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5/20/2015
It could well be that you have never heard of the Big Green Egg, a lot of folks haven’t, so this is where this blog comes in. Big Green Eggs originated in Japan, a number of centuries ago, and at that time they were called Kamado cookers. Learn how to cook with a Big Green Egg for the ultimate outdoor cooking experience.
4/20/2015
Hospitals traditionally are famous for their terrible food. A recent experience shows it has not changed much.
3/10/2015
What do you have when chemicals and preservatives are added to a simple tortilla?
2/23/2015
Cam shares his experience trying to fix a broken hot-water tank.
1/30/2015
Here are some ideas to make your cooking and baking easier in the New Year.
1/14/2015
In this blog post we describe the choices we made in producing and editing our film, "Life Off Grid."
12/23/2014
White rot is an invasive fungus that every garlic grower needs to be aware of!
12/22/2014
Haven't we heard of a semi-mythical liquor that has pure gold in it? Well, here it is.
12/1/2014
What is the true nature of artificial sweeteners? Are they safe? Read on and find out the latest on these questionable products.
11/15/2014
This initial blog post tells the story of how Phillip Vannini became interested in off-grid living and how he began — together with Jonathan Taggart — to do research on the off-grid lifestyle in Canada.
11/13/2014
Almost 30 years ago I made one of the best decisions ever when I began my homesteading adventure. It's no "Little House on the Prarie" but you can see it from there.
11/5/2014
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
11/3/2014
The last of my series of posts discussing the different types of gourmet garlic will explore Artichokes, the giants of the garlic world!
10/30/2014
Modern, industrial agriculture as we know it today is running out of time, and it's much later than we think.
10/23/2014
Silverskins are an ideal garlic for braiding and long-term storage!
10/2/2014
Is your growing season a bit too short for gourmet garlic? Turban garlic cultivars may be the solution!
9/30/2014
My own special recipe for Pumpkin Maple Butter using organic pumpkin and Canadian maple syrup.
9/25/2014
Originating from Spain, Creole garlics can be difficult to grow but are highly regarded for their delicious taste!
9/12/2014
If you're overrun with cucumbers, here's a Scandinavian cucumber salad for the solution!
9/11/2014
Homesteader Cam Mather describes integrating new backyard chickens into his existing flock and the wonderful life his "ladies" lead.
9/9/2014
Asiatic garlic cultivars may be difficult to find, but their great taste and easy-growing nature make them a great choice for garlic lovers and growers alike!
8/20/2014
Homemade ice cream is delicious, and with the help of new ice cream makers, quick, easy and fast.
8/20/2014
Garlic will keep for months if properly cured, allowing you to enjoy it all winter long!
8/18/2014
Starting a chicken flock and researching the Ameraucana chicken breed.
7/23/2014
An unexpected lambing during mid-summer.
7/21/2014
Your route to heaven can be paved with strawberries.
7/15/2014
It's that time of year again! In this post I discuss how and when to harvest your garlic.
7/6/2014
Solving the mystery of finding broken shards of china and pottery in an old garden. Discovering the history of the land and its first settlers.
7/1/2014
Introducing glazed purple stripes, the beauty queens of the garlic world!
6/25/2014
Immigrating to Canada can be a daunting process, but the Canadian government provides resources to help.
6/19/2014
When traveling, consider checking out the community gardens in the area. You can meet local people who are passionate about gardening and learn about the climate and crops that may be different than yours.
6/17/2014
In this post, I'll be discussing the Marbled Purple Stripe garlic variety, also known as the 'everyman' of the garlic world!
6/10/2014
Summer is about fresh, beautiful, and flavourful. Fresh produce, and oh yes, a yummy recipe for devilled eggs.
6/3/2014
Garlic scape season is nearly here. Learn how and when to cut the scapes to maximize the size of your gourmet garlic bulbs, and also how to use them as a delicious and versatile vegetable!
5/19/2014
Ever wondered what ancient garlic tasted like? Try a Purple Stripe cultivar!
5/14/2014
Here I describe how to make a spring meal on the Big Green Egg. Also, I announce my new web/blogsite.
5/7/2014
Do you eat garlic for its health benefits? Choose a Porcelain cultivar for maximum impact!
4/24/2014
Slightly sweet, wholesome and wonderful, toasted with butter or in a sandwich, oatmeal bread is my favourite.
4/18/2014
In the second of this series of blog posts, I'll be discussing what are arguably the caviar of the garlic world: Rocamboles!
4/7/2014
Gourmet garlic can be roughly separated into two categories: hardneck and softneck. This post discusses some of the differences between them.
4/7/2014
Here's how to make truly unusual whole grain bread, with delicious results.
3/31/2014
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
3/25/2014
Often at a farmers market you'll see garlic designated as 'gourmet.' But what does this mean? Is it a marketing gimmick? Or is there actually something special behind the name?
3/19/2014
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
3/4/2014
A new building insulation guide is available from NAIMA Canada to assist homeowners in choosing the right insulation for new building and DIY home renovation projects.
2/20/2014
There is a way to heaven, all you have to do is make San Francisco sourdough bread!
2/18/2014
In the last few years, gourmet black garlic has become an in-demand culinary ingredient. But what exactly is it? And what can you do with it?
2/6/2014
After trying this super simple recipe, you'll never open a can of Campbell's again.
2/3/2014
If you eat raw garlic for its health benefits but find it difficult to consume, garlic oil can be an effective alternative. You can even make it at home!
1/30/2014
Our chickens aren't fond of the snow and the wind, but we found a way to let them enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of their coop!
1/17/2014
Join Steve for a no-cost 75 minute video tutorial on building and managing a root cellar
1/16/2014
Pickled garlic is both delicious and easy to make. Ever wondered why pickled garlic turns blue? Find out here!
1/3/2014
Cam looks back at the challenges of moving to his off-grid home.
12/26/2013
Another easy way to enjoy the fresh taste of gourmet garlic year-round is with these convenient cubes!
12/23/2013
These are buttery, not too sweet Dutch cookies with a yummy cinnamon sugar and walnut topping.
12/18/2013
Cam learns the hard way why it's never a good idea to procrastinate about important jobs!
12/12/2013
Canadian homesteader Cam Mather sinks into the village life and discovers the joys of small-town living.
12/11/2013
Learn how to dehydrate gourmet garlic so you can enjoy it year-round.It takes only a few simple steps to turn fat, juicy bulbs into crunchy, golden chips!
12/5/2013
Steve shares 11 years of his experience with the newest mainstay power tool in the world, and offers three free chances to win an impact driver.
10/8/2013
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
10/3/2013
Watch Steve tell you his homestead story and how his two trucks have helped make good things happen.
9/12/2013
Weeks eight and nine of our cross country bicycle trip start in Brantford, Ont., and end in Bar Harbor, Maine.
7/6/2011
Luke Dinan, a young man from Toronto, Ontario, is forging his way towards sustainable living and a self-reliant lifestyle; a path we can appreciate, strive for and maybe contribute to.
6/7/2011
A TransCanada Keystone pipeline was shut down by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, due to two spills in May. Though it lasted only a day, the suspension raises bigger questions about the risks of TransCanada’s current piping of tar sands oil, as well as the company’s proposal to build an even longer pipeline, the Keystone XL.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
9/16/2010
Canadian car manufacturers have developed an electric vehicle with a body made from hemp fiber.
4/28/2010
The Canadian government’s ecoENERGY program stops giving financial assistance for energy-efficient home improvements.
8/10/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence visits Canada's only straw bale winery, Orofino Vineyards.
8/15/2008
Canada is helping define "green" products for its advertising industry.




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