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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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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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But In the End, It Really Doesn’t Matter

By Cam Mather (Michelle’s Note: This is the blog post that I found to be a bit of a downer, but Cam was determined to post it.) We recently enjoyed our yearly summer visit with Ken and Madeline Snider. Ken was born in the house we live in, almost 90 years ago. Madeline taught at …

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A Prelude to a Blog Post

By Cam Mather Michelle and I constantly have debates about this blog. I write these posts but Michelle edits them and makes them coherent (or as coherent as she can, given the material that I provide.) Our discussions usually occur when she has decided to remove a word/paragraph/section of a post that I’ve written. If …

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The Great Sunflower Farm Food Experiment

By Cam Mather Ever notice how everything gets blown out of proportion these days? Everything has to be a big deal. You can’t just cycle across the country like people did 20 years ago, now you’ve got to come up with a cause, and a slogan, and a Mission Statement, and at the very least, …

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We’re Not Crying Over Our Onions This Year!

By Cam Mather Every year there are some things that do well in my garden and some things that don’t. Some of my failures (and successes) are weather related, sometimes its related to the cultivar that I’ve planted and some times my successes and failures are related to my planting strategies. I discuss this extensively …

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