Category Archives: Sustainability & Self-Reliance

Getting On Track

This morning I was supposed to go to an Annual Farmers and Friends meeting. But I woke up, completely NOT in the mood for such things. Instead, I found myself looking forward to spending most of the day by myself. The … Continue reading

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Anyone Have a Goat We Could Borrow?

We are still waiting to hear about whether or not we will get the “old lady house” – a two bedroom, one bath bungalow at the end of our five city lots. I really do need to come up with … Continue reading

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An Alternative to Peat Moss

I enjoyed teaching a new class the other day – “Who Ya Callin’ Dirty? Make Your Own Dirt!” – which discussed the concepts of no-till, lasagna gardening and finished with how to create and tend your compost pile. As with … Continue reading

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Local Sustainably Raised Pork

I just saw a link to this company on Facebook and went over to their website (www.synergisticacres.com/) and took a look. I’m not selling or promoting or profiting from this site, but I am very interested in buying some pork … Continue reading

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Women’s Spring Workshop

Hey all of you wonderful and powerful women out there! Last year I signed up for this, but unfortunately they didn’t get their minimum required numbers for attendance, so it didn’t occur. I hope this year will be different. The … Continue reading

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Wow, Those Babies Aren’t Babies Anymore

As the weeks have run by, and the feed consumption has increased exponentially, I have wondered if the babies would really be big enough by the end of January. Nature doesn’t run by timetables, after all. Yesterday I took out … Continue reading

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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men

Usually when I utter that phrase it is in response to some disaster or another. But so far, that disaster hasn’t happened – instead, things are going swimmingly. So well, in fact, that I have a big grin on my … Continue reading

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So I Gotta Be Honest With You

We don’t see her as often as we should, but my husband’s aunt trademark saying is, “So I gotta be honest with you…” So I gotta be honest with you…this is what my backyard looks like these days… and… and… … Continue reading

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Harvest Tally

I really wish the farmer’s market were open right now in Belton. I’d be there with an armload of yellow squash. I am absolutely dumbfounded by the amount of yellow summer squash we have harvested. Over 13 pounds so far … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life…and My/Our/Your Part In It

Last Saturday, as we planned out our morning over cups of coffee (me) and tea (Dave), talk turned to the rabbit hutch…and deer…and meat birds. It headed quite quickly to the ultimate question – could I, could Dave, “do the … Continue reading

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