Update from the Homestead

We've been so busy on the farm!

  • Published: 2010-02-16

Sustainable Homestead Map & Plans

We've updated and modified the plans for our sustainable homestead.

  • Published: 2009-04-15

Garden Planning & Heirloom Seeds

Spring is here and we are completely focused on the garden!

  • Published: 2009-04-01

Rabbit Breeding Begins on Our Farm

In a move away from store bought meats, we have begun breeding and raising rabbits, as well as seeking other sources of local farm raised meats.

  • Published: 2009-01-20

New Nesting Boxes for Our Egg Laying Chickens

We recently modified our nesting boxes and have begun tracking egg production. Our egg laying chickens are maintaining good production levels despite the winter weather.

  • Published: 2009-01-15

Cold Frames for Our Winter Garden

In our last article we shared plans for raised garden beds with cold frame attachments. This fall we decided to build the cold frames and managed to keep a winter vegetable garden growing.

  • Published: 2009-01-12

Building Our Homestead Garden

We moved onto our land exactly one year ago. In a year's time we've made huge progress with our farm and garden.

  • Published: 2008-09-18

New Chicken Coop & Rabbit Cages

Food production is underway. This summer we designed and built a chicken coop and chicken yard to protect and shelter our egg laying chickens. We've also installed wire rabbit cages outside the barn to temporarily hold our new breeding rabbits.

  • Published: 2008-09-12

Floor Plans for Our Passive Solar Barn

Our passive solar barn is designed to maximize light and store solar heat in the winter months. In the summer it minimizes light and solar heat and ventilates without a fan.

  • Published: 2008-08-30

Simple Solar Hot Water Solution

Heating water with the sun may seem like a challenge, but it is really quite simple.

  • Published: 2008-07-25

Greenhouse Construction is Underway!

We've erected a passive solar greenhouse on our property. It's the first major structure on our land and there is still a lot to be done before it's finished.

  • Published: 2008-03-27

Over a Foot of Snow On Our Homestead!

We've had over a foot of snow this week! Not your typical weather for the high desert of Arizona.

  • Published: 2008-02-06

Passive Solar Plans for Our Homestead Greenhouse

We've begun the first major construction project on our homestead property -- a passive solar greenhouse!

  • Published: 2008-01-30

New House Plans for our Passive Solar Home

We've drafted another passive solar house plan! After designing each of the house plans we've published so far, we have found reason to explore alternative options.

  • Published: 2007-11-29

New Links Page on By Example

Topics include: alternative energy, sustainability, global warming, solar cars, air pollution, house plans, passive solar house plans, green building, wind power, DIY solar, solar cookers, solar projects, small house plans, adobe house plans, geodesic domes and more to come.

  • Published: 2007-10-25

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