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Archives for March, 2012

The Great Ruth Stout on Her Garden

The mother of mulch gardening explains how she did it – in her 90s. My favorite part is how she grows all her own vegetables, does all the housework, preserves her vegetables and never does anything after 11am.

I know some of you have already BTDT or started earlier this season, but I do know I have some readers expecting their first mammal babies and maybe a little bit nervous about it. My feeling is that there are three things you should remember in kidding. 1. 99% of the time, the animals should…

On Fear

In Mildred Kalish’s brilliant memoir, _Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression_ she writes of the ways that children and adults alike were blindsided by fear in a crisis. For children, the fear was that events out of their control terrified and shook the stable human anchors…

Cutting Your Phantom Loads

I’ve always liked Tom Murphy’s “Do the Math” work, and I really like his latest piece on phantom loads and electricity cutting. That’s one of the very first steps for most of us whe we seriously try and cut our electrical usage, but one that a lot of people don’t know to do about. We’ve…

I would like to create more oil. Specifically, I’d like to create it up on my field – a gusher of light, sweet crude would be just the thing to fund my farming habit, plus provide some neat little tax benefits. Rural upstate New York has a sad lack of oil fields, and given its…

The End of the World Is At Hand…

…My laundry pile was empty. I mean, empty. Nothing more to wash. This unprecedented state of affairs (in a working farm household with 6 people, four of them attracted to mud like magnets) didn’t last long – then Asher dumped his muddy socks on the floor and Eli took a bath and pushed the towel…

Speaking About Collapse

If you are interested, check out my peak oil review commentary for this week, which explores what collapse really is – and what we might do about it. The main issue is that it is a heck of a lot more normal than most folks imagine. The piece is a shortened excerpt taken from my…

If Trends Continue…

Richard Heinberg has a nice piece about drawing conclusions from present trends. Among his observations: If current economic trends continue . . . China’s economy will be 8 times as big as it is today by 2040. China’s economy will surpass the size of the present global economy before 2050. The US federal debt will…

What Do Farmers Do for Fun?

Check out the celebrity cow tippers, of course. What else? Harrison Ford owns a property out by me and he’s out in the pastures ALL THE TIME. “Han Solo is messing with the cows again” is practically the neighborhood refrain. I swear. Sharon

The always-thoughtful Gail Tverberg has a great post that simply shows in visual terms the history of world energy consumption – well worth a look. I’ve reproduced one of her graphs here, but please read the whole thing. One graph not in her post (not suggesting it should be, but I like the contrast) is…