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 […]

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 […]

The Best States For An Off-The-Grid Homestead

$5,200 for 5 acres of land. It was the best value we could find and the site of our future off-the-grid homestead, snatched up in October of 2015. Discovering the deal was the result of years worth of effort. Now we’d like to pass along the skills, tools, and tricks learned along the way – may it serve you well! The […]