Moon Cocoon

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

+ about this project

Between 2017 and 2019 we bought 10 acres of remote desert land that included unfinished eroding earthbag domes, a well, an unused septic system, a shipping container with tools, a trampoline frame set into the ground, and a large empty water tank. While most of the surrounding landscape is undeveloped, a succession of previous owners scraped a significant amount of the vegetation and topsoil on the property.

We have been inhabiting the land while setting up and restoring some initial systems. Our long-term plan is to interatively implement and evolve a regenerative solution for the property with minimal impact, based on slow and careful observation.

The domes were initially permitted. The original pre-fab design by Cal-Earth/Nadir Khalili was at least partially funded by NASA as part of Khalili's proposal to construct "super-adobe" structures on the surface of the moon.

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.