Category: Newspapers


More details about our earthbag house plans!

Check out today’s issue of The Free Weekly for more detail about our earthbag home design, as well as some pretty cool articles on GMOs and social justice that I can’t wait to read!  We’ll be learning from other small home builders and even earthbag builders in the coming month, and I’m really excited to combine our knowledge and live even more sustainably thanks to the expertise of others who have come before us.  Today, we’re on another land search with our friend Jacob to explore more opportunities for conservation and community service.  Wish us luck!!! Next week’s Making Ripples column will have an update on how this land search is coming along.  Do you know of anything for sale in Northwest Arkansas?  Let us know, so we can start making a more tangible difference with our energy and resources. Thanks!

Valentine’s Day is a great time to share your care; here are ways to do so without hurting anyone or anything.

I love Valentine’s Day and spreading little notes and treats around.  Although I’m not perfect at it, trying to spread the love without spreading injustice and destruction is a top priority for me.  This week’s issue of The Free Weekly is out today, and contains great articles on Comprehensive Sex Education, loving meat-producing animals, and the latest Making Ripples column about creating a Valentine’s Day gift box from a toilet paper roll!  Here are some reminders for how to love your sweetie without harming the planet and other people:

  1. Buy local.  Shipping things from far away adds to our climate change problem.
  2. Be fair. Chocolate isn’t harmless if children were enslaved to produce the sugar and the farmers don’t get paid fairly, so purchase fair trade chocolate.
  3. Know your ingredients. Even if a product doesn’t have a certified stamp on it, chances are, it could be harmless – research the ingredients if possible.
  4. Reuse before recycling. Turn something old into something new, and help reduce the waste stream.
  5. Roses have more than thorns. Make sure yours are produced sustainably.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Ripples!

Check out these recipes for planet-friendly treats!

The latest issue of The Free Weekly is out today, and Making Ripplesis all about baking and goodies that aren’t secretly baddies. Here are some recipes from Ripples to help you get started eating green and baking with organic, fair trade ingredients:

Try baking Solar Cookies with the recipe of your choice!  Here’s a how-to video from YouTube.

Want soup? Go vegan and try out this Vegan Cheddar Baked Potato Soup. Warm and comforting!

I love pancakes, and this recipe from Ripples is great for putting autumn flavor into your breakfast: Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Apple Butter

Just for fun, our friend Chris and his students from Colombia want to teach you how to make gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies with your host, Piggy. :)

The latest Ripples’ column in The Free Weekly is about my favorite subject…wildlife! View full article »

Check out these additional earthbag building resources!

The latest issue of The Free Weekly is out today, and Ripples’ column talks about our earthbag home design and why we’re building an earthbag home.  Read the latest issue here, and enjoy these extra resources on building with earthbags -

Recommended Reading & Viewing:

Basic Earthbag Building: A Step-by-Step Guide, Owen Geiger, DVD.

Earthbag Building Guide, (engineer approved) Owen Geiger, 2011.

Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks & Techniques, Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer, 2004.

Natural Building Blog on Earthbag and Other Natural Building Methods

Check out the latest issue of The Free Weekly!

The cover story on Seeds that Feed is fantastic, and there are many Ripples’ readers and supporters featured in the article and in the cover photo! Way to go Care Croppers! You can also read Ripples’ latest column on recycling old junk and creating intentional rooms here. View full article »

Check out Sustainability Tips from Ripples in the Free Weekly!

Part of our mission is to share with others what we’re currently learning about sustainable living.  So I was super excited when I had the opportunity to begin a new column with the Fayetteville Free Weekly, and provide tips, resources and anecdotal experience on topics like living without a car, earthbag building, cooking organic meals, growing vegetables, and more.  It’s a great chance to hopefully reach more people with the information you find on Ripples, and maybe we can inspire them to take small steps in their own lives.  Even a tiny change makes a big difference when everyone does it, like recycling.  View full article »