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....

A Forum for the Rest of Us May07

A Forum for the Rest of Us

Sometimes, living a self-reliant life can be, well, a bit lonely. Getting sage advice from seasoned homesteaders and sustainable-minded individuals is vital to survive everything that nature and society can throw at you. Unfortunately, for most of us, there is no Gandalf-like sage for most of us. There are, however, pretty great forums where people who are trying to cultivate life meet and discuss a range of issues. It might be a bit obscure, but the Sustainable Country Forums have sparked and discussed more than a few pretty great topics. I hope to start sparking some new discussions soon.    ...

Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup May01

Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup...

Sometimes, it’s hard to plan out what to eat. It can be even harder when you are trying to live a sustainable life. There are, however, thousands of great recipes that are easy to make with ingredients grown on a homestead or in a small garden. Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup is one of those great recipes. This soup recipe comes courtesy of what I believe to be the BEST restaurant in all of North Carolina. Amelie’s is a 24/7 French-inspired restaurant in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. The atmosphere is amazing, the food even better, and the hours unbeatable. Spend a night eating until dawn at one of the finest establishments in North Carolina....

Ozoshare Sustainable Living Social Network Apr27

Ozoshare Sustainable Living Social Network...

If you’ve been looking for a free, Facebook style social network that revolves around sustainable living, this one might be for you. Ozoshare, although not as active as Facebook, has everything you could want in a social network. Private mail, events, groups, and a constantly updated timeline are all free to active users. For those who want to connect to other like-minded people who love to cultivate life, Ozoshare is a great social networking site....

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....