Oct 182014
Waste or Resource? It's All In Where You Put Things

The picture accompanying this post features 3 items that are often treated as waste: grass trimmings, twigs, logs and large tree trimmings. However, when these resources are used effectively, they become valuable homestead resources.
1. Dried Grass Clippings are used…

Oct 162014
My Morning Mojo

It’s almost 6 am, and I’ve been up for about an hour working in my yard. The moon is still out, and the day is full of promise and potential. My little one, sensing that I am no longer in…

Sep 232014
Mental Space, Homesteading, and Boundaries

My goal to build a city homestead for my daughter and I requires a lot of hard work. Whether it’s problem solving, figuring out how to build a system, or carrying out the physical work of homesteading (which, by the…

Aug 102014
The Next Frontier: Engineering In The Golden Age Of Green

I’ve just watched an inspiring documentary called The Next Frontier: Engineering The Golden Age Of Green.
The film focuses cities and communities using green technologies to build a sustainable future both environmentally and economically.
The Next Frontier: The Golden Age…

Jul 192014
Posing With 2x4s Before Building A Compost Shed

I’ve just come from Lowe’s where I purchased five 2x4s. Today I’m framing our compost shed.
I’ve never framed a structure before, so I’m buying a few materials at a time and taking it slowly.
I like working with 2x4s…

Jul 022014
When Is An Orange Not An Orange?

I’ve been looking for ways to affordably stock our food pantry. Instead of grains, beans, pastas…standard pantry items, I fill ours with produce that has a long shelf life like apples, oranges, and various potatoes. I figured that buying conventional…