Joel Salatin’s “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”: a book review.


Hello folks!

I just finished reading Joel Salatin’s book Folks, This Ain’t Normal and am eager to infect some more souls with the knowledge and excitement that I came away with. If I could force the entire country to read just one book this would be the one. People might just realize how messed up our world has become, or as Joel says repeatedly “Folks, This ain’t normal.” Continue reading

sneaky composting

There have been times when I’ve decided to bury my vegetable food waste in a hole rather than throwing it away. This is not always possible, but it is the simplest form of composting: returning nutrients to the ground, adding some carbon (dry leaves), and covering it back up. This may not be possible for everyone, but if you’re in a pinch it is a simple alternative. I usually freeze my vegetable scraps, and find good places to bury it when I have the chance. I don’t recommend burying your food out in grizzly country, but at times it can be a very viable solution. Or you can keep a pile going above ground, making sure to turn it from time to time. Continue reading

plotting our stealth garden

Tony and I survived our ambulance runs and Test 4 of our EMT class yesterday and have a few days now to tinker up at our cabin on top of Palomar Mountain. Tony has taken on The Tercel, replacing the shocks and a few other things. I have spent all day planting a few seeds, researching how to save seeds, and watching videos about dandelions and comfrey. Continue reading

Strawbale Building Work Party

Shaping bales with an electric chainsaw

Shaping bales with an electric chainsaw

Hello, Tony here! This past weekend Emily and I had the pleasure of attending a work party at a developing site. We heard about the event through a fellow named Erik, whom we met at the San Diego Permaculture convergence. He was filming the whole shebang, and hopefully that footage will be available in time. This guy is a big personality, and seems to have some big dreams for Permaculture and changing his corner of the world in southern California. It is exciting when talking with him, because change just seems so DO-able. He is one who has the energy, the ideas, and perhaps most importantly, a huge web of personal and professional friends. More and more often I am seeing that it takes people working together to get great things done. Eric was able to wrangle Emily and I, and about 35 other folks into attending this Strawbale party over the course of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Continue reading