Earth to Dome is about turning raw mountain land into a homestead, from infrastructure and forestry to homebuilding and growing food.
In 2016, we purchased 20 acres in the Smoky Mountains that hasn’t been lived on for 100 years. It has, however, been farmed, grazed, and logged from time to time. While we shape parts of the acreage into modern, livable space, we’re working to support the diverse native ecosystem to take back over the majority of the land. Partly because it’s beautiful and serene. Partly because it feels like the right thing to do.
Homesteading comes in different forms – off-grid, prepping, political, religious – we’re none of those, though we respect them all.
Our adventure may not feel as radical as homesteaders who trade full-time jobs and indoor plumbing to strive for self-sufficiency in the deep woods, but make no mistake. Even with grid power and central air, our lifestyle and world view have shifted profoundly out here. While we embrace modern conveniences and grid power (for now), we are…
- Creating a living space in harmony with the land that our loved ones can enjoy for generations.
- Being productive in a culture where it’s much, much easier to mass consume than to create something unconventional.
- Cultivating essential skills that humans are forgetting, like knowing how to intuit where water will drain down a slope (and why that matters), what to do when you meet a bear, how to build a road or bushwhack a trail, or when and how to plant which fruit trees.
- Becoming progressively more self-reliant and aware, finding ways to be less destructive and more fully cognizant of our impact as humans.
In summary, we’re secular, urban-exodus, on-grid homesteaders. We’re also geodesic dome people rather than traditional, tiny, yurt, haybale, earthship, cob, cordwood, or other-cool-types-of-housing people. Hence the name, Earth to Dome.
Making this life happen has been the hardest and most rewarding thing either of us has ever done. We hope sharing our experiences inspires others endeavor to live life unscripted. We’ve certainly been comforted and encouraged by others who share accounts of homesteading online, like the following: