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  • Homesteading is Zone Zero for Social Change

    Homesteading is Zone Zero for Social Change

    Some of us moderns who crave deeper connection, deeper meaning, find ourselves drawn to homesteading or living more naturally as a direct response to the times we live in. We are craving a more nourished life. We are craving a better lifestyle. How is better defined? What are we really doing here? Like Neo in…

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  • On the Lookout for Signs of Spring Deer Browse

    On the Lookout for Signs of Spring Deer Browse

    This week I am starting to notice new seasonal signs of plant leaves and buds being eaten by deer. I am on the lookout year round for signs of deer browse because it helps me learn their habits, especially as it relates to our trees, herbs and gardens. Throughout the season I carefully watch our…

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  • Are There Any Reliably Deer Resistant Fruit Trees and Shrubs?

    Are There Any Reliably Deer Resistant Fruit Trees and Shrubs?

    Deer resistance is a term used to describe plants or trees that can hold up to some amount of deer browse. Resistant is the key word because it implies that a tree is not deer proof. The thing about trees who make edible fruits is that they tend to also have some degree of edible…

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  • Growing Trees More Naturally In the Presence of Deer

    Growing Trees More Naturally In the Presence of Deer

    Hungry deer are a present reality for many gardeners. In the past decades deer populations have skyrocketed as predators and wild habitats have declined. Deer frequent rural gardens and suburban gardens. Deer are increasingly present in many city limits, especially near wildland-urban interfaces. And it seems like they are hungry and ready to eat the…

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  • Planting Trees for the Love of it

    Planting Trees for the Love of it

    I looked up to my mentors and elders who plant trees. Fruit trees, nut trees, medicine trees, native trees, trees for beauty. Every tree I met became a new acquaintance and some became good friends. For over a decade I’ve been enamored with planting and tending trees. Over that time my mentors and elders inspired…

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  • My Top 5 Homesteading Failures

    My Top 5 Homesteading Failures

    I’m finding it rewarding to reflect on the past 7 years of homesteading and see how far I’ve come — I’ve accomplished so much re-connection to food, plants and my own heart. A good portion of this lifestyle is trial and error because I was not brought up homesteading. And a lot of things I…

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  • I am an Imperfect, Impure Gardener

    I am an Imperfect, Impure Gardener

    Our culture is well steeped in the pursuit of perfect. I was once unaware of perfectionism happening all around me but today I can’t stop seeing the influence of perfect on myself and my fellow humans. Less than three short years into my gardening journey I learned of this alternative way of gardening and living…

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  • Our Family’s Experience Growing and Selling Seeds

    Our Family’s Experience Growing and Selling Seeds

    Last month our family finished wrapping up our 6th season of growing and selling seeds from our homestead gardens. Now in early February as the growing daylight length becomes more noticeable and the fruit tree’s buds are swelling, we are slowly entering a new season of growing seeds. Our little family seed enterprise currently offers…

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  • Breaking Free from the 9-to-5 Condition and Designing a Life with Joy

    Breaking Free from the 9-to-5 Condition and Designing a Life with Joy

    Eight years ago I found myself volunteering at a permaculture homestead in the forest. I traded my labor for room, board, experience and knowledge. I had originally planned a journey to volunteer at several homesteads and farms for six months. I must have needed more time immersing and learning because the journey evolved into over…

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  • A Gift to Myself: Personal Reflections on Being Human

    A Gift to Myself: Personal Reflections on Being Human

    This winter I’m enjoying spending time reflecting on my human journey, which is fully entwined with my homesteading journey. I’ve written that “homesteading” is the most useful word I’ve found to describe our lifestyle and the culture we want to contribute to. But I could just as easily say: I’m doing “life” with an emphasis…

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  • Claim Your Power to Support Small-Scale, Bio-Regional Seed Growers

    Claim Your Power to Support Small-Scale, Bio-Regional Seed Growers

    Are your garden seeds grown in a small-scale farm with regenerative practices or in a massive monoculture? Are your garden seeds grown locally to your bio-region or far, far away in another time zone, even another continent? Supporting small-scale and local seed is important for the health of our gardens, our environment, our local economies…

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  • Seed Saving: My Top 5 Insights

    Seed Saving: My Top 5 Insights

    As a gardener saving seeds is a favorite seasonal ritual—Saving seeds helps me deepen my connection with plants, the garden and myself. Saving seeds is one of the most important, meaningful and special human practices. Saving seeds naturally helps me learn to produce more and consume less, which in turn helps me heal my relationship…

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