freeze drying economics

Freeze drying is superior food preservation technology that recently became available for home use. Units about the size of a woodstove enable home food preservers to put by meat, vegetables, fruit and completed meals for extremely long storage shelf lives without losing significant nutrient value. Friends of ours bought a freeze dryer and, with numerous batches under their belts, showed […]

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Solar Food Dehydrator

Best-Ever Solar Food Dehydrator Plans Nearly two decades of expert testing and experimentation have gone into producing these solar food dehydrator plans. The resulting food dryer isn’t just efficient and off-grid — it’s also highly cost-effective for anyone wanting to preserve large amounts of food at home. From Mother Earth News (editor note: Go to the link above to see […]

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Garden Planting Schedule

from homespun seasonal living .com January 14, 2015 by Kathie When a planning a garden, one of the most important parts is getting the timing right. Not everything gets planted at the same time, some seeds get direct seeded right into the garden, some get started inside, some go before the last frost, some after and so on. It’s a […]

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manual mowing again

My 20-year-old little Honda mulching mower is still gimpy. The quality time we spent together in the shop did not make it young and spry – like I am. I recognize a fuel-flow problem, but am unable to find a fuel filter anywhere. If there is one, it most assuredly is clogged with 20 years of impurities because I have […]

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growing without pests Day 1

We had a wonderful class. I didn’t know how it would work, if I had enough new information for those attending, and so on. It was the first time I’d used presentation software with a cable to a big screen monitor. I was nervous. It went great. There is a warm dozen-plus gardeners, knowledgeable and open to new information. They […]

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Growing A Healthy Environment

I wrote the following article for the August issue of the Sonoma County Environmental Impact Reporter a couple of decades ago. With a few tiny changes, I re-publish it here as it is still perfectly relevant and accurate. As you read, keep in mind the target market this was aimed at. Your priorities may vary, but the results are both […]

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organic growing

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course Information Spring 2014 Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd — Growing Without Pests AND […]

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lettuce lessons

With the recent cold snap, my Bitterroot winter garden experiment quickly entered Phase III. On October 14th, we filled planter boxes that were here before us with soil and seed. Then added water and wait. The plant seeds came from Territorial Seed, who has significant expertise in year-round gardening. They recommended some pak choi and three varieties of winter-hearty lettuce. […]

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salad warmers

My Montana winter salad experiment continues its evolution… As I explained November 10th in my article winter salad, I put some bok choi and three types of lettuce seeds into four planter boxes to see what might come of it. Being able to have fresh greens through the winter would be nice. Missy has begun her winter sprouts operation. That’s […]

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