The Fire

Excuse my finger in the way

Bear with me while I’m still in the middle of processing this. It’s also quite long. The Timeline of Events Friday, September 25th, Tom was getting the patio cleaned up. We were planning a birthday barbecue the following afternoon for Junior’s 18th birthday. I got home from work at 1:55pm. I usually get out of…

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Our Soil Analysis Part 2 – Where We are Going and How We are Getting There

Our last post we discussed the results of our last soils analysis. This was our graphical analysis: Well, where should we be? And how should we get there? Let’s work left to right. Organic Matter Optimum for clay loam: 3-5% We are currently at 2.6% so we have some work to do to increase the…

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The Crash x2

Some of you may have noticed that the blog has been kind of, well, slow with content. I haven’t really been posting much lately. For that I apologize and I will explain why and why you may be having some issues with the site. Last year I had a website issue and lost a huge percentage…

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The New Normal

  A great TEDx presentation on using livestock to reverse desertification and climate change. Except for 4 years while I was away at college, I’ve lived pretty much my entire life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Even when I was in college I still was living near the California coast, albeit more in Southern…

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Putting a Value on That

Recently I tagged along with my mom to the grocery store. She was in town visiting and she’s a fantastic cook and was planning on making an amazing meal for her best friend who she was staying with. It wasn’t just any grocery store, though. We were entering the yuppie-hippie grocery store. A full third…

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Where Have I Been?

I have to admit, I’ve been missing in action lately and for that I apologize. But I do have some good reasons, I promise! I may have mentioned before that I was doing a permaculture study course through Homegrown.org. It’s going slowly and there is a lot of reading involved, which is taking up most…

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Plans for 2013

A new year and a new set of projects. But first I’d like to see where we were last year at this time and see if we got anything done that we wanted to. More productive in the garden? This year wasn’t nearly as productive in produce. We produced about 300lbs less produce than 2011,…

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Knowing Your Food

There is something fishy going on. I love sushi. I mean LOVE sushi. It’s not cheap so I don’t eat it very often so it’s a real treat for me. Imagine my surprise when I read an article earlier this year about how more than half (55%) of the fish sold in Los Angeles was…

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