Sweatin’ Pipe

Working with copper pipe is a skill that everyone should know, in fact SurviveLA thinks it should be taught to elementary school children. Home owners, renters and kids all should know how to put pipe together with a blow torch since you never know when a pipe is going to burst, not to mention being able to construct some of the solar water heating projects we touched on last week. The tools needed for this job are cheap, and thanks to youtube,...

Continue reading…

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

...e creative about developing  strategies to distribute risk. Gardening is hard enough, heaven knows. The bad news is that it is going to get harder. The good news is that you can work your way through the challenges. Their are tools, techniques, and plant varieties that can help you weather the changes. Better to start learning these skills now than to wait for the squeeze. A Vision for the Future The part of the book which really set me on fire,...

Continue reading…

Home Baked Bread in Five Minutes

If you’ve bought our book, followed this blog, or gone to one our workshops you’ll know that we tout a wild yeast bread recipe adapted from Nancy Silverton’s La Brea Bakery method. We contend that our delicious recipe can be worked into all but the most crazed work schedule. But our recipe does rely on equipment and tools, specifically a heavy duty mixer and a wooden bread form. This month’s issue of Mother Earth News has...

Continue reading…

Dwelling Portably

...which Bert and Holly check when they are away from the yurt is: Dwelling PortablyPOB 190Philomath, OR 97370 DPc/o Lisa Ahne (just the initials of dp, ie, NOT spellled out)POB 181Alsea OR 97324 Via Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools blog here is an excerpt from Dwelling Portably: Legality of salvaging from dumpsters. Amy Dacyzyn, who phoned several police officials, said (in The Tightwad Gazettte, July 1993), “Dumpster diving is generally co...

Continue reading…

Cutting a Beehive Out of a Wall

...y rush to stock up on honey. Preoccupied with their sweet food stockpile they ignore the homo sapiens tearing their house apart. Russ got one sting, but the hive was pretty calm under the circumstances. Next, we got all our tools ready and suited up in our white bee suits. A cut-out is a delicate combination of building demolition and surgery on a living entity. Like surgery, once you start you can’t stop. With a long butcher knife and so...

Continue reading…

Permaculture Design Course at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano

...tion: Under the tutelage of agro-ecologist Evan Marks and other permaculture professionals, increase your knowledge of applied sustainability by joining us in this 72-hour, permaculture design certification course. Gather the tools and practical, systemic solutions to repair and benefit our local ecosystems and environment. Engage hands-on sustainability and understand how to integrate it into your own life, home, and community. This course is fo...

Continue reading…

Root Simple Visits Simparch’s Utah Compound

...h specially adapted cargo bikes. Solar power pumps the water up to the tower where it is heated by the sun in a black drum. A solar panel array and batteries provide more than enough power, all day and all night, to run power tools and pump some tunes out on the powerful stereo system. The composting toilet features, what must be the most stunning view to be seen from any toilet seat perch in the world – the decomissioned Wendover Airfield&...

Continue reading…

Decomposed Granite as Mulch: A very bad idea

...and sell it for a million bucks. When house flippers tackle a yard they tend towards the “low-maintenance” landscape (in quotes because there’s no such thing as a low-maintenance garden). One of the favorite tools in the flipper landscaping toolbox is decomposed granite (DG) used as a mulch. Put some plastic landscape fabric down (blocks rainwater in our climate, fyi) and top that plastic with DG. They then punch some holes in t...

Continue reading…

Sourdough Bread Class at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano

...day, June 22, 1-3p to make Sourdough rye! Topics discussed will include: How to make your own sourdough starter (also known as a levain) Types of flour How to simulate a commercial bread oven at home Hydration ratios Kitchen tools for bread baking Shaping a boule Working with whole grains Troubleshooting We’ll provide ingredients, and everyone will go home with a jar of starter ready to make bread. Instructor: Erik Knutzen For more inform...

Continue reading…