green living

[Video] 3 Minutes at an Abandoned Homestead

It’s a crisp spring day and the dogs and I visit a new path up the west mountain beside a sweetly chattering brook. Five minutes in, the path opened into a bright clearing which contains the remnants of a previous lifetime. An algae filled dugout. A caringly crafted doghouse. A kitchen sink that still holds…

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Rewilding: Taking It Slow Brings Rewards

FYI – Live Free or Die follows five individuals who are living off the grid. The series airs weekly at 10/9c on the National Geographic Channel in the US, and will be picked up internationally later in the year: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/live-free-or-die/ National Geographic Channel asked me and a handful of other homesteading bloggers to weigh in…

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Why I Eat More Arugula: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Part 3/5

I have to admit, the first year I grew arugula, I rejected it as a foul tasting weed, decided to ignore it and left it to go to seed. Good thing. Being a prolific self-seeder, it came back, year after year, until finally, my taste buds developed a liking for leafy greens and I gave…

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Making Waste Into Something Clean

A Review of The Humanure Handbook. Poop.  Its not something we like to think about.  We drop it. We flush it.  We never think of it again. Joseph Jenkins thinks about it a lot.  He’s written a detailed book about what happens to our waste in the system, how our waste is damaging the planet,…

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