Michael Funk's 6,000-square-foot off-the-grid home and retreat center on 1,200 acres in the Sierra Nevadas is an heirloom, handbuilt with reverence for the spectacle that surrounds it. He hopes it will inspire every visitor to preserve the paradise.
Stick with culinary sage whenever you don't know if a specific type of sage is edible.
Introducing Alpaca-Gold, a new company producing 100% all natural, organic Alpaca fertilizer.
Merry Graham will help represent Bob’s Red Mill in the 2011 Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in Scotland
A heart warming story about a feral cat that traveled many miles across harsh terrain to be back to familiar ground.
The political system is not broken.
Vermont farmer Walter Jeffries details all the cuts of meat on a pig, as well as many other uses of the animal, from working the soil to providing delicious lard for baked goods.
We finally build somthing!
We look for materials bargains while devising a way to pay for it all.
At last, we construct the foundation.
We now have something to walk on other than dirt!
Demise of the Southern Energy and Environmental (See) Expo
Jeff and wife Kathy have lived off-grid since 2002. They strive to inform the public about ways to live inexpensively, and to further the principle of sustainability. Visit their website to learn more: www.naturalpower.weebly.com
Our power system begins to take shape.
A roof is a wonderful thing to have!
Some people just do not want help! The frustrations of starting a business and attempting to offer professional help to community organizations.
Our humble abode begins to take shape.
We bring power from the array inside the building and put it to work.
Purchase process of the "promised land"
Instead of learning new tricks, we devise new ways to do the same old tricks.
We settle in for a long winter's work.
Finally, we start to take shape.
Has the "magic" energy solution been discovered?
We finally see walls and a loft floor.
Beginning a discussion on top bar hives and standard hives in a question and answer format, getting the best of each for users of both kinds of hives.
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
Simran Sethi learns how to compost the right way and explores her composting options.
A quick essay regarding the "size" question of a top bar hive, from the bee's point of view - where it's all about the "volume"!
It helps us feel better to know "why" things happen, but we don't always get to know that answer...
Baking the Great American Apple Pie chases away the blues and grays that sometimes afflict the homestead.
Is the electric car all it's cracked up to be? Let's find out!
Let's stop for a minute and think about what we are doing!
Are EV's actually being marketed, or a ruse by traditional manufacturers?
Turning liabilities into assests.
Describing how to look up tax maps, cutting carrots, and deleting problem tomato plants that only produce insipid fruit. The main attraction this week is our Power Plucker review and how awesome this new product is at saving time when plucking.
A Christmas Wish for all, inspired by the magic of the honey bee.
This blog post by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees describes some techniques for getting bees to draw straight comb in a top bar hive.
This post offers tips for winterizing a top bar hive - insulating, mouse guards, wrapping, closing entrances, protecting from wind. All things you can do to help get them through!
A TED talk by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees: Making the Connection: Honeybees, Food, and You.
Ordering bees in January doesn't seem to make sense, until you understand that April is the cruelest month. Plus, if you order bees in January, and then you don't need them - that's just a reason to celebrate! Order early!
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.