Via Kitsch and Retro.
Via Kitsch and Retro.
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A solar powered grain grinder: http://www.notechmagazine.com/2014/04/solar-powered-grain-mill.html …
Bee Friendly Gardening In The Pacific Northwest http://www.nwedible.com/2014/04/bee-friendly-gardening.html …
Nesting for a baby with a small (carbon) footprint http://wp.me/p2SaWz-us
GR takes on shade gardening: Full sun to part shade. Really? | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2014/03/full-sun-to-part-shade-really.html …
How To Make and Freeze Guacamole http://www.nwedible.com/2014/03/make-freeze-guacamole.html …
Sleek Angle On a Community Garden Shed http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2014/03/sleek-angle-on-community-garden-shed.html#.UzuV0Idkuj0.twitter …
Pop-Up Plaza Enhances Art Walk, Hints at What Could Be in Leimert http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/04/01/pop-up-plaza-enhances-art-walk-hints-at-what-could-be-in-leimert/#.UzuT7Zz9t1A.twitter …
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We received an email from a casting agency searching for talent for a reality show where the participants will live on a remote farm, grow their own food and come up with their own method of governance. The series will make use of the usual reality show plot device of having participants vote each other off the show. The agency wanted us to put out a casting call.
We won’t do that. I’m tired of stories that sow discord and hold up our lifestyle as something impossible to accomplish. The underlying message? Stay on that couch, don’t try to change the world, just buy the crap our advertisers sell. These type of realty shows are also a rigged version of the prisoner’s dilemma in which the cooperative option (what most people tend to choose in stressful situations) is not allowed.
We need to tell a different story. Bloggers in the urban homesteading movement can join together to cross-promote each other’s efforts. We can continue to offer an alternative through our writing, video, live webinars and, of course, face to face meetings.
I need to step up to the plate too. Years ago I worked as a video editor and cameraman at a university television station and at a PBS affiliate. I need to put everything aside and shoot some video! We don’t need the big networks and the “reality” they churn out. We can tell our own stories. Our narrative will be about people cooperating and sharing knowledge in order to make the world a better place.
If you blog and/or make videos about similar topics please leave a link in the comments.
And for some inspiration take a look at the videos in Kirsten Dirksen’s YouTube channel.
It’s ain’t 24/7 kittens and rainbows at the Root Simple compound. We do have our homesteading disasters. I was reminded of this after I emptied a box full of failed home preservation projects and contemplated a stinky trash can filled with a slurry of bad pickles and too-loose jams.
Of course you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet and, in the interest of learning from mistakes, I thought I’d review two lessons learned.
Not Using Tested Recipes
I vow to use tested recipes from trusted sources. Both for food safety reasons and culinary reasons, it’s a good idea to use trusted sources for home preservation projects. Some of the recipes I tried were from unfamiliar books and dubious websites. Some sources I’ve come to trust:
Between those two sources I’ve got just about all the recipes I need.
One Ring to rule them all
When you’re done processing jars and they’ve cooled down, remove the screw bands. Why?
That’s advice from our own blog and yet I failed, for some reason, to remove the bands on many of the jars I emptied. I found all three of the above problems as a result.
Have you had any epic food preservation disasters?
Normally I’d have to come up with my own April Fool’s post for you. Increasingly, however, I can’t do any better than the actual unedited pitches we receive in the Root Simple in-box, such as this “killer opportunity”:
Dear Colon Hydro-therapist Friends
I wanted to share an opportunity! with you. I’m going on tour and
I will be speaking about Raw Foods, cleansing and Super Foods. I
always talk about the tremendous benefits of getting professional
colonics. After every single event, numerous amounts of people are
asking how they can find a colon therapist.
There will be anywhere from 300 – 1200 people at each event. We
are offering booths to Colon Therapists for $500 for the event.
It’s a killer opportunity to get life-long clients in an instant.
Wow, now that’s targeted marketing. How did they know that Kelly and I are ALL ABOUT colonics. Not only are we Colon Therapist Friends looking for clients, we also have the cleanest colons in the West, thanks to our homemade colonic machine. It’s essentially a mash up of a five gallon bucket, a bunch of homebrew tubing, and an old 7-setting garden hose sprayer. Video coming soon!
Maybe we can power our Prius with the waste products . . .