Visitors can learn about Michael Burns' and Kelly Dietz's off-grid home and permaculture during the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension's 2012 Green Buidling Tour.

Cayuta Sun is pleased to welcome visitors to our rural, off-grid home, gardens, and forest during the tour of green buildings on Saturday, October 13th. This home and and its surrounding landscape serves as an educational space for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Students and teachers from the Institute will be present to answer questions and give tours.

Permaculture teacher and Cayuta Sun designer Michael Burns will offer a short introduction to permaculture at 10 a.m. and 2 pm. as well as regular tours of the home’s wind, solar and other energy systems.

Tim Reap, the builder of the earth-bermed, double-walled, and highly-insulated home will be on site to answer questions.

Jake Maher Delisle, FLPCI alumni and intern will talk about vermicomposting and soil building at 12 p.m.

Cayuta Sun
2962 Swamp Rd.,
Cayutaville/Alpine, NY 14805


Learn more about the 2012 Green Building Open House:


Friday, October 12,

5:30pm reception, 6:00-8:00pm presentation

at Milstein Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca .

Free & open to the public


Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14


Various locations in Tompkins & neighboring counties.

Visit for photos and details on specific sites and the day each will be open. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the Ithaca Green Building Alliance, in conjunction with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the American Solar Energy Society.

WRISTBANDS: A $5 wristband gets you into as many houses as you can visit in 2 days; under 18 free. Buy your wristband before the event at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (615 Willow Ave., Ithaca), Home Green Home (on the Commons in Ithaca), Greenstar Cooperative Market (701 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca), or during the event at select sites on the tour. No one will be turned away, but please show your support for the Open House and help make it financially sustainable if you are able!

For more information, contact Guillermo Metz at (607) 272-2292 or <>