Herbal first-aid kit: Salves

Wrist-deep in herbs, vodka and oil. Last Saturday I participated in an all-day herbology class taught by Sam Coffman of The Human Path in which we made herbal salves that would be appropriate for an herbal first-aid kit. What are salves? Salves are preparations of natural oils and beeswax with the addition of the constituent… Continue reading Herbal first-aid kit: Salves


Coexisting with nature · Gardening/permaculture · Homesteading · Primitive/wilderness skills · Sustainable food

We need to stop pissing off Mother Nature

Mother Nature knows what we’re doing, and she’s not happy. As readers of this blog will know, this summer I’ve taken classes covering everything from learning wilderness survival skills to investigating my spirituality to understanding the principles of permaculture. All of these classes have a common goal: they teach those of us who live in… Continue reading We need to stop pissing off Mother Nature

Gardening/permaculture · Money savers · Prepping · Survival

The Survival Podcast

This will be a quick post, but I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to redesign the website for one of my favorite survival/prepping resources, and I wanted to announce that here and give that site a little plug. The Survival Podcast is a daily (Monday-Friday) hour-long original podcast produced by Jack Spirko. He’s… Continue reading The Survival Podcast

Primitive/wilderness skills · Survival

Fish heads, fish heads…

We just finished our second Hunter-Gatherer weekend class taught by Sam Coffman of The Human Path. This time our class was primarily devoted to primitive fishing techniques. Having survived the previous weekend on nothing to eat for a day and a half other than grasshoppers and roasted prickly pear cactus, the group of 10 hunter-gatherers… Continue reading Fish heads, fish heads…