Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary is a 7-acre Permaculture homestead
begun in 1981. Our challenge was to bring life, soil and
water back into this severely overgrazed and damaged land.
We have learned how to catch and hold our rainwater, helping
the land become a fertile and fruitful sponge—a process that
involves the minds and beings of the inhabitants as much as
it involves the land itself. And, the progress we have made
is most satisfying! If it can be done here, it can be done
For the hundreds of trees, shrubs, herbs, and flowers we
have planted and continue to plant, we are blessed to be
able to pump water from the lake for only the cost of
electricity and the cost of the system. Our water system
includes more than a mile of water pipe and driplines.
feel that solar technology is currently completing a cycle
of development that will make solar collectors increasingly
affordable and useful. Our first solar conversions will be
for lighting and hot water.