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More Medicines from Your Yard

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Medicine making is a simple, rewarding and most useful skill to develop

Progress on Our Resiliency Plan

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Starting with an overgrown backyard and sandy soil and have made great strides! Here's how.

Homesteading in Schenectady

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We have minimized our fossil fuel use in our home and food, all within a city setting!

An Intergenerational Garden

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Babies, teenagers, adults, middle agers, old folks and others dead and gone.  September has it all.  And you are still canning and freezing.

Medicines from Your Yard

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If you think it is great to grow your own food, wait until you experience making your own medicine

Planting in July???

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July is the busiest month of the gardening year -- planting, picking, preserving

Welcome Visitors

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You don't have to plant everything that grows in your garden

Ahh! May in the Garden

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The taste of Spring and the promise of Summer! Come garden with me...

New Beginnings

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April is the month of optimism.  So many happy beginnings in the garden in the spring.

Is It Spring Yet??

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March is a month of challenges -- the biggest is patience

Grain by Hand & Foot

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How might we make grain for bread without electricity? Watch this...

The Plot Thickens

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Winter in the northeast is long.
Evenings are dark and cold.
It’s a good time for a story -- a story with a good plot.

A New Kind of Resolution

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GTTY – gardening through the year, start the year with a better, more sustainable resolution!

Memories and Dreams

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In December you are not in the garden, the garden is in you.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Holding on to the green.  Welcome to my November gardens.

Sustainable Fashion: The Real Cost of a Free T-shirt

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Long a mainstay of fabric, the cotton industry has evolved. Take a closer look at this well regarded material.

And the Garden Grows On

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Just because it is cold doesn't mean you can't still have fresh veggies from your garden

Albany City Council Considers Styrofoam Ban

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Come to public hearing Tuesday, Nov 5th at City Hall on Eagle St.

Walking the Talk - Michael and Olivia

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After working to make our home energy efficient and sustainable, we both started businesses in this field too.

Gorgeous Old Home and Energy Efficient Too!

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Labor of Love and Art takes old home and makes it a thing of true beauty!

Living with the Earth

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Money should not be the reason you don't live your independent, sustainable life!

Another Step to Life Without Gas!

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For Your Pleasure: Rechargeable Yard Maintenance Equipment

Oil, oil everywhere

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Oil in the bottles we knew, but oil in our cosmetics too? Read and learn...

The Natural Living Show — June 2nd and 3rd

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Visit the first ever Natural Living Show at the Altamont Fairground and learn! 100+ Exhibitors.

A basement aquaponics system.

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Want organic produce in the winter and early spring?

Your Last Green Action

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"Leave No Trace" is a Cub Scout slogan, or as Paul suggests, maybe some wildflowers...

Homesteading by Jim Strickland and Laurie Freeman

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Most know us from the Solar Tour and  NOFA NY, as the off-grid, straw-bale, timber-frame house by Gloversville.

The Maine Scythe Trip DECEMBER 2011

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Margaret and I went on a short odyssey, back in time, in search of the perfect scythe. Knowledge was part of the package.

COMING:  CHANGE OF LIFE,  FOR US ALL!

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Living sustainably means living within our resources. Preparing for more expensive energy is a prudent component of a sustainability plan.

Natural Burial

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There are easily 10,001 things you can do to save energy. Thinking outside the box, Liz Pohlmann takes a look at what can be the last one.

Kim Klopstock - Sustainable Restaurateur

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We are not food critiques, but "Two Thumbs Up" for this restaurateur and her restaurant. Read and see why!

Seek Opportunities & Set Priorities

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The answers to these two questions may help you get started on your plan to energy independence. If you have another question, please ask!

Start Here!

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One of the best places to start your energy reduction project is to figure out how much you are using in the first place. Start Here!

Leaves, - Great Stuff!

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Leaves are a real treasure for the garden.  

Don't let them go to waste

Homesteading in the Capital Region

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Homesteading can be done most anywhere. We have been working at it here in Clifton Park for 28 years.

Harvesting the Rye

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Not only can Rye be grown locally, it can be harvested by hand. Read, look and watch

Building a Straw-bale, Timber-frame House

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We shift our focus to building a straw-bale, timberframe house, from scratch! Getting this building permit took some time and patience.

Wood Heating

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Firewood, in all it species, from woodlot management is the most sustainable. How to manage creosote.

Homesteading:  Rooted in the Soil

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Working with nature causes one to reflect: Musings on our short existance relative to Earth and Time.

Homestead Design 5:  The Barn Raisin’

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A good old fashioned timberframe barn raisin' by a bunch of newbies goes off like clockwork.

Homestead Design Part 4: Practice Fosters Perfection

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They built houses and barns the way the did back in the day for some very good reasons - conventional vs. timber frame.

Homestead Design Part 3: Theory and Practice

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Final stages of barn design include finalizing foundation and getting building permit.

Land Ho: Homestead Design Part 2

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Not all plans are cast in stone; nor should they be. Here is how we planned and then replanned.

Homestead Design, Part 1

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Jim and Laurie delve into the past in search of ideas for the future on their homestead in Meco, NY.

Homesteading

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We finally found the land that would one day be our Homestead. It was a big decison back then, but the right one for so many reasons.