Seeds the Game

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Nick Heyming, who I met through his work at Growcology, is working on a kind of alternative to games like Farmville. Instead of pointless hours staring at a screen, SEEDS the Game’s goal is to get you out into your garden. It’s a mobile app that will encourage you to, according to the description on their website:

Take photos of your plants at home, filter and share your attention to your real garden.

Find neighbors to trade seeds with and share activities related to gardening and local food systems.

Get climate and map updates for weather patterns relevant to your area and garden needs.

Seed points redeem for real prizes like seeds and coupons for garden equipment.

Grow your own food and learn practices for permaculture and self-sustaining food systems at home!

If you want to support the project they’ve got an Indiegogo campaign.

Saturday Tweets: Holiday Edition

A Last Minute Gift Suggestion . . .

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In a moment both surreal and ego boosting, I opened some junk email to discover that Amazon is suggesting that I buy our own books, The Urban Homestead and Making It, as Christmas gifts. It also recommended Rachel Kaplan and K. Ruby Blume’s excellent book Urban Homesteading.

It’s a reminder that this blog is partially supported by your book purchases at both independent booksellers and through the Amazon links on our Publications page.  Many thanks to all of you who have bought our books in the past and continued to support us. We are very lucky to have met so many nice people through our work.

The KoMo FlicFloc

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Kelly hates it when I write a post packed with hyperbole. But I really feel today like I’ve discovered a sort of breakfast unified field theory. And it’s all thanks to an impulse purchase at an awesome new homesteading supply shop in our neighborhood, The King’s Roost. My credit card discharged from my pocket like ectoplasm at a 19th century seance when I spotted the KoMo FlicFloc.

The FlicFloc manually flakes oats, wheat, rye, barley, millet, spelt, rice, sesame, flax seed, poppy and spices. The breakfast possibility it opened to me? Fresh muesli is thy name. Finally a filling and healthy alternative to my Grape Nuts addiction.

The FlicFloc is elegant and simple. There’s not much to say about it. You put grain in the top, turn the handle and deliciousness discharges into a glass, thoughtfully provided. I’ve owned a KoMo grain mill for a year now and it’s been a life changer in the kitchen. I really like having access to freshly milled whole grains when I need them. It eliminates waste as ground grains spoil. And whole grain, including oats, get bitter if they sit around too long.

And cancel the Neflix–here’s KoMo’s Austrian/German design team demonstrating their products. All this video needs is Werner Herzog to narrate the English language version. Note the solar powered manufacturing facility and German breakfast porn. Also note the mouthwatering array of whole grain baked goods.