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6/7/2011
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.
4/8/2011
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
7/25/2011
Renovating a heritage log cabin DIY style isn't easy, but with some thought and attention to detail, it can be done - and cheaper than you might think.
12/14/2011
Adzes and broad axes have been used for centuries in log cabin building. Learn a bit about what these tools do and how to use them.
3/26/2009
Help us discover ways to achieve an affordable sustainable diet.
10/19/2010
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
6/18/2013
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
10/17/2012
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
11/14/2013
Cabin Fever: noun, ‘Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area‘.
3/22/2011
Restoring a heritage log cabin is not something to embark on on a whim, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
7/29/2008
Sign up for classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and relive your childhood-camp experiences.
6/9/2009
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
2/14/2013
It's how solar energy is more affordable than we may realize.
12/18/2008
Follow these five easy steps to create several weeks worth of meals in one afternoon.
12/31/2009
Most people have at least heard of Habitat for Humanity. But when I dug a little deeper and sifted through the ol’ letters in the attic of the house (so to speak), I uncovered some interesting details.
4/22/2013
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
10/21/2013
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
9/20/2013
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
12/9/2011
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
5/17/2012
Sweet, juicy and blissfully bite-sized, homegrown strawberries embody everything we love about eating from the summer garden. Get your fresh red beauties performing deliciously in these dishes both sweet and savory.
6/19/2013
This year is the first season I had the whole garden dug and ready and boy, it's easy to plant a garden when the garden is already there.
9/3/2011
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
8/26/2011
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
2/26/2010
Dan Chiras discusses the differences between power purchase agreements and lease programs, and the benefits of taking advantage of either.
4/29/2011
The Phoenix Commotion gives low-income people trade skills and shelter by teaching them to build their own homes--from garbage. You'd be amazed at what can be used to build a house when the desire and commitment exist.
6/8/2011
When my former boss suggested we photograph my annual summer solstice party, I quietly panicked and then got busy. Borrow some of our ideas and gather your tribe to celebrate the longest day of the year--lavishly or lazily, traditionally or not.
7/16/2013
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
8/1/2011
In July and August, it’s time to start thinking about planting crops for fall. But how do you get good seed germination when the soil is so hot?
5/23/2014
Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start of summer and onset of hot weather. Use these tips to stay cool.
5/20/2014
June is a beautiful and bountiful time in the garden. It is also not too late to put in a garden! With a few tips, you can get the best harvest ever.
6/17/2014
In order to maintain an internal body temperature of 98.6 F, the body perspires or sweats. As the sweat evaporates off the skin it cools the body. The trouble starts when the humidity is so high that the air is saturated with moisture and sweat drips off of you rather than evaporating. My method for avoiding Heat Stroke is called Getting Grounded in the Garden.
6/10/2014
There are many tomato tales out there. If you want to know which farmer stories are true, read on to get tips on growing great tomatoes.
7/2/2014
This is the time of year for harvesting the heat lovers like tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, fava beans, green beans, all types of peppers, garlic, basil, along with other Mediterranean herbs.
7/11/2014
Enjoy a crisp summer salad that makes use of plump, juicy peaches.
8/22/2011
Tips on wasps and ways to get rid of nests around your house or property.
8/3/2011
If you’re a market gardener battling the heat, you’ll want to check out these great tips for keeping yourself and your crops cool.
7/7/2011
Do you feel like the month of June left you gasping for air? You are not alone. I am hoping July will be slower paced and full of summertime fun!
6/28/2012
Harvesting our potatoes is another family event where everyone gets their feet and hands a little dirty!
7/2/2012
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
1/28/2013
Are we headed into another year of drought? Already, we are behind on precipitation for this year, and for the last two years. What strategies can we implement to utilize minimal rain and resources better?
3/19/2013
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
7/3/2014
Watch this video to learn how to build tiny home for just $2,000.
12/31/2013
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
8/12/2014
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
2/7/2012
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
3/8/2013
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
1/7/2009
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
5/22/2011
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
5/11/2012
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
6/25/2010
Weekly user photo of a simple solar homestead. Don't forget to submit your photos to our CU photo-sharing website. Maybe one of your favorite moments will pop up on the homepage for all the world to see!
11/14/2012
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
6/18/2010
Use naturally cool nighttime air to provide summer comfort. It's a lot easier than you think and it can save you a fortune on cooling costs.
3/7/2011
Leap Adaptive's 480-square-foot, energy-efficient Hummingbird kit house makes green living affordable.
5/16/2012
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
5/3/2012
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
12/26/2012
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
7/15/2014
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and West Missourian Bryce Oates explains how he and his family survive summer on the farm. Two words: swimming pool.
7/9/2014
July is UV Safety Month. Don’t forget to protect your skin and eyes from the sun while enjoying long summer days.
5/21/2014
With the Drought Pod, the organic mass is inside the pod where it never dries out and by planting the tomatoes, or any vegetable directly beside the barrel, the plant roots can tap into the nutrients and moisture as they so choose.
5/13/2014
Unlike many wild foods that take a long search, dandelions are found in almost every wood and meadow. And while many wild plants require special training to identify and discriminate from similar-looking poisonous plants, dandelions can be readily identified by every schoolchild.
6/10/2014
Summer is about fresh, beautiful, and flavourful. Fresh produce, and oh yes, a yummy recipe for devilled eggs.
6/17/2014
The Drought Pod experiment assists growing tomatoes in drought.
7/10/2011
Feeling overwhelmed with summer squash? Have you given it away, grilled it, fried it and baked it till you were blue in the face? Here are some of my favorite ways to use this prolific producer!
7/20/2012
Cam describes a typical summer day at Sunflower Farm using tweets.
8/16/2011
Canning is a homesteader essential skill. Sometimes canning can simply be a way to create and spread love and kindness, rather than just putting by necessary foods. Try out this Peach Orange Marmalade recipe for a change of pace.
6/18/2012
All things good accomplished with some old lumber and a nice summer day.
8/5/2008
This summer, the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is estimated to be the largest yet since records began back in 1985.
5/21/2009
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives. 
8/29/2011
Going meatless is a breeze when corn is at its late-summer best and the garden is bursting with squashes. Southwestern calabacitas is a delicious, hearty summer stew that makes the most of this bountiful season.
6/9/2011
Sangria is the perfect summertime libation for a thirsty crowd. Fresh fruits and herbs combine with wine and liqueur for a colorful, festive "punch" that packs a punch.
3/15/2011
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
8/29/2012
Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, author and playwright. He also created and hosts the weekly national broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, heard on over 509 public radio stations, American Forces Radio network in 173 nations. In this blog, Michael muses on discovering the joys of folk music and songwriting.
2/8/2012
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
8/20/2014
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
10/31/2010
The thousands of families who have built affordable homes, cash up front, made of earthbags, straw bales, cordwood, cob and rammed tires are not in danger of losing their homes in the current mortgage crisis.
1/20/2012
Find out which states and countries have the greatest number of LEED Platinum certified projects, and where the Platinum projects are located. Plus, a list of some LEED Platinum rated homes and residential buildings, with links to case studies.
10/23/2010
What does it take to build truly sustainable houses – the kind people really want and can afford? If you build small and use natural building materials, then most likely you’ll be able to build your own home in a reasonable amount of time for cash.
6/9/2011
  No party is complete without cake, and this delicious Sunshine Cake has been the crowning glory of every Summer Solstice party I’ve ever thrown. Sharon Kebschull Barrett, one of my favorite herbal chefs, developed this recipe for her 1999 book Desserts from an Herb Garden (one of my bibles). Lemony, with a surprising hint of rosemary, this cake just tastes like summer—and the bright yellow color celebrates the sun.
7/11/2011
Fusion Bread Salad makes use of the cherry tomatoes and basil that are prime right now--and you don't have to heat up the kitchen to make this hearty, nutritious main dish.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin on 7 acres of fertile earth--purchased for $150--a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
12/12/2012
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
7/9/2013
Blogger Crystal Stevens discusses her time working at a nature-based summer camp for kids.
7/9/2014
One month into my Polyface Summer Internship! This week was focused on processing birds, hay and a lesson on Cow Days with Joel Salatin.
7/7/2014
Week three of my Polyface Farm summer internship! Lots of hay and some other things, too.
6/3/2014
Not enough hours in the day? Want to make tomato sauce but are short on time? Use this recipe to make great-tasting tomato sauce (using frozen tomatoes)at your leisure. Perfect for pressure canning and delicious!
7/21/2014
Stephanie Tourles, author and Seven Springs, Pa. FAIR Speaker, shares how to make a delicious, ice-cold watermelon cooler. Refresh after a day in the heat with this super easy and nutritious drink.
9/12/2011
Chef Gordon Hamersley's Vegetable Tian makes use of tomatoes, squash and eggplant--all in their prime right now.
11/28/2007
Bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer, brings out the best of a few basic ingredients: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and fresh bread.
3/26/2012
The newest member at Goat Song Farm: A 3 week old, purebred Nubian doeling named 'Rose Of Summer'.
6/23/2010
Ceiling fans help cool people naturally, and use a lot less energy than air conditioners. Use them to save on energy.
5/28/2012
Celebrate all things beachy by making sand candles! Using paraffin, crayons and sand you can make a beautiful sand candle to commemorate a trip to the shore.
5/24/2011
With the summer fast approaching, it’s time to make those last minute vacation plans! Plan your trip using SustainableTrip.org to find tourism businesses that conservce the environment and support local communities!
10/1/2008
Growing the three sisters (corn, beans, squash) in the same plot of land actually helps yield healthier crops of each.
2/22/2011
The Arctic is warming up faster than the overall global temperature. We will discuss the reason for the rapid warming of the Arctic.
6/5/2009
If you live in an area with high summer temperatures try growing one of these greens to replace your spinach.
7/31/2012
A listing of companies that offer green dwellings in the form of modular, prefab, manufactured, compact, or mobile structures. These days, many such options are available that are not only green, but also beautiful, well-made, and often low-cost.
5/5/2012
This is a true account of an end of life journey. A beautiful backyard Burial and all the steps that were taken in order to do it. This story is written in two parts, part two will be posted next week.
5/23/2011
The $300 House Project challenges student and professional designers to create housing that shelters the poorest of the poor with safety and dignity. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to see their $300 houses built and reproduced.
11/6/2010
This article describes an alternative roof design for those building in areas without building codes. A little extra effort working with poles will reward you with a stunningly beautiful wood ceiling and superinsulated roof at very reasonable cost.
1/19/2011
Concrete rubble from collapsed buildings is a huge problem in Haiti. It is blocking roads and hindering reconstruction. Instead of spending millions of dollars trucking the rubble away and disposing of it, why not use it to build affordable housing?
9/26/2012
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
7/19/2012
In an era of increasing volatility of the weather and climate, we need new coping skills. Preparedness is an important factor in dealing with bad weather events.
12/12/2010
Building housing projects in developing regions is extremely rewarding, but also quite challenging. It’s prudent to draw ideas from as many resources as possible to improve the process. The following guidelines have proven effective.
12/7/2011
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
8/27/2012
Dog days of summer? Yes, but there is still a lot of the grwoing season left. Protect yourself from the late summer sun with these tried 'n true items ... tested by a gardener who knows more than she'd like to about skin cancer.
6/9/2011
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
8/30/2010
Simran Sethi enjoys the fruits of late summer at a local farm dinner.


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