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Archives for April, 2011

Open Farm Days!!!

Ok, have you always wanted to come to see the farm? Here’s your chance. On Sunday, May 22, we’re having an open farm day from 10am to 4pm at our place at 43 Crow Hill Road Delanson, NY 12053. We’re about 45 minutes west of Albany in rural upstate NY. We will have baby goats…

I’ve been very grateful for my colleague Greg Laden’s regular updates of the raw discussions on the Fukushima situation, but it is nice to have a coherent, visual overview, and Nicole Foss has provided another wonderful analysis at The Automatic Earth. It is very hard to synthesize all the information, because there is so much…

I wrote this post years ago, and have republished it occasionally since – it has been a while, though, and it does go with the other one Reasons to Stay Together in Tough Times 1. Gives you something sustainable to do during those rolling blackouts (sex and fighting would probably both fit the bill, actually.)…

The Sustainable Marriage

I‘ll be offline much of the next few days for the Passover holiday. This is a subject we’re talking about in the Adapting-in-Place class, and one that comes up a lot – how do you make environmental changes with a spouse who isn’t on board? What happens when this strains your marriage? I get emails…

Jessie’s Girls

(Just in case you didn’t grow up in the 1980s and need the reference.) Two years ago, we bought Jessie the goat from our friends Jamey and Carol. We wanted Jessie because of her great genetics – she’s a milk machine, and a sturdy, healthy goat who makes stunning babies. Zahra, her first daughter is…

Lucy Worsley has a Guardian piece about the merits of medieval architecture as a model for a lower-resource use future: Domestic life in the past was smelly, cold, dirty and uncomfortable, but we have much to learn from it. I spend much of my time working as a curator in Britain’s historic royal palaces. But…

Well, first there’s the baby goats. Last Friday, we collected our foster goat, Tayish. He belongs to a friend from our synagogue who won him in a raffle, believe it or not. He’s a 10 week old wether, and the kids have made a pet of him. Here’s Simon holding him: Then, on Sunday, Bast…

Let us imagine that you are MacGyver, that 1980s tv guy who can build an atomic bomb out of gum and duct tape. You are facing a world-shattering crisis. You have a pile of scrap materials out of which you must build a high speed vehicle to effect your escape from this crisis, which will…

Technical Difficulties

Please stand by. Ok, don’t stand by, go plant something ;-). Sorry folks, I’ve tried to post two articles that have disappeared into the ether. The hard drive on my desk top died and the laptop is giving me fits too. I’ve even got baby goat pictures to show you, but I can’t get them…

I’m getting a lot of questions via email and comments about our experience entering into the foster parenting world, and I did want to talk about this. Some people are critical, and think we’re nuts (quite possibly), some people want to watch because they want to try this too (cool), some people have been there…