Coexisting with nature · Gardening/permaculture

My garden and my legacy

A woman with an idea. That was me in November, 2009. At the University of Texas at Austin, they had launched a new platform to solicit feedback and ideas from the University community. On the day it launched, I happened to walk by two large raised beds, filled with flowers that were being dug up… Continue reading My garden and my legacy

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Coexisting with nature · Gardening/permaculture · Homesteading

Mind your beeswax

Getting up close and personal with several thousand honeybees… it’s a pretty good way to spend a Saturday morning. Round Rock Honey offers introductory beekeeping classes that allow you to learn the basics of raising the buzzy insects and producing your own honey. This past week I got the chance to visit their operation and… Continue reading Mind your beeswax

Gardening/permaculture · Homesteading

What’s so sacred about lawns?

Modern American society needs to stop worshipping at the altars of St. Augustine and St. Bermuda. I can’t think of anything else besides lawn grasses that we humans grow that requires as much labor, fertilizer, fuel, water and space, and yet produces nothing useful. We spend millions of dollars as a society to make sure… Continue reading What’s so sacred about lawns?

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