NCSC, the North Country Sustainability Center is now an incorporated entity, one step away from formal tax exempt status. This is a very exciting time for all of us in MA and NH. Once we get this underway, we plan on buying the land and starting a commercial kitchen/arts center/ sustainable ag center with a whole lot more. Please check out www.northcountrysustain.org, or check us out Facebook. We are a… Continue
I wrote this post awhile ago and have been saving it until the right time. With the season of holiday consumption ahead of us, and with it the automatic response of buying more cheaply and unsustainably produced goods just because we think we should, now seems like the right time. Of course I'll be back here on Black Friday plugging alternative gift guides and artisans and handmade products, but as always there is another alternative: be more thoughtful about what you buy, more…Continue
I was lurking around here trying to find a soup thread somewhere, but it seems that the recipes have yet to pour in!
So without further ado, I will leave mine for the week.
It's nothing I'm too proud of -definitely a recipe from one of those cookbooks that you feel like a cheater to use- but I must say the times I've made it it's quite a lovely dish. The flavors are very delicate and feel a little sophisticated, but not so different that they scare away the meat and potato…
We decided on French Onion this week and used a recipe from one of my go-to cookbooks. There's not a lot to say about this recipe as you really just cook onions and add vegetable stock. I will… Continue
Ahhh, it's that time of year when everything that grows outdoors start to take a colorful turn to give us a spectacular show of color just before forfeiting their exteriors to the soil. I like to compare it to a summer time festival where everyone is having a grand ol time appreciating the company of others and making new…
This year at the Scissors & Drumsticks garden we had to grow at a minimum for test purposes. We just didn’t want to waste anything that wouldn’t grow, and believe me, we had our ups and downs. We are not gardeners of sorts, we just wanted to grow and preserve our own food. As much as we could at least. This year has proven to us that it can be done. From the garden years ago in my parents’ backyard I formed my little bit of background in “backyardiculture.” It was the tips from two…
Beets. I always think of canned pickled beets, which gross me out. I think. I'm not sure I've actually tried them, at least not recently, but it's a long-harbored prejudice that I just can't shake. So when it came time in our mission to expand our vegetable… Continue
After reading about the $50 greenhouse I quickly decided I needed to make one of my own. The summer season was winding down and I knew I wasn't over my newly found lettuce addiction. I need to grow well into the autumn and even winter. Time for a simple hoop house.
Part of all my homestead construction is an element of recycling and reusing.… Continue
Believe it or not, kiwifruit (originally known as Chinese gooseberry, native to Southern China) is both locally grown and seasonally available right now in Western North Carolina. A sweet couple from Little Sandy Mush have two very old vines which happened to do very well this year. They explained to me how kiwifruits are picky and… Continue
As we move from Odom's Idle Acres in Barnesville, Georgia to Pink Hill, North Carolina and our own little plot of dirt, the one thing that we intend on intensifying (even while downsizing) is our goal of self-sufficiency. We're not vegans or even vegetarians so we have to think about our source for milk, eggs, and meat. Even if we were vegan though, keeping… Continue
Today is Glenda's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Glenda!) so I took advantage of all of those yellow carrots I gleaned and made cupcakes. What? Too February 2010 for you? Are cupcakes now terribly passe? PSHAW! THEY'RE CUPCAKES and sweet and cute is never out of vogue!!!!
I love clicker training. I use it to train all my dogs and puppies. It's an amazing tool, but I have to admit I've never considered using it to train my goats. At least not until I saw this. Amazing.
I've had such amazing success with dogs using a clicker that I don't have to be sold on it's value as a training tool. It's what they use at places like Sea World to train the marine animals and was introduced to dog trainers by a former Sea World trainer,…