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opinion and navelgazing

Right now, I’m taking courses through the WSU Extension office to become a Certified Master Food Preserver.  Basically, it amounts to 40 hours of training and lots of reading, at the end of which I will owe a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer work passing on the information I have learned.  The purpose is [...]

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At What Point Am I “Real”?

by Lisa Linderman on March 17, 2011

in opinion and navelgazing

You all know the drill.  You hear about some überfantabulous person or family who is taking the whole urban homesteading thing to heart, body, mind, and soul, and you are amazed.  They raise chickens and ducks for eggs and meat, they have goats that provide milk for drinking and making artisan cheeses, butter, and yogurt.  [...]

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Are You Simply Prepared?

by Lisa Linderman on March 14, 2011

in general,opinion and navelgazing

This post really has little to do with farmy-homesteady kinds of pursuits, but it does tie in with self-sufficiency and simplicity.  It just seemed relevant right now! Unless you’ve been asleep or in the jungle without communication devices for a week, you’re aware of the giant, devastating earthquake in Japan.  It spawned a series of [...]

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Suburbrural Homesteading

by Lisa Linderman on February 21, 2011

in opinion and navelgazing

Today is an Urban Homesteader Day of Action (or as the  Crunchy Chicken put it, “Blog Like a Pirate” day).   It’s amazing and really fun to see how many homesteaders are out there, blogging away, talking about the benefits of growing your own fruits and vegetables, living sustainably, canning and preserving foods, raising livestock humanely, [...]

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Urban Homesteaders Unite

by Lisa Linderman on February 16, 2011

in opinion and navelgazing

Theoretically, I’m probably a suburban-verging-on-sub-rural-homestead.  We have half an acre (hence the name), and we live in an area that true Urbanites would call “the Boonies”.  But we’re within city limits, and we do have actual neighbors, and no cows or horses or large farm equipment in the area.  Yeah, you can drive or walk [...]

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When I dive into a new hobby, as I tend to do on a rather frequent basis, I don’t usually make a giant study of it.  I read a few things, observe a lot, may take a class or two, and then jump.  When I got chickens, I took one class, checked out a bunch [...]

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Today was Mother’s Day, and I celebrated first by sleeping in until noon.  Yeah, I’m not proud, I’m not a morning person and my last week consisted of nothing but days of getting up before 7am, mostly before 6am, and then ending after midnight.  Once I was up and had scrounged myself a leftover homemade waffle [...]

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Eggsactly.

by Lisa Linderman on December 29, 2009

in chickens,opinion and navelgazing

(Wow, time flies when you’re working on Holiday things and indoor crafts instead of tending the garden! Didn’t mean for two months to slip by without an update!) This holiday season, I did as I always do: I baked and cooked myself into a complete frenzy. Every year I throw a big party for friends [...]

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