A Snowboarders Unbelievable Tiny House
Mike Basich was a snowboarding pioneer. But after hundreds of competitions that brought money and fame, he went in search of something different. ROCK MUSIC PLAYING Welcome. Thank you. It’s such a rush just to get up here. MUSIC PLAYING When did you first get into snowboarding? My mom was always looking for something different and fun for us to try out, so that’s how we.
Discovered it. And the sport had no rules. And that’s where that kept us in it, because no one was telling us what to do. Oh! Ouch! From 7 to about 14 years old, I had epilepsy. And so being different than everyone else, you felt at home. That’s something my parents drove into me every day, saying it’s OK to be different. I just tackle things that way. MUSIC PLAYING Well, welcome.
Wow. This is the inside. It’s beautiful. How long did it take for you to build this place? It took me five years two and a half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock. Every piece of cement was hand mixed, and gathered the water for it by hand, as well. God, it’s such a labor of love. You get to do fun things. This is actually a shower here. And it’s a seat in the daytime.
But you get to use it’s a bit camping style. No shower curtain, just out in the open. Pouring water, sitting down. MUSIC PLAYING I’ve got a little oven, which the door’s from the junkyard. And bought a nice little fireplace, which is my cooking, heating water, warming the place. So that’s the central attention for the utilities. Yeah. This is it. Where are you getting your water?.
Yeah, this is creek water, which I have two creeks on the property. Mike, where do you sleep? I’ve got the loft as my bedroom very different than anywhere else I’ve lived. I go to bed with the sun, and I wake up with it. I don’t feel like I’m trying to race time. In a city, you always feel like you’re on a rat race. And here, it feels like you’re in sync with what’s actually happening. So this was your dream. Since you were a little boy, you’ve been wanting to do this. This is my dream and reality, 40 acres to do whatever I want with. It’s really fun.
MUSIC PLAYING Tell me when you first started getting into that competitive circuit. Competitive circuit was right off the start. The World Cup, traveled the world a bunch I’d be in a different country almost every weekend. Worked my body hard. I was making about $170,000 a year. Played it pretty smart. I bought my first house, 4,000 squarefoot house huge because I went for the American dream. I bought the big house and had a fancy car. It didn’t do anything different for me. It just took up time.
We started getting sponsors that didn’t have anything to do with snowboarding. You started dealing with people that didn’t really care about your imagination. I let go of the competition 15 years ago, at least. I do a lot through photography through snowboarding, so that’s been my outlet versus the competition. And that’s how I end up in the back country. MUSIC PLAYING Where did the decision come from to build this place off the grid? Nature inspires me, and that’s why I choose this kind of environment. I want to learn how to live off the grid, have appreciation for nature, and how to keep the rain off my.
Aquaponic Farm with Fish Vegetables at a Former Meat Packing Factory at Plant Chicago
This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens with another exciting episode for you today, we’re here in Chicago and I noticed on the field trip we’re at West 46 Street and Bishop. The plant. The plant is actually a place that grows food underground actually in the basement at present time, this is actually an old site of a meat packing plant so I think it’s Peer meat packing, they used to basically pack meat, smoked meat all kinds of stuff. I never thought in my growing experience and my growing teaching and teaching people how to grow foods that I’d be coming to a meat packing plant especially an industrial meat packing.
Plant at that. Anyways this building was built in the 1920s and then in about 2006 it was believed they were shut down through the USDA because it’s a pretty old building. So because it was shut down it was available for sale then it was purchase and there was a lot of resources in that building that can be reused, it was a USDA certified facility for many years, including stainless steel and all kinds of different material on the inside as well it’s also very well insulated. The guy that bought the building has real great goals for the building, he wants to basically.
Turn this and make this a netzero energy. So basically he wants to produce all the energy onsite with a special generator and a biogas digester. That’s going to be really impressive once it all gets finished but right now they’re going through their deconstruction and reconstruction of the building in to different areas. So there’s going to be many different areas of the building, this is on a 3 acre site. The yard behind me you can see is going to be all raise bed and hoop house gardens and row crops in the future, they’re going to add a green house on to part of the building. They’re going to then rent out commercial.
Kitchens to people and they’re going to have other areas, breweries they’re going to add and another area that’s going to be for other companies growing hydroponically, growing indoors. So I think this is a great vision, what I’m here today to do is to go on the tour that they give. They give the tour on certain days of the week, costs $10, you come see the place, the old meat packing plant. You get to see some of the work that they’re doing but also get to see some aquaponics that are growing down in the basement. That’s what I’m primarily interested in today.
Aside from the goals that they’re going to do that is amazing. They’ve got some stuff that they’re growing and they’re going to be growing hopefully a lot more really soon. Anyways, let’s head in to the building and go on that tour. When you arrive for the tour whilst you’re waiting for the tour to start, you’ll be in this little area. In this area they have a whole bunch of the different plans and mock ups of how things are going to go in the different areas of the plant. This is actually the yard area which they.
Hope to turn into basically vegetable buildings. With hoop houses to grow in the winter time. So the tour is about to start now, I’m not allowed to film on the tour but I’ll come back at you and share with you the growth areas and some of the things about the tour that I learn here for fun. On the tour here you’ll see many different areas of the plant or this old meat packing place. It can definitely be a little bit spooky in some of these areas. You’ll hear about all the different plans and different things they’re going to do with this old meat processing plant. Next let’s head towards the light.
laughs Let’s head downstairs to see where they’re actually growing some food on site. Let’s head downstairs to find out what’s happening down here now once again this is an old meat packing plant, there’s many areas that are currently being refurbished, from its intended use. This billboard is actually quite cold, I’d probably use the word dank that I don’t often use. Here’s the door that leads to the aquaponic system. Aquaponics what that basically is it’s a combination of agriculture and hydroponics. It’s a system that actually works very nice,.