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Month: March 2014 (page 2 of 2)

Food Forest Beginnings

Wouldn’t it be nice to gather an endless supply of food with minimum effort? Wouldn’t it be great if harvest was the most difficult part of your food growing process? Well, to some extent it can be. As Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, and Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, have demonstrated, permaculturists and regrarians are currently nurturing food forests large enough to feed entire villages. These forests provide nuts, fruits, seeds, flour, coffee, sustainable building materials, wood for burning, animal feed, and much more. Read more

Ginger the Bird Hunter

Of the four barn kitties that arrived unannounced last summer, Ginger has been far and away the most interesting. We thought Ginger was a female, hence the name. But turns out he is not. But he actually comes when called, so the name stuck. Read more

Solar Powered Electrofence Unfazed by Winter


I was concerned about whether or not ice would inhibit the conversion of sunrays to electricity. But this solar array handles ice like a pro. Even though it was difficult to remove the clamp from the fence at feeding time, it was definitely working because I shocked myself in the process.

That’s what I get for trying to rush through my chores in the cold.

Winter’s Not Through With Us Yet

Heather and I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of absolute silence. The sound machine and the clock were off. Winter’s latest storm had knocked out our electricity. I allowed myself to go back to sleep to see if the lights would return by morning. Read more

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