Sam and Frank combined forces four years ago at the Leard Blockade. They are enthusiastic DIYers, upcyclers and garden farmers. When they met, Frank had just helped to lay the slab for the Cottage, the $50, 000 solar passive house he was building with his parents, for his parents.
The Cottage was fully Council approved in 2017. Since then, Sam and Frank have built a $500/5 week micro house to live in while working at a market garden for a season, and are now living in the main house on his parents bush block at Wamboin, near Canberra. In this time, they have been increasing the backyard food production and renovating the main house, with a tiny budget, bringing in more solar passive design, a larger kitchen space as well as open space for dinners and workshops.
Sam and Frank have been called idealists, always looking for the “best” way to do things, always trying to learn more about ways of doing things. They are often found helping at Repair Cafe, Cycle Jam, talking about rocket stoves, involved in many things related to the local food systems, and other future minded system shake-ups. They relish taking care of their own food as well – growing, preserving and foraging as much as they can, and buying the rest in bulk from local organic farmers.
They are one part of what is bringing AWOL: Another Way of Living into fruition, a family-built learning and living environment where we are playing with our intergenerational opportunities.