Dear MOTHER: April/May 2015

Reader letters about earthbag building, water consumption, factory farms in the rural United States, a hand-built outdoor oven, pressure canning, state-level sustainable population, ethical eating, seed saving, and more.


| April/May 2015



Earthbag Home

Readers Sandy Callahan and Mike Thomas honed their earthbag-building skills by constructing this well house. Next, they’ll use their know-how to build an earthbag home.


Photo by Sandy Callahan

Trying Out Earthbag Building

We’d like to share with you a building project inspired by the article Low-Cost Multipurpose Earthbag Building in your August/September 2009 issue.

This photo is of our well house, a utility building for our well and pumps. It’s 13 feet high and 16 feet in diameter. It’s serving as a prototype of the home we’ll eventually build.

We plan to start constructing our earthbag home this summer. It will be four times bigger than the well house, and it will have a large glass front with big wooden shutters to keep out the cold on winter nights.

Thank you for putting us on the right track to building our dream home.

Sandy Callahan
Conway, New Hampshire

We’d love to see more photos of earthbag projects. Share yours with us on our new Flickr page. — MOTHER 





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