Washoe Valley is famous for its strong winds, and since it's almost always windy there, John and Nancy decided to have a wind turbine installed at their Washoe nursery location. The project is exciting, ambitious, enterprising and ultimately very practical. The 2.6 kw wind turbine is now actually producing clean electricity not only for the nursery, but also for NV Energy's Renewable Generations program.
Gardening and daydreaming are definitely intertwined pastimes. We often imagine living a self-sufficient life, a life of productive labor that brings us ever closer to a green world without pollution, without poisons, with clean air, clean soil, fresh home grown food. In short, we imagine the autonomous life, self-contained, self-determining, self-supporting. With the new turbine, John and Nancy do more than simply dream about such things. (This photo shows the recent installation of the forty-five foot tall turbine.)
Come One Come All -- Come Celebrate the Wind in Washoe Valley!
To celebrate Earth Day, Dry Creek Garden Company will host a Green Energy Conference at their Washoe City location on Friday, April 23, 2010. The celebration will feature organizations and cultural projects that promote alternative energy. Festivities begin at 1 pm. Vendors will include:
- The Clean Energy Center -- Premier wind and solar power specialists for Northern Nevada and Eastern California will provide information and examples of windmills and solar systems.
- Go Green Roof -- Innovators in plantable roof systems will show how homeowners can install fully-integrated, vegetated roofs that are both economically and environmentally beneficial. In conjunction with Go Green Roof, Dry Creek will give away free green roof plants.
- United States Department of Agriculture -- Representatives for the USDA will provide grant information for your green projects, including the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program.
There Will Be Music!
Tim Snyder, formally of 'Soul Jibe' will energize his awesome electric violin for your entertainment.