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October 2010 Blog Posts (8)

On Weeds, and Outputs

Originally posted at

Weeds used to present an ongoing challenge to my gardening - particularly in my organic garden, where I can't resort to my neighbors'…

Added by Lyn Bilodeau on October 12, 2010 at 5:31pm — 1 Comment

Save Money by Going Green

How much money do you spend each year on electricity, natural gas, water, and gasoline? The average family spends several thousands of dollars each year on these four resources. Would you like to spend less (perhaps a lot less) while conserving resources and helping to solve the climate problem? Well, you can, and it needn’t cost a great deal of money to do so. Read…


Added by Dustin H. Brown on October 6, 2010 at 7:52am — No Comments

Straw bale homes to save energy

Hello everyone. I am a builder of straw bale homes and would like to invite all of you to visit MY blog at under Performance Homes and Remodeling. I am discussing the steps to building your own straw bale home. I feel the cost of energy is just getting higher and higher and building smaller, more energy efficient homes is a way to save money. I am excited to be a member of this site and plan on using it to improve my garden and learn about permaculture. Thanks. Patrick Preciado

Added by Patrick Preciado on October 5, 2010 at 1:29pm — 14 Comments

Do You Have a . . . ?

Originally posted at

One of the recurring refrains I hear is "I'd love to have a garden, but I don't have space." In most cases, the space is there - it just requires a lot of creativity. (I do have one exception; I'll get back to her in a few.)

It's easy to have the idea that self-sufficiency means moving out to a farm, raising goats and chickens, and farming on a large scale. And don't get me… Continue

Added by Lyn Bilodeau on October 3, 2010 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

Do You Have a Community?

Originally posted at

I've talked before about the various ways of increasing our resources by widening our scope.

One of the ideas that most intrigues me right now is the trend toward yard sharing and urban… Continue

Added by Lyn Bilodeau on October 3, 2010 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

The Rabbit project

Henry and Sophie are the Beginnings of my Meat Rabbit Project. Sophie is a White New Zealand Doe and

Henry is a cross between White and Black New Zealand. He has coloring similar to a Silverpoint siamese cat. His Gaurd hairs are cream colored and his undercoat is a light silver grey. His face, ears, tail and feet are darker grey. If I can find one more Doe that is 4-5 months old, I will be able to start breeding in about four months. 6 months if I wait for Sophie to mature. The sooner…


Added by Treasa on October 3, 2010 at 9:47am — 6 Comments

On Lazarus Long, Skill Sets, and Swales

Originally posted at

Yesterday at the garage sale, we got to talking about my several side projects: the permaculture design, this blog, my plans to write for publication, my book trading, and so on. Not to mention my various hobbies and other interests, and the things I've toyed with doing for money but walked away from.

Even I can't help but… Continue

Added by Lyn Bilodeau on October 2, 2010 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Homesteading: Evoking History & Building the Future

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Homesteading. Even for me, the word evokes images of another time.

The two-room cabin where my grandfather grew up in southern Idaho is still in my father's family. My grandfather lived there, as did his nine (yes, nine) brothers and sisters, his father, and his father's wives. The inside of the house was smaller than the… Continue

Added by Lyn Bilodeau on October 2, 2010 at 4:32pm — 2 Comments

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