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Chasing Ice vs. Hurricane Sandy

By Cam Mather You need to see the documentary called “Chasing Ice.” No really. You NEED to see it! This could be a life changing investment of your time. http://www.chasingice.com The movie follows the Extreme Ice Survey team as they catalog disappearing glaciers, and it’s terrifying and beautiful all at the same time. If you …

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Super Storm Sandy and the Dustbowl

By Cam Mather Two weekends ago I vegged out and watched a whack of TV on Sunday night. Sometimes Sunday night TV sucks. That night it was awesome. Well at least it was on PBS! It started out with Bill Moyers. He chatted with Naomi Klein about Hurricane Sandy and climate change. She has a …

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Trying to Earn a Living While Living in the Country

By Cam Mather Sometimes I write articles for the local paper that’s published every second month. It’s a great little newspaper/magazine but my most recent article elicited a tactful “please stop promoting your business(es) in your articles” from the editor and publisher. And herein lies the great, eternal country living/homesteading dilemma… how do you earn …

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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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It Feels Like Christmas Morning in the Sweet Potato Patch

By Cam Mather Remember that feeling on Christmas morning when you were a kid, unwrapping those presents with such great anticipation? I still get it, even with the gifts that I purchase for myself months before Christmas, because with the gradual loss of brain function of my 52 year-old brain, I’ve often forgotten what I …

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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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The Boy Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

By Cam Mather Great blog title, eh? That outta drive tons of traffic to our site, if you’re into that whole “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. And no, I don’t have a dragon tattoo, I’m not a web genius and I don’t beat up guys 3 times my weight. But like Steig Larsson’s character, …

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A Day in the Life of a Sunflower Farm Chicken

By Cam Mather This week we are excited to have a guest blogger, Henrietta the chicken. We’ve been trying to get one of the ladies to contribute a blog for a while now but they are a busy, shy bunch. With a little coaxing (and bribing) though we finally succeeded in getting one of chickens …

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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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Week #11 of the CSA

By Cam Mather Sunflower Farm CSA is really humming along. Last week was # 11 and the workload is finally manageable. The boxes are getting heavier and the feedback continues to be positive. We are switching from ‘lighter’ stuff like lettuce and spinach to more fall stuff like carrots, potatoes, onions, summer squash (zucchini), corn …

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