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Mad Max Mountain Man

By Cam Mather Did you like that “alliteration?” Four “M’s” in a row! I wrote about seeing the movie “Chasing Ice” recently. I said that it is a powerful movie and it is. In fact it is changing my behavior. We didn’t get any snow here until December 21st. For the first 3 weeks of …

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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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Wind Turbines and Bird Kills

By Cam Mather Recently I was asked to speak to the Quinte Field Naturalists about personal steps towards sustainability. I knew this group had a great many “birders” in it, so I was a bit apprehensive. Birders in my area have been very outspoken against big wind. So let me state three things here first. …

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At War With My Hot Water Heater

By Cam Mather Alternate Blog Titles; Do we really need THAT many buckets in the living room?? or “The Dreaded Whoosh of the Hot Water Tank” I loathe my propane hot water tank. With a vengeance. When I hear it come on I feel like I’ve been kicked in the gut on one of those …

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The All-In-One Independent Living/Preparation/Homesteading Workshop

By Cam Mather On October 20th we will be hosting the “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop” again here at Sunflower Farm. I think the workshop gets better each year. Every year we take more steps towards independence and self-sufficiency and so we have more …

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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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Zombieland Comes to Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather I HATE JULY! I hate summer! I HATE HEAT WAVES! I hate droughts! I LOATHE CLIMATE CHANGE! After 8 weeks of brutal heat without a drop of rain my brain is feeling fried so I’ve written a rant. I’ll qualify it by saying that this post was written by a sleep-deprived, exhausted, …

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I Do NOT Represent the Wind Industry

By Cam Mather A couple of Sundays ago I spoke to the “Transition Cornwall” group. There was a good turn out and it’s a great group with lots of great activities. They are very much committed to increasing resilience in their community. Resilience to peak oil, climate change and economic collapse. Oh sure, it’s a …

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“On the Road” vs. “The Road”

By Cam Mather There is a book by Jack Kerouac called “On The Road.” It’s considered to be a classic. It’s the defining book about the ‘beat generation’ who broke all the rules and set the new bohemian standard for existential coolness. I use many of these terms not really knowing if I’ve got them …

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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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