Chicken Tractor in a Pinch

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my free newsletter. 400,000 Facebook fans can’t be wrong!So, I’ve got chickens. I’ve raised egg laying chickens for more than a dozen years but I’m finding it to be a…

Egg Carton Conundrum

Egg Carton Conundrum

If you don’t raise chickens for eggs, you can make a more sustainable choice at the grocery store. For goodness sake, stop buying eggs in Styrofoam! You may pay slightly more for eggs in fiber cartons but those cartons can…

Save Your Seedlings from Bugs

Something has been munching my seedlings and transplants off right at the ground, so I’ve been using cardboard toilet paper tubes to foil the little buggers. When planting large seeds like melons or squash, I push a section of tube…

Soup Smarts

When it’s time to clean up after dinner, we often have small amounts of vegetables or sauces left in the pan. Not quite enough for a leftover lunch, but enough that I don’t want to waste it. Instead of storing…

Ten Tips for a Healthy, Sustainable Diet on a Budget

Ten Tips for a Healthy, Sustainable Diet on a Budget

Over on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page, I posted this video of Robyn O’Brien discussing America’s food system at TEDxAustin. It’s a very compelling video in which Ms. O’Brien offers a calm and concise look at the foods we’re feeding…

Use Your Spatula

Don’t count on a butter knife or spoon to get the last little bits of food (think: peanut butter and applesauce) out of the container. When you think you’ve gleaned the last of the tasty goodness from the jar, grab…

Less Waste, Cheaper Salads when you Make Your Own Salad Dressing

My local grocery store has about twelve linear feet, shelf upon shelf, dedicated to nothing but salad dressings.  If you’ve stepped foot inside a supermarket recently, you’ve probably walked past a similar display without giving it a thought. Thousand Island,…

On Sustainability

On Sustainability

I mentioned to my 18-year-old the other day that I’d written about homemade oatmeal in a jar here on Attainable Sustainable. “That’s not very sustainable,” he said. “We can’t grow oats here.” He’s right. My oat habit is not entirely…

Boosting Your Soil’s Nutrients Naturally

Good soil is the key to successful growing, but whenever I read or ask someone about how to make good soil, though, my eyes glaze over with all of the details. Some people love the details (N.P.K.! Ph! Acidity!) but…

Turning Funky Milk into Homemade Ricotta Cheese

I’ve been fortunate to find a source for local, raw milk recently and my family picks up a gallon a week. Normally we go through it with no problem, but occasionally it starts to sour before we can use it….