,
and it helps the world. It can change your world now…
Sustainable, Green, and EcoSpecial Real Estate
Our community is represented by Tucson Tortolita Eco
Village Realty, the only “Totally Eco Green Sustainable
Brokerage” in North America. We only specialize in Green
of one flavor or another, Realty. We help buyers and
sellers who want a sustainable lifestyle to purchase
or sell properties. This is all we do and have over
25 years experience in this, plus we live it ourselves.
We also sell property and lifestyle right here at our
village. There are a couple of ways to purchase property
in our community. More about Eco
Green Sustainable Realty
On the ground and in process
Moringa for Life
Here at the village we are very enthusiastic proponents of
Moringa. We grow Moringa from seed and provide everything
from seedlings to mature trees to Moringa energy drinks and
Moringa weight loss products. We often offer workshops for
how to DIY Moringa (See meetup link above). We have a page
devoted to growing Moringa with pictures at the property.
Moringa Trees & Products can change your entire life as
they re a super food that you can grow yourself that is nutrient
dense and calorie low.
Moringa Trees Information & Products
Hobbitats Domes, Homes & Greenhouse Structures
Our most recent incubator project is the development of Hobbitat
Domes. We now manufacture and sell geodesic domes designed
as greenhouses, sheds, workshops and other appropriately sustainable
structures. You won’t believe how practical, portable, sustainable
and useful they are. Not to mention our amazing prices and
quality. You can even have a sustainable homestead with our
Biospere3 system. Check them out.
In another new project at TTEV we are building a Hobbitat
Town, using dome technology, container recycling, Small Houses,
and earth building techniques. Hobbitat Town is supported
by permaculture, food forests and real world science blended
with old wisdom many hobbits were known to possess. Hobbits
are sustainable in all ways. They grow their own healthy food
or trade with neighbors that do. They grown their own smoke.
They brew their own ale. They make most of their own cloths,
implements, and equipment. They are resilient and self reliant
as much as is possible given their uncertain times.
No we don’t have any, or pretend we are hobbits, orcs, or
dwarves, but we do have a Dragon! Turns out Smaug had a sister
and she is a good Dragon. Come help us build this amazing
Hobbitat Town in the heart of our village. Please join our
meetup with the link below where you will be notified when
we are holding workshops and workdays here at Hobbitat Town.
And we offer tours occasionally, though don’t promise you
will see any Dragons. But just maybe…
Water is the key here in the desert
Without a water plan, no community is sustainable. That is
especially true here in our desert SW community. But never
fear, we have plan and it includes the newest science of water,
permaculture and natural or structured water. We are each
at least 50% water and without it we can not live well or
have good health. Would you believe that there is a form of
water that is almost magical in its simplicity and we have
been using it to create almost miracles for the last few years.
It is one of our most successful discoveries here at the village
and effects everything we do. It changes everything and we
use it every day. And you can to. Learn more about this here.
Food and Food Forests support us when combined with our
It has taken several yeas of research and application of
what we learned at our village. But we now can grow all of
our own food and are close to self sufficiency in that. Food
forests are the natural way our ancestors were able to successfully
survive and thrive and Aquaponics is a sustainable closed
system of producing food that is totally appropriate here
in the desert as it allows the same amount of food to be grown
in 1/10th the space with 90% less effort and energy. And it
is simple, inexpensive, and effective for anyone that has
even a small amount of land or space. Someone with even 1/10th
an acre can actually grow all the food for a family of four
and even an apartment can do a goodly amount with the systems
we have learned and are doing. We have helped build Arizona’s
largest Aquaponics farm. More info.
Why Invest in Resiliency...
No one knows what the future actually holds, but it has become
obvious to many that there may be a train wreck in our near
future. It may not be an end of the world scenario, but it
is almost certain to be an end of the world as we know it.
Still, why not hedge your bets both ways, by preparing for
solvable problems and living life to its fullest no matter
what the outcome. Invest in the process rather than the outcome.
We have become almost completely dependent on assumptions
that plenty of cheap oil, clean water, good weather, stable
political systems, continued consumption growth and abundant
cheap food will always be available to us. But clearly that
is not the case. There is no sustainability for any of these
critical commodities or processes. It is not even worth arguing
with the doubters and the ostriches on this subject, so you
will not find any of that here
That is why we are building a Self Reliant
Community at TTEV with a purpose and the intent to survive
whatever comes with style and humor. We also call this “Sustainable
Survivability,” and we are serious about it. And yes we have
a plan and are in the process of implementing it right now.
Education, reskilling, and relocalize are some of our strategies.
Even if nothing bad happens in our future, it is still the
best way to live this wonderful game of life. The world needs
sustainable practices in all areas of life and living. It
is not just about us, it really is about a community engaged
in living a meaningful life. We call this concept “intentional
As a Conservation & Educational Non Profit, it is our
job, our pleasure, and our way of life to support a New Vision
for living, surviving, and thriving in an uncertain world.
Southeast Arizona is truly one of the most fabulous places
to live on this planet. Though like everywhere else we have
our own unique issues and problems. It is solving for those
problems that our Self Reliant Community formed. Thus we incubate
ideas, businesses, and on the ground practical Self Reliance
and Resiliency practices while reskilling and relocalizing
as necessary to survive in style.
Call us, come meet us, or take one of our workshops to find
out how you can become a founding member of our unique community
that is beyond sustainability, about sustainable survival,
and an intentional community like nowhere else. Check us out
at www.ttev.org or call Dave @ 520 262-3306 to chat.
Basic map and directions are available here TTEV
Map and you can click on our Master Plan below as well.