Community sees progress in self-sustainability

Community sees progress in self-sustainability

Amarillo, TX - At first glance it may not seem like the most ideal living situation, but residents living there say they would not have it any other way.

Mariposa Village residents say it has come a long way in the last year. Not only do the homes use rainwater and solar energy, they also utilize things like clay and mud for insulation inside the walls.

This past year, residents say one of their biggest achievements involved constructing a well house to provide water for the area. Now, with all the progress its made, Mariposa is looking for more neighbors.

"We have probably about a dozen people that are looking to build within the next year since we finished finalizing the structure where they can plan to build," Mariposa resident, Toby Lankford, said. "We have a great development idea set up, it's going to be a multi-use, multi-family unit, single family unit and studio work spaces, as well."

Residents there are also relying on animals to enrich the soil and help cultivate more produce. They say, at first, there were some challenges with adjusting from living in the city to living off the land, but now they say they see their new homes as a 'slice of heaven.'