Welcome to Seattle Homestead!
Get to Know Us and What We’re Doing:
- Get To Know the Homestead: More information about our home, what we started with, and where it’s headed.
- Get To Know Us: Learn a bit more about us and our backgrounds.
- Year One: 2011 Homestead Goals: Our first post that details some of our bigger projects for the first year.
- Year Two: 2012 Homestead Goals – Building a huge earthbag wall, getting chickens, hardscaping, and more.
- Year Three: 2013 Homestead Goals – Finishing our huge earthbag wall, cleaning up the yard, getting plants installed, building front gate, and more.
- Year Four: 2014 Homestead Goals – We never got around to publishing this, but once again, finishing up the earthbag wall project was the major focus – and this time we pretty much did it!
- Year Five/Six: 2015/6 Homestead Goals – Coming soon!
Updates From Our Homestead:
- Spring 2011: Year 1 Fruit Order – We just purchased apples, blueberries, lingonberries, strawberries, raspberries, and a tea tree.
- Spring 2012: Baby Chicks Have Arrived, and Chicken Coop Construction Begins
- Summer 2012: Our Earthbag Wall & Earthbag Building Workshop – June 23/24
- July 2012: Earthbag Wall Workshop Recap
- September 2012: Video Tour: Earthbag Update and More
- December 2012: The Sunburst Front Gate Design (This gate is completed as of fall 2014!)
- We stopped publishing a lot in 2013/14/15 because we were so busy. We’re trying to go back and publish unfinished homestead updates from these years while we were working on wrapping up the earthbag wall.
- July 2016: Video Tour – We Finished The Wall! The Yard Is Landscaped!
As of 2016, we’ve started posting educational and how-to homesteading posts over at Insteading.com.
We’ll keep updating Seattle Homestead with updates on our own homestead, however.
- How We Built Our Raised Beds With Sod Walls, cheaply and quickly!
- 6 Reasons Why I Chose to Use White Clover as a Living Mulch
- How to Make Homemade Concrete Tampers
- Douglas Bullock’s Best Fruit Trees for Seattle.
- Seattle Solar Installations – We sat down and did a 30 minute Q&A with Amy from West Seattle Natural Energy, complete with podcast and transcript.
- Concerns With Urban Animal Slaughter – A recent Slate.com article does a terrible job of making an argument against urban animal slaughter. We discuss some more valid concerns.
Located in the Seattle Area?
If you’re in the Seattle area and interested in sustainability, permaculture, homesteading, and similar topics, I recommend bookmarking Jocelyn’s Seattle Sustainability Events calendar.
Also take a look at our Seattle Resources page, containing a number of local businesses that feature green or sustainable aspects, and our list of Chicken Laws Across Washington State.