The one thing we missed most during our travels was having our hands in the earth. In the fall of 2013, we bought an older 1850’s home with a quarter-acre lot/garden in town. Inspired by the concept of regenerative design and permaculture, we’ve taken a few steps to make this home more resilient (things we hope to do in gray).


  • Built two compost bins
  • Started raised beds
  • Planted six blueberry bushes and eight fruit trees (apples, asian pears, plums, peaches)
  • Planted hazelberts, sea buckthorns, raspberries, blackberries, a mulberry tree, and an elderberry tree.
  • ┬áPlant cherries
  • Add perennial vegetables and other edible landscaping.



  • Restored existing wide-planked wood floors that were original to the house and hidden under layers of linoleum and carpet.
  • Used a plant-based, VOC-free and non-toxic oil finish for the floors.
  • Used zero-VOC paint in bedroom.

Favorite Resources:

  • The Resilient Farm and Homestead, Ben Falk
  • Integral Urban House
  • Gaia’s Garden

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