“We are H.O.M.E.Farm.org, a farm, homestead, permaculture demonstration site, and self-sufficiency classroom. H.O.M.E. is an acronym for Holistically Organized Multidisciplinary Endeavors. Quite a name, huh? We hope you can learn from us and share with us what you know, as we pursue our Homesteading Adventure. Earthbags are an alternative and sustainable home building technique. This is our first earthbag home.
Summary of Earthen Buildings: Earthen buildings can be cheaper than conventional homes, if the labor is done by the home-owner and not contracted out. Earthen buildings can be made with excellent artistic creativity and function, as well as being very energy efficient, especially if angled toward the south. By using mostly earth, toxic construction materials are skirted. In several studies, earthbag domes surpassed Uniform Building Requirements by 200 percent and could withstand more abuse than the equipment designed to test them! The earthbag technique has been proven to withstand fire, flooding, hurricanes, termites, and earthquakes. They are built to last!”