A guided tour of Aprovecho, showcasing practical applications of sustainable living techniques. This non-profit organization is located on a beautiful forty-acre land trust outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. Aprovecho, which means “I make best use of” in Spanish, gained its name from the spirit of a sustainable approach to resource use in the creation and sustenance of human culture that the early founders observed in their international development work. Aprovecho’s land and its community of educators is a regional resource for researching, demonstrating, and educating the techniques and strategies of sustainable living.
The buildings provide examples of natural energy-efficient building techniques, including passive solar design, alternative insulation and finishing materials like strawbale, light straw clay, and earthen plasters and living roofs. The campus features several water-harvesting features iincluding ponds, swales, and a 10,000 gallon ferrocement rainwater tank. Aprovecho is also pioneering a successful temperate climate aquaponics system, which currently produces tilapia and a diversity of edible fruits and vegetables year-round.
Please wear seasonally appropriate shoes and clothing. Guided tours of Aprovecho are offered on the first Sunday of every month, March - November.