September 2017 • Update #8 • Half Way Up The Earthbag Tiny House!

We’re halfway up the earthbag tiny house! The charity of our friends and family continues to drive the process forward. Gary and Jim (our neighbors) have been stopping by frequently to volunteer their time. Gary’s got earthbag building down now – he’s just as fast as we are! Tennessee and Collin (Neal’s sister and her […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #6: December 2016 to March 2017

The locals declared this winter a ‘mild experience.’ To our Texas bones, though, -5˚F is uncomfortably cold! Though we mostly stayed indoors we still managed to make lots of progress and have some fun. One of our indoor activities has been to earn a PDC. (Permaculture Design Certificate) We’ve been taking Geoff Lawton’s online class while […]

Interview by Girl vs Grid

Our good friends over at Girl vs Grid have published an interview about our journey so far! We hope you enjoy it. While you’re there, please take a minute to sign up for the newsletter; they have wonderful content on sustainability and some delicious recipes! [Interview] Building an Earthbag home with Lake of the Ozarks Permaculture Full […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #5: November 2016

Last month we finished leveling the land, digging new trenches, and buying a bunch of supplies. Our next step was a big one: the rough-in plumbing. It was a HUGE task, especially since Neal and I had zero plumbing experience previously and he had to do most of the work by himself. Luckily we had […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #4: July to October 2016

We’ve been making steady progress on the land these past few months! In the last update, the foundation trenches for 3 circles were dug and ready to be filled with gravel. Unfortunately, July had heavy rainstorms – TONS of them – which caused our trenches to cave in before they could be filled.  Yet another lesson learned for us homesteading […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #1: April 2016

We did it! We finally made our move to Missouri. I wanted to provide an update so our friends and family back home can keep tabs on us : ) but also to be transparent for those interested in learning from our experience. A common curiosity we encounter is the logistics of what we’re doing, mainly […]

Top 10 Green Building Techniques for Affordable Housing and Sustainability

The traditional timber “stick house” in America is one of the most significant investments we can make. If sustainability is your goal, there are much more affordable housing options to explore before you build your own house. Homes that not only shelter us, but provide for our basic needs or at least circumvent the rent/mortgage trap. People have been […]