International Code Council (ICC) changes rules to avoid improving building energy efficiency
In Nature Towns, long after the developer and construction teams have built the last house, the farmer remains, producing food and nature.
The Central Texas food system is just 1% self-sufficient (i.e. locally supplied), and Winter Storm Uri exposed new fragilities. Supply chains for grocery stores, dependent on faraway producers, had bare shelves – if they were even open are getting more fragile. Trucks could not get through the icy streets to replenish supplies. At the endContinue reading “Our food system is getting more fragile”
Winter Storm Uri revealed uncomfortable truths about the infrastructure of Central Texas. We discovered that we all live on microgrids.
Winter storm Uri – aka Snovid – revealed a new risk to residential water supplies in Central Texas: Our water lines, whether on private property or the city’s, are not buried deeply enough to withstand extended freezing weather.
What: USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) provides matching funds grants (i.e. 50% reimbursement) for adding value to farm commodities. How much: Maximum $75,000 USDA award for planning projects (desk studies only) for a budget maximum of $150,000 When: Applications due March 22, 2021. Awards announced September 31, 2021. Duration: 10-12 months Planning grants areContinue reading “USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)”
The realities of homesteading can quickly get lost in the romance of living in harmony with the land. Many of us yearn for a nurturing lifestyle that is low-budget but that makes us happy, healthy and in community with our friends and the earth. What are the options?
6 Ways to grow our spirit.
Homesteading communities are rapidly growing. Nature Towns make it easier by creating a new investment model.
Higher density means true walkability. It’s also the best way to ensure high quality of life, with good health and thriving nature nearby.