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Keeping Busy, Waiting to Build

The snow has taken forever to melt.  We can’t start digging as soon as I had hoped.  That’s ok though.  I have a lot of other things I can do to keep busy.  I’ll be building some small things like a rainwater system.  I am planting tons of seeds and …

Gardening

Testing Seed Viability, Teaching Kids Gardening

An important part of raising children on the homestead is to teach the children how to do all the different homestead chores.  Not only for them to learn for themselves, but to also learn responsibility for their share of the work.  Now, my children are too young to be sent …

House
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Mini Cordwood House Plans: Prepare for Change

The planning of this house has taken years.  We have been researching and learning since well before we moved onto our land.  We knew we would be doing someting different, and that we didn’t know how to do it, so learning as much as possible was necessary. We had to …

Food Forest

12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change

And the last permaculture principle is: Creatively use and respond to change.  Things change all the time.  Change can not be avoided.  You may as well embrace it. The picture above is an experiment we did with cob rocket stoves.  We wanted to build 3 burners, but were’nt really sure …

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Mini Cordwood House Plans: Build into the Landscape

One of the many benefits of natural building is that they are highly customizable.  You can build any shape or size home that you could possibly want.  Since you can build any shape or size, this allows you to stick a house in any old awkward place you have on …

Food Forest

11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Think about two different eco systems: a forest and a meadow. The forest is full of larger trees an d larger animals, while the meadow is full of smaller plants and animals. The two habitats provide very different needs for the different animals. Now think about where the meadow meets …

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Mini Cordwood House Build: Preparing Stained Glass Windows

I just can take waiting any longer.  I need to start working on my house, but we have too much snow on the ground to do anything outside yet.  How can I possibly build my house inside while waiting around…. Prepare the stained glass windows.  My current plan (subject to …

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10. Use and Value Diversity

Principle number 10…Use and value diversity.  I find this principle to very closely related to number 8, integrate rather than segregate.  In order to integrate, you need to have diversity.  Integrating has more to do with building systems and diversity is more about having many different options for your needs …

Family

Mini Cordwood House Plans: Kids Building

One of the most important reasons we changed our lives so drastically was that we felt living off grid out in the woods would be better for our children than living in town.  One of the ways it is better is that it provides opportunities  for children to learn hands …

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9. Use Small and Slow Solutions

Slow Down!….is permaculture principle number 9.  Everything going on in the world seems to have to be so big and so fast.  I moved out of town to slow down, why not apply that to my homestead building? My biggest example of small and slow solutions are my hugelkultur beds.  …