Late-Season Crops

It is high summer, but I have to be thinking about what we will be eating this fall. The average first frost date for this area is September 30th. That means I have just over sixty days of growing outside. The greenhouse next door will give me another week or two and our own greenhouse … More Late-Season Crops

Upcoming Workshop — Hand-Harvesting Wheat, Jul. 25, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $20 (Space is Limited)

We’re trying to grow and harvest all of our food this year to simulate the collapse of fossil fuels. As part of that, we’ve purchased a tenth of an acre of organic wheat from a neighbor. In late July, we will harvest it using scythes and sickles.  Then it has to get tied into sheaves … More Upcoming Workshop — Hand-Harvesting Wheat, Jul. 25, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $20 (Space is Limited)

Foodmageddon: Grow, Glean, and Forage Over Two Million Calories for a Year?

Our grow-your-own project is underway. Right now, we’re in the planning stages. In February, we get a month of “business as usual,” to order and plan for the upcoming decrease of fossil fuels in our food system. Starting in March, we’ll only have a quarter of our trips to the grocery store and less shipping … More Foodmageddon: Grow, Glean, and Forage Over Two Million Calories for a Year?

Grow Your Own — Part III: Rules for the Experiment

We should define the parameters under which we’ll be carrying out this simulation. You can read about the inspiration and overall idea for this experiment in Part I and the chronological outline in Part II. Here we’ll drill down on exactly what we’ll be doing. 1. We will concentrate our growing efforts on about half … More Grow Your Own — Part III: Rules for the Experiment

Grow Your Own — Part I: What if Fossil Fuels Disappeared?

What if fossil fuels disappeared? That is the premise of the Low Technology Institute and the question is not rhetorical. Fossil fuels will stop being used, whether it is tomorrow or in a few decades. At some point we will no longer be using coal, natural gas, or petroleum for our main energy sources. Perhaps … More Grow Your Own — Part I: What if Fossil Fuels Disappeared?

Fruit Fly Trap

If you have a compost bin or even just a garbage can (so that means pretty much all of us), you’ve probably gotten fruit flies at some point. These largely harmless flies lay their eggs on rotting fruit. The eggs hatch in a half a day and the larvae grow, drawing on the sugars from … More Fruit Fly Trap