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Archives for January, 2010

Piece By Piece

I’m back after four days of teaching a workshop at my house. It was awesome. It was exhausting. It was fascinating. We milked goats (note, very small adorable goats sell themselves. It is not necessary to talk them up, just to frisk people trying to hide goats under their jackets on the way out ;-)).…

For four days this week, 10 women are coming to my house to play apprentice. We’re going to milk goats, make sauerkraut, knit socks, talk about depletion and climate change, make teas and syrups, cook on a woodstove and figure out where to go from here and basically have a four day slumber party ;-).…

Today is the first day of Aaron’s and my new “Finding Your Place” Course (for anyone who would still like to join, we’ve got two remaining spots and since the class is asynchronously online, you won’t miss anything by starting today or tomorrow – email me at Jewishfarmer@gmail.com). I’ve been teaching Adapting-in-Place, for people who…

Note: This is the beginning of a multi-part series on agricultural education, the farming demographic crisis and the question of who will grow our food – what the problems are, how we will find new farmers, how they will be trained. To me, this is one of the most urgent questions of our time. A…

I Want to Be Erma Bombeck

I’ve always meant to write a post with this title, but somehow never got around to it. Then I saw The-always-amazing-Zuska’s latest about the way that Erma Bombeck’s name is being used to derogate people as being unserious and tied somehow to domestic life. Somehow I hadn’t realized that “Bombeck” was an insult – although…

It isn’t Waste if You Do It Right

A few days ago, the New York Times ran an article about the problem of manure handling on large farms. . From the title “Down on the Farm, an Endless Cycle of Waste,” which completely misses the point that manure is not “waste” to the end, the article failed to ask any of the really…

Longtime readers will know I’m a deep admirer of _The Automatic Earth_ where Stoneleigh and Ilargi do economic analysis. I think Stoneleigh has outdone herself this time, with a primer on resilience, cycles and where we’re headed. Definitely worth a read – probably two reads. I particularly like this bit of work on resilience, which…

The New Rez, 2010 Edition

In the comments thread to my previous post, Greenpa, who apparently gets a kick from watching She Who Cruncheth over at The Crunchy Chicken and me competing, suggested that I ought to try to top her “latest post.” In the interim, La Crunch put up a fascinating post about bull semen and the genetic diversity…