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Winter Solstice at Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather Remember when you were a kid and your friends would come over to your place after Christmas and you’d show them all the neat new stuff you got, like the BB Gun or the Lego set? (Note that there was no mention of socks or sweaters in this memory.) Well, consider this …

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Jonathan Livingston Chicken and The Dog Who Would Be King

By Cam Mather Okay, I went with the “The Dog Who Would Be King” title when really it should have been “The Dog Who Would Be a Chicken.” But I liked the movie “The Man Who Would Be King,” about the British learning it’s hard to win a war in Afghanistan. Didn’t go too well …

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Where the Alien Spaceships Will Land

By Cam Mather Ahhhh, fall! I can finally breath again. Oh I was breathing in July, just way too fast because it was way too hot. And dry. As usual we get sidetracked in the garden and we forgot to enjoy our property this summer. We have 150 acres. We used to say we “own” …

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Raccoons in the Neighbourhood

By Cam Mather I once watched a documentary about bacteria that are becoming resistant to multiple antibiotics like MRSE (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis). It used to be that bacteria had to encounter an antibiotic to become resistant to it. Once it had been in contact it would figure out a way to get around it, kind …

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How I Ended Our Drought

By Cam Mather It was interesting to see our reader’s reactions to my drought blog (rant) this week. Michelle and I debated posting it, but we finally thought ‘you know, if you just keep writing shiny happy blogs about how awesome country life is people are going to think you’re either on Prozac or that …

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“Twittering” My Day Away at Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather I’ve ranted on in the past about how much I question the concept of Twitter. Really, who is so interesting that anyone would want to know the minutiae of their lives every 10 minutes? No one is that interesting! Katy Perry? Nope. John Stewart? Well maybe, but it would be disappointing to …

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Scarecrows in My Garden

By Cam Mather Nature abhors a vacuum. I discovered this here at Sunflower Farm many years ago. Any exposed, unoccupied soil will have weeds sprouting within days and be covered in a week. If we get any rain during a summer fighting them becomes a full-time endeavor. And so it was that nature stepped in …

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The Energizer Doggy

Guest Post by Michelle Mather As you may have read in a previous post, our dog Morgan passed away at the end of May. He was often referred to in this blog as “Morgan the Wonder Dog” and it was no surprise that the place felt empty without him. Within days of his passing the …

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

By Cam Mather A dog attacked me last week, and well, it was a pretty awesome day! I’m sure it was the adrenaline but it’s amazing what a buzz you get after fighting off a dog that is trying to kill you. I was picking up a load of straw from a neighbor who is …

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“Little House Off the Grid” is Now Available!

For the past few years, Michelle and I have been working on a book to share the story of how we left the city and ended up in an off-grid home on 150 acres in the country. For a while we were calling our book “Off The Grid Without a Paddle” as a way of …

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