Sustainable Living

My Kitchen Is Alive!

Hannah Breckbill is settling in for the winter season on her homestead. And she’s indulging her favorite food preservation technique: fermentation! Find out how to get into a pickle yourself.

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Pumpkin Surprise At Barefoot Farm

Organic gardner and preparation expert Kathy Harrison is surprised by the resiliency of the squashes in her homestead’s garden. And one bright surprise makes her day.

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Re-enactors Camp In Style With Help From Lehman’s!

It’s challenging to keep up a “period correct” portrayal. But for us, it’s easy too! The difficult part is the research to make SURE that what we use is accurate in every detail. The easy part for us is that Lehman’s has many items that are necessary to carry off the illusion of living “back then.”

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Book Review: Seed To Seed

If you are a gardener, large or small, I would HIGHLY recommend that you have a copy of Seed to Seed on your bookshelf. There’s a lot of satisfaction in breaking yourself from having to buy seeds every year. And this is just the resource you need to get started.

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Pure Water: How To Do It On Your Own

You can store water but it’s really not easy. Water is heavy and bulky and you need a lot more than you think for everything from washing dishes and clothing and flushing the toilet.

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How Do YOU Make Apple Dumplings?

My favorite part of the recipe is the bottom corner of the back of the card, after the sauce ingredients–where Granny wrote “Good luck” in tiny letters.

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“But Why Bother?”

So why bother? It’s a legitimate question. I bother because the money I earn is in direct proportion to the labor I expend. The product I provide is useful and ethical and I can be proud of it. I bother because I prefer blue jeans to business suits and Muck boots to high heels.

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