Monthly Archives: February 2012

don’t forget to share

Hey all! Just wanted to update you on the giveaway over on WakaWai’s FaceBook Page.

(This is the old post)

The numbers are close and the contest is fierce! Folks are excited!

 Remember, GoPro, while geared towards outdoor enthusiast, doesn’t mean it has to be used for extreme sports videography. It can also be used to capture family moments in a whole new, fun perspective. The new family photo album that frames that sweet smile or deep belly laugh. For example, we like to mount our camera to a pole while hiking, bike riding, kayaking, driving, etc. We chase RCB and the dog up the trail, or chase the new shiny, pink bike she rides. The possibilities are wide open. Chase your chickens, mount while gardening then edit it to time lapse (i love this feature), capture the first steps, swimming in the ocean as a family, even cooking!

Or, film your bird feeder…

My point is, get yourself entered into the contest to win this thing, ‘for freeeeeee’! Don’t limit yourself .

Follow the instructions and make sure to share with your friends!



john brown’s body

Coming soon to Asheville….

Stay Tuned….


chasing water

real. poignant. hauntingly truthful. heartbreaking. thought provoking.

go here to see the full video


why do we need local farms?

Info from Sustainable Connections:

Top Ten reasons to Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local

  1. Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)
  2. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
  3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.  “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
  4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
  6. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
  7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
  9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.  A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
  10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!

Our strongest beliefs for buying local produce is the reduction of environmental impact. Also, availability of fresh (less depletion of vitamins and minerals) produce from farmers we get to know and trust their practices. This makes our food safe and free of harmful chemicals. When needed, local Eggs, Chicken, Pork and Beef we get local as well for the reduction of a carbon footprint and safety reason too.

As we are getting updates from the local farms regarding the planting process and how things are on schedule we are getting our canning materials gathered. We are going to shop at a local grocery with local, organic produce to give canning a try. We want to get the hang of it before our boxes start arriving in May.

In the meantime, now is the time to start plotting where you can find your local farmer’s market. Maybe start prepping and planning your own small garden. Maybe you’ll give canning a shot yourself this season!

Wherever you are, may you see the bounty of local, fresh produce in your future!


And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.
-Roy Bean

Photography by Michael Briere of WakaWai


first step

We will read. That is the first step in the direction of developing our property into something more sustainable. A piece of land we can retrieve nourishment from. With that transformation we are looking to incorporate more homesteading projects into our lifestyle. For example, our baby step started with making the sourdough starter and continuing with the same starter we make up to 4 loaves a week. Depleting bread from our grocery list. Now comfortable with this practice we are ready to add another to our list.

First, though, we will need to read and learn what it will actually take to incorporate the practices we have in mind. There are so many things to consider that these four books elaborate like resourcing, time, affects on our current stock of animals and finances. We have to evaluate what is realistic for our household and the lifestyle we currently maintain.

So to get us started, MRB ordered my long time friend Ashley English’s book series called Homemade Living. She has taken the time to write precisely what you will need to get started and continue healthy practices in Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, Canning & Preserving and Home Dairy. She shares her personal experience and gives you an opportunity to evaluate the potential of  your own.

I can’t wait to dive into these enticing books. While I have big dreams of Bee Keeping and having our flock of girls to tend to in our future I do believe that home dairy AND canning are practices we can add to our immediate future. The books are beautifully appointed, organized and easy to understand. Already, I feel confident that we can do this.

As for a garden, we have decided to start the herb garden in the ground, start our potted garden back up and continue with the CSA and farmer’s market for our extra/other needs. This will ease us back into a garden, giving us the flexibility to travel as planned this summer and providing enough back up produce for any additional canning needs.

I look forward to sharing and showing you my own experiences, joys and I’m sure some frustration as we learn. I am excited to be a part of a community that is supportive of homesteading practices. There are so many resources for help and further education.  Mostly, I am thrilled to be sticking my nose into incredible winter reading!



I like music. I love to listen to all sorts of different genres and styles of music. I am not so good at keeping up with trending music, unfortunately. However, I feel really fortunate when I do hear something and it touches the music senses, creating hair balls (or what most people call goosebumps).

With all the Grammy talk recently I continued to hear this name, “Adele”. Adele won this, Adele won that, Adele is amazing. I started wondering who this Adele person is. (Before I go any further, I am sure you are all gawking at the idea of not knowing this musician. It is simply an act I have fallen out of, this listening to music all the time. It happens when your radio and CD player get hijacked with Mickey tunes and Disney radio!)

I finally sat down and put her name in the the itunes search. Really? I can’t believe I have not heard her voice over the radio waves yet. It is rich, sultry and just plain beautiful. Nice to add some new tunes to the repertoire. Take a listen. What do you think? Is she over played in your musical universe? Or do you choose to listen to her on a regular bases? Or, by any chance, is this your first you’ve heard of her?

As I write this I am recollecting someone telling me I would like her….Sorry, for the face or voice of the person has not been recollected with the conversation. Still, thank you! I do like Adele!