Bread: Making our own products one at at time.

When I look at the ingredients list on a loaf of bread in my local superstore, I can’t believe that all of these ingredients listed on the label, are there just for my benefit. I think that most of this incomprehensible long list is there to ease the manufacturing process, or to prolong the shelf […]

Photovoltaic Solar Power Journey: Installation

My electricity bill for the past 3 perhaps 4 years has been about $700 a quarter, ( thats $175 dollars each month),  a lot of money for warm baths and TV. We’re a large family of 6 and looking at the website usage estimate $700 seems reasonable for a fridge, swimming pool pump, 5 bedroom […]

Growing Power: Will Allen’s Urban Farm

We wanted to grow our own vegetables, but life in the US is very busy, nobody has much spare time, certainly not time enough to chat about their backyard operations or even if they have one ( very unlikely). My local library has tons of books about gardening and veggie growing but it is really […]

Can you really live off 1.5 acres?  The Market Gardner: Jean-Martin Fortier

We thought that this year we would make the effort and attend the Mother Earth News Fair of 2015, on the 8th & 9th of August in West Bend, Wisconsin.  (we currently subscribe to the magazine Mother Earth News http://www.motherearthnews.com) One of the people that I wanted to see was Jean-Martin Fortier. He is a chap […]

Preparing to build a Boma (Outdoor Fire Pit)

I recently spent all of December 2015 in South Africa and while I was there I was once again convinced that Architecture is much more of an influence on society and upon our emotional and psychological well being than we give due credit to. So for example if we look at something as simple as fire, which […]

Building a Stockpile Enclosure

Anyone who has owned property and a home knows that sooner or later you need to choose a place to store materials and equipment, and if you delay the choice, the materials and equipment will choose a place of their own. It’s with this in mind that I consider the past 12 or 13 years that […]