Three Book Giveaway: Build The Life You Really Want

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An advertising agency in Chicago used to pay Lisa Kivirist one big paycheck. Now, hundreds of people pay her lots of very small ones. All these little paychecks – over a thousand last year – allow Lisa, her husband John and their son to live the life they want: rural, sustainable and meaningful. People write [Continue Reading...]

Canning Swirly Fruit: An Easy Way To Prep Pears and Apples

Canned Pears

Here’s a lovely way to save some time when you prepare apples or Asian pears for canning. Use an apple peeler-corer (see mine at work here) to make beautiful coils of automatically-cored firm fruit. The swirly fruit looks fantastic in the jar, and packs in well for a nice, well-filled raw pack. Don’t get too [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: Mother Earth News Fair Weekend Passes

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Are you tired of amazing giveaways yet? Nah, me neither. The second annual Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup (“pyew-AL-up,” for non-Washingtonians) is happening soon, on the weekend of June 2-3, and I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away. We went last year and it was fantastic. I saw Joel Salatin, who is [Continue Reading...]

The Homesteading Hypocrite

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The moment I launched this website I started down a path towards raw hypocrisy. I had no idea at the time that this was what I was doing, and it certainly wasn’t my intention. Nonetheless, looking back over the past year+ of posting, it is clear that hypocrisy was inevitable. I have these ideals, you [Continue Reading...]

While I’m Away, Check These Out

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Hi Friends, I’ll be posting sporadically this week, if at all. It’s Spring Break: time to spend some time with the kiddos and get some solid work in on a few garden projects I’ve been needing to wrap up. While I’m quiet, here’s some stuff I’ve been loving: Back To Eden – an amazing film, [Continue Reading...]

Seed-Starting Challenge, Urban Farm Magazine Giveaway & Blog Link-Up

Urban Farm Magazine

Annette, friend and co-author of the Urban Farm Handbook, has organized a 12-months-of-urban-farming challenge on her blog Sustainable Eats. Participants learn, do, share and can win great prizes for taking the challenge. Take The April Seed Starting Challenge The April challenge is all about gardening, and I’m challenging NW Edible readers, Urban Farm Challenge participants [Continue Reading...]

Are You One Of Those "Organic" People?

Some couple friends of ours came over last week and the wife of the couple mentioned that a friend-of-a-friend was, “one of those organic people.” At this point I had to say, “Well, I roll pretty crunchy-granola, too, ya know.” “Yes,” my friend responded, “but you’re not – you know – one of those ‘organic’ [Continue Reading...]

Sharing The Good Stuff

I’ve been tending to two sick kids all day, and now that they are in bed, I’ll be honest, an original blog post just ain’t happening tonight. What is happening is a nice bourbon on the rocks and some reading. So instead of trying to pull a blog post out of my ass, I will direct [Continue Reading...]

A Very Homestead Holiday

I hate to be the bearer of exhausting news but the holiday season is right around the corner. Personally, I think it’s obscene to see Christmas wrapping paper and Halloween candy on display at the same time, but there it is. This is the world we live in. Image from Premier Packaging, shared via Creative [Continue Reading...]

The Rich Man, The Mormon Mom And The Dice Rolls Of Life

This is not a political blog. Sometimes my political leanings (which can be summed up as, “leave people more or less alone and don’t be a raging asshole,”) probably poke up, like so many unnoticed weeds in the raised bed of my life. But I try not to focus on politics here, or in my [Continue Reading...]

The Kids Who Will Save The World

You know how you read the newspaper (or whatever passes for a newspaper in your world – for me it’s the Google news homepage and my blog feed reader) and by the time your coffee is tepid you’ve discovered thirteen new ways in which The World Is Going To Hell In A Handbasket? Like most [Continue Reading...]

The Big Three: Anji’s Guide To Simple Food Storage Preparedness

As I’ve put up the harvest and reorganizing my pantry, my mind has turned many times to food storage. Google Long Term Food Storage and some seriously hard core people pop up: you know, people with 5 gallon buckets of freeze-dried kumquats and fifty years worth of marshmallows and graham crackers under the bed so they [Continue Reading...]