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Hide or Go Seek

Upon returning from our year-long cross-country expedition to learn firsthand about living more sustainably, the most commonly asked question has been, “Did you get what you wanted out of the trip?” My answer is yes, absolutely. We sheared sheep and herded goats and cows and hogs and chickens. I learned to drive a tractor, till […]

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Where Does Our Food Come From: Part II

IN THE BEGINNING The Bible claims that Cain killed Abel because he was jealous of God’s favor with his brother’s blood sacrifice. Cain, a farmer, made an offering of grain, while Abel, a shepherd, sacrificed a lamb. Why God preferred one gift over the other is uncertain, but, if we consider this story to be […]

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Onward…to Lady Liberty

  All-in-all, we spent five weeks in Kentucky and left with a rebuilt motor for the Schwartz and Mattie’s broken leg on the mend. During our final week in Independence, KY, Anastasia and I made a couple trips over the Ohio River into Cincinnati. We visited the Newport Aquarium which hosts the largest collection of […]

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Where Does Our Food Come From?

Where Does Our Food Come From? is an ongoing investigation into the current condition of our food systems. I strongly encourage your input and questions…I have no idea where this process might take us but, hopefully, through forums like this, together we may uncover ways to reclaim our food sovereignty and security. Once Upon a […]

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Small Farmers vs. Big Ag

OK, I’ll try to catch you up on our expedition in a few short bursts… It has been many weeks and several thousand miles since we left River Run Farm and Pottery in central Kentucky. We’ve milked cows, slaughtered chickens, built a wattle fence, cleaned a barn, built a solar dehydrator, split a couple cords […]

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Getting Busy on the Eve of 50

12 weeks into our expedition and I am OK…actually, I’m much better than OK. What I mean to say is that I really wasn’t certain how I would take to this nomadic lifestyle…and I’m pretty sure Anastasia was even more worried about my transition than I was. Leaving our home in Altadena for a year-long […]

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The Real Dirt on Family Farms

It had not yet begun to rain when we left the dog at the vet and Jonas started into town to return the trailer. Three days on River Run Farm & Pottery in Kentucky and Mattie had had her share of adventures: She had chased down several sheep, nipping at their heels, endlessly “herding” them before […]

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Right In Our Backyard

Last weekend I attended the Urban Ecology Extravaganza right here in little ol’ Altadena, CA. I have lived in Altadena since 2004 and not too much happens here (which is a good thing, mostly) but over the last six months Altadena has established a certified organic & local Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays 3pm-7pm  and a […]

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Jeepers Batman, Baking Soda is Amazing!

Its “flu season” and everyone around me is getting sick.  More than once in the last few weeks, I’ve felt a strange headache coming on or woke up with a tickle in my throat.  First thing I do is dump 2-3 teaspoons of aluminum-free baking soda* in about a half a cup of water, swirl […]

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