About ziggy

ziggy I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



Author Archives: ziggy

Learn About Living Off The Grid as a Homesteading Intern

February 6th, 2012 | by ziggy

Want to learn what it is really like living off the grid in a solar and wind-powered straw bale house? Want to try your hand at organic gardening and building a sauna with natural materials? Check out this internship opportunity at NE Missouri's Red Earth Farms


6 Gorgeous Small Rustic Cottages: Sweden’s Urnatur

January 19th, 2012 | by ziggy

Urnatur is a family-owned retreat and tree house hotel, with private cabins in the incredible Swedish forest. It's a place where individuals can go to learn about traditonal skills (foraging wild foods, traditional building), or simply go for a bit of downtime


Tiny Houses are Big! Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

January 12th, 2012 | by ziggy

Lloyd Kahn's new book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter delivers a fresh look at the gamut of modern tiny houses and their owners, and the sheer diversity of approaches people are taking to scale back in an era where few could deny the need to address our massive consumption of energy and resources


Top 10 Tiny House Books: Small House Designs

December 27th, 2011 | by ziggy

In recent years, with the mainstream success of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, housing prices going through the roof, greater awareness of sustainable and ecological living issues, living in tiny homes has become an attractive option for increasing numbers of people


Sweet Wood-Fired Pizza Oven Design

November 25th, 2011 | by ziggy

There’s no doubt: people are excited about building their own DIY, inexpensive ovens for baking pizza, bread, and other delicious foods. For all of those folks, I want to highlight this particularly unique design for a wood-fired pizza oven, built in a greenhouse


How to Build a Clean Fire: The Top-Down Fire

November 24th, 2011 | by ziggy

There's more than one way to skin a cat, and there's more than one way to build a fire. But that doesn't mean they are all equal: the top-down fire (or upside down fire) is perhaps the most efficient and cleanest way to build a fire


Celebrate Thanksgiving With Local Foods Recipes

November 22nd, 2011 | by ziggy

Local foods play a big role in my life. I'm dedicated to eating as locally as possibly, and growing as much of my own food as I reasonably can. When there are foods I need to buy, I try to make sure they are organic and seasonal



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