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Archives for February, 2011

I’ve had a number of emails recently, as I’ve written here, at The Chatelaine’s Keys (Yes, I know the site is down – there was a billing mixup that required a fax to fix – we don’t have one at home and we got a foot and a half of snow on Friday, too much…

I had been mulling over precisely how to frame this piece for a while, when I read Erik Lindberg’s “This Is a Peak Oil Story.” which admirably gets at the essential point that I’ve been wanting to make – that our collective crisis comes to all of us at different times and different ways than…

The phrase “oil shock” is being thrown around a lot in the national news, and events in Tripoli at the moment seem to be reinforcing the idea that we’re facing an extended period of instability, and possibly a new cycle of oil price increases and the stress on personal and public economies that accompany rising…

Mother Jones on Economic Inequity

Mother Jones has a very clear visual presentation of the increase in economic inequity over the last years – 11 charts they say shows it all. I’m not sure it shows it all, but they are well worth looking at, particularly these two: And this one, which shows the perception that Americans have – that…

Understanding the Implications of Libya

Two good recent articles on the implications for oil prices and production of the situation in Libya. First, Tom Whipple’s always cogent overall analysis: While the 1.6 million barrels a day (b/d) that the Libyans pumped in January may not appear significant in a world that produces some 88 million barrels each day, we should…

Little Goats in Cities

(Rubeus the cat meets Nigerian Dwarf Baby Meadowsweet last summer) Tuesday’s New York Times has an article on the expansion of miniature dairy goats in urban areas. It is an interesting article, and has some good points – among them it rightly points out that dairy goats are a bigger deal than chickens. That said,…

What I stand for is what I stand on. – Wendell Berry Note: You’ve got to give the Dervaes’ some credit – their asshattery has inspired a wholel lot of focus on urban sustainable agriculture, homesteading and making a good life in the city! Today is “Urban Homesteading Day” and in its honor, here are…

While I’m On Vacation…

Somehow this week has turned into a lovely, but incredibly overscheduled period. Besides the usual sabbath (which I can use this week), and the fact that it has finally melted off enough to clean the buck pen, move the bucks up the hill and move the chicks out of the bathtub (adorable as they are…

From The Ineffable Crunchy Chicken: There’s a bit of hub-bub going on on Facebook right now about how the Dervaes family (of Path to Freedom fame) has successfully trademarked the terms “urban homestead” and “urban homesteading” and is forcing Facebook to shut down pages that use the term and sending legal notifications to businesses with…

The Realistic Farm Tour

One of the projects we’re working on is ways to bring more people to our farm. A lot of folks want to see what we’re doing, and we’ve been contemplating open farm days, and possible ideas for classes we might teach. Well, while Eric and I were discussing it the other night, we came up…