This is a repost from Hawthorn’s site, the Hedgerow. Hawthorn is teaching two classes at this year’s Sustainability Skill Share, as you’ll read below. You can hear Hawthorn talk about this course on an upcoming podcast episode. Register Now! The lovely Low Technology Institute in Cooksville, WI, is hosting a sustainability- and permaculture-focused weekend of … More Skill Share Workshops: Backyard Permaculture and Creating Sacred Space
This is a repost from Tom Bartlett’s site, silvaspoon.com. Tom is teaching a spoon carving class at this year’s Sustainability Skill Share (see a full course description at the link). Attendees can take a day- or weekend-long course covering axe and slyod-knife spoon carving, with prices starting at $84 (these discounted class registrations will go … More Skill Share Workshop: Everybody Should Carve a Spoon
Mushrooms are a great source of nutrition and a wonderful addition to any garden. Garden enthusiasts can easily grow many varieties of mushrooms in a shady spot in their backyards. During this workshop we will demonstrate several easy-to-learn techniques for adding edible mushrooms to diversify your garden experience. You’ll also learn about the live cycle … More Skill Share Workshops: Log-Grown Shiitake and Wincaps in Woodchips
The hour-per-day gardening project continues. Spring is the busiest time of year, followed by fall harvesting. With the addition a part of our neighbor’s plot, we have more work and space than ever. It has been cool and a little wet, but dry enough to get some seeds in the ground. The Neighbor’s Plot This … More Hour-Per-Day Gardening Continues
It is springtime and I see gardens being put in around the village. Did you go out to your garden shed and find that a tool you need broke? Are you looking for a quicker way to plant even rows of seeds? Do you want to try a new tool before buying it? Check out … More Borrow Garden Tools from the Tool Library
The institute’s tagline is “housing, clothing, and feeding ourselves in a post-fossil-fuel world,” but we give short shrift to the “clothing” part as we work on gardening and construction projects. We were lucky enough to be offered some growing space near the institute and in addition to growing chicken feed, we thought it would be … More How Hard Could It Be to Make a Shirt?
We have a big garden and try to grow an increasing percentage of our own food. We’ve still got potatoes and some canned vegetables from last year in the larder. People often comment on how large the garden is and how much work and time it must take to keep up, so again this year, … More One-Hour-Per-Day Gardening is Back
In the last report, we found that the institute bees survived the “polar vortex” -30°F (plus windchill) temperatures but the research hives, which were split heavily and smaller in size, did not. It is now reaching flying temperatures most days (>50°F) and the bees in all four institute hives have been out. Institute Hives … More Bee Report — Early Spring is Here
Our neighbors have run a market garden for years, selling produce at the Dane County Farmers’ Market and others. This year they have decided to scale back and just grow for themselves. They have a large plot with excess capacity and have offered us about five thousand square feet of full-sun growing space. We’re incredibly grateful … More How to Use a Windfall: An Extra 5,000 ft² of Growing Space
Our Sustainability Skill Share is approaching on June 1 and 2, and we have initiated an early-bird registration discount. Did you have a look at the classes but were still deciding if you want to sign up? Deliberate no longer: this is the best price for our classes (prices are lower than when you looked … More Sustainability Skill Share: New Early-Bird Prices Now Offered!