The foundation of the eco-conscious home was made with car and truck tires filled with dirt. It was one of a few places to vacation if you wanted to bang dirt into tires. Along with the foundation, guests helped build an outdoor patio, stacking the tires, pounding dirt into them and pouring concrete to bind them. Other visitors to this homestead ate fresh produce and herbs from a greenhouse attached to the side of the home like a glass rib cage. One couple came to experience the subzero temperatures of a Finger Lakes winter in a home made of trash. Every guest had this in common: They came for a taste of living on a homestead.
"For Taste of Farm Life, There’s No Place Like a Homestead" is from the January 22, 2017 Travel section of The New York Times. It was written by Kenneth R. Rosen and narrated by Kristi Burns.