Our Blog | June 2017

Raising Animals for Fiber

by: EJ on 06/29/2017
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Deborah Niemann's fully revised and updated Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living is now off press and for the last day of our summer sale, we are giving away a free download  of Chapter 20, "Producing from the Home Fiber Flock".  Click here for your copy.

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How Scything Will Change Your Life

by: EJ on 06/29/2017

There are many sounds of summer, but with a scythe, the sound of a mower does not need to be one of them! Today's blog entry is an excerpt from Ian Miller's book, The Scything Handbook: Learn How to Cut Grass, Mow Meadows and Harvest GrainBe sure to download the excerpt at the end of the blog explaining all the different ways a scythe can come …

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Understanding the Sun and Solar Energy

by: EJ on 06/28/2017

With solar employing more people in US electricity generation than oil, coal and gas combined, we thought that for today’s blog post we would take a page form Dan Chiras’ book Power from the Sun-2nd Edition: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Solar Production and found out how do we generate power from the sun and can it really meet all our …

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Permaculture Guilds Units- What They are and How They Work

by: EJ on 06/27/2017

Zach Loeks is the author of The Permaculture Market Garden: A Visual Guide to a Profitable Whole-systems Farm Business  and a market gardener, farm consultant and educator who runs Kula Permaculture Farm with his wife Kylah Dobson and their two daughters, Dayvah and Rainah.  Today's excerpt covers how permaculture guilds work.  Be sure to download …

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All About Hempcrete

by: EJ on 06/26/2017

Hempcrete (or hemp-lime, as it’s commonly called in Europe) is a promising building insulation material. It is also the subject of more hype and hyperbole than any other sustainable building material. Proponents of hemp-based products tend toward unsupported or exaggerated claims of performance and planetary benefit with Websites that make the …

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