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  • The Sunburst Front Gate Design

    The Sunburst Front Gate Design

    It might seem that I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, talking about the front gate while still awhile away from completing the wall that sits next to the gate. But, I was stuck with inspiration over Thanksgiving while visiting our family in Boulder, CO. I came across an incredibly cool footbridge in the town […]

  • 2013 Homestead Goals & 2012 Year in Review

    2013 Homestead Goals & 2012 Year in Review

    Hello everyone! It’s been a very busy summer and fall, and I’m a bit ashamed that this is only my second post since we began the earthbag wall project in June. For those of you that are new to Seattle Homestead, we do an annual post that reviews the past year’s accomplishments and lays out […]

  • September 2012 Video Tour: Earthbag Update and More

    It’s been a while since I’ve had time to update the site. At this point, I think the quickest way to get you all up to speed is to give you a video tour of the homestead and show you what we’ve been working on all summer long. Take a look: I give a better […]

  • Earthbag Building Workshop Recap

    Note on 07/20/2016: This post was written about 4 years ago, in July 2012. Our project has come a long, long way since then. Yet, this post and a number of others from 2012 through 2015 never got published because I was so busy. I’m going through now that we’ve wrapped up much of our […]

  • Our Earthbag Wall Workshop & Contest

    I’ve mentioned our upcoming wall project a few times on this site. Above is the mockup and overhead drawing of what we’re going to be building in 3 weeks. All of the terracotta-colored wall in that diagram is specifically what we’ll be building. You can click here to take a look at the full-size wall […]

  • The Chicks Have Arrived and Chicken Coop Construction Begins

    I mentioned in our 2012 Homestead Goals that we were planning to get chickens this year. About 4 weeks ago we picked up 2 Barred Rocks and 3 Rhode Island Reds from Jason at Shoreline Farm Supply – who graciously gave them to us for free since he had extra from a customer who decided they […]

  • 2012 Homestead Goals & 2011 Year in Review

    Photo: Front yard is coming together as the retaining wall takes shape, and most of the yard is sheet-mulched. The bushes are on their way out and so is the chain-link fence, in order to make way for the garden wall. The new year is here and we’re approaching one year of living here at […]

  • The Derailers play “Green Onions”

    The Derailers play Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions” Sweet Basil McJagger of The Derailers wails away at “Green Onions”. Performed at the 2011 Zoofest in Lincoln, NE. {If you’re viewing this via email, click the link to see the video}

  • Early June Homestead Photos

    We took some photos during early June of how things are doing in the garden. We got a late start on planting, so typically you’d see a little more activity from most of these plants by now, but they’ll catch up during June. Click on any image to see the larger version: All photos by […]

  • Our Year 1 Fruit Tree Order

    One of my goals for year one was to have some basic fruit in place.  Most will not bear fruit this year, but giving them a full season to set roots and grow will mean a decent crop in 2012.  So, I just put in a last minute fruit order at Raintree Nursery, thinking I […]

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