Category Archives: Country Living Tips

Rural, cottage and homesteading advice

The Transition Town Initiative, an Effort Towards Sustainable Community Living

In spring of 2011 a small group of people in 100 Mile House, B.C. threw together a pot luck dinner and assembled in a private home to meet and learn from Tamara Sunsong of Victoria’s ‘In Transition’ Group to talk about ‘transitioning away from oil dependence.’
A grassroots movement the world over called ‘Transitioning Towns’ is taking this peak oil thing seriously. The objective is for neighbours to come together to share ideas and create action plans to deal with the times to come.

10 Ways to Recycle while Building New Homes

Tires: Fill ‘em with dirt and pound them.  They make great retaining walls in a rammed earth tire dwelling. Dirt: As in…as cheap as.  When you excavate the foundation for the rammed earth tire dwelling you will be reusing that dirt you just took out to put back in the tires. Firewood: As in cord…

A Stackable System using Chickens and Gardening

A stackable system while living sustainably is taking into account which systems will work better together than apart, and going with the flow of that. For example if you plan on having an organic garden consider also having chickens.  Why?  They stack. Gardens get insect pests and a natural predator of bugs is of course…

Gardening Tip for Bad Backs

Gardening for many of us is a joy that we don’t want to have to give up just because anything concerning bending over for say, seeding and weeding is taking a toll on our back. Well the good news is that we don’t have to. If we can’t bend down the obvious solution is to…

Why Pigs don’t go with Cows

When setting up a successful animal community,  there are a few things to take into account. Pigs don’t go with Cows, or sheep, or goats for that matter. Aside from the fact that these animals have some very different behaviors and needs there is another reason, a practical one. Cows, sheep and goats will very…

Why we ‘Season’ the Firewood

I’m not sure where the act of seasoning the firewood got started, but I can imagine some very cold and hungry cave dwellers going, “I have been trying to get this damn fire going all blooming afternoon and still no spark!” Growing up on my parents’ hobby farm we had stashes and piles of logs…

How to Shut Up a Rooster!

Man does this bring back memories living on my parents little 56 acre hobby farm in Ontario back in the 80’s.  I have never particularly been a morning person so Roosters were not particularly my favorite farm animal.  Short of sharpening the axe there are a few suggestions that might help you get that extra…

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