The Mudgirls Manifesto — Book Review from Contributor Holly Dressel

Holly Dressel is one of our regular contributors. She is a well-known author, filmmaker, speaker, and researcher (see more on the about us page). The book reviewed, The Mudgirls Manifesto ($29.99), is available for preorder from New Society Publishers. The Mudgirls Collective can be found at their website, https://mudgirls.wordpress.com/. If you can get up to … More The Mudgirls Manifesto — Book Review from Contributor Holly Dressel

Eight-Panel Door Build

We’re renovating our 1855 house. Yesterday I built and installed a wooden door inspired by the antique four-panel doors in our house. The idea of a door is a wide, thin panel. Unfortunately trees don’t grow that way. Before the modern, hollow veneer doors, carpenters assembled doors out of boards and panels. In fact, the … More Eight-Panel Door Build

Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Design

Part of the Walipini build is the design. This plan is not an instruction manual, just the measurements and general layout to be followed during construction. If you’re looking for a resource about all the ins and outs of earthbag building, avail yourself of Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques (Hunter and Kiffmeyer, 2004), … More Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Design

Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Foundation and Bags

We’ve been working hard on the earthbag walipini greenhouse. Although our weekend workshop got rained out, we’ve still managed to get the foundation trenches dug, the rubble trench poured in, and the first layer of bags laid. Here’s the details. Foundation In all, we’ve excavated approximately 48 tons of soil. This has taken about 40 … More Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Foundation and Bags

Walipini Earth Bag Greenhouse — Siting and Bags

We’re building a walipini greenhouse with earth bags this fall (you can join us for free workshops). Walipini are in-ground greenhouses. They use the thermal mass of the earth to keep the temperatures regulated in the summer and winter. We’re using earth bags (woven plastic bags filled with clay, sand, and binder) for the walls. … More Walipini Earth Bag Greenhouse — Siting and Bags