November 17, 2016

We had underestimated two important factors: Hazel’s intelligence and strength. Up at 4:30am we attempted a revised plan. We moved the carrier closer to the pen so Hazel wasn’t able to escape and readied ourselves with crackers and pasta.  The elusive dance began. Kind...

November 1, 2016

In the spring of 2016, we decided to raise our first pig to fill our winter freezer. Part of our progression towards self-sustaining living included developing the ability to raise and harvest livestock for sustenance, which is an essential protein staple during long c...

April 26, 2016


  Still without a sufficient amount of produce in the house, I awoke thinking 'How am I going to find the time today to allocate to my quest?'  Still many steps away from being self sufficient, Sean and I work away from our homestead at varied interval...

April 25, 2016


  Logic told me to create a weekly menu and a shopping list, generated from a mental picture of what we assumed we could find during a snowy March in Vermont. As a starting point, we decided on fish tacos (crazy, I know), white bean & kale soup, pasta w...

April 19, 2016

I then raised the question, how do our local farmers survive during the dark days of winter if their immediate communities don't buy their products year round? Ivy, my quiet though astute vegetarian noted, 'we should buy maple syrup from the Browns, we haven't done tha...

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