Little House on Pine

Use vertical space! Small cup hooks and bar magnets activate surface area for vertical storage. 0

Kitchen Cabinet Organization

Place is one of my favorite words. Everything belongs somewhere. A system works harmoniously when its constituent elements can perform their functions. Whether designing forest gardens or kitchen gadget storage, we achieve harmony by...

Candles, books, and conversation fill the role often occupied by flickering TV screens. 3

Life without Television

As a child I watched cartoons every Saturday morning. I turned on the TV in the same motion that I threw off my book bag after school. I listened to the background noise during...

Making mead 0

Making Mead

I didn’t consider making mead with honey from my bees till I read about it in The Art of Fermentation, which speculates that mead is likely the first alcoholic beverage enjoyed by humans. What does mead taste like?...

Salmon cakes with bell pepper, celery, onion, and hemp seeds. 0

Cody’s Salmon Cakes

Ok, we’ll concede. We don’t have local salmon here in Chestertown. But when we do incorporate salmon into our meals, we make sure to choose the most sustainable source that we can find–one that...

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Home Energy Audit

Whether we’re talking food or fuel, our use of energy defines how we choose to live. Having read several books on home energy conservation, I had already lowered my electric bill with lighting upgrades,...

A butter knife separates neat rectangles of clean comb from the wire supports. 0

Honey Harvest

Thanks to a little help from the chickens, the bees produced enough surplus honey to share with friends of the Little House on Pine. Kathy and Sarah took the lead on manual honey extraction...

Backyard chicken on the homestead 0

Backyard Chickens

I began advocating in support of backyard chickens when I learned that my community had an ordinance prohibiting them. I joined a small cohort of local gardeners and homesteaders interested in gauging community support for...

Homemade chicken broth, full of flavor and nutrients! 0

Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade chicken broth is a great way to benefit from all of those wonderful nutrients in the bones, giblets, and chicken scraps that didn’t quite make it into your meal. The broth is a...

Honeybees at the Little House on Pine 0

Beekeeping

Honeybees marked my first venture into livestock and have taught me a lot about how life works. I highly recommend keeping backyard bees for anyone who enjoys local honey, communing with wildlife, and watching...