An Introduction to Chicken Breeds and Their Eggs Sep09

An Introduction to Chicken Breeds and Their Eggs

So, I wanted a chicken. Just a chicken, you know, for eating and laying eggs and stuff. Well boy-o-boy, I never knew there could be so many from which to choose. Chickens are kind of like dogs. There’s a million kinds and you get different behaviors from all of them. Then again, you eat chicken.  You do not eat Bobo, your oaf of a Great Dane. DO NOT EAT BOBO. If all of this seems overwhelming, the amazing people at Oh Lardy have a great guide to keeping chickens. Our favorite part of the post was the detailed image that serves as a cheat-sheet for what kind of eggs to expect from different breeds of chickens. Check out their photo/info graphic below and consider taking a glance at their Practical Guide to Keeping Chickens....

Crowly Folk School Aug14

Crowly Folk School

Remember those things your grandfather just knew how to do? Almost like the knowledge came down from the heavens in the form of flannel-and-hat manna. And, just like the Hebrew people, you grew tired of the gift. Well, thankfully, all is not lost. Folk schools teach skills that are being forgotten with each passing generation. Crowly Folk School is one such  institution bringing back the skills it takes to live off the land and make beautiful things by hand. Their classes on cooking, growing, hiking, and making are beginning to take off.  Sponsored and managed in part by the Crowley Museum and Nature Center based out of Sarasota, Florida, there are many opportunities to help out and learn a thing or two along the way....

Beginning the Road to Self Sufficiency May02

Beginning the Road to Self Sufficiency...

You don’t have to wait until you get your dream property to begin cultivating life. Starting on the road to self sufficiency can be as easy as changing a few buying and spending habits. “How Anyone Can Be More Self Sufficient” is a great article detailing ways that anyone, anywhere can begin to become more self-sufficient. Much like any major project, the hardest part is often starting at all. This article comes courtesy of Little House Living, a great blog run by self-proclaimed South Dakota country girl Marissa. If you want to learn more, visit their blog for tips, tricks, and wonderful posts almost daily....

Center for Ecoliteracy: A Hub for Cultivating Sustainable Living Apr30

Center for Ecoliteracy: A Hub for Cultivating Sustainable Living...

You are never too old to learn something new. If learning about living a sustainable life isn’t worth the time, nothing is. There are quite a few resources out their to help aid in sustainable living, but it can be hard to find one that is well-designed. The Center for Ecoliteracy is a beautiful site dedicated to helping people learn about sustainable living. It’s worth a look or two (or three). Check out the resources at the Center for Ecoliteracy....

The Driftless Folk School Apr26

The Driftless Folk School...

If you live anywhere near Wisconsin (or within close proximity to an airport), the Driftless Folk School is the ideal destination for the sustainably minded who want to learn, well, pretty much anything. Want to learn about fruit tree grafting? Interested in foraging for wild edibles? What about tiny home construction? The Driftless Folk School covers all of that and more. Located in La Farge, Wisconsin, this little school is the epitome of what it means to cultivate life. While you’re in the area check out the Driftless Cafe, an absolutely amazing farm-to-table restaurant in the nearby culture hub of Viroqua, Wisconsin....

Work on an Organic Farm: WWOOF Oct22

Work on an Organic Farm: WWOOF...

WWOOF is not just the sound a dog makes, it is also a well organized platform for individuals and groups who want to work on organic farms. The tagline “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms: Linking volunteers with organic farms and growers” perfectly explains the organizations direction and passion. Want to take a trip, learn some skills, and eat some great food? Check out the worldwide hub for WWOOF....