Michael Nolan

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Free pallet wood and birdhouses add up to big country dollars

By Rick Brentlinger<p>Issue #53 • September/October, 1998<p>If I could show you how to manufacture a product anywhere in the country and if I offered to …

Why Dairy Goats Are Cheaper And More Practical Than Dairy Cows

One of the cornerstones of any self-sufficient homestead is the ability to produce dairy products.<p>Dairy products are a valuable source of essential …

Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove. This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a …

Architect Bypasses Mortgage Payments, Builds a Tiny Home

Idaho-based architect Macy Miller longed for a place of her own, but didn't want the burdensome cost of mortgage payments and decided to construct her own compact home. After having a dream back in 2011, Miller mustered up the initiative to design her small yet efficient home known as <i>Tiny House</i>. …

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Florida City Evicting Woman For Living Off The Grid

<i>Editor’s note (March 2014): Hear our in-depth interview with Robin Speronis here. Hear her discuss the latest court ruling here.</i><p>A Florida widow has …

Six Renewable Energy Gift Ideas for the Holidays

It's that time of year, time to wrestle with the wallet, brave the shopping malls, or surf online for deals. If you're in a renewable energy state of …

The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.<p>When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. …

Foraged lunch: harvesting urban food crops as a hedge against food insecurity

<i>Efforts to make better use of food resources growing within the city are taking root in Seattle. It's part of a movement to bring urban foraging from the margins to the mainstream as a hedge against</i> <i>food insecurity and</i> <i>climate change.</i><p>Melany Vorass Herrera is about to break the law.<p>She’s harvesting …

Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by …

Home and Garden DIY Ideas, Photos and Answers

Cob Building Basics: DIY House of Earth and Straw - Green Homes

In early 1999, a young woman from Florida happened across an article online about the recent revival of an ancient British method for sculpting dirt …

Creating A Simple And Inexpensive Rain Water Collection System

Visitors to the farm are usually surprised to learn that we water the entire garden and landscape with only the water from our rain water collection …

Using rain to water our garden...our solar driven rain collection system takes shape

***We have more updated pictures at the end of this post from installing the totes.<p>It’s a beautiful sight to us! Two bright and shiny 275 gallon …

ReUse Wood Pallets- 22 Upcycled Pallet Wood Ideas

Thousands of wood pallets are discarded everyday. Some savvy recyclers are collecting are either reselling or recycling them for money. Back in 2008 …

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Homesteader and author LaMar Alexander lives in a tiny, self-sufficient 400 square foot cabin that he built himself for under $2,000! Powered by a …