Diannia McDaniels-Crum's Grandmas Garden earthbag home

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Build Project Description

We are building our dream homestead on 13 acres 1/10 of a mile from state forest. We have two large ponds with lots of fish, small orchard, garden, several chickens and a goat(so far). We are building a bermed earthbag semi round house with attached greenhouse. We plan on adding solar panels and water catchment system. It gets warm in the summer but we have alot of large trees and the ponds are great to cool off in.

Structure of My Build Project

Individual Builder (ie: Personal Home or Structure)

Building Styles Integrated

Adobe/Mud Bricks
Recycled Materials
Local Materials
Round Wood

Sustainable Systems Integrated

Solar Power
Rain Water Collection
Cob Oven
Composting Toilets
Grey-water re-use system
Food system integration
Indoor plumbing
Passive Solar Hot Water
Rocket Stove

Build Project Facilities

Outhouse and solar shower outside plus two indoor bathrooms.

Activities near the Build Project

Great ponds for swimming and fishing. We are less than 1/10 of a mile from the state forest for hiking. Local area has lots of music and cultural activities.

What to Expect about Food

We will provide the food
We have a nice garden for veggies, fresh eggs and a great farmers market near by. I love to cook and bake.

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Current Building Status


Type of Build Project

New Structure

Projected Start and End Dates

9 Jul 2014

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Type of Volunteer Being Looked for

Anyone wanting to help.

Where you will be Sleeping

Spare bedroom plus lots of room for camping. Bring a tent if you have one or we have a small tent or we have a 1979 VW camper that sleeps two

How much Notice Needed Prior to Hosting

1 days

The Number of POOSHers Desired

5 POOSHers


Michael Beck's picture

Woo hoo Indiana!!!!! 3 of thePOOSH co-founders are from Goshen, Indiana up north! :) Keep on goin'!!

Chelssie and Sean McKinney's picture

This looks awesome.  We are currently living in South Korea, but we are moving to the Spencer area to start our homestead in the next few months.  I got really excited to see this.  Maybe there will be some future projects we can get involved with.  Good luck with everything!!

Diannia McDaniels-Crum's picture

We would love to have you come visit when you get to Indiana
Blessings, Diannia