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Green Living

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

Single Mom Begins Off-Grid Cabin Living with Hard Work and Joy

By Jo deVries

Pregnant and single at the age of 29, I decided that my priority was to give my child a great quality of life, mostly outdoors on a rocky part of Ontario in our hand-built cabin.


Healthy Home Habits: Combating COVID-19 and Surviving Self-Isolation

By Kari Klaus, Realty Sage

Keep your home and mental state healthy, including making homemade disinfectant cleaner, organizing your home, and staying happy and connected during COVID 19.


Build a Structurally Sound Cob Wall

By Tom Keeling, Fazenda Tomati

Considerations for how to build a cob wall include how high you build in a day, foundation stone, and leaving room for window frames and electric wire.


Skoolie Bathrooms

By Will Sutherland

Some industrious homesteaders have taken your averages busses and turned them into homes. Learn how bathrooms are added to these vehicle homes.


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From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 4: Sourcing Structural Lumber

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Follow the journey to remodel a horse barn into a commercial wellness center. Adam sources structural lumber and plans to meet with the Building Inspector


When You Don’t Have Toilet Paper: Lessons from a TP-Free Household

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Frugality extends into the bathroom with these tips for what to do when you don’t have toilet paper, including DIY options to replace toilet paper.


From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 3: Seeking Fire Department Approval

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Here, Adam accommodates or additions, hand-draws his plan and meets county conditions for gaining building approval.


Marketing Homestead Products: Why You Need to Establish a Brand 101

By Kayla Matthews

You might not have thought of yourself as a brand before, but here's why you should establish your own brand, and how to get started.



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