Fruit Trees

FRUIT TREES We started Project Tree when we first bought the home a few years ago. Our thinking was something like “How hard can it be?” And while it turns out this is a pretty low maintenance operation, I learned that like everything else I ever try to do, I generally don’t know what the…

Rabbit Hutch Complete

It’s done, and I have the 7 megapixel shot to prove it! It really helps to have the right tools for this thing.  Let’s see, to get started: An electric drill (AC!! We used a battery powered one last time and had to quit several evenings only because we ran out of charge) jigsaw rotary…

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Behind the Curtain

We just started getting into meat rabbits (a post for a later date, when I can speak…err…write more confidently on the matter).  Raising animals for meat always seems to be a sensitive subject, and this was brought again sharply into my thoughts today when I was backed into a bit of a conversational corner regarding…

New Poster Introduction

Hello readers, In an effort to provide more frequent updates to you on sustainability activities, I’ll be adding myself as a poster to this blog.  For the past two years I’ve worked in the background of our backyard operation.  You might have seen pictures of me before – the guy with his hands and knees…

Brewing Beer

Brewing sake from scratch, though enjoyable, turned out to be more of a chore than expected.  So when we went to brew beer, we did a little research and decided to buy the Mr. Beer Deluxe Edition Home Microbrewery System. So…this is not brewing beer from scratch. You get this cute plastic beer keg to…

Chickens!

So…I caved (or rather, my husband did).  I got chickens.  Our friends who were relocating from a house into an apartment offered them to us and…well, that’s pretty much the whole story.  Now, technically, I’m not supposed to have them in my neighborhood, but I find they’re relatively low-profile. As with everything, there are pros…