Green Living

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

Are You Really Prepared to Buy a Farm Property? Ask Yourself These Questions First

By Manuela and Frank Mueller

Buying your first piece of property or a house is exciting, but it’s not only about finding it! Have you really checked the fine print that comes with it?


Find Your Dream Property with Lessons from Our Nova Scotian Homestead

By Manuela and Frank Mueller

Are you dreaming about having a nice home on a lake in the woods? Make sure you ask yourself the right questions and tick all the boxes before you commit.


Planning Our Retirement Move to a Mountain Cabin

By Bruce McElmurray

How, without a plan, our move to our retirement home in the mountains would not have been possible.


How to Render Adobe on a Concrete Block Wall, with Video

By Tom Keeling, Fazenda Tomati

After you have done your tests for adobe mixture, reviewed them and decided which ratio of sand to clay to use, you're ready to apply them to your wall.


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How to Review Interior Wall Adobe Render Tests, with Video

By Tom Keeling, Fazenda Tomati

In this short video, we really try to remove adobe patches from a wall and damage them. You want to know if they are going to be easily damaged by a falling cupboard or by water bring spilled on them.


Create Test Mixtures Before Rendering a Wall with Adobe Plaster, with Video

By Tom Keeling, Fazenda Tomati

In this natural building video, I cover basic tests for rendering. It is important to do many tests before applying an earthen finish for walls.


We Started Building an Off-Grid Shipping Container Home with Zero Construction Experience

By Jessica at Pacific Pines Ranch

About two years ago, we escaped city living to develop an off-grid shipping container home with little to no construction experience in rural Oregon.


Green Household Cleaners: Clean Homes Naturally

By Ann Larkin-Hanson

Stop using harsh chemical cleaning products in your house and replace them with these natural cleaning recipes that use common household ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, borax and ammonia. Originally published as "Natural Housecleaning" in the July/August 1990 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.



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