Affordable southern Colorado Property
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
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This is a true account of an end of life journey. A beautiful backyard Burial and all the steps that were taken in order to do it. This story is written in two parts, part two will be posted next week.
There seems to be limited testing done by the EPA on the toxicity of some chemicals.
Dixie Chopper, the manufacturer of The World’s Fastest Lawn Mower, offers the Zee 2 series, its newest and largest line of residential zero-turn lawn mowers. Ideal for large property owners, Zee 2 mowers include a variety of features for fast performance, quality cutting and comfortable operation.
Help us discover ways to achieve an affordable sustainable diet.
Colorado residents can now legally catch and store rainwater for landscape irrigation.
Wind turbines within two miles of residential areas can hurt the property values of homes.
Managing timbered property can benefit your wildlife and your pocketbook, but beware! Timber buyers are often con-artists. Learn the questions you should be asking about sustainable timber management on your property or homestead.
Purchase process of the "promised land"
It's how solar energy is more affordable than we may realize.
Follow these five easy steps to create several weeks worth of meals in one afternoon.
Most people have at least heard of Habitat for Humanity. But when I dug a little deeper and sifted through the ol’ letters in the attic of the house (so to speak), I uncovered some interesting details.
Are GMOs good or bad for civilization?
When defining the term homesteading, consider the various options available.
We love our lifestyle and all the hard work that is associated with this lifestyle is just a small part of it.
Viewing elk herds from the comfort of our home.
Peppermint is a wonderful and versatile herb that can be utilized for many everyday ailments.
Building garden boxes that keep critters out.
Putting a safety fence around a woodstove keeps small children and pets safer.
Making New Year's resolutions for a remote homestead.
We use the winter to mitigate our wildfire exposure as opposed to the summer when we are involved with other needed tasks.
We have found that there are down sides to legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
Cutting firewood in the winter opens time for other activities during the short summer and fall seasons.
Are GMOs good or bad for civilization?
Learn to make Queso Blanco, by far the easiest cheese in my opinion, as the only ingredients are whole milk and white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if you like).
Cabin Fever: noun, ‘Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area‘.
Living remotely with wild animal encounters and how to come out safely.
The benefits of Kombucha are many. Find out why you should add this healthful probiotic to your life.
Make a delicious homemade bread with this easy tutorial.
A fun, but informative tutorial on making your own unique lap quilt, from the first-hand experience of a novice quilter. A perfect single day project and a great gift idea!
Transforming a tree to lumber and then to a piece of furniture.
Learn the basic skills useful for mountain homesteading.
Is a pressure washer something that would be beneficial on your homestead?
How we prevented birds from flying into our windows.
How we convert standing dead trees to usable lumber.
Should you do it yourself or hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney?
Make a winter checklist to follow in preparation for winter in the mountains.
We have a large population of hummingbirds in the summer and observing them and their flying antics is amazing.
Whether you're planning a last minute day trip or a multi-week expedition, these five hiking tips are a must for seasoned hikers and newcomers alike.
Using manual control of weeds as opposed to chemical control.
How we repurposed an old leaky wood stove to use outside to cook meals on.
How we discovered a cut-glass prism that told us the exact first day of spring by producing rainbows.
Dan Chiras discusses the differences between power purchase agreements and lease programs, and the benefits of taking advantage of either.
The Phoenix Commotion gives low-income people trade skills and shelter by teaching them to build their own homes--from garbage. You'd be amazed at what can be used to build a house when the desire and commitment exist.
Eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen. Every year since I have had my own garden I include as many of these easy to grow southern staples as space allows into my garden plans and you can, too.
Use the cold winter months to start your own shade garden with native woodland plants.
From log to the mill to the project in no time at all.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
Selecting a power option for your homestead.
Coping with SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration) in dogs and practical ways to help a blind dog.
A sudden onset of a canine eye disease called SARDS leaves dogs totally blind very suddenly. Bruce McElmurray explains this disrder from a personal perspective.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
It takes commitment and determination to live remotely in the mountains.
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
How to flush a small engine and repair a clogged carburetor.
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
How to cope mentally with living in a remote location.
How to report application violations of herbicide abuse.
The spirits industry is changing dramatically. However, owning and knowing how to use a still could be of great benefit to you. Knowing how to make a strong alcohol puts you in an immediate position of power.
In this episode we will cover the 3 major steps in the alcohol distillation process
Learn how to clean your own woodstove and chimney.
The benefits of owning a home wood mill and the economic advantages if you have available timber.
Tarps are lightweight and inexpensive alternatives to conventional backpacking shelters. Consider switching to a tarp for shelter in order to minimize pack weight and maximize your enjoyment in the great outdoors.
Building a closet from lumber milled from standing dead trees.
Selecting a tree, reducing it to logs, milling out the logs into lumber and using that lumber for specific projects.
Grow food year round with no operating costs and no waste by using integrated closed loop production in a heat retaining enclosure.
No homestead is complete without our canine companions.
When we produce locally what we consume locally creates cells of sustainability. The shorter our supply lines the more resilient we become. More importantly, sustainable cells produce a healthier and more beautiful way of life.
Dovetail joints that are hand made are a strong woodworking joint.
The forests in Colorado are dying at a fast rate. Find out what's to blame.
Gardening at a high elevation presents challenges such as harsh sun and a shorter growing season.
Going from raw undeveloped land to a functional homestead is hard work, but it's rewarding.
Gardens are possible, but having a successful garden at high elevation presents a different set of challenges.
Our area is abundant with history. We have a limber pine tree nearby that I estimate is over 2,100 years old and still very much alive. History - we have an abundance of it.
To better accommodate the planting schedule of gardeners in the southern United States, California’s Natural Gardening Company will make a dozen varieties of tomato transplants available by mid-August.
Simpler, more streamlined biscuits from scratch - no buttermilk required.
Highlights from the catalog of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, by the editor in chief of Mother Earth News.
Want lettuce and carrots all year round? Ira Wallace tells us her simple simple method for keeping track of succession plantings.
Leap Adaptive's 480-square-foot, energy-efficient Hummingbird kit house makes green living affordable.
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
Don’t let this tricky pipe slow down your projects — these CPVC basics will help you ease into those plumbing repairs.
The discovery of an uncommon remedy for blood poisoning in my pantry.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Fly season is upon us. Here are some helpful and easy hints to control those buzzing beasts at your homestead this year.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Mountain homesteading in a remote area.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
Though wolves are commonly misunderstood animals, not all of what you hear is true.
Using these techniques you can spend an afternoon building a deep mulch garden and stop tilling and composting for up to 30 years.
Living in the mountains or remotely requires physical endurance as well as being fit.
Typical suburban landscaping is a maintenance expense with no return to the owner and often diminishes the habitat for the living things around us. One alternative is to create a forest island that provides flowers for pollinators and food for people with little to no maintenance cost.
Using the right component improves the chance of success when gardening.
Colorado's once-thriving solar industry has ground to a halt following Xcel Energy's move to slash incentive rebates for homeowners.
The thousands of families who have built affordable homes, cash up front, made of earthbags, straw bales, cordwood, cob and rammed tires are not in danger of losing their homes in the current mortgage crisis.
What does it take to build truly sustainable houses – the kind people really want and can afford? If you build small and use natural building materials, then most likely you’ll be able to build your own home in a reasonable amount of time for cash.
Find out which states and countries have the greatest number of LEED Platinum certified projects, and where the Platinum projects are located. Plus, a list of some LEED Platinum rated homes and residential buildings, with links to case studies.
Progress in the straw bale and wooden cold frames, delicious Kim Chee recipes for winter harvested Chinese cabbage and winter radishes, and an update from the Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch program in Arlington, VA.
Some crops survived the cold temperatures while others died. Which ones are most reliable for winter outdoors and in the hoophouse?
Ira takes us on a winter garden tour of the experimental gardens at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She describes the various experimental cold frames for winter gardening and winter starts. Includes a winter recipe for Sweet Potato Leek Soup.
Join us in fighting the threat of GMOs: California's Right to Know (Prop 37) for GMO labeling leads the nation, and the Southern Exposure lawsuit against Monsanto continues to push through the courts. Plus, fall gardening can be easier than summer!
Ira Wallace covers developments in the lawsuit to protect your right to save seeds and how to take action against GMO contamination of the food supply. Also, choose the right onions for your garden and learn what to sow in January.
Ira Wallace talks about heirloom grinding corns that provide resilience and sustenance to gardener interested in self reliance. Includes a recipe for Southern style cornbread muffins.
It's mid-February, time to start thinking about spring! Ira Wallace helps us make our garden plan, remember our perennials, and Plant a Row for the Hungry this year.
A tour of the gardens at Southern Exposure, where we're taking advantage of warm sunny days in February to get our gardens ready for intense planting ahead. But there's still plenty to sow, indoors and out.
Host a community seed swap in honor of "National Seed Swap Day," plan to save your own seeds from the garden this year, and get inspired to cook creatively with winter vegetables.
Hints for harvests all summer long - don't just sow once! Ira helps you plan summer successions for your garden. Plus, discover culinary secrets of okra you never suspected - okra coffee and okra oil - and a recipe for a simple okra lunch.
How far along are your tomatoes? Ira Wallace gets inspired by gorgeous gardens in Asheville, North Carolina, and shares a quick, easy recipe for tomato sauce.
Ira Wallace inspires us to create flowering, native plant habitat in our gardens. Learn how to identify plants that are 'user-friendly' to the bugs that help keep our gardens healthy.
Sweet, healthy, root vegetables that love growing through the heat of summer? Learn about adding Jerusalem artichokes, yacon, and sweet potatoes to your gardens. Plus, more on the incredible health benefits of roselle (hibiscus).
Ira helps you get started using nature's signs to plan your garden. Don't just rely on planting dates — easy observations of what's blooming, buzzing, and singing in your garden will help you see changing patterns from year to year.
At the gardens of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, we're preparing to plant sweet potato slips, hardening off transplants, and enjoying an abundance of spring cabbage. Learn tips and tricks for getting your transplants ready for the great outdoors.
Southern Exposure celebrates Slow Food's Terra Madre Day with a fresh winter greens salad, featuring yacon, a South American root vegetable that tastes like fresh pear! Plus garden planning to have your own farm fresh food through the winter.
A listing of companies that offer green dwellings in the form of modular, prefab, manufactured, compact, or mobile structures. These days, many such options are available that are not only green, but also beautiful, well-made, and often low-cost.
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.
The $300 House Project challenges student and professional designers to create housing that shelters the poorest of the poor with safety and dignity. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to see their $300 houses built and reproduced.
This article describes an alternative roof design for those building in areas without building codes. A little extra effort working with poles will reward you with a stunningly beautiful wood ceiling and superinsulated roof at very reasonable cost.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
A heart warming story about a feral cat that traveled many miles across harsh terrain to be back to familiar ground.
In a move that could devastate Colorado's thriving solar industry, Xcel Energy slashes incentive program.
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
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.
Climate change is a sign of the end of the industrial age. If humans are going to survive the end of the industrial age it will be because individuals and groups of neighbors take these matters into their own hands. It cannot happen any other way.
There are multiple philosophies that describe what characterizes a green home, but all have low energy loads in common.
How the small town atmosphere can enhance your homesteading and living.
Come rejoice in the bounty of heirloom tomatoes - experience the flavors and choose your favorites at tomato tastings throughout the Southeast. Plus, it's time to plant fall alliums - garlic and perennial onions - and fall crops for winter storage!
It may be sweltering hot outside, but we're still busily sowing seeds at the Southern Exposure farms! Learn how to plant your bountiful fall and winter garden, with abundant harvests through Thanksgiving and beyond.
Concrete rubble from collapsed buildings is a huge problem in Haiti. It is blocking roads and hindering reconstruction. Instead of spending millions of dollars trucking the rubble away and disposing of it, why not use it to build affordable housing?
Building housing projects in developing regions is extremely rewarding, but also quite challenging. It’s prudent to draw ideas from as many resources as possible to improve the process. The following guidelines have proven effective.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
Killing frosts are arriving, but Ira's staying self-sustaining all winter, with winter-hardy greens and plenty in storage, from sweet potatoes to pickled peppers. Get inspired with ideas for kimchi and a fresh twist on winter salads, with yacon.
Planting heirloom, non-genetically modified seeds is a great way to help preserve endangered plant varieties--and the planet's very ecosystem.
Ira Wallace explores good winter gardening reads, gives advice on how to use the winter lull wisely to plan and prepare, and shares an update in the ongoing court battle to protect family farmers from agri-giant Monsanto.
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
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.
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!