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M.’s latest update (see the first post for her bio) on what it is like to take the class.  It is funny – I always worry I’m not providing enough reading material for people.   Apparently that may not be a critical issue ;-).   This class is very different from any other I’ve taken. There…

Do the Numbers on Gardens

There’s a fascinating article using Zillow analysis to figure out the value of food gardens to residential housing.  This isn’t news to a lot of us, but it is nice to see the numbers quantified:   Minor Kitchen Remodel.  Cost: $14,917   Return on resale:  $14,645   Percentage Return:  -1.8% Major Bathroom Remodel.   Cost:…

Just as I was getting back in the swing of regular blogging again, I got quite a surprise – this afternoon we got called and asked to take an additional foster placement – a 2 day old newborn.  As I write this, I have a tiny, sweet little person asleep in my arms (it turns…

As you probably know the 2012 Farm Bill has food stamps on the block.  I write a lot about food stamps because they are incredibly important – one in seven Americans uses them.  One in four children is on food stamps.  When you subsidize food for this many people, you functionally transform the larger food…

Remember I told you that New Society Publishers, in honor of the forthcoming _Making Home_ would sponsor a spot in my Adapting-in-Place Class, in exchange for someone offering up a weekly blog post about what it is like to take the course.  Well, here’s the first installment – it will go up at New Society’s…

Check This Out!

http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2012/07/06/preserving-our-backyard-bounty-in-jars-cans/   I was on WHYY in Philadelphia the other day talking about canning with _Food in Jars_ author Marisa McClellan.  ‘Twas awesome!

Always with the Preps

The most important thing about the power outages in the mid-Atlantic is that no one expected them to be this bad, so no one was ready.  The storms on Friday were stronger than expected, so no one, including the power company, was prepared.  That meant that for 3 million homes, the loss of electricity was…

  In honor of Making Home, my new book on Adapting-In-Place which comes out in August, New Society has offered to sponsor a spot in my Adapting-in-Place class that starts tomorrow.  In exchange for a sponsored spot for a low-income participant who couldn’t otherwise afford to take the class, New Society will ask for a weekly…

A little while back we took our current foster sons to visit the university where Eric teaches physics.  The boys had never visited a university before, and were curious about who goes there and what they do when they are there.   This led to a discussion of the value of a college education, what…

I can’t really blame George Monbiot or anyone else for buying the narrative hype.  Right now the overwhelming narrative is that we have no energy constraints at all.  Folks wonder aloud whether the US should join OPEC.  Increasingly ridiculous projections are made about the potential of shale oil and new drilling techniques.  Slight upticks are…