How Hard Could It Be to Make a Shirt?

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?

How to Use a Windfall: An Extra 5,000 ft² of Growing Space

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

Keeping Warm in Winter — Part II: Dress for Success with the Three W’s

  In Part I, yesterday, we met the four ways we lose heat: radiation, convection, conduction, and evaporation. Today we’ll look at the three W’s, which work together to combat each one of these heat thieves. The Three W’s: Wicking, Warmth, and Wind Layering is the watchword of keeping warm in the winter. Wearing one … More Keeping Warm in Winter — Part II: Dress for Success with the Three W’s

Keeping Warm in Winter — Part I: How We Lose Heat

I grew up in northern Minnesota, the coldest part of the continental United States. I remember playing outside when school was canceled due to extreme weather — the coldest I specifically remember was when my friends and I built a snow fort at -40°F (-40°C). That was the winter when we hit -60°F (-51°C). I … More Keeping Warm in Winter — Part I: How We Lose Heat