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The Resilient Gardener is a Must Read!

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

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Sustainability Starts at Home: How to Save Money While Saving the Planet

I've always said that sustainability at frugality go hand in hand. They're just inextricably linked. Trying to save money? You'll end up consuming fewer resources. Trying to cut back on your waste? Money in the bank. In Dawn Gifford's e-book, Sustainability Starts at Home: How to Save Money While Saving the Planet, the author takes […] Read More

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Knowledge Matters

The knowledge and skills we're acquiring in our quest toward self-reliance are those same skills that many of our grandparents had.

Honor stand located on Hawaii Island. What would YOU choose?

All Our Stuff Comes on Barges…

Maui students create a parody of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" to educate people about Hawaii's dependence on imported food.

I’m a Bloggies Finalist!

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

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #7

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

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #4

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

What Would Happen If…?

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

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Five Books Worth Adding to your Shelves

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

How do you Bag It?

 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