Urban Homesteading

  • Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family operated, original urban homestead located in the midst of PasadenaSurrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Dervaes Family have steadily worked at transforming this ordinary city lot into an organic and sustainable micro-farm.

Green Building

  • Green Home Building Building with earthbags (sometimes called sandbags) is both old and new. Sandbags have long been used, particularly by the military for creating strong, protective barriers, or for flood control. The same reasons that make them useful for these applications carry over to creating housing: the walls are massive and substantial, they resist all kinds of severe weather (or even bullets and bombs), and they can be erected simply and quickly with readily available components. Burlap bags were traditionally used for this purpose, and they work fine until they eventually rot. Newer polypropylene bags have superior strength and durability, as long as they are kept away from too much sunlight. For permanent housing the bags should be covered with some kind of plaster for protection.

  • Green Building Codes For the past year and a half, we have been working with our county planning and zoning board to encourage the development and expansion of sustainable building projects in Madison County. Currently, zoning and building regulations are created to keep unscrupulous commercial builders from ripping off new homeowners and to minimize liability of the planning and zoning employees and board. This is good in some respects because we don’t want a bunch of shoddy housing, poorly graded roadways and subdivisions with no sidewalks. But it makes doing anything experimental in green design difficult because there isn’t a code that covers houses that use experimental building materials like cob or a small home like a yurt.

  • Green building practices, as well the selection of the appropriate building materials, revolve around a few basic principles of science. Science is what sustainable building relies on, principles that once understood can guide you every step of the way.

  • EarthbagBuilding This website was conceived, written, and organized by Kelly Hart and Dr. Owen Geiger in an effort to bring the concept of earthbag building to the broadest possible audience. It is offered with an attitude of good will toward all of those who might employ the ideas and further this very sustainable approach to building.


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Outdoor Adventure

  • Lost Treasures of the Seven Seas
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