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A Giant Solar Oven in our Future!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 by Marie

For years, we have been on the look-out for an old satellite dish, hoping to find one to create a solar oven. The dish can be covered in foil or reflective material, pointed at the sun, and its focal point will have lots of reflected heat waiting to cook pizza, bread, casseroles - even fry an egg! This article details how to make a solar oven from an old satellite dish. Below, Brian is demonstrating how even a small reflective disc is very powerful and can light sticks on fire if focused on the sun.

A few days ago Todd from Pátzcuaro contacted us - his friend, David, an avocado farmer in very rural Michoacán, was interested in unloading an old dish. Jumping on the opportunity, Brian drove to go meet David and Todd, load up the HUGE dish into a truck, and haul it back to the Bosque Village.

David was so kind to provide both a truck and driver to get the satellite dish from his ranch to the Bosque.

The dish measures 15 feet across (4.5 meters). We are considering turning it into two semi-giant solar ovens rather than connecting the halves into one mega-giant oven. Perhaps one will be used as a solar oven, and the other as a solar skillet.

Measuring the dish:

Half of the dish:

The new solar oven will be an addition to our current solar oven and lorena stoves.

Thanks so much to David for your generosity, and for Todd for connecting us with David!

Donation: Juggling and Circus Toys!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 by Marie

Judith was incredibly kind and donated to the Bosque a huge amount of circus equipment.

The donation includes:

  • Diablos
  • Juggling clubs, balls, and rings
  • Devil sticks
  • Poi
  • Hacky sacks

Judith volunteered here for 5 months and is very interested in all things circus.  She led circus activities weekly and even more frequently helped people learn how to use the trapeze.  Her donation will be shared among all the Bosque guests!

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