Building Solar Energy Systems to Grow Your Food by Antonio Gomes

Building Solar Energy Systems to Grow Your Food

Step by step guide for bringing solar to your farm or homestead

Overview

This online course provides a step-by-step guide to building solar energy systems that you can use on your farm or garden for water management, electric fencing, charging batteries, and running electronic devices.

That saves you time and money plus you can grow more food with less effort.

Going Solar Doesn't have to Cost Thousands of $$$

Starting with small solar energy systems is the practical way to go solar at a fraction of what it would cost you to hire installers to do the job.

Solar energy systems can solve many common problems on the homestead or farm, bringing water and energy anywhere they're needed.

Have trees planted on the far side of the farm? Collecting rainwater or using a well or pond? No problem. Solar energy systems can connect all of that to get your daily tasks completed. 

In addition, using solar energy systems for electric fencing is an easy and cost-effective way to protect your plants from animals. 

And any time the grid goes down or there is no power, solar energy systems are the easiest way to turn on the lights. 

In Over Your Head?

So, you want to go solar, but it seems way too technical and complicated?

Do you wish you could start, but have no idea where to begin?

Do you want to enjoy the garden with others, but there's too much work to do on your own?

Do you want to change to solar, but the installer just handed you a quote for over $20k?

Do you have parts of your farm you want electricity, but its too far to reach?

Turning Point

The good news is that going solar doesn't have to be that complicated, time-consuming or expensive. Starting with a small solar energy system makes it easy to learn and use solar energy. 

I started with a solar water pump project for my vegetables. It was the best water pump I ever used! 

Amazing results, but I really understood the potential of solar energy for my farm when I started using solar energy as a tool for other tasks.

Electric fence, work lights, keeping batteries charged, air compressors and the internet can run off solar power. With solar power, you can go anywhere on your farm. 

Step By Step

This course will provide you with all the tools and support you need to design, build, and run your very own small solar energy system. 

We'll get you from start to finish with simple and easy-to-follow steps, while covering a breadth of on-farm applications, including all of your water, electric fencing, charging, and small appliance needs. 

Finally, a simple way to bring solar to your farm or homestead. 

Solar to More Food

This is the only course of its kind available online today, and will teach you how to build small solar energy systems for your farming and homestead needs. 

Our applications, designs, and strategies have been tried and tested to work successfully around the agroecological farm, its animals, plants, and the weather. 


What's included?

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Contents

What happens when you flip your light switch?
What is solar energy good at powering?
Your current habit and the negawatt
The conventional approach to going solar and how it is flawed
Collecting parts for your first solar energy system
Building your Solar Bucket
Fixing it when it breaks
Building more solar energy systems or doing more with less energy

Making it easier to start local food farms. For the planet, for people, and for profit.

Hi, my name is Antonio. I currently manage my own farm, a 65-acre property in Ontario, lovingly known as Cavaleiro Farm.

I am a lifelong learner. I’ve worked in racing, robotics, construction, and as a photographer before I began focusing on local food from urban farms. Before starting my own farm, I worked as an Engineer. 

I later completed a Masters in Environmental Studies with my thesis on agroecological farm design using popular education. I wanted to understand how we could build farms that work with nature, engage the communities they sell food to, and are economically sustainable. I always ask myself: how can we co-create farms that empower communities?

I love group learning, and have facilitated workshops on vegetable growing, soil-building, mushrooms, anti-oppression, project management, and more. At Cavaleiro Farm, I work with local food businesses, helping entrepreneurs improve their production, reduce costs, and build stronger brands.