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Joel Salatin at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup

We were lucky enough to be able to make it to Puyallup, Washington for the Mother Earth News Fair. In addition to all the great displays and interesting trade show booths, Mother Earth News had a lot of great speakers, including Will Allen and Joel Salatin. Joel’s speech is nearly an hour long, but it’s […]

Canning jar deals cause delays

We got back very late Monday night (3:30 a.m.) from the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup. It was a loooong drive! I figured I’d need Tuesday to recover and deal with all the photos and video we captured of the event. I did manage to upload all the photos and video to our desktop […]

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How to ignore 2012 conspiracies

It’s now 2012 and, depending on whom you believe, these could be the end times. Or not. I fall in the “or not” category. That being said, I do like delving into the various conspiracy theories just to see what they’re made of and whether they’re even remotely credible. It seems you can’t even discuss […]

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Survivorman goes off-grid

Going off-grid. It’s a nice ideal, but how practical is it? How tough would it be to do it? Do you think you and your family would survive? If you’re familiar with Survivorman (Les Stroud) you’ll know he has survived some of the harshest environments on the planet and he’s still around. When I had […]

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Last weekend I attended Seedy Sunday Edmonton, an event that brought together a large number of people from the Edmonton area who are interested in gardening, horticulture, seed saving, farming and more. If you’re looking to plan your garden around locally-adapted seed varieties, most of which I understood are actually heirloom seeds, it was THE […]

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Belgravia Green Edmonton net zero project

Judging by the attendance at the Belgravia Green net zero home open house yesterday, people in Edmonton are really interested in energy efficiency and alternative energy. As environmentally responsible as people want to be, it probably doesn’t hurt that Epcor, the local electrical utility, was charging an outrageous 15 cents per kilowatt hour in January […]

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Solar energy class

I recently started a night class on solar energy and its uses. It’s a six-week class that gives students an overview of the different types of solar technologies available, their advantages and disadvantages, applications, etc. The class is offered by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta and it covers a lot of ground. We’ve got […]

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Homemade yogurt

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Homemade yogurt

It’s probably been ten years since I made homemade yogurt for the first time. I’m not even sure what prompted me to make it. What I do remember is that we had done research online regarding homemade yogurt. When we were in Edmonton visiting relatives we went to a store that we knew sold yogurt […]

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Meet the Farmer – Joel Salatin Part 3

In this third Meet the Farmer video, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms talks about a variety of farm issues, including “salad bar beef” methods of intensively grazing cattle on small pasture areas. He has 100 head of cattle that intensively graze about a half-acre of pasture and they’re moved on a daily basis. It’s been […]

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