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1/15/2014
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
5/7/2013
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
12/16/2013
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
7/1/2013
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house - learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
5/3/2013
A three-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
5/28/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
3/13/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
3/28/2011
When Steve Sikora and Lynette Erickson-Sikora restored Frank Lloyd Wright's first small, affordable home, they discovered how green the iconic architect really was.
9/27/2010
What do you get when you put a pack of attorneys, environmentalists, and politicians in the same room? According to Richard Schrader, legislative director for the National Resources Defense Council, a fighting chance to save the planet.
8/22/2012
The factory farm creates the wealth for the doctors, lawyers, government regulators, and bankers … is it ironic that these same professionals will choose a Beechnut Turkey or an Oaknut Ham from Big Horn Ranch for their family gathering?
6/4/2013
Stormy weather, wildlife and observations about trees.
7/10/2013
David Goodman tests the Meadow Creature broadfork on his Florida farm and finds it to be amazing as heck.
8/21/2012
Life with an EV 12,000 miles later.
2/27/2014
What is the best way to learn cordwood construction? Are there workshops or classes offered?
2/11/2014
The fundamental building blocks, descriptions, diagrams and pictures of best practices cordwood buildings.
4/2/2014
Learn how to build using the cordwood construction technique. Author Richard Flatau recommends taking a workshop or building a practice building.
5/2/2014
The cordwood chapel at Kinstone Academy was built over three years and has many natural motifs in the walls.
6/10/2014
The best time for selling your cordwood home. Tips, websites, suggestions, and what to do BEFORE you build.
4/13/2012
Although you might think warming up your car is best on a cold morning, doing so is a bad idea — and not just because it wastes gas.
6/21/2013
Here are a few smart home automation gadgets that have become relatively common place, and a few things that we can expect in the future.
11/13/2013
Here are a few ways to know if a business is supporting green practices or not. Green practices are increasingly more and more important as companies increase and continue to have a large impact on the environment.
10/3/2013
Many people perceive going green as an inconvenience and an unnecessary burden on their daily lives. What they don't realize is that they can take simple steps to help protect the environment without the disruption to their lifestyle, but save money as well.
10/30/2008
Climate change researchers have found that Thoreau's observations in the mid-1800s help measure changes in climate.
2/28/2013
Rather than toiling away with annuals, consider creating an edible perennial food forest.   
2/11/2013
Learn how to grow, harvest and process cassava – an amazing staple crop.
2/5/2014
Glimpse a view into the world of cordwood construction. This old-fashioned, natural building technique can inspire you to build an energy-efficient, mortgage-free house of your own.
1/3/2011
Using climate history we discuss how tipping points are triggered and the consequences to the planet after a tipping point has occurred. We also look at evidence to determine whether the current global warming trend will lead to a tipping point
10/1/2012
This is an announcement inviting you to participate in a global web cast discussion on climate crisis on November 14, 2012. This is hosted by the Climate Reality Project and Al Gore.
9/23/2012
In this posting we will ask the question if the climate is reaching a tipping point. We will define climate tipping points and use the paat to determine if we are reaching tipping points. We will also discuss climate feedback amplification.
7/31/2011
This posting will discuss the relationship of weather and climate and how global warming affects this relationship to trigger climate change
6/30/2011
This posting will discuss the relationship between the current global warming trend and hurricanes, extreme winter winters and massive flooding.
12/2/2010
This posting discusses how the oceans stores heat and transports the heat to warm colder parts of the planet. The posting uses El Nino as an example on how warm ocean water can have a diverse effect on the climate in different regions of the planet.
5/20/2013
When done right, you can reduce your feed costs by up to 75 percent - even after taking your fuel costs into account.
2/22/2013
Hedge (a.k.a. Osage orange, a.k.a. Bodark, a.k.a. horseapple) is a thorny problem, but also a remarkable resource, if you have the means to use it.
5/2/2013
As tropical plants go, pineapples are one of the easiest to grow.
8/27/2013
Learn to think differently and you can grow a garden without breaking the bank.
8/14/2013
For decades, corporations have been able to skirt past being held accountable for any environmental irresponsibility, and that has helped propel us into a time where pollution is out of control, and our natural resources are at a constant decline. Raising the standards for these faceless corporations is becoming evermore necessary.
7/30/2013
Can’t grow temperate berries? Jump into the tropics with these seven amazing fruits.
5/17/2013
Ways to fertilize organically without breaking the bank.
11/29/2013
It's freezing out - but that doesn't mean it's time to quit gardening. Learn how fall and winter are the key to next year's gardening success.
11/20/2013
If you live in the South, you can grow your own sugar cane. Learn to plant, harvest and make delicious syrup at home!
9/18/2013
When you do business with someone, you are indirectly condoning their methods. with access to the internet, anyone can do a little research to see which businesses are living up to our high expectations.
2/18/2013
It's about seven unique way's you can use your iPhone to be more energy efficient.
2/14/2013
It's how solar energy is more affordable than we may realize.
6/7/2013
Save money and energy by going green and being smart about your home utilities.
8/2/2013
Instituting community-wide, Eco-friendly programs can be a great way to beautify cities, save money, and do your duty to help preserve the planet. It might be difficult, but all it takes is one person to make a difference.
8/7/2013
In our modern society, we are starting to realize how important the environment is and how fragile it really is. Our resources are limited, and if we aren't kept in check, we will ruin any hope we have of preserving it. Using the technology we have available to help us is something everybody can do.
10/10/2013
Here are a few ways to know if a business is supporting green practices or not. Green practices are increasingly more and more important as companies increase and continue to have a large impact on the environment.
11/8/2013
New, efficient technology is replacing the old, and it is transforming the way in which we live, and more importantly, our impact on the environment.
8/28/2013
We all have the responsibility to do are best to preserve the Earth and the environment in any way we can. Some people take it to the extreme, but that isn't always necessary. There are many ways we can make simple changes in our lifestyles to contribute to saving what's most precious for our children and future generations.
11/14/2013
Composting doesn't need to be complicated. It's time to throw out the guide book and start letting nature take its course. Meat? No problem. Bread? Don't worry about it. Human waste? Why not? It's easy!
2/11/2014
For many people, going green seems like a daunting task, but in reality, a few simple lifestyle changes is all you need.
1/10/2014
Alternative energy has become a hot topic in recent years as we try and work towards more sustainable resources. Whether we'll get there or not remains to be seen.
4/7/2014
Utility companies and solar power companies are vying for customers' business. See how that affects you.
8/14/2014
Malabar spinach is an easy-to-grow green that loves the heat of summer. Make it part of your garden plan for tasty summer meals.
2/4/2013
Why “hot and humid” doesn’t have to equal “sad and lifeless.”
2/19/2013
A profile of Japanese and American persimmons, excellent trees for the deep south.
8/28/2012
A break from usual blogs to share the celebration of my daughter's wedding.
3/31/2012
How I traveled 500 miles in 24 miles (twice) in an electric vehicle.
12/12/2011
A first blog by sawmiller & long-time homesteader Dave Boyt. A little of my past history, and how I'm using my sawmill.
12/30/2010
Beekeeping yields honey, but it can also make our lives complete.
1/7/2012
Food is the most universal symbol of America’s age of excess. The average American’s dinner comes from five different countries, with a combined airfreight and ocean freight mileage tab that often exceeds 10,000 miles. At least three-fourths of that meal is processed and packaged, its nutrients stripped away and replaced by texturizers, sweeteners, and flavor “enhancers.”
9/16/2014
Fungi help your soil, your composting and your plants. Add fungi to your homestead activities and let 'em grow!
11/22/2010
This posting will discuss how clouds, volcanoes and water vapor effect the climate.
10/17/2011
As the world's demand for electricity continues to climb so will the need for new power plants. We need to decide what will be the fuel of the future for these plants. The choice boils down to conventional versus renewable sources.
2/13/2011
We discuss the role of ocean currents in preventing a runaway thermal imbalance on our planet. We also discuss the impact on the climate when the ocean currents are shut down or reverse course.
11/10/2010
This blog explains how the carbon cycle regulates atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. The blog also discusses how the burning of fossil fuels has disrupted the carbon cycle which increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
8/24/2011
Giving yourself a quiet space for retreat and reflection helps nurture quiet, calm and peace.
10/29/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS managing editor John Rockhold picks the brains of his colleagues at Motorcycle Classics magazine (editor in chief Richard Backus and senior associate editor Landon Hall) about the new Honda CR-Z hybrid. Apologies for the wind noise!
7/16/2011
This posting will discuss how the buring of fossil fuels is putting strain on the ecosystem of the ocean.
1/17/2011
This posting discusses the role of the Milankovitch Cycles in initating glaical/interglacial periods. It also discusses the role of sunspots in short term climate change.
12/13/2010
This posting discusses how global warming alters the ocean ecosystem to create ocean deserts. We use tropical oceans as an example of such deserts. Another example discussed is the creation of ocean dead zones by the over use of fertilizers.
10/1/2012
In this posting we discussing how both the surface and bottom water ocean temperatures are rising along the East Coast of the United States. We also discuss the consequences to this rising water temperature.
12/20/2010
This posting discusses the role of carbon dioxide emitted from the burning of fossil fuel in ocean acidification. We also discuss the potential effect ocean acidification will have on marine inhabitants.
8/15/2011
This posting will discuss the role of volcanic and anthropogenic release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It will also discuss they play in global warming and ocean acidification.
1/9/2011
We discuss the concept that carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels is partly responsible for the current atmospheric carbon overload. We also briefly discuss other human activities that contribute to the atmospheric carbon overload.
9/16/2012
In this posting we discuss the benefits of converting to renewable energy sources vs. the consequences of continuing to use fossil fuels.
12/27/2010
This posting discusses how deforestation increases global warming and ocean acidification. It also discusses the role of deforestation in triggering severe flooding,aquifer depletion, soil degradation and animal and plant extinction.
9/28/2011
So far this year extreme weather events has cost the US over 35 billion dollars. This posting discusses the potential for non-carbon-based renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.
10/1/2012
In this posting we discuss how rock weathering controls the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We also discuss why rock weathering can't remove the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that was generated by our use of fossil fuels.
11/16/2010
In this posting we discuss the role of the positive Arctic Feedback Factor in amplfying climate change. We also discuss how this feedback factor triggers the release of methane from the floor of the Arctic Ocean and from the permafrost.
9/12/2011
A recent Gallop poll concludes there is a big significance difference betwen what scientists and the general public know about climate change. This posting discusses two basic facts about climate change that can't be refuted.
8/27/2012
This posting present comments by leading scientific organizations, individual scientists and government leaders pertaining to human induced climate changes. All agree that climate change is anthropogenic and that it has become a serious problem.
8/28/2011
The role of natural cycles and anthropogenic forces on the climate are explained. We also demonstrate that the current global warming trend is happening at a faster rate than earlier periods and humans are responsible for the current warming trend.
2/22/2011
The Arctic is warming up faster than the overall global temperature. We will discuss the reason for the rapid warming of the Arctic.
10/1/2012
In this posting we discuss the role global warming is playing in the planet's rapidly decreasing fresh water supply. We also discuss how global warming and the loss of fresh water is impacting building infrastructure.
6/29/2011
Wabi-sabi has infused Western design for centuries—though its advocates rarely knew it. It’s in the plain, efficient homes built by the Shakers, the unsentimental Arts and Crafts style, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses and midcentury furniture.
7/29/2013
Ever wondered about the real meaning behind terms like cage free, free range, and pasture raised?
6/11/2013
Taking a new look at non-native invasives, such as wild yams.
7/15/2013
There are many ways we can conserve energy, and be more eco-friendly, especially with the advancements that technology is making every day.
3/7/2013
How new technologies, such as home automation are making Earth more eco-friendly.   
5/21/2013
Here are seven devices that will help you conserve energy in your home, and maybe even help make our world livable again.
10/28/2013
10 easy steps to get your home prepared for winter.
12/2/2013
Old homes are often thought of as second-hand or sub-par quality. There are a lot of things you can do to modernize your home, and even make it more energy efficient that many new homes.
12/19/2013
The sun provides us with enough clean energy that if ever effectively harnessed, we might never need any other form again. Sadly, we are only able to harness a fraction of it's potential. Fortunately, we are making great progress to get where we want to be.
1/15/2014
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
5/27/2014
Here are some simple steps you can follow when setting up drip irrigation for row crops.
6/17/2014
This blog post tells you how to set up a drip irrigation system in a raised bed garden.
4/7/2014
This blog post takes a look at some of the methods we have developed over the last 25 years growing vegetable seedlings in our certified organic greenhouses. This time we take a look at the conditions required for healthy seedling growth.
3/18/2014
This blog post shares some of the simple techniques learned through many years of experience by someone who grows vegetable seedlings for a living.
3/5/2014
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
7/21/2014
This blog takes a look at the steps taken to propagate lavender by taking cuttings.
10/4/2011
Are you able to face any situation that comes your way with the knowledge that you will survive the adversity? Challenge yourself to become an overcomer!
1/24/2011
How to install a package of bees
12/30/2011
Working with a sawyer to cut custom lumber for your projects can be a great experience. Here are a few tips to make it even better.
3/22/2012
Conversion kit install to convert a hybrid vehicle into a plug-in electric and improve your gas mileage by 25%.
9/17/2012
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
10/15/2012
Observations and reminiscences of the 2012 MEN fair in Seven Springs, PA.
3/11/2013
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
11/24/2008
Land rich in biodiversity isn't just more productive than land planted with a single crop. It turns out that increased biodoversity also significantly effects the total "bioenergy" of the land, as well as its carbon footprint.
2/3/2012
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
3/23/2011
See how a structure made from cob, a form of earthen construction, handles a laboratory shake test.
6/20/2012
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
2/20/2011
Clean out the hive at the end of winter
8/4/2012
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
1/7/2011
To be a successful beekeeper we must overcome our initial fears.
10/10/2012
I grew up with bobolinks. All my life they have nested on our farm, but the bobolinks are in serious trouble, especially in the Northeast, largely on account of changes in agricultural practices.
5/8/2012
Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.
2/29/2012
A few thoughts about the activities here in southwest Missouri this spring, including plans for a garden, thinning and pruning trees, and salvaging urban logs
4/3/2013
A look at the wonderful mulberry tree.
4/24/2012
Regeneration of trees on a harvested area give hope for generations to come.
5/16/2012
When a vegetable garden doesn’t look like a vegetable garden, what is it? A polyculture, where gardeners strive to address this simple truth: The most effective way to grow healthy plants is to create gardens that replicate nature.
9/5/2014
Wasting food in the U.S., making biogas, and using food waste to do it ... (Let's not waste all that wasted food!).
9/4/2014
There’s a gold mine out back of your local restaurant in the form of wasted food. Learn to think like an ecologist and discover how nature turns “waste” into useable, renewable energy.
9/19/2014
Summing up: How much food waste makes how much biogas to power what functions around the farmstead?
9/29/2014
Chaya is one of the most delicious greens you've never tried. Learn to grow and enjoy this wonderful perennial!
9/10/2012
In this posting we discuss how the record infection rate of West Nile virus is related to the record global temperatures of the past decade. We also discuss how these record temperatures have allowed the infections to occur in northern latitudes.
1/24/2011
We will discuss how the Earth overcomes the increasing solar radiation from the Sun to maintain a stable temperature for life (Gaia Hypothesis). The role anthropogenic forces will also be discussed.
9/4/2012
In this posting we discuss why the Arctic sea ice is melting at a record rate. We also discuss how global warming is triggering this sea ice melt and the potential consequences to the Arctic.
5/30/2013
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
3/24/2014
Going solar at home will save you both money and energy. See why it's the future for renewable energy in residential areas.
7/9/2014
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
1/23/2012
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
3/22/2012
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
1/17/2011
A look at how many hives to start with when beginning beekeeping.
2/13/2012
Explains the benefits of organic fertilizers such as rock phosphate, kelp, fish meal and greensand, and tells you how to get buy these materials at reasonable prices.
11/2/2012
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
10/19/2012
This post describes a group that loves a special part of the Heartland, the Missouri-Arkansas Ozarks. OACC meets annually to renew and inspire its participants to live sustainably.
3/8/2011
Today's a great day to follow our tips for creating a home office that's easy on you and light on the planet.
2/10/2011
How using a refractometer can increase your honey production, how a refractometer works and how to use a refractometer.
5/27/2011
A proper tea house is a luxury I believe in.
2/4/2011
If this is your first year to keep bees, wear as much protective clothing that makes you feel comfortable but as you become more experienced try wearing less so that you can fully enjoy beekeeping. Just how much protective clothing should you wear?
11/21/2012
Using portable sawmill and basic timber frame techniques to build a utility shed.
9/17/2014
Our declining industrial system has created a series of environmental and social problems and can no longer produce the wealth required to solve them. That means that ordinary citizens must shoulder the burden of changing the way things are done by creating biodiverse systems. Here is a place to start.
2/13/2013
If someone told you that you were losing money just by sitting in your home, you would probably want to do whatever you could to change that. Well the reality is that your home is using up energy regularly, and there is a huge chunk of that energy that you do not even need. Luckily, we live in a time when technology is constantly coming up with ways to fix problems such as these. Here are some of the ways that technology can help to save the environment, as well as your wallet.
4/8/2010
Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Bill McKibbon, Terry Tempest Williams. Do you have a favorite nature or environmental writer? A book or story you can get lost in, that inspires you to action, or simply reminds you of how incredible nature is? Post a comment to share the titles that invite you into the wonder of the natural world — or have maybe even changed your life.
5/11/2011
Building homes using dangerous and impactful industrial chemicals--in the name of energy efficiency--is not sustainable or ecological, a green building veteran says. His Health-Based Building model is an important step forward for green design.


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