Introducing Nancy Klehm With Tips on Growing Jerusalem Artichokes

...etation.net/. She keeps a garden in her yard, an empty lot next to her house and on her roof in addition to lots of indoor seedlings. She has 5 chickens (one is rooster) and 7 quail (5 bobwhite and 2 coturnix). She also grows and gathers in her neighborhood and maintains a half acre food forest west of the city. In her first post for Root Simple Nancy introduces her climate and offers some tips on growing Jerusalem artichokes: Welcome to Zone 5 I...

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How to Prep Fabric for Dyeing: Scouring

...important preparatory step to dyeing is a cleansing process called “scouring.” I’d never heard of this before now, which may be why all my casual attempts at dyeing thus far have not turned out so great. I spent my weekend scouring so I can move on to dyeing. And then on to sewing! Yikes! I’m really behind. Scouring is deep cleaning of fabric or fiber. Scouring helps assure even color and good penetration of the dye. Cotto...

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The Trees are Rooting

Spotted in the latest edition of the SkyMall, this mash-up of sports marketing and the walking/talking tree things from Lord of the Rings. Yet another item to add to my catalog of questionable garden art. Note from Kelly:  Ack!!! I can’t believe Erik posted this. These things are a crime against both nature and aesthetics–even more so than most items in the SkyMall catalog. And now, you too will have to live with this image burned i...

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Saturday Linkages: Pig’s Milk, Hot Sauce, Clutter

Nettle hot sauce recipe from the Wild Food Lab. How About a Nice Cold Glass of Camel, Buffalo, or Pig Milk? Artisinal cocktail movement gets out of hand: Stop the Madness! | Garden Rant http:// gardenrant.com/2012/07/stop-t he-madness.html  …   Yes, there’s a parasite of the day blog: http:// dailyparasite.blogspot.com The Clutter Culture via UCLA Magazine http:// magazine.ucla.edu/features/the-c lutter-culture/  … And, how to...

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How to Make a Native Bee Nesting Box

...hey move fast, so I was only able to get these two blurry shots. No, they are not Chupacabras. With the success of this primitive native bee box, I decided to make more nesting boxes to see if I could attract other solitary, native bees. I put this one together with some small pieces of bamboo that I found in a neighbor’s trash can: I think there’s a great potential to create works of public art that double as insect nests. For a ni...

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Sandor Katz to Speak in Los Angeles

...ill be leading a hands on workshop here in Los Angeles on Wednesday September 19, from 7-10pm at: Community Hall of Holy Nativity Church6700 West 83rd, Westchester/LA 90045$25 prepaid, $30 at the door – supports the ongoing work of the Environmental Change-Makers Autographed copies of The Art of Fermentation available for $25 Space is limited — Reserve your spot now!  Your check holds your place.RSVP at http://envirochangemakers.org/e...

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Fermenting culture wih Sandor Katz

...t it opened my eyes in many ways. And it taught me how to do vegetable and salt ferments, which are the backbone of my pickling practice. The daikon pickles we wrote about in The Urban Homestead are due to Wild Fermentation. Now he’s got a new book out, The Art of Fermentation, which I’ve got to get my hands on: Here are some excerpts from my notes: •  For those of you who need convincing, The Four Benefits of Fermentation: 1) Pre-di...

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Thrive: How Doughnuts Can Save The World

...hn Michael Greer sums up what I wish mainstream eco-docs would conclude with (Thrive is so outre that, as a work of unintentional conceptual art, it should just stay as it is). Greer says that what we really we need to do is, learn, practice, and thoroughly master a set of unpopular but valuable skills – the skills of the old appropriate tech movement – and share them with their neighbors when the day comes that their neighbors are willing to...

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Book Review: More Other Homes and Garbage Designs for Self-Sufficient Living

If I could have only one book on my zombie apocalypse bookshelf it would be this one. Though it has to be one of the worst book titles ever, More Other Homes and Garbage: Designs for Self-Sufficient Living, by Standford University professors, Jim Leckie, Gil Masters, Harry Whitehouse and Lily Young has everything you need to set up your off-grid compound. This book, first published in 1975 and revised in 1981, grew out of a heady period in appr...

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Saturday Linkages: Spoiled Kids, Leaf Blowers, and Yet More Signs of the Artisinal Apocalypse

...http:// dornob.com/50-foot-wooden -tower-is-a-brilliant-diy-backyard-solution/  … Another sign of the artisinal apocalypse: NYC water cafe sells fancily filtered local water http:// boingboing.net/2012/07/19/nyc -water-cafe-sells-fancily-f.html  … Hacked Ikea Leaning Chair: http:// dornob.com/hacked-ikea-le aning-chair-design-imitates-life-art-cartoons/  …   Authors@Google: John Jeavons: http:// youtu.be/afHd9EhsJ1U   Stop the...

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