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Charlyn
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  • Corvallis, OR
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Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Lucy and the Apple Press'
"I can't blame Lucy: Getting an up-close look at the process of apple pressing sounds pretty intriguing—not to mention those 14 quarts of apple juice. Thanks so much for sharing this! "
Aug 15
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Lucy and the Apple Press

            Lucy the Cat enjoys her role as supervisor. She loves to climb ladders, to sit in the driver’s seat of vehicles, to poke at eggs and other fragile objects resting on the table, and to demand attention whenever we have company. This week, she was totally engaged in  apple harvest and pressing. Apple Harvest is a two part project. First, we took our ancient, wobbly wheelbarrow two blocks down the street to an old apple tree in the front yard of a shabby vacant rental that had dropped…See More
Aug 12
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Posting Post

City Repair. Public Art in private spaces. Little Library.  I’m not sure what you would call it, but we completed our Posting Post this afternoon and it looks pretty fine.       For years, I’ve admired the City Repair Projects in Portland, where neighbors come together and paint the streets, or build a playhouse, or create art out of recycled objects; I’ve even modeled my Honors American Literature final around the idea. Art that you stumble upon while running errands, art that makes your day a…See More
Jan 26
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Eggs!'
"Mmmm, squash with leek and garlic. Sounds like dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe—and for the tale of two eggs!"
Jan 6
Charlyn posted a blog post

Eggs!

            Who designed the chicken molting process? Really, who thought it was a good idea for the flock to lose feathers in November and December, just when the temperature drops? Henny began molting in late November and the yard was strewn with bright white feathers. As soon as she was done, just when the temperature dropped to ten degrees, Gladys started. Black smoke everywhere and she exposed her scrawny legs and neck to the cold. Why?            But Henny is glorious in her fresh…See More
Dec 27, 2013
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Corvallis Radicals'
"Charlyn: What an inspiring day and, with Thanksgiving on the horizon, what a good reminder to be thankful for forward thinkers like these who are leading the way for all of us. A big thanks to you, too, for the split pea recipe. Cooking once and…"
Nov 25, 2013
Charlyn posted a blog post

Corvallis Radicals

            One of the best things about living in Corvallis is the number of people who are working for change. We have Mr. Eager (yup, Eager), a retired OSU professor whose wife remembers pre-war Germany, who is interested in solar energy. So, they set up a two different systems of the roof of the passive solar house they built in the early nineteen seventies, to test which was more efficient on rainy days. If you visit, you can climb up to a rickety viewing platform to examine the panels…See More
Nov 25, 2013
Charlyn posted a blog post

Homestead Harvest

Homestead Harvest is in…and the tally is: Pickled Beets:6 pintsBlueberries: 2 quarts driedPlums: 8 pints canned            6 quarts driedPears: 5 quarts driedApples: 7 quarts dried            4 pints of sauce            3 quarts of juice—already gone…Grape juice: 23 quartFigs: 5 quarts driedTomatoes: roasted 70 half pints roasted7        pints of salsa4 quarts driedGreen Beans: 7 pints cannedHoney: 5.5 quarts, so farJam: 3 gooseberry            6 rhurbarb red currant            6…See More
Oct 6, 2013
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Voluntary Complexity'
"Love this so much. Thanks for sharing it."
Sep 9, 2013
Charlyn posted a blog post

Voluntary Complexity

            Anyone who believes that we live lives of Voluntary Simplicity because we have a couple of hens in the backyard, some locally grown tomatoes on the shelf and one car in the driveway has not seen my schedule book lately. I am beginning to feel like an Honors Junior angling towards Stanford. They have colored coded planners, fifteen things happening in a day, and no time for the common cold, never mind a weekend off. Me, too. We are all  practicing Voluntary Complexity, not Voluntary…See More
Sep 8, 2013
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Gardener? Or Urban Farmer? Which are you?'
"Charlyn, I reposted a slightly condensed version on HOMEGROWN's Facebook page, and you got a few more appreciative comments over there: Hope Farms And, in that meeting, you hide your fingernails because just that morning you were in the…"
Sep 2, 2013
Kirsten Madaus commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Gardener? Or Urban Farmer? Which are you?'
"6 out of 10 (7 if I can count 5 gallon buckets *and* a trug), though I would call myself a gardener--except I find myself telling everyone (including complete strangers) that it really, truly, is all about the soil.  You're so right!"
Aug 26, 2013
Charlyn posted a blog post

Gardener? Or Urban Farmer? Which are you?

You find dried bean seeds in your pockets in December.There is hay in the car.You turn to binder twine and five gallon buckets rather than organic hemp twine and a trug.You talk compost with strangers.You indulge in “one more season” hose repair.You spend more time thinking about fencing than the White Flower Farm flower catalog.You realize, half way through a professional meeting, that you have dirt somewhere. Fingernails? Hand cracks? Knees?  No, not all three!You worry more about the crop of…See More
Aug 25, 2013
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Embracing my Inner Peasant'
"Love this—especially that last point. Thanks so much Charlyn—for the recipe, too!"
Jul 29, 2013
Charlyn commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Embracing my Inner Peasant'
"I've used that one, too. I like it a little better, but don't always have the wine and the beets on the same day. :)"
Jul 18, 2013
Sue Gee commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Embracing my Inner Peasant'
"I too have embraced my inner peasant.  Peasants are sturdy and hardworking; nothing wrong with that.  The Joy of Pickling book is great.  I used their Pickled Beets in Red Wine recipe last year and they were the best pickled beets I…"
Jul 15, 2013

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Lucy and the Apple Press

            Lucy the Cat enjoys her role as supervisor. She loves to climb ladders, to sit in the driver’s seat of vehicles, to poke at eggs and other fragile objects resting on the table, and to demand attention whenever we have company. This week, she was totally engaged in  apple harvest and pressing.

 

Apple Harvest is a two part project. First, we took our ancient, wobbly wheelbarrow two blocks down the street to an old apple tree in the front yard of a shabby vacant…

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Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:41pm — 1 Comment

Posting Post

City Repair. Public Art in private spaces. Little Library.  I’m not sure what you would call it, but we completed our Posting Post this afternoon and it looks pretty fine.       

For years, I’ve admired the City Repair Projects in Portland, where neighbors come together and paint the streets, or build a playhouse, or create art out of recycled objects; I’ve even modeled my Honors American Literature final around the idea. Art that you stumble upon while running errands, art that makes…

Continue

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Eggs!

            Who designed the chicken molting process? Really, who thought it was a good idea for the flock to lose feathers in November and December, just when the temperature drops? Henny began molting in late November and the yard was strewn with bright white feathers. As soon as she was done, just when the temperature dropped to ten degrees, Gladys started. Black smoke everywhere and she exposed her scrawny legs and neck to the cold. Why?

            But Henny is glorious in her…

Continue

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

Corvallis Radicals

            One of the best things about living in Corvallis is the number of people who are working for change. We have Mr. Eager (yup, Eager), a retired OSU professor whose wife remembers pre-war Germany, who is interested in solar energy. So, they set up a two different systems of the roof of the passive solar house they built in the early nineteen seventies, to test which was more efficient on rainy days. If you visit, you can climb up to a rickety viewing platform to examine the panels…

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Posted on November 25, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

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At 12:34pm on September 14, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hi, Charlyn. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). I’m so glad you found us, and I hope you’ve already started making your way around the site. You can always find the latest additions to HOMEGROWN at the very top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. No pressure to share anything before you’re ready (or ever—some folks prefer just to browse!), but I hope you begin to feel at home soon.

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