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Archives for February, 2010

In many ways the enormous outpouring of support for Haiti after the earthquake was very moving. In other ways, not so much – consider the International community’s total lack of interest in whether Haitians will be able to feed themselves in the upcoming year – “We’re very happy to send our surgeons, engineers and food…

Yesterday, I spent a long time filling seed flats and pressing seeds into dirt – and then I took them outside and set them to germinate. The temps were hovering right around freezing, and there was light snow coming down – the perfect conditions for growing things. Or at least, for winter sowing (Note, there…

Perennial Plants from Seed

Note: This is a repost from ye olde blogge (which, I am informed by the kind gentleman who is helping me debut it will be back to function by early next week – thank you all for your patience!). Aaron Newton and I are starting up our farm and garden design class today, and we’ll…

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow Aaron Newton and I will begin our next Farm and Garden Design Class. The class covers everything from the very basics of design – how to get started planning for a garden or small farm, soil, sun and water issues, seed starting, choosing perennials, making the best use of…

Down, Out, and Hated

Robert S. McElvaine’s _Down and Out in the Great Depression_ is a fascinating look at America during the Depression. Compiled from letters written to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, it presents Americans in their own words, saying what they thought was most important in the Depression. Besides the pleas for help and the…

My happy-happy-joy-joy of the day. Apparently Independence Days needs a second print run, only 3 months after its release! Yay! So just in case you are wondering why the heck you’d want to store food, and wanted to start from the beginning, well, there will be no shortage of copies.

What is Collapse, Anyway?

With any reasonably successful blog, you have a conversation going on, often between an author and commenters who have a long history and background, and people coming into the conversation for the first time. Sometimes the people coming in are hostile, sometimes curious, sometimes troubled by what they are learning, annoyed by you or dismissive.…

I imagine after the last few weeks, the idea of storing food isn’t seeming quite so crazy to a lot of folks in the country, but still, I hear all the time “I want to start building up a reserve but my husband/sister/mother in law thinks this is nuts.” So I thought I would repost…

The jars are emptying out here. Despite the fact that it was an unbelievably awful gardening year, somehow the canning jars filled up all the same, to the point that we actually ran out of pint and smaller jars. Now, boxes and cabinets are filling up with emptied jars, put away until I begin putting…

Everyone needs to read Don Peck’s superb Atlantic Magazine piece on why the jobs aren’t coming back anytime soon. It confirms what I began writing back in late 2008 – that most often economic crises of the kind we have been seeing last a decade or more. Most recessions end when people start spending again,…