We've moved onto our land!

We purchased 2 acres of land last January and we are so pleased to have moved onto it this September.

  • Published: 2007-09-20

Upgrades to Our Solar Power System

As we begin construction on our property our electricity needs have increased. Our recent solar power system upgrades will sustain our power needs during the early phases of building.

  • Published: 2007-08-20

Organic Gardening: Irrigation Systems & Garden Photos

So far, our organic gardening project has been really rewarding and we have lots of colorful garden photos to show our progress!

  • Published: 2007-07-31

Homestead Visitors & Summer Fun

During the spring and summer of this year we've had several visitors to our homestead and have enjoyed working on a number of fun projects. While our main focus is on building a structure to live in, we really appreciate the many opportunities we've had to relax with friends and family.

  • Published: 2007-07-15

Organic Gardening & Passive Solar Greenhouse Plans

We are now actively working to grow our own organic food and fresh vegetables. This season we've gotten a lot accomplished when it comes to organic gardening and we've also been able to implement our passive solar greenhouse plans.

  • Published: 2007-06-03

Local Organic Farming & Native Medicinal Plants

Though Concho, Arizona is small and rural, our community has a fabulous farmer's market. Local support for organic farming makes it possible for us to get fresh organic food - even way out here in the desert. Aside from organic, farm-fresh produce, the Concho area also boasts a number of medicinal plants and edible herbs that I have become familiar with through a community herb walk.

  • Published: 2007-05-29

Passive Solar House Plans for Building in Phases

The second version of our passive solar house plans for our off grid home includes four building phases. The first phase is small and simple which will allow us to get started building right away.

  • Published: 2007-04-05

ByExample Store is Open - Books, T-Shirts & Stickers!

The ByExample Store is now open! We are promoting a variety of products including creative t-shirts, progressive bumper stickers and how-to books. Alternative energy enthusiasts are sure to be intrigued.

  • Published: 2007-03-23

Homestead Septic System Underway

Digging for our septic system began yesterday! Though many of our friends here in Apache County have sworn that putting one's own septic system in is fairly simple, we decided to hire a local contractor anyway.

  • Published: 2007-03-05

Alternative Energy Experiments - Project Update

Our experiments with alternative energy and alternative fuels continue! Harnessing solar energy definitely makes sense, as does the integration of clean burning fuels into our homestead power supply.

  • Published: 2007-02-11

Passive Solar House Plans for Our Off Grid Homestead

We've updated our homestead map and have created a more detailed house plan to guide the construction of our sustainable passive solar home.

  • Published: 2007-01-23

Homestead Well and Land Survey Complete!

We welcomed the New Year with significant progress on our homestead! Construction of our off grid homestead is underway with the completion of our land survey and an exciting week of well drilling.

  • Published: 2007-01-09

Map of Our Off Grid Homestead is Ready

We've finally drafted a plan for our future homestead. We are very excited to move forward with building projects in the New Year...

  • Published: 2006-12-22

Community Art in Concho

Art is in the air! On Halloween I was face painting at the Concho school and I recently led a Printmaking Workshop with fun Thanksgiving Activities. I've been exploring printmaking activities for kids that work well for summer art camps, as well as community art projects of all kinds.

  • Published: 2006-12-04

New Geodesic Dome Calculator and DIY Dome Plans

Last spring we built our own geodesic dome tent, including a homemade dome cover, ventilation system, and rain fly. We've posted construction plans, geodesic dome cover patterns, as well as our preferred dome assembly method. We've also taken geodesic dome formulas and created a calculator to help those of you that are planning to build your own dome.

  • Published: 2006-11-14

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