I recently rebuilt an outdoor earthen oven made of cob and firebricks.
A video documenting the "One Day Cob House" build in Reno, Nevada.
60 people raised a cob house in one day in Reno, Nevada, with the Be the Change Project and House Alive.
Houses take a lifetime to pay off these days, and even a prosaic shed, barn or coop requires a heavy investment of money, time, skilled labour and imported materials. For thousands of years, though, people around the world used an ancient technique to build homes and other structures quickly, using nothing but local material and simple, easily learned skills.
A would-be farmer finds chills and perspective during a long winter on the farm.
This May 2014, Be the Change Project is attempting to build a cob house in one day with 50 people.
If you're searching for kids' playhouse plans, look no further — this whimsical cob building provides an inexpensive child's oasis with a natural cooling system.
How we built a cob oven and rocket stove hybrid.
First time farmers plan for the growing season and lambing.
Here is yet another possible building project presented to you which requires no formal training, very little money, and techniques/methods that anyone can use. This blog intends to inspire you to take on a natural building project like this one. Don´t have fear if this is your first time working with these techniques and materials — it often for us also! Swattlesfield Campground is frequented by many kinds of people for various reasons. The owner, Jonathan, wanted to introduce some activity which would draw people together. We had the perfect idea: pizza! Food, especially food that requires waiting, has a tendency to attract people. And once humans have a good reason to be in the same place, the rest (socialization) has a tendency to just work.
The place I call home these days is The FarmSchool, a fertile 180-acre strip of ridge top in Athol, where 15 student-farmers are spending a year learning the ins and outs of growing food, managing forests, and raising animals for meat. I arrived at the farm in October, just as the leaves were reaching their peak brilliance. The Farm School — which offers three-day programs for schoolchildren, a summer camp, a full-time middle school, and the apprenticeship program I’m in — takes us through all seasons of farming, weaving together class work and on-farm training.
A problem for older gardeners is finding tools that make gardening easier as getting up and down becomes harder.
Plant a patio garden, get a more efficient TV and change your light bulbs, suggests eco-designer Sabrina Soto.
See how a structure made from cob, a form of earthen construction, handles a laboratory shake test.
With My Own Two Wheels is a new film about the bicycling experiences of five unrelated individuals across the globe.
I had heard there are thousands of new earthen houses in Thailand. That really amazed me, so I set out to learn the details about the modern earth building movement in Thailand.
The new website offers the home gardener an expanded product selection of useful garden products.