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Our Tropical Forest Garden and Homestead Update: One Year+ Later

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014:

Tour of our finished homestead. The forest garden is now a lush haven for humans and native wildlife. Our banana plants are around 9’-16’ high and producing nicely. After a long delay, I’m posting another video about our homestead and forest garden. Everything is pretty much finished except small odds and ends. In summary, the […]  Read more from > Our Tropical Forest Garden and Homestead Update: One Year+ Later

Altai Straw Bale Project

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014:

“In August 2008 we saw ourselves back on the plane to Siberia. This was our second trip as a group of builders and teachers to this far and exotic place we now consider our most remote home away from home. Paul Koppana (Crestone, CO), Cindy Smith (Durango, CO) and myself, Jeff Ruppert (McKinleyville, CA) were […]  Read more from > Altai Straw Bale Project

Basalt Reinforced Domes

Monday, October 27th, 2014:

I’m not a fan of concrete monolithic domes, but the use of basalt roving reinforcement is an interesting technique that could be used with other building methods. It’s very strong and doesn’t rust. Consider using it in hurricane and earthquake zones.  Read more from > Basalt Reinforced Domes