Our Homestead Dream

My partner Steph and I have a dream: to develop a small, off-grid homestead and become more self-sufficient by farming our own food and producing our own power with solar, wind, and geothermal technologies.This dream comes from a desire to live more in tune with nature, to regain a lost connection to the food we eat, and to ensure that we are able to provide for ourselves, in the event of an emergency or disaster situation, should traditional food and power distribution systems be disrupted....more

5 Reasons You Should Be Eating Lentils PLUS A Simple Prep Guide

Last week I had the pleasure of dining at the notorious Lentils As Anything Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Since I got wind of this eatery’s concept some 10 years ago, I dreamed of one day dining there and finally got my wish. It was amazing. The philosophy behind Lentils As Anything is that you pay what you feel the food is worth, and with this you are given the opportunity to contribute towards a world where respect, generosity, trust, equality, freedom and kindness rule....more

World Ocean Day! My Top 5 Steps To Becoming A Sustainable Seafood Foodie

World Oceans Day is almost here! On June 8th people all around the world, from Australia to Canada, will be celebrating World’s Ocean Day in different ways. For me, the best way to celebrate our ocean is to show our appreciation for the food it provides us with. What better way to do that then to take a step back and reflect on our practices when it comes to enjoying a nice seafood dinner....more

Container Gardening: 8 Edible Plants To Grow In Containers This Spring

 It’s here! Its spring!Once the cherry blossom trees are in bloom in Victoria the city comes to life. Watching those barren, graceless branches give rise to pink and white blossoms marks the transformation from winter to spring. But spring is more than flowers and butterflies. Spring also brings asparagus, rhubarb, and a whole lot of seedlings!...more

Buy Nothing New

Q. If you could quit one bad habit instantly without difficulty, which would it be?A. Saving too much stuff.  ...more

Setting up a green classroom

Great sites for Gardening help.

When In Doubt.There are times when I need a little bit of gardening help. When my friends or family do not have an answer, I can always turn to the internet. I have found several great sites that have top quality information.Reddit  In the past few years, maybe you have heard of this site. If you have not, I suggest that you check it out. There are two areas of reddit that I like to go to....more

FLOSS Pacific NW Cuisine: Pan-Fried Wild-Caught Salmon

Last month I went to the Pacific Northwest and practiced my FLOSSing. It didn’t involve my teeth or a dentist. “Fresh Local Organic Sustainable Seasonal”-ing is a natural way of living in the rugged, luscious, green Pacific North West....more

QUEEN OF THE GYPSIES

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Remembering to Bask

Sad but true: I’m not very good at writing about happy things.  In fact, now that I think about it, I’m not very good at celebrating.Celebrating is not to be confused with partying.  I like parties.  I like laughing and being loud with friends.  I like getting carried away into the night.  Partying frequently happens in the setting of celebrating something so it’s never occurred to me that I might be bad at celebrating, but I am. It’s partying that I’m good at....more