Rocky Mountain Tea Festival





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7/19/2011
This mojito recipe from a surprising source--a Teahouse--is light, refreshing and not too sweet--perfect for a warm summer evening.
12/24/2013
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
11/21/2014
The most basic part of food is the seed. Learn to grow and save your own. You can do this at home, but if you want to further hone your skills, attend Seed School.
11/1/2011
Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year.
3/22/2013
Bastyr University is pleased to announce it has partnered with Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas to develop and launch a new line of flavorful, certified organic Wellness Teas. This marks the first time the University has lent its name on a consumer product.
1/9/2009
Teaching children to enjoy helping around the house or farm will give them valuable skills to use as adults in their own homes and with their own children.
3/19/2010
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
8/20/2013
Substitute teaching can be a pretty good gig, if you have the patience and discipline.
10/22/2009
Team Germany takes first place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, followed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in second and Team California in third. 
5/11/2012
Here are instructions for making a quick and easy batch of stained glass soap. Once you get the basics down you can make all sorts of unusual and beautiful embedded soap to give as gifts or enjoy for yourself.
8/4/2010
Rishi Tea has handcrafted 12 new loose leaf tea blends, including 6 innovative botanical blends, 3 delicious chai teas, 2 energizing green teas and an aromatic oolong – perfect for fall and the holidays.
3/30/2011
Whether you’re a teacher, parent, school administrator, or homeschooler, you might be interested in some of these online resources related to environmental education and green curricula. Most of these websites are related to K-12 education.
2/10/2011
This is a summary of our attendance at the IBS show in Jan. Also a re-cap of Jan events and our transistion into the construction phase of the project. We also talk about the decision for the competiton to be moved off the Nationa Mall in DC
8/14/2012
Many a homesteader and farmer can use help, and many a young person wants to learn homesteading skills. Having apprentices is an important means to assure a continuation of farms and farming,as well as teaching youth essential survival skills.
1/30/2013
Many criticize eliminating coal mining in West Virginia because of the amount of jobs the sector provides. A wind farm, however, would employ over 200 local residents during the two-year construction phase, and create 40-50 permanent maintenance jobs afterward. A wind farm would also allow the mountain to be used for other purposes, like sustainable forestry, mountain harvesting, and gathering of wild forest plants, creating additional jobs and the opportunity for stable income for locals.
3/31/2011
Sassafras Tea is an old-fashioned springtime favorite around here.
9/13/2013
My second visit to the seventh annual Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival.
7/5/2013
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
7/3/2013
I ponder the benefits of, and experiment with, compost tea.
9/30/2011
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
4/17/2012
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
6/17/2013
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
2/4/2014
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
9/27/2012
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting.
9/1/2012
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
10/17/2014
Sipping on medicinal herbal tea is one of the best steps you can take to shorten the duration of illness when the symptoms of a cold, sore throat, or other upper respiratory infection begin.
4/24/2012
We had a once in a lifetime opportunity over Easter this year to talk to more than 30,000 people about honey bees, pollination, honey and beekeeping. And the place we got to do this in was one of a kind.
5/28/2011
In this blog we talk about our three differnet types of solar technology that we have on the Homestead.
3/11/2011
Brief description of our journey back onto the National Mall, our Flex Space design, and our Solar Thermal Skylight.
8/2/2013
Learn about what goes on at the Heritage Harvest Festival in Virginia and the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania, both held in September.
10/3/2012
YIKES! What to do when you've planted too many veggies? Is your garden producing more than one family can eat? Sure, you can give it away. But wait! Try pickling those garden gems. This way, you'll be able to enjoy them through the winter and beyond!
6/9/2011
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
9/25/2009
PBS and Ken Burns’ new series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” is stirring up interest in some of our country’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring nature, as well as its people. And it’s no surprise that many of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have fond memories of these wilderness areas. What are your favorite memories and stories regarding our national parks?
3/11/2012
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
5/17/2013
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
6/4/2013
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
11/23/2013
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
11/22/2013
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
1/8/2014
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
7/15/2014
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
4/7/2014
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
4/14/2014
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
6/20/2011
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
9/11/2008
The forests in Colorado are dying at a fast rate. Find out what's to blame.
10/10/2012
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting. This segment is on using natural resources around the homestead.
5/18/2011
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
8/10/2011
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
5/15/2011
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
6/22/2011
  On Wabi-Sabi Wednesdays, I feature excerpts from my book, Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House, which was released last month.  Wabi-sabi’s roots lie in Zen Buddhism, brought from China to Japan by 12th-century traveling monk Esai, who also picked up a few tea seeds while he was there. Zen, with its principles of “vast emptiness and nothing holy,” stresses austerity, communion with nature, and reverence for everyday life and everyday mind as the path to enlightenment. Zen monks lived ascetic, often isolated, lives and sat for long periods of concentrated meditation. To help his fellow monks stay awake during these sessions, Eisai taught them how to process tea leaves into a hot drink. Tea had arrived in Japan. Once it left the monk's hands, tea took on a life of its own. Around the 14th century, the ruling classes developed elaborate rituals that took place in large tea rooms built in a gaudy style known as shoin, with imported hanging scrolls and formally arranged tables for vases and incense burners. Tea practitioners proved their wealth and status through their collections of elegant tea utensils and lacquered serving ware during three-day weekends where up to 100 cups of tea--as well as food and sake--were served. All of the day's revered Tea masters pushed the opulent style, to the delight of Chinese merchants and importers.  
5/23/2013
Making great sunshine tea is easy if you follow a few simple guidelines for contents, quantities, and water.
7/18/2014
A basic recipe for making compost tea.
7/1/2008
This ancient beverage has provided a nutritious, naturally-caffeinated boost for centuries and a new carbon-subtracting brand benefits the earth and consumers alike.
10/21/2014
Herbs have so many healthful properties. It just makes great sense to take advantage of their benefits and taste in warming teas. The only limits to homemade tea from homegrown ingredients is your imagination!
2/26/2013
According to FDA data, the quantity of antibiotics sold for livestock use in this country continues to rise, topping 29 million pounds in 2011. This has a direct effect on the efficacy these same drugs will have on us. Sam Spitz has personal experience with a resistant illness and FamilyFarmed.org asked him to tell his story. It’s a cautionary tale that should have us all making better food choices. Read how we can all influence the campaign to end the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and keep antibiotics working for us when we need them!
4/8/2011
The first Tiny House Conference will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 16.
10/1/2012
The Land Institute of Salina, Kan., held the 34th annual Prairie Festival Sept. 28-30, 2012. Keynote speakers including Wendell Berry and Palgummi Sainath inspired local farmers, students, and nature lovers.
5/6/2011
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
3/23/2011
Wabi-sabi teaches us appreciation for the good energy and soul that handmade items bring to our homes. Etsy, the premiere source for handcrafted home goods, offers an extensive list of items whose sale will benefit Japanese relief efforts.
6/1/2011
Sen no Rikyu's simple, unpretentious ceremony using rustic, local tools usurped the elaborate, ostentatious Tea ceremonies that were the norm in 16th-century Japan. His "aesthetic of the people" made Tea accessible to all--and endures to this day.
5/15/2014
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
7/27/2012
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
9/9/2010
Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
9/19/2012
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
10/15/2012
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
5/22/2011
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
5/11/2011
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
1/17/2012
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
8/16/2012
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
2/24/2012
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
8/18/2014
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
10/17/2014
Living in the mountains or remotely requires physical endurance as well as being fit.
5/15/2013
About five years ago I started experimenting with biochar. I collected charcoal from my wood stove, crushed it in a tough plastic bag with the car and charged it by soaking it in compost tea.
2/11/2014
Cultivating and drying herbs for use as medicine throughout the seasons.
2/11/2011
Celebrate spring by throwing a free tea party--here's how.
2/7/2012
How to quickly and easily make a soothing herbal tea blend for children, plus bags and boxes to hold it.
11/9/2010
The new farm retail store outlet is now open to the public for tea cuppings, farm and facility tours, and retail shopping.
10/5/2010
A truly authentic version of the subcontinent's favorite drink is finally available for American tea lovers.
12/17/2014
A bombilla is a Latin American tea straw used to drink yerba mate. Why not use it to enjoy all kinds of loose herbal teas? Ilene White Freedman shares a story, a tea recipe and links to others recipes.
5/18/2011
If we use high-quality items in our everyday lives, our lives become a sort of training. By using each item with care and careful consideration, the way we live becomes a tradition.
10/25/2012
An article from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise covering an International Homestead Education Month event that took place at Paul Smith's College on September 29, 2012.
7/28/2011
This is a rundown of films that came out in the last few years. These films cover a wide range of environmental topics, from energy, climate, and fuel, to food, farming, and health. Many of the films have won awards or been critically acclaimed.
9/17/2012
Monticello's Heritage Harvest Festival inspired us to keep at those challenges that frustrate us on the farm.
6/8/2011
There's only one rule for wabi-style flowers: strive for a natural look, with seasonal blooms and branches arranged as they are in the field. Don't worry about perfection. Your "arrangement" is a humble admission that we can't improve on nature.
11/3/2012
This is part two of my visit to King Arthur Flour, the concluding blog of the four-day event.
12/19/2012
Elizabeth Van Deventer has been on a quest to find the answer to sustainable farming and an ethical diet most of her life. Follow along as she discovers the impacts of producing tea, palm oil and fruit, and how she eventually settles on a lifestyle that is in tune with the earth and all of its creatures.
12/10/2012
In the hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this true Christmas celebration was simple, inexpensive and rich with tradition.
8/25/2012
Where we go to reflect on life and relax.
3/7/2011
It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
2/16/2011
The four principles of Tea ceremony—harmony, respect, purity and tranquility—are the means to a good life.
3/15/2011
Far from being weeds, spring's earliest greens are packed with nutrition and help detox the body.
1/12/2011
Find out how wabi-sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy that promotes attention, reverence, generosity and respect, can build the foundation of a happy home.
3/22/2011
A number of tea companies are donating proceeds from sales to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
5/27/2011
A proper tea house is a luxury I believe in.
2/5/2013
Grow Red Thai Roselle hibiscus for a tea, health drink and sauce. Roselle, also known as Florida Cranberry, can be grown outside the sunbelt if you have the right variety. Red Thai is that variety.
7/18/2012
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
1/19/2013
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
2/13/2013
Fixing the swamp bridge and starting some new onion seeds along with a new experiment involving willow rooting hormone tea.
2/21/2011
You can get your whole house fresh and shiny clean with just five ingredients: lemons, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and salt.
3/25/2011
Chado-En tea company will donate 100 percent of profits from the sale of its special cherry blossom tea to Japanese relief efforts.
10/8/2012
Roses are easy to grow successfully if you follow a few guidelines: provide good air circulation around the canes and keep the plants clean and not too damp. Roses come in many forms, including bush or shrub, climbing, and miniature.
1/23/2013
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!
6/14/2011
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
6/10/2011
  I had such a great time talking with attendees at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, this past weekend about how to make green cleaners. As always, I learned a new trick or two, and I promised everyone I’d recap our conversation here for easy access. Today let’s talk about some of the unexpected food items—most of which you already have in your kitchen cupboards—that can be used to clean your home. Use tea to remove old furniture polish and prepare wooden furniture for polishing. Simply soak a rag in room-temperature tea, then run it over the wood. The tea’s tannic acid makes your wood shine while removing all the dirt. Once that’s done, you can use mayonnaise to make the piece shine. Just rub the mayo into the wood, then follow with a damp rag and a few drops of vinegar to remove any residue. Olive oil is also a great natural furniture    
6/8/2011
Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibacterials that keep your home clean--and safeguard your family's health.
3/19/2012
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.


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