February 2018
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Why Do I Like Solar Energy?

There are several reasons why I like solar energy. Of all the systems I have put in place on our property, the solar panels and solar water heater require the least amount of attention and on-going maintenance. Once installed, they produce energy for us every day and lower our utility bills.

Here are some facts […]

One Man’s Trash

There is an old saying that goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” More often than not, it is not just a saying on a farm. When I get called a packrat, I can say I come by it honestly. My father was raised on a farm where he learned to save everything. When […]

Water Catchment and Storage on a Larger Scale

In my earlier post Water Catchment and Storage with IBC Totes, I described how we built a system of tanks to catch and store about 800 gallons of water for the garden. This was great for short term use. But if we really wanted to ramp up our production, we needed a lot more water […]

Are Rabbits the Next Hop on Our Journey to Self-Sufficiency?

When we decided to get chickens, I knew that might only be the beginning. I’ve always heard that chickens are called gateway animals. Now I know what they mean when they say that. After enjoying the benefits of eating fresh eggs every day, our family started talking about what might be next. I have already […]

Water Catchment and Storage with IBC Totes

Back in 2009 when I first started my garden, I discovered that vegetables can fade and die pretty quickly without water in our hot summer climate. Early on I would water the garden with city water without thinking twice about where it comes from or what is in it. As I learned about permaculture, I […]