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 […]

Sustainability Is Political Freedom and Peaceful Protest

  Every four years Americans have cause for celebration or panic. Fear grips half the nation while the other half enjoys a great night’s sleep. If power is in the hands of those you favor then it is full-speed ahead with political agendas: legislation, executive orders, activism, and reform. For the opposition, everything must be done […]

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 […]

Water Treatment for Off-the-Grid Rainwater Harvesting Systems

After implementing a rainwater harvesting system, you still need to distribute the water throughout your house. What other steps need to occur before it is safe for human consumption? There’s a lot to consider when building an off-the-grid water filtration system. Luckily there is an ample supply of education from pioneers who have already solved this challenge. […]