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    Five Things I Know About Keeping Bees

    by  • May 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

    1. Bees die. Sometimes they die as part of the natural life cycle and are carried out of the hive by coroner bees. Sometimes whole hives die from cold or starvation, the fate of the bees kept on our property the last two winters respectively. Dead hives are fascinating and beautiful in their own...

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    Frog In The Swond – Attracting Wildlife With Water

    by  • April 8, 2015 • 0 Comments

    We’re coming upon our third growing season at the Harmonious Homestead property. As I think about the year ahead, it occurs to be that I’ve never shared the most exciting goal we achieved last year. The frog in the swond. When we moved here, our property was like a park. We enjoyed big, beautiful...

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    Printing & the Hand-Made Ethic #MoveOurIgloo

    by  • March 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    I have a new tradition. On Sunday mornings instead of giving to a church plate, I give to a Kickstarter project. Not every Sunday, and not always Kickstarter, but over the last few years I’ve shifted from charitable giving to funding small businesses. Why this is would be an interesting post in itself, but I...

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    Raising Healthy Dogs with HardyPet {Sponsored}

    by  • March 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    What do you feed your pets? The more that I explore and understand human nutrition, the more I consider this question. If I believe that humans are healthiest on a diverse, vitamin-rich diet, doesn’t it follow that my pets would thrive on such a diet too? Our little dog Hawise stopped being interested in dry...

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    Change Your Life Kraut Melt Sandwich {Recipe}

    by  • February 24, 2015 • 3 Comments

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    What I’m about to tell you is so devastatingly simple that it can hardly be called a recipe. And yet, a friend whom I recently served this to declared that it “changed her life.” All you need is vegetable kraut, bread and cheese. I ferment my own mixed vegetable kraut from whatever’s in season....

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    Wisdom & News from OEFFA Conference 2015

    by  • February 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    I’m still riding high on the “agricultural intoxication”* of the 2015 Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association annual conference. My heart is warmed by so many great talks, both prepared presentations and side conversations, with friends new and old. My head spins with the possibilities of this coming year. I bounced around a lot...

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    Homestead Happenings #3: Plans & Yeast

    by  • February 8, 2015 • 2 Comments

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    This week was dominated by planning for the spring ahead. The groundhog may have seen a shadow, but sunny, longer days mean that garden work will come very soon. The weather was warm enough for me to spend a little time digging roots and washing seedling pots yesterday! What’s happened this week: We watched...

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    Gardening on the Wild Side

    by  • February 4, 2015 • 7 Comments

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    If you’ve seen me in person recently, you’ve probably heard me mention Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. This book, a science-based review of how to select and prepare food for maximum nutritional benefit, has transformed my cooking more than any other writing ever. I even taught a class...

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    Homestead Happenings #2: Late & Great

    by  • February 2, 2015 • 3 Comments

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    Who is surprised that in the second week of what was supposed to be a weekly list, I’m already a day late? Not I. Last week was full in so many ways. Here’s what was going on in our world: Alex spent the week in Arizona and Mexico on business. It was a long trip...

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