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  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • United States

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I adopted some barn cats
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Lifelong dog person here. I adopted 2 cats through the "Working Cats Program" at the AZ Humane Society. One of the cats is very friendly. He's 7 months and has had lots of human contact. Our…Continue

Tags: cats, barn

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karis Nov 11, 2015.

Landrace Gardening
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Very interesting:

Tags: genetic, diversity, breeding, plant, gardening

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Dec 24, 2013.

Great Article Contrasting Gardening and Foraging
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Love this article because it compares and contrasts gardening and foraging. Both have advantages and are worth doing, but both start from different postures. …Continue

Tags: gardening, gathering, foraging

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karis Apr 14, 2013.


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Wife and mother of 2. Professional writer, and farmer in my own mind. I keep a garden, mini orchard and hens for eggs. Trying to produce as much healthy food for my family as I can and get back to simpler living.

I have a desert gardening video diary at

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At 1:30am on June 30, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

Hello Dear,
How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile,I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on( the full details.
Have a nice day.
Bruno Serra.

At 1:16pm on May 15, 2013, Heather Green said…

Thank you for your kind email. I appreciate the thought that went into your message. I agree with a lot of what you wrote. I think many things in the bible are symbolic and not to be taken literally. I believe the literal interpretation is what leads to deeming things like (just an example) diseased animals acceptable for consumption in the modern day because they fell on an "ok list" thousands of years ago.

I'm not religious at all, and my post was not meant to be cruel. I know tone is hard to detect in writing. I literally interpret the "law" as a set of guidelines for that time period meant to mainly protect one's health in some sense coupled with superstition. Like Mable pointed out, in that day and age pork was not safe to eat, so it makes sense that it would be forbidden to protect the masses, but at the same it makes zero sense to avoid clean animals in favor of diseased ones in the modern age based on doctrine written by man thousands of years ago.

We are all entitled to our own opinions on the matter. Like I mentioned  I find it liberating to assess right and wrong for myself and live by my own moral compass. 

At 3:09pm on January 24, 2013, HobieCat said…

Hi Karis -

Was checking out those greenhouses at Big Lots that you were discussing....if you can hold out til this Saturday, Maybe you've already noted this, but I noticed that they will be 20% off on Saturday, Jan 26th -- check out the banner on their website. Guess you just have to be a Rewards member, which looks to be free.

Good luck with your project!

At 11:22pm on April 16, 2012, Erica (Dawnfire) said…

Yeah, I realized after looking at a bunch of others that having my real name here was a mistake. Especially since I don't even use my real name on facebook and I am now linking the two a little more...

At 11:19pm on April 15, 2012, Andrea Vanderhule said…

HEY!  We got a house on Shea and the 51.  We are so excited to be closer to our center of activity, but  I sadly cannot have my chickens.  So I am going to offer them to anyone who will feed them organic feed and give me eggs.  You don't do organic do you?  I just bought 3 bags of soy-free, organic pellets from Azure, that's $60 bucks someone will get free, as long as I get eggs:)!  Let me know if you or someone you know would take excellent care of my ladies and have and open adoption.  I cannot say goodbye forever....and I will be a slobbery, sobbing mess when I hand them over!  Let me know and I will put the word out!  Let's meet early next month after we get settled!!!  We must have coffee and person!  

At 9:06pm on March 18, 2012, jeff lauffer said…

That's a good idea.  It would be nice to share info with other gardeners in our specific area.  Actually my tree is just under a year as well. So this is its first spring in my back yard. 

At 6:44am on September 10, 2011, Mischa O'Reilly said…

Welcome to the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends.

We encourage you to browse the discussions, blogs, videos, comments to get a feel for our incredibly resourceful community, and to share your interests as well. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with classes and events, so please let me know if you are interested in helping out when available.

We offer a variety of classes to our members on a donation basis (usually $10 to $25) that goes toward venue hard-costs, also to our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, as well as to support the non-profit in providing quality education for improving our health, our communities and environment. See what classes you may be interested in attending - and feel free to contact us with any questions.




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