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
Goat’s milk. A three-day-old fawn. And lots of edible and medicinal plants. These are the things you missed if you weren’t at The Human Path’s class on Foraging Wild Foods and Medicinals, held on private land in Leander. As we toured around the property, our teacher, Sam Coffman, identified and described the uses for a… Continue reading Herbs and goats and deer, oh my!
Homemade yogurt? On a recent episode of The Survival Podcast featuring money-saving tips, a listener wrote in suggesting that people make their own yogurt. And from the moment I heard about it, the idea was intoxicating. The basic concept is taking regular milk and adding a couple tablespoons of existing yogurt for the cultures, and… Continue reading Porchgurt
True self-reliance would entail growing all of your own produce and raising your own livestock for meat. In an urban area like Austin, that’s not feasible for most people. Even a backyard garden can only produce so much food. Most people will therefore purchase their food all at a large chain grocery store. The Sustainable… Continue reading The sustainability factor