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Making Genever-style Gin

by: EJ on 06/23/2017

It’s summertime and the drinks flow easy…oh wait what, that isn’t how the song goes? Well, sorry Janis, but maybe it should. I don’t know about you but I think hot weather and cold drinks just go together and gin is one of my favourite summertime treats.

In today’s post we learn a bit about the history of genever-style gin and what …

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Cheese Versus Cheeze – What is Plant-Based Cheese Anyway?

by: EJ on 06/19/2017

The Art of Plant-Based Cheese: How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese by Karen McAthy is the second book in our Urban Homesteader Hacks series.  Karen, chef and founder of Blue Heron Creamery, says "Like all forms of fermentation and culturing, cheesemaking evolved as a means of preserving food for the long months after the harvest when …

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What the Heck are Garlic Scapes and Should I Eat Them?

by: EJ on 06/13/2017

Jenni Blackmore, author of The Food Lover's  Garden: Growing, Cooking, and Eating Well is not afraid to share her stories of garden fails.  Here is the description of her first attempt to grow garlic. 

"Years ago, when I didn’t know any better, I planted garlic in the late spring and was very disappointed with what I dug up later that same …

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Flagging as an Indication of Wind Speed - Selecting a site for your Wind Turbine

by: Sara on 06/05/2017

Today's post is an excerpt from Power from the Wind: A Practical Guide to Small-scale Energy Production - Revised 2nd Edition by Dan Chiras. In it he describes flagging and the Griggs-Putnam Index of Deformity and there use in wind site assessment. 

Mike Bergey states that a stand-alone (off-grid) wind energy system makes sense if you’re in an …

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Turn the Most Stubborn Green-y Grumbler into a Kaleaholic

by: EJ on 05/25/2017

Jenni Blackmore's new book, The Food Lover's Garden: Growing, Cooking, and Eating Well is just off press and Jenni shares her thoughts with us from her wild east coast homestead on a rainy spring day.

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