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Archives for May, 2011

Food Storage Baby Steps

My food storage and preservation class starts today, and I thought it was worth reproducing this essay – the very basics of getting started on storing food. Why would you want to do this? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First of all, I don’t think anyone who has tracked events over the last…

It seemed up here in the north that spring would never come – and now we’re headed rapidly into that time of year when everything is ripe and abundant in our gardens and at local farms, and learning to put food up can make it possible for you to enjoy summer in winter, and continue…

One of my many other hats is the one I wear as a member of the ASPO-USA board and editor of the Peak Oil Review Commentary. My favorite kind of commentary is the one that puts together short pieces from a lot of thinkers, all answering the same question – and this must be the…

Summer is just about here, and you need some summer reading. Light. Fuzzy. Delightful. Amusing. Perfect for the deck chair or the sand. Nevermind the fact that you are a low-energy, transitioning, cheap, homseteading type, and your deck chair is probably planted on your porch, and the sand is the local playground sandpit – hey,…

Preserving Food to Reduce Waste

The UN FAO reminds us of the sheer scope of world food waste – 1/3 of all the food produced, most of it produce, goes to waste. While we’ll never get food waste to zero, this is a scandal in a world worrying about how it will feed itself. This is not news – the…

Crap. We’ve had so much flooding (not the house, thankfully, but the creek has breached its banks, the driveway is flooded and the barn has about a ton of much-needed ;-P mud added to it) that I have to cancel our planned open farm day this Sunday. We’re just not going to be in shape…

A recent email I received was pretty typical – I won’t quote it here because the person meant well, but the sum up was this – they laud my decision to adopt, argue that I should have done it earlier, and point out that adoption is the solution to the population crisis. People who want…

So it turns out that there *was* a meltdown around reactor #1. Quite a lot of people suspected this from the visual evidence, but TEPCO and the Japanese government denied, denied, denied. Accusations that those arguing for a meltdown were all internet conspiracy theorists (which also occurred early in the Katrina disaster as well, and…

The old punchline “Practice, practice, practice” applies to more than musical performance. It applies to the project of coming to terms with our new circumstances, and perhaps embracing our new lives. If you live in parts of Japan right now, or in the flooded Mississippi, or in areas recently devastated by tornadoes, you know that…

There’s a really good debate going on in the combox of my Khaki Markets Post on an issue that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while – to what extent is it possible for people who are seeking the same social ends to work together when they use different political means. In the…