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

Repurposing Milled Lumber, Tractor Implements, Fire-Damaged Trees and More

By Bruce McElmurray

From tractor implements to old milled lumber, learn how these homesteaders repurpose scrap items into more functional projects around our home.

Evaluating the Best Options for Energy-Efficient Cooking

By Jennifer Tuohy

Although cooking is not as big of an energy-drain in the home as other things, there are still ways to do it in an energy-efficient way. This article describes some of the best ways to cook sustainably.

How to Build a Low-Cost DIY Yurt from Sticks, String and Mud

By Kiko Denzer

This variation on the (endlessly adaptable) traditional Mongolian yurt design was inspired by the work of master yurt builder, educator, and homesteader Bill Coperthwaite (who was also a neighbor and friend of the Nearings). This low-cost yurt design combines basketry, wattle and daub, and basic lashing (similar to skin-on-frame boats). Not much more than a glorified tent, this DIY yurt made from sticks, string and mud makes a very comfortable, durable and beautiful tiny house, studio, or meditation space.

Does Your Home Have Dangerous Levels of Radon Gas?

By Steve Maxwell, Bailey Line Road

Radon gas, which can go undetected in homes, may be one of the most extreme examples of a naturally occurring gas that’s capable of killing you.


Sheltered: Underground and Off-the-Grid Farm (Full-Length Documentary)

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Sheltered is a documentary that chronicles the building of the largest underground and off-the-grid farm on the planet.

Paths and Walks: A Lesson in Natural Landscape Design

By Malcolm Wells

By working with the contours of the land, restoring native plants, and using natural materials that blend in with their surroundings, a couple turns an overly-artificial country home into a wooded masterpiece.

Find Waste-Free Alternatives for Regular Household Items and Enjoy Life More

By Jo deVries

My New Year’s resolution is to carefully scrutinize every purchase I’m making, from toothpaste to air fresheners, to reduce my consumption and waste.

Let's Make Secondhand Giving the New Norm

By Carrie Williams Howe

Instead of adding more new "stuff" to the waste stream, lets consider gifting secondhand items that still have plenty of life and love to give.

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