I loved this book. Really loved it. It's chock full of information and at the same time takes readers on a wandering tour through the author's farm and garden. In The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times, Carol Deppe discusses how to create successful gardens, overcome weather-related issues, and even how to […] Read More
The knowledge and skills we're acquiring in our quest toward self-reliance are those same skills that many of our grandparents had.
Maui students create a parody of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" to educate people about Hawaii's dependence on imported food.
What a great way to start off February - I'm adding three more hens to my flock today and I just found out that I'm a finalist for the Bloggies in the Best New Weblog category. (Iwillnotsquee!Iwillnotsquee!Iwillnotsquee!) Such restraint I have, yes? I'd love it if you'd take a moment to vote. And really, it's […] Read More
Welcome to the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee, our Internet version of a quilting bee. Each of our lives is a patchwork of what was passed down to us, what we find around us, and what people share with us. Hosted by myself and Frugal Kiwi, we hope that you’ll join us by adding a virtual […] Read More
Welcome to the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee, our Internet version of a quilting bee. Each of our lives is a patchwork of what was passed down to us, what we find around us, and what people share with us. Hosted by myself and Frugal Kiwi, we hope that you'll join us by adding a virtual […] Read More
I am one of those people who finds it hard to follow exact instructions. I'm more than willing to experiment, whether it be in the kitchen, the garden, or at the craft table. I'm always surprised when an editor wants me to add three more steps to a 17-step how-to article. Some of those steps […] Read More
For years, my plant bible has been the Sunset Western Garden Book. Filled with listings of specific plants (over 8,000 in the 2011 edition) that detail plant characteristics, growth habits, and zone requirements, this is a must-have if you garden in the west. The book includes information about both edible and ornamental plants and trees. […] Read More
I watched Bag It over the weekend. The movie begins as a "regular guy," Jeb Berrier, wonders about the plastic bag he uses to carry a yogurt home in. As he researches and learns more about the environmental impact of choosing a plastic bag, his questions lead to more questions. What about plastic bottles? How […] Read More
As more people become aware of the human impact on this earth (and ironically, on our own health) the idea of living a more sustainable, self-sufficient life is gaining ground. But. It's one thing to think, "Hey, I'd love to be more self-sufficient!" and quite another to implement a lifestyle change that might require learning […] Read More