Friday, February 18, 2011

Off to a Barn Raising

I've decided to build my house out of earthbags, for a variety of reasons which I will post about in-depth soon, but the reason I want to mention today is that there is a wealth of information and support on the Internet for this method. Here's just one example:

Downloadable earthbag manual:

Through the vast and extremely helpful website,, I discovered that Green Desert Eco-Farm, near Canon City, Colorado, is having an earthbag "barn raising" this weekend, to build a shelter for their llamas. Since they're less than a four-hour drive from here, it was a no-brainer for me to participate in this. (It also works out nicely that this is my pre-birthday weekend and I get to take a little road trip.)

This is just one of many examples of how serendipitously things are happening around my decision to build a house.

Not only will I be able to get hands-on experience with this way, but also connect with others who are interested in earthbag building.  I've been emailing back and forth with Kerry, who owns Green Desert Eco-Farm with her husband, Richard, and she's a blogger too!  Check her out at One Little Farm.  I'm very excited to meet these folks. I'll be bringing my three-year-old, which works out nicely because they have kids that are two and four.  My 13-year-old son is also coming with me, as he will be one of my main building partners this summer.

Time to hit the road!


  1. Never heard of earth bag building before. Sounds really clever.

  2. Your project sounds more exciting all the time!
    Drive safely, have fun!

  3. It was great to meet you and your family yesterday! I look forward to keeping up with your blog and seeing the progress you make!


  4. Aww the link to download the manual is broken. Could you upload your copy to your website so people can download it?

  5. Sorry, but I actually don't have an electronic copy of it anymore.