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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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Back to the Future – Freezing Zero-Carbon Corn

By Cam Mather North Americans just have no idea how much energy goes into getting food on our plates. If we did, we’d all walk around in a big grateful daze saying “Thank you farmers, thank you Jolly Green Giant, thank you cheap energy….” and never get anything done. I used the “Back to the …

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Planet On Fire

By Cam Mather (Note from Michelle: Cam actually wrote this post in late May but I forgot to post it until now. Interestingly enough, the summer has carried on as it began with record high temperatures and the worst drought that we’ve experienced in our 14 years here at Sunflower Farm.) I’ve noticed a strange …

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The Off-Grid/Green Myth, Part II

By Cam Mather When Professor and Canada Research Chair Phillip Vannini came to visit us recently as part of his research on people who live “off the grid” he had just come from an off-grid home north of Toronto. This couple had indicated to him that they had gone off grid for “environmental reasons.” I …

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I’ve Been IKEA-mized

By Cam Mather Last week Michelle and I took a trip in to the big city. It felt kind of like one of the “Little House on the Prairie” books when Pa loaded up Ma and the kids into the wagon and headed to town for supplies. Except that I didn’t have to hitch up …

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That Little Voice in My Head

By Cam Mather I left my house the other night. Yup, it was a dangerous thing to do. ‘Cuz the voice that talks inside my head constantly gets just a little crazy when I’m out in the big scary world. Kind of like Travis Bickle from the movie “Taxi Driver” but without the guns. I …

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LED Lights Save Christmas! (Again)

We have acquired quite a few new readers since last year, and so I have decided to repost this from last December. Needless to say, our off-grid home is “lit up like a Christmas tree” again this year, thanks to LED lights! ~ Michelle ~ By Cam Mather I love Christmas. What a great time …

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Our Books and DVDs Make Great Gifts!

By Michelle Mather The readers of this blog have found us through many different ways; google searches, podcasts, news stories, etc. Many of our blog readers aren’t aware that we have published 7 books and produced 5 DVDs, so today I thought I’d describe our books and DVDs and suggest that if you are looking …

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The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop Wrap Up

By Cam Mather A couple of Saturdays ago we had 12 people come to Sunflower Farm for “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop.” It was a blast. It was a really great group of people and I think everyone had a great day. I know …

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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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