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Learn About Living Off The Grid as a Homesteading Intern

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.

February 6th

6 Gorgeous Small Rustic Cottages: Sweden's Urnatur

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.

January 19th

Awesome Books Document Folks Who Build Their Own Awesome Eco Homes

In preparation for building my own straw bale home, I have been spending a lot of time flipping through a few specific books for inspiration. Lloyd Kahn‘s series of titles, Shelter, Home Work, and Builders of the Pacific Coast (affiliate links) are three great books that document folks all over the globe who build their own […]

June 3rd

ziggy’s New Book: Building a Cob House

If you’ve followed posts by frequent contributor ziggy, you know he’s a hands-on kind of guy: from butchering his own meat to building a cob pizza oven, he’s an extreme DIYer even at Dancing Rabbit (where doing it yourself is pretty much the norm). His biggest project, though, is his own home: ziggy built his […]

Organic Gardening and Natural Building Internships at Dancing Rabbit

Do you want to learn how to live more sustainably? Interested in getting some hands-on experience with organic gardening, building with natural materials, and living in an off-the-grid community? Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage of northeastern Missouri has several work exchange (or internship) opportunities for folks looking to learn some valuable skills growing food and building homes! […]

January 22nd

Dancing Rabbit Cob House Featured in YES! Magazine

Every dreamed of building your own house? By hand? With natural building materials and techniques? It’s a task many of us would shy away from, but our own ziggy did just that at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage… for a mere $3000. And, despite a lack of building experience, the finished product is not only functional, […]

A Green Economy Mean Green Jobs

When talking about moving away from a carbon-based economy, one of the biggest arguments you hear is that folks rely on fossil fuels for their livelihoods. Those people are right. Oil and coal production employ quite a lot of people! From the mining or drilling and refining operations and all of the surrounding businesses that […]

July 12th

The Recycled, Post-Industrial Green Building Material: Urbanite

Urbanite is the perfect symbol for the new natural building movement, the new wave of building that incorporates natural, local, and recycled materials in place of high embodied energy, destructive, and ultimately unsustainable building practices. Urbanite is the name for reclaimed, recycled concrete from the demolition of roads, buildings, and sidewalks. It is typically broken […]

April 6th

First Earth: Watch this Earthen Building Documentary Online

There’s a growing ecological awareness in all aspects of daily life, but some of our newfangled environmental actions have already been in practice for hundreds (or thousands) or years. “Green building” is an architectural movement that attempts to take the environment more closely into account in designing buildings, but the movement is generally very commercial. […]

February 4th