Treehotel: Mirrorcube, Nest, UFO treehouses in Arctic forest


Kristen Dirksen makes some of the most amazing mini documentaries about alternative homes. She travels all over the world visiting people who live to create alternative homes. From Treehouses to Spaceship homes, she covers it all.

Recently she visited a Tree hotel just 40 miles from the Artic Circle. Here is a video of her time there. If you have a home worth seeing, I would definitely contact her. Sharing these alternatives with the world, allow us to open our minds. It allows us to see something different then what the code tells us to build. I look forward to seeing many more of her creations, as well as the creations she is promoting.

From the description on YouTube:
In the far north of Sweden in a very tiny town, Kent and Britta Lindvall – believing that if you build it they will come – built the world’s largest collection of designer treehouses. At their Treehotel you can sleep in the trees, just 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but sheltered in a bird’s nest, a disappearing cube, an elevated caravan, a gigantic dragonfly or a UFO.

It all began when the Lindvall’s were having trouble attracting people to their guesthouse (Britta’s Pensionat) in the town of Harads (population 500). They began renting out a treehouse built by a friend of theirs (for his documentary “The Tree Lovers”) and discovered it was surprisingly popular.

On a fishing trip in Russia with some of Sweden’s top architects, Kent raised the idea of building a treehouse hotel with rooms “you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world”. The architects loved the idea so Kent went home and started talking to a bank. He raised enough money to buy some forest next to the couple’s guest house that had been sold for logging.

Two years later, the Treehotel opened with the first four “treerooms”. It immediately attracted
press from all over the world and celebrity guests like Kate Moss who talked about it on social media.

The attraction here is the mix of isolation and architecture. Each treehouse has a different architect all charged with coming up with something completely new, and that doesn’t harm the trees it rests on.

On our road trip through Scandinavia we took a very long detour north (11 hours north of Stockholm by car) to stay in the UFO for a night. Designed by architect Bertil Harström of Inredningsgruppen, it hovers almost 20 feet above the ground, suspended by cables from the nearby trees. Like any flying saucer, the hatch on its underbelly opens to lower an electrically-operated ladder. Inside the 30-square-meter pod has a bathroom (with incinerating toilet, like all the other treerooms) and plenty of space for a family of 5.


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9-Year-Old Builds Tiny Homes For The Homeless Because “Everyone Deserves A Place To Live”


This kind-hearted activist is inspired to help the homeless by building them safe and mobile housing units.

We’ve featured some incredible young activists on the site before, but this nine-year-old girl from Bremerton, Washington is positively impacting the lives of many in an incredibly unique and inspiring way.

When Hailey Fort was just 5 years old, she asked her mother if they could buy a homeless man a sandwich. Not a year had passed before Hailey began growing vegetables to donate to the local food bank.

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And for Hailey, there’s no better solution than to build mobile shelters for those currently living without.

The shelters are 8 x 4 ft structures that include windows, a locking front door, and eco-friendly insulation made out of recycled jeans. And except for adults helping her to use the large power saws, Hailey builds the structures completely by herself. She also relies on the excellent counsel of her grandfather who is a professional contractor.

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Thanks to the organizations Together Rising and Momastery, Hailey has received a total of $3,000 in grants to help fund her first group of mobile shelters. And with a 50% discount gifted by the local Lowe’s Hardwarde store, Fort has plans to build at least a dozen shelters.

But building mobile, tiny homes for the homeless isn’t the only philanthropical activity keeping the young activist busy; Hailey has also been keeping up her gardening efforts. Last year Hailey donated 128 pounds of food, and this year hopes to donate 250 pounds of produce from the summer’s harvest.

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Fort’s actions speak volumes and are warming hearts everywhere. Not only do shelters provide basic security for those presently without, but her determination to step up and ‘be the change’ is no doubt inspiring others to consider how they may be of more service to the world.

And the more Hailey learns about homeless issues, the more she becomes aware of what other types of needs individuals might have living on the street. She intends to hand out 1,000 toiletry items, 500 menstrual products, and 100 coats this year.

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But in the meantime, Hailey is fulfilled spending her time between her garden and her first shelter, as well as raising awareness about her fundraising efforts.

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, her immediate answer is a philanthropist: “someone who takes care of people.”

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If you’re inspired by Hailey’s work and want to get involved, please support her fundraising campaign to cover the cost of additional shelters by visiting here:

You can also follow her updates on Facebook at Hailey’s Harvest.

What are your thoughts? Share in the comments section below.

DIY Chicken feeders and Raising three boys


or the last week, our motorhome has been parked at the 1 Full House Homestead. We spent the new year with the family. Ananda, Xander, and their three boys Elijah, Jordan, and Michael. They have a some big plans for their homestead in 2016, including raising meat chickens, growing more food, and quite possible getting some goats. I came across Xanders secret skill of building awesome chicken box feeders from wood, called Cluck’N Feeders, while I was there. I am looking forward to helping them grow their little community.

I met the 1 Full House Homestead family at the first year of the Jackalope Freedom Festival back in 2012. It was only once a year our families hung out, but now that our lifestyle has changed, so have our opprotunites.

We welcomed in the new year by tending the garden, and planting some winter cabbages. Ananda also taught me about Luffa’s, and how they are grown, dried, and used to clean anything. I use them for my dishes, and my body. She is also thinking about adding soap to them, to create a soapy sponge for your body. She already makes many balms and ointments and you can get some from her if you ask nicely. Ananda’s Apothecary is a work in progress, but she already has product.

Ananda's Apothecary

Xander builds these awesome little chicken houses and chicken box feeders, made out of wood. They are the ones the chicken stands on to open, and it closes after they leave. Pretty neat little inventions. I love seeing DIY items in the backyards of homesteads. If you are interested in one, you’ll have to contact them on Facebook. The chicken box feeder is exactly what your chickens want. There aren’t any plans for his personalized design, but if you can’t wait, I am sure you can find something online. I think in my future, I will collaborate with Xander on these, just so I can have one or two of my own.

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The 1 Full House Homestead is working to free themselves from the “American Dream”. Sad that’s how it is now a days. Living in the Valley, it isn’t easy to do that. Not with an overhead, mortgage payment or rent. On top of that, utilities, gas and the never ending life you waste at red lights. For now they are choosing to bug in.

Our plan is to help them progress their homestead, by beefing up the crops, and by building them a fence for the meat chickens they will be getting in a week or two. Come March, we will be back to help butcher.

Ananda also hosts the Desert Gardeners Marketplace group on Facebook, and she occasionally hosts a Market Garden from her yard, that she invites others to join.I setup my market with them a few weeks ago, and was able to make some trades for food. It was pretty cool, and the homegrown food was priceless.

Ananda's Apothecary

My goal of a decentralized life is now closer. A life where I can work with multiple homesteads, harvesting, trading, and networking. All while living free in our home, that is already paid for, through work trade.

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Next Generation ‘Farm from a Box’ : Solar powered farm for living off grid


The Next Generation “Farm from a Box”, brings individuals or communities a modified shipping container, that allow them to prosper by creating their own sustainable agriculture. These shipping containers would be wonderful to have in disaster struck areas of the world.

They could be flown in and dropped off, allowing a community to start building and growing organic food immediately. Powered by the sun, these shipping containers come with a system that includes: Sustainable Farming Practices, Technology Use and Maintenance, and Basic Business and Entrepreneurship Training.


The “Farm in a Box” comes with the necessities to build a 2 acre farm. The company wants to empower people and create independence by strengthening communities from the ground up. Each system can be specifically designed per the buyers needs. Depending on the climate and resources, each Farm will differ. These farms cam be used for: Humanitarian Aid, Post-Crises rebuilding efforts, Community cooperatives, Un-intentional communities, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Schools and Education, Churches, HOA’s, Urban Food Deserts, and even the Backyard Gardener.

‘Farm from a Box” offers off-grid weather systems and sensor technology, geo-spatial mapping software and market information, they provide access to information that will continuously improve the agricultural production.

The “Next Generation” Farms are here. I have even heard talk about “Mobile Barns”. In the future you could see many people towing their farms along with them behind their Motorhome or RV from location to location. A decentralized life is nearing for many families and fulltimers alike. I look forward to the day, when I am setup boondocking, and my neighbor has extended a fence off his mobile barn, to let his chickens free range. At that time, I will feel truly free, especially knowing that I can trade for eggs or something else of need. That will be the day!

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Next Generation San Antonio Urban Food Farming Legal

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There used to be a time when free people didn’t ask permission to grow food. I guess I can understand why legislation like this exists. The media creates a culture of fear, and until you leave the matrix, the only way of life you see of living, is that of one that asks permission from another human to be free.

The culture is changing, hence seeing laws about making growing food legal. If only it didn’t come from a place of fear. No one wants their right to grow food to be taken away! We must protect that human right! But through politics? I think not. Continuing the idea that we need permission from other humans to grow our own food, will only continue our enslavement to the very system we are asking permission from to begin with.

The only truly way to be free, is by not asking permission.

The Article below states that, “The San Antonio City Council approved amendments to the City’s Unified Development Code that will, among other things, help the city’s urban gardeners and farmers.” It also states that, “from 2016 onward, gardeners can grow food in most lots and sell produce right at their garden or farm.”

I am not sure how government permission helps free people. Apparently single resident lots require a special use permit per the legislation. This means your time and money will be required before permission can be given. Permission being the key word that encourages your continued enslavement. One part of the article even states zoning can be changed, but that requires a $700 fee. All zoning is, is words written on a piece of paper to control what individuals are allowed to do in a jurisdictional area. So what you are paying for, is government employees to change what is written on a piece of paper, and maybe enter something into their system.

There are many individuals who challenge these government services, by asking them to prove jurisdiction. The majority of the time, citations are released, due to there being no proof of government jurisdiction.

Magpoc Homestad Carrots

When it comes to food freedom, there is no time to waste. It is more important now to grow our own food then ever. Our main stream food source has been poisoned by Monsanto, and it is time to stop supporting the monster. The monster that is Monsanto, and the monster that is the system.

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City Council Makes Urban Farming Legal Throughout City

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Every Homestead Should Include This Medicinal Plant

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a great starter plant for your homestead. Easy to grow as a houseplant, Aloe can provide you medicinal benefits from the day you bring one home.

 Aloe Vera is an immune boosting plant that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and contains other medicinal properties.
Burns and other Skin Injuries
The most common use for Aloe Vera is burn relief. Sunburns and other minor burns feel better and heal faster with topical application of the Aloe juice found within the leaves.
Not only do burns heal better with Aloe, but any sort of minor skin abrasion will benefit from the topical application of the juice.
Oral Health
Our teeth and gums benefit from Aloe juice as well. The plants’ natural antibacterial tendencies help to prevent plaque build up that contribute to cavities.
Some people simply rub the juice on inflamed gums while other make a mouthwash to use after brushing.
Digestive Benefits
The pulp, or white substance attached to the inside of the leaves once the juice is extracted, contains high levels of aloin, a known laxative.
Some people report relief for other digestive ailments, such as irritable bowl syndrome, when they drink the juice of the plant. Long term consumption is not suggested.
Remake Your Medicine Cabinet
Aloe is a renewable and sustainable way to replace common over the counter items such as sunburn cream, Neosporin, and laxatives. Adding this plant to your home will take you one step closer to off the grid living.
How to Grow Aloe
Aloe Vera likes well drained soil out of direct sunlight. Over watering can cause root rot. The plant will produce babies from the roots and many plants will begin to grow in the same spot. You can break these apart to re-pot, or allow the plant to reproduce in perpetuity.
How do you use aloe in your home?
-Written by Cat B.