In November of 2010, as I was winding down my journey through the Americas, documenting sustainability initiatives in the 10 countries I visited for The Esperanza Project, my path crossed with that of Ryan Luckey and Leticia Rigatti, the couple who make up Común Tierra. They were doing exactly what I had wanted to do but ran out of time, funds and energy. They have spent the past four years creating a body of work that is unparalleled in this area, planting seeds of sustainability as they go with their workshops and seed bank and presentations. Their journey carried them throughout the Americas aboard the Minhoca, a biodiesel-fueled motor home outfitted with a wide range of "ecotecnias" or ecological technologies that help the travelers live in a way that's consistent with their values, while making their home a rolling demonstration project for sustainability.
Now as the couple begins a new chapter with a journey through Europe, Phil Moore has penned an interview with Ryan and Leti for Permaculture Magazine. Phil, along with his partner Lauren, relied on the advice and collaboration of Comun Tierra in their own journey through the Americas, documented in their blog Permaculture People.
I look forward to seeing what this new adventure will bring. Meanwhile, here's a peek inside the Minhoca: