wrapping our heads around farming

years of scheduling complicated productions and pipelines may prove to be completely useless as a farmer, but at least as a learning exercise it sure helped us wrap our heads around planting seeds.  Which is intricately related to green house square footage, row feet in the garden and most importantly getting some mixture of food...
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indoor compost, a visit from ARK, and recycling

we took some old recycling containers and used them to get our indoor compost going with the help from some carbon sawdust from the stable.   so far we are generating a grocery bag of trash per weekend – not terrible considering we are mid move and unpacking like crazy. ARK came to visit today and...
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Transport

It feels like a big step to be letting go of burningman and our mutant vehicle discomo who consumed hundreds of hours of our time over the years.  The fact is that while i am sure we can make something work without a car, it is not clear that is the best use of our...
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Cargo

right now we are shopping in the city and bringing up what we need.  i guess backpacks are a regular sight around here with the Appalachian train trail just a few miles away – including its own metro north train stop.  this week we came packed with hardware including a 73″ window shade movie screen. ...
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Re use

my parents hooked us up with a uhaul full of awesome stuff.  they were overjoyed to clean out their house of years of accumulated things and we got lots of useful stuff for indoors and out.   hard to tell in the photo but there is all kinds of stuff in there as my mom also...
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BIG and small

with such a list of endless tasks ahead it is hard to keep the balance of dreaming about the whole while remaining focused on each task at hand to move the whole forward.  very easy to lose sight of why and lose touch with the best way to use each moment. amber took this foto...
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Frost dates

Cornell has a very useful map of frost dates by county.  For where we are it’s April 20-30th.  For NYC it’s around April 14th.
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FOSSIL FUEL, CARS, and HEAT

so i have been researching cars and the short answer is that we are going to try to do without as long as we can.  the cost of owning is just a big money sink.  this weekend i drove a uhaul from boston full of second hand scores (another story) and found that we have...
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Pets

Oh, that’s a delicious looking jar of vanilla-almond tea you’ve got there. What’s that you say?  Not just tea?  Kombucha? Next weekend is going to be badass.  One good thing about only coming up on weekends in that there’s no watched-kettle syndrome with the ferments. I’m also feeding the sourdough starters for the first time...
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Greenhouse stopgap

We’re still working out our budget and schedule for this year (obviously – we just got here a couple of weeks ago), and it’s uncertain that we’ll have a greenhouse in time for spring. Here are some other things we may try (assuming we’re ready for any sort of early season extension ; ) ID...
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