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Rainwater Harvesting for Chickens

by: Sara on 12/12/2018

Today's blog comes from Acquisitions Editor Rob West. He created a rainwater collection system for his brood of chickens with the help of Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Homes-Scale System Design by Rob Avis and Michelle Avis of Verge Permaculture.

Homesteading often involves moving heavy objects – soil, wood chips, building materials, …

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All the Dirt on Living the Good Life with Kirsten Lie-Nielsen of Hostile Valley Farm

by: Sara on 12/06/2018

Thank you to everyone who entered our book giveaway contest for Kirsten Lie-Nielsen's new book So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? All the Dirt on Living the Good Life.

It was exciting to see all the great questions from 'wanna be, soon to be and current homesteaders'. Because of the great response we decided to choose one winner from Instagram

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Pros and Cons of Building with Earthbags

by: Sara on 07/29/2018

Today is the Build portion of our Grow Make Build Change summer reading sale theme featuring an excerpt from Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Kelly Hart. Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly …

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Grow Make Build Change with our Summer Reading Sale

by: Sara on 07/26/2018

Welcome to the first day of our summer reading sale! If you are enduring this heat wave like we are, then you will understand when I say that it is hard to muster up enough energy to do much more than lay around in a dark cool room. But what would make laying around in the sweltering heat tolerable? A good book of course!

During the next seven days …

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Essential Earthbag Construction - an interview with Kelly Hart

by: EJ on 07/16/2018
Posted in: Natural Building

I've always been intrigued by earthbag building and Kelly Hart's new book Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-step Guide is the perfect book to fuel my dreams of an earthbag root cellar.  In today's author interview, Kelly Hart answers questions about building techniques and shares some stories from his international work.

 

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