In 2016, we moved out of the city to live in a geodesic dome on 5 acres of National Forest. We wanted to test-drive the country by renting first. Any doubts about loving rural life melted away immediately, and we kicked off 2017 with our signatures on the deed to 20 pristine acres of east Tennessee.
Earth to Dome is about our adventures turning raw acreage into a homestead.
For us, homesteading means innovating, lifelong learning, and participating more fully in the school of life. It means creating home on our own piece of earth. We’re not motivated by religion or politics (but make no promises where issues of food and conservation seem to have been politicized). We aren’t survivalists or preppers but love the idea of generating our own food, building a home, and understanding how to make a truck or tractor run.
We plan to be connected to the power grid for the foreseeable future. While our version of homesteading is on-grid, it’s also sustainable, self-sufficient, and responsible, including practices like organic gardening, permaculture, wild farming, hunting, foraging, responsible forestry, farm-animal rescue, goat grazing for invasives, salvaging and repurposing, stream conservation, and investing our own labor instead of cash where ever we can.
In summary, we’re secular, urban-exodus, on-grid homesteaders. We’re geodesic dome people rather than traditional, tiny, yurt, haybale, earthship, cob, cordwood, or other-cool-types-of-housing people.
Lastly, we love being in the country. Our days are necessarily full of country drives, spectacular hiking, wildlife, wildflowers, and exploring, as well as problem-solving and childlike excitement.
Homesteading Philosophies Abound
Even though we’re not off-grid or striving for full self-sufficiency, we’re inspired (and comforted and encouraged) by those who are, like the following: