Finally I get to really see if this composting toilets stuff works. We got two compost thermometers. A poopy one and the other one.
Exploring more of the Shenandoah Valley near our summer home, Fellows visited Harrisonburg and environs for an inspirational and refreshing field trip. Seeing permaculture design principles in action is always enlightening, but the features and philosophies on display at New Community Project and Radical Roots [...]
Over these last couple of days we have had the opportunity to delve deeply into the notion of nature, spirituality, humanity, and social justice. Yes, that is a lot to discuss and ponder. And we did just that. We had 4 sessions of discussion in only a couple of days and in many ways it [...]
I’ve been getting into Volume 1 of Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier’s Edible Forest Gardens. If you ever find yourself with $105 and several months, I highly recommend it. As someone reminded me today, it is, technically, a textbook, but it’s one of the most accessible, well-written, and fun to read textbooks I’ve ever met. [...]
On Tuesday while on my solo hike, I spotted this beauty.
It caught the corner of my eye about 30 feet up the hill as I was walking down the skid trail. At first I thought it was another fellow with a hat on. When I had a clearer view, I could tell [...]
Humanure has finally arrived! A great video on the subject is on the Lovable Loo (http://youtu.be/3V5f5tFtJMM). A great book on the subject is The Humanure Handbook. And if you are into these kind-a-things and you haven’t read Solviva, YOU SHOULD. We had ten strangers (Engineers With Out Borders) come up to the mountain to [...]
Around here, we don’t get out much. But it’s county fair season, and last night most of the fellows had the rare occasion to take an excursion together to somewhere besides the woods. In this case the destination was West Virginia. The first night of the Durbin Days Heritage Festival [...]
As Matthew mentioned in his post, we went blueberry picking yesterday. To me, blueberries are part of what defines summer. And being that summer is my favorite time of year, I thought would ruminate on the general concept of summer on Bear Mountain. Summer is cooler here and the heat started much later, but [...]
One of the fellows recently shared with me some feedback he’d received regarding this blog that the posts tend to be a bit heavy on the philosophical rumination and not so much the practical things we have learned that might be useful to our audience. I’m not sure about the accuracy of the claim, since [...]