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Cookstove Profit, Energy Intentionality, and Quality of Life

In my last post I quoted David Holmgren, a co-founder of Permaculture, who says we should think about what is worth investing in by asking ourselves whether an investment will benefit our children and grandchildren. That perspective was common to our ancestors just 2 and 3 generations ago, before we became so highly dependent upon meeting our(…)

Taking Stock, 2012

This blog has been neglected – there’s just no getting around it! As I posted last December, Hurricane Irene put a hurt on Vermont. I was immediately involved in local recovery efforts, and then became part of a FEMA-funded recovery program that lasted until late October, 2012. In addition, my mother-in-law – who lived with(…)

Making and Using Garden Tripods

Over the winter, I took a few classes on low-cost, low-impact gardening. One innovation that caught my eye was the garden tripod. Very versatile in its use, it’s easy to make from inexpensive or recycled wood, and is very portable. So I made my own, but with a slight variation. The version I saw last(…)

Beekeeping: Year One Lessons & Plans

Last spring I jumped into beekeeping. It wasn’t thoroughly thought out, but I have a friend who has kept bees for nearly 50 years and he assured me it was pretty trouble free. I thought it would be a good thing to help reintroduce bees, and that bees could help pollinate my growing selection of(…)

Buying Supplies

So here’s where the rubber hits the road – I’m actively spending money on seeds and equipment, and trying to do it in a manner befitting an apprentice Woodchuck. Which makes me think of a cartoon from The New Yorker about 25 years ago in which two joggers are standing alongside a path, dressed in the(…)

Clearing the Ground: Proof That I’m a Flatlander Lost in the Hills

I laid out my first real garden in 2009. (That’s it in the masthead; partially planted.) I’d made a few feeble attempts in the previous 20 years, but never had the time or composure to take agriculture seriously. Semi-retiring to Vermont re-awakened a dormant urge. But 2009 was the year of heavy rains, and that(…)