October 21 & 22 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center
Attendees will be able to see and buy the latest products for the tiny living lifestyle. Learn from builders, project experts and lifestyle authors at the educational conferences or panel discussions. And enjoy over 65,000 square feet great exhibits with accessories to compliment the “going small” experience.

The tiny house movement, as it’s known, is made up of equal parts millennials, homeowners, and even retirees.

Event marketing will reach over 2 million homeowners from the Portland area through Seattle WA. Participate and market your products and services to this diverse group of consumers ready to build their next dream.

Explore options on real estate developments for alternative housing locations around the United States. And enjoy great exhibits with accessories to compliment the “going small” experience.

See more at our web site: http://www.greatamericantinyhouse.show/

Thank You
Hague Atkinson
Productions By Design
Thanks to Todd for this tip.
The tiny house movement is growing faster than most people realize. The tiny house hotel in Portland, for example, is fully booked up months in advance. How many hotels can make that claim? The ideas and lessons learned from tiny houses can in most cases be applied to larger, moderately sized homes of 500 sq. ft. or even larger.

The 5 Acre Permaculture Homestead – Unbelievable Abundance

“Jonathan Dodd of Nebraska is jammin out his 5 acre homestead with permaculture abundance: Market gardens, fruit and nut trees, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, sheep and ALL kinds of goodness. It’s hard to believe just how much one can do on only five acres of land.”

Thanks to Justin Rhodes for another great sustainable farming video. I’m sure these videos are inspiring lots of people. To see Jonathan’s CSA garden click here: http://www.negoods.com/

San Francisco Family Builds Tiny House to Avoid Crazy Rent Prices!

For high rent areas tiny house living is more than “just a good idea”. In places like San Francisco, where rent is about $3,500/month [yikes, crazy is right], finding ways to cut costs is a necessity. By living more simply this couple will have a contractor built tiny house paid off in just two years and then they’ll be living rent free in one of the costliest cities in the world.


My First House – $5000 CASH!

The Homestead Craftsman, who mostly builds furniture for a living, has started buying and fixing up old houses. A place like this would be a good starter home in the right location. On a homestead you could live in it while you build your dream natural home out of more sustainable materials.

“I paid $5,000 for my first house with the goal of renting it, spent a little money getting it renovated and rented it two times which more than paid for what I have in it. Now I’m getting it ready to sell. This video shows it’s current condition and talks a little about what I’m going to do to it. I’ll post more on the house soonish.”

Other videos by The Homestead Craftsman:
Building a Tiny House
Making a Farm Table with Salvaged Wood

Married Couple Leave Established Life in Suburbia for a Life on the Road in Converted Sprinter Van

“After establishing careers Joe and Emilie decided that they needed a new adventure and decided to convert a Mercedes Sprinter van into a tiny home on wheels.”

Note the very high video quality by Dylan Magaster. Everything is perfect — the scenery, explanations of the vans’ features, sound. I really enjoy great channels like Dylan’s, Exploring Alternatives, Dirt Patch Heaven and Justin Rhodes. They’re able to get such outstanding content because they go on the road and investigate the best projects.

Deep Mulch Method for Building Soil in Deserts

Yesterday I watched a video on how to build healthy soil in desert areas such as Arizona. A lot of our readers are building earthbag houses and gardens in similar environments since land like this is often quite affordable.

The forest garden in the video looked fantastic, however I was shocked to learn the owner has been applying 4’ (yes 48”) of wood chips and grass clippings every year for almost 30 years! That’s mind boggling. While this method obviously works, it is very labor intensive and it’s not scalable. There’s not enough wood chips to supply thousands of homeowners in desert areas.

I’d suggest getting Brad Lancaster’s bestselling book Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond to learn of additional ways to build soil in desert areas.

Here’s one other option. I’d probably shape the land in advance with one or two mini-excavators: one to dig trenches for hugelculture beds on contour and to sculpt shallow swales in between (remove some clay), and a second excavator with a big auger to drill tree holes several feet apart until the site looks like Swiss cheese. Export all this clay and fill the swales and tree holes with mycorrhizal rich compost/top soil mix.

In between your new fruit and nut trees, consider planting fast growing soil busting/nitrogen fixing trees and plants to build soil and help shade the slower growing fruit trees. These can later produce biomass by chopping and dropping leaves and branches, and they can be removed when the main trees get larger.

For more free information, search our blog for keywords building soil or degraded land. There are quite a few examples now of people who have restored the worst soil imaginable. My example above is a bit extreme (machine intensive) but it would speed the process and get you off to a good start to establishing a forest garden or similar type of edible landscape around your home. You’d definitely save many hundreds of hours of very hard work. You could rent the machines to save money.

Kentucky-grown hemp will insulate the walls of this house

“Hemp enthusiasts attending a two-day workshop in Lexington began working Friday on what is touted as the first house to be insulated with Kentucky-grown hemp.

Participants in the “Building with Hemp” workshop, which coincides with Hemp History Week, learned about the history and uses of hemp before getting their hands dirty making insulation from hemp for a house under construction at 168 York Street.

“There’s a lot to be figured out, and I think this house gives us the opportunity to look into that,” said Josh Hendrix, director of business development and domestic production at CV Sciences, one of the partners for the workshop.

Hendrix, who grows hemp on his farm in Mount Sterling, said he hopes to one day build a guest house on his farm using hemp as a building material.

Kris Nonn, director of design and construction at North Limestone Community Development Corporation, organized the workshop along with Hendrix.

“What we’re trying to demonstrate is how a locally-sourced product can help the local economy,” Nonn said. “There’s a potential for jobs, for green jobs specifically.”

According to Nonn, hemp is an “insulation alternative that doesn’t have major drawbacks.”

The material, known as “hempcrete,” is hypoallergenic, resistant to fire and insect damage, and “allows moisture to move through it,” according to Nonn.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article155383269.html
Special thanks again to Alex and Gail who keep finding good stories for us to enjoy.

Worst Places to Live with Minimal Building Codes: Fracking, Oil, Mining Regions

We have a whole series of articles about the best places to live with few or no building codes in the US. The other day I came across a video about oil shale fracking called Shale Cowboys. Then I remembered that the current Administration is pushing for US energy independence using oil shale and coal deposits. These areas would be among some of the worst places to establish a sustainable homestead in my opinion. Once the water table is polluted then the area is basically uninhabitable for the foreseeable future.

Map of US oil shale deposits

Map of US oil shale deposits

Image source: https://wryheat.wordpress.com/tag/shale-oil/