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Mini Cordwood Build: Clearing the Foundation

We don’t have any flat spots anywhere on our land to build a house.  This spot we chose is the closet thing to flat in this general area.  While we want to use the slope of the land to our benefit, the spot for the house does need to be …

Food Forest
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5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

The fifth permaculture principle is use and value renewable resources and services.  I know what you’re thinking, solar power! but it is so much more than that. We always try to make the most of our renewable reources here on the homestead for a few reasons.  Anything we can gather …

House

Mini Cordwood House Plans: Energy Efficiency

Being energy efficient is a must for us here on the homestead.  We don’t have the time to waste energy.  This is going to be very important to keep in mind when we build our cordwood house this spring. The most important energy in our home build is heat.  We …

Food Forest
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2. Catch and Store Energy

The second permacuture principle is catch and store energy.  When you think of “catch and store energy,” solar power tends to be the first thing that comes to mind.  This is a great start, but energy that can be caught and stored can be so much more than just solar. …

Land

Project Brief

The final project is due in my permaculture design class.  I know this is a long post, but I wanted to share my final project and what I would be doing for the next 5+ years.  Here is my project and future homestead:   The homestead section of the lot …

Off Grid Utilities

Solar Clothes Dryer

The less electricity you use, the less you have to pay for.  The less you have to pay for, the less you have to work at your 9-5 job, even though I’m sure you love it.  The less you have to work at your 9-5 job, the more time you …

Cooking

Solar Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Garbanzo Beans

This is my solar cooker all set up.  I have two sweet potatoes in this makeshift pan cooking.  Notice it is a black pan in order to help absorb heat.  It is actually two round black pans, one being used as a lid to help increase the heat.  Once you …

Off Grid Utilities

Solar Cooker Building

My solar cooker was easy enough to build, that is, if I did it right.  All there is to my new cooker is two cardboard boxes plus scrap cardboard, tin foil, duct tape, glass or plastic, and newspaper. You take the first (smaller) box and cover it inside and out …

Off Grid Utilities

Cooking with Sunshine

Have you ever wanted to bake when it was 100 degrees outside?  Maybe you needed a cake for a summer birthday or some other crazy reason.  Either way it is way too hot to be baking, unless you have central air.  I don’t.  I am also always looking for ways …