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Ty Pennington Gets a Lesson in Building with Cob (VIDEO)

Ty Pennington, host of the outrageously popular ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, recently took a trip through the UK to explore different home-building techniques. Luckily for us, he ran into Katy Bryce and Adam Weismann, authors of Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide. In the video I’ve linked below, Adam—amid a circus of children, clay, and playground equipment—discusses with Ty the various benefits of building with cob. Ty gets it. He provides the following great quote.

“Wow. [It’s] interesting that something that comes from earth…soil…dirt, is actually more intelligent way to go than technology.”

Boom. Are you listening ABC? How about a new show…Extreme Home Greenover hosted by Katy Bryce and Adam Weismann. Rip down your toothpicks-wrapped-in-plastic-house! Put up cob! It’s got legs baby! Legs!

Check out the video here.


Prepare! Keep a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit Handy

Are you prepared in the event of a sudden emergency? Blizzard, earthquake, insurrection after the inauguration? We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. In this excerpt from When Technology Fails, a popular book on […] Read More

A Bloggin’ We Shall Go: Your Favorite Blog Posts from 2016

Ah, 2016 – where did the time fly? It seems like only earlier this year we were excited about designing swales and getting to know more about no-till farming, and we ended up focusing on the heart, ketogenic diets and seeking a bio-abundant future. While the top 7 blog posts of the year don’t exactly […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More

Get Ready, Get Resilient

Are you resilient? How about we put your answer to the test, literally. Now, we know that assessment is always an important, albeit imperfect, subjective, and incomplete tool. In order to understand one’s skill in living a resilient lifestyle, Ben Falk, author of the award-winning The Resilient Farm and Homestead, developed the following assessment tool. […] Read More
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