Moon Cocoon

Off-grid permaculture on 10 acres in Mojave Desert at 4500 ft. elevation. A work in progress.

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The property includes 1 multi-room earthbag dome and a kiva-type earthbag structure, an Airstream trailer, well, septic system, shipping container, in-ground outdoor trampoline bed, and water storage tanks. The surrounding land is undeveloped.

We have been restoring and reinforcing the domes, which were initially permitted by the previous owners of the land but never completed. The original design by Nadir Khalili was at least partially funded by NASA as part of Khalili's proposal to construct in-situ "super-adobe" structures on the surface of the moon.

A succession of previous owners scraped a significant amount of the vegetation and topsoil on the property, which we are restoring by creating earthworks to capture water and regenerate soil.

We've installed underground pipe systems to interconnect water, power and septic for the various structures, set up solar and battery systems, and built a small lounge in the front third of the shipping container. We've also created berms to protect from wind and create privacy from a dirt road.

moon cocoon with Andrea
  • moon cocoon compost
    Composting straw and goat manure cleaned out from the neighbor's goat farm.
  • moon cocoon pipes
    Installing electrical, septic and water lines, connecting the well to the dome, trailer, water tanks and scraped areas.
  • Moon cocoon steps
    Steps carved from the trailer to the shipping container.
  • moon cocoon mulberry
    A solitary Mulberry tree grows on the adjacent abandoned property. Receiving no supplemental water on a scraped, exposed section of the hillside where almost nothing else survives, it explodes with fruit year after year. We clone the tree from cuttings, plant it at other desert locations and share young clones with neighbors.