The Disposables: Choose Your Trash

The Disposables: Choose Your Trash

Aug 16, 2010 |  by  |  On the Homestead, Reducing Waste  |  Share

Trash. Is. Depressing. Ever seen a landfill? It’s depressing. How about a New York street on trash day? Depressing. Or what about the overflowing cans of rubbish in a stadium on game day? Yeah, that’s depressing too. And why is it depressing? Read More

Pine Beetles, Power Lines & The Art of Chopping Trees

Pine Beetles, Power Lines & The Art of Chopping Trees

Aug 14, 2010 |  by  |  On the Homestead, Wildlife Management  |  Share

There are two main ways to learn things in life:

  1. From your own experience and mistakes
  2. From someone else’s experience and stupid mistakes

If you’ve never cut down a tree and you have the slightest inkling to do so, then consider this entry as a gift from yours truly. My stupid mistake can be your treasure. Read More

Pic of the Day: Cramped Squirrel

Pic of the Day: Cramped Squirrel

Aug 12, 2010 |  by  |  Photo of the Day  |  Share

In an effort to keep my creative juices flowin’, I’ve decided to get out and take a few photos on a daily basis – things around our homestead and around our town. I’m totally amateur material when it comes to photography but I enjoy it so I figure it’s good for my soul.

I found this little guy chillin’ high up in a tree just outside my office window. He looked a bit cramped on that stubby little branch, but apparently he didn’t mind.

Four Steps to Help Your Kids Eat Healthier Foods

Four Steps to Help Your Kids Eat Healthier Foods

Aug 11, 2010 |  by  |  In the Kitchen, Kids Meals  |  Share

Tator tot casserole, pop tarts, meatballs and bologna sandwiches. All part of the nutritious diet our local daycare served while our kids were attending. Not surprisingly most parents don’t even think twice about the rubbish filling their kid’s bellies. Hence the problem we have with childhood obesity. Read More

Food Heroes Episode 1: The Mighty Dervaes

Food Heroes Episode 1: The Mighty Dervaes

Aug 10, 2010 |  by  |  Food Heroes, On the Web  |  Share

“All of human existence depends on the top six inches of soil. And yet we’re exploring other places, but the top six inches would be the place, if we want to be successful as a human race, to really explore and treasure and keep because that’s what we’re living on.” ~ Jules Dervaes

Somewhere hidden behind their fortress of green live the Mighty Dervaes. A family who stands out for their heroic drive to do more with less. For those not familiar with their story, Jules Dervaes and his family own a fifth of an acre lot in Pasadena, California. They decided to convert their everyday suburban property into a self-sustaining urban homestead. Read More