Sustainable Living

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

This article is the third in a series on backyard sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. We appreciate their partnership in helping us to test out the process and share with our readers! You’ve tapped your trees, and in your sugar woods is […]

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

This article is part of a series on Backyard Sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. Check out the first article – How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup – and then use this one to get you to the next step in […]

How (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

How (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

A top-down fire is a great strategy for a wood stove, fireplace, outdoor oven, or campfire. The process is just like it sounds – you build a fire with the largest pieces on the bottom and the kindling on top, instead of the other way […]

How to Go Off Grid: A Book Review

How to Go Off Grid: A Book Review

Many dream of going “off-grid” – moving toward a self-reliant lifestyle in the wilderness. They want to disconnect from the daily grind. Ron Melchiore has done it, and his book “Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness” offers an inside peek into what […]

Book Review: Gaia’s Garden

Book Review: Gaia’s Garden

Gaia’s Garden starts with the simple but important position that permaculture practices allow us to work with Mother Nature instead of against her as we design our landscape and our gardens.

How to Make a Small Kitchen Work

How to Make a Small Kitchen Work

Our kitchen is small. Its not New York City apartment small, or tiny house small, but for a family that raises most of its own food and needs space to process and cook all the time, it is kinda small. The photo above shows what […]

How to Heat Your Homestead with a Wood Burning Stove

How to Heat Your Homestead with a Wood Burning Stove

This post is from guest contributor, Jana Strain. Wood stoves provide an amazing source of heat for your house.  The heat from a wood burning stove is best described as a warm blanket wrapped around you.  Unlike central heating, the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as much and you […]